Even if those machines break, your ability to sketch will always be there to save the day!
It is very important then that you get to practice sketching as much as you can. In this article, we have six tried-and-tested tips to help you ensure your sketching skills are improving day by day.
When you have down time, take that opportunity to draw. The more you draw, the more you will improve.
Start off by drawing shapes at different angles and sizes. Use a variety of sketching instruments too like a pencil, a pen or a marker. This will give you flexibility in terms of your medium.
The beauty of practicing is there is no rush in getting things done. Slowly hone your sketching skills and give it time to develop at its own pace.
Know what others' shading techniques are, the line styles they employ and pick up a few pointers from what you see from their work. There's nothing wrong in admiring other people's techniques.
Try browsing for great artists on the web and see how they sketch. Social media platforms, such as Pinterest and DeviantArt is also a get starting point to get some sketching inspiration and pointers.
Whether it's just a small pocketbook, keeping a sketchbook close to you will allow you to deliberately practice your sketching. Instead of starting blankly through space while waiting for your friend in a coffee shop, scribble some doodles on your sketchbook instead.
While drawing from imagination is also good training as you improve your sketching skills, drawing from life gives you a more stable subject and object of inspiration. You can take note of the lighting in greater detail and apply the shading technique that applies best with the situation.
Start with simple subjects first then go on with more complex items.
Take note of the details, find interesting aspects of your subject and draw them on your sketchpad. Find the perspective and scale and apply it as accurately as much as you can to your drawing. By doing this deliberately over and over, you are honing your sketching accuracy!
If you happen to like Da Vinci, try finding some of their sketches (a simple Google search will yield tons of results!) and do your best recreating them on your sketchpad.
Draw their drawing and see how accurate your version can be!
As a tip, try the grid method or the rule of thirds. The application of the grids will make it easier for you to break down the image into smaller areas and copy them as accurately as possible.
Interested in learning and improving your sketching? Join us in our classes here in our studios. Check out our 2017 art schedule below for your reference: