Tip 1:

TAKE A MOMENT AND LOOK AT WHAT YOU ARE DRAWING! Many people develop the habit of jumping right into the drawing or painting they are working on and forget to become familiar with their subject matter.
 The very first steps you must do is take a few minutes to look at what you are drawing and try and find clues that will guide you when you start drawing.
  •  Look at the height difference between objects
  • The basic shapes that the subject matter resembles
  • Where the light source is located creating the light and dark shadows
  • Any subtle detail
  • And anything else that will help become a guide for you when you start drawing.  

Tip 2:

Use your pencil as a guide in order to get the correct angles. Note: This trick works best when you are standing up and your arm is held out straight with your elbow locked at all times.
Stand up and have your elbow straight, close one eye and line up your pencil with the subject matter on your reference.
Once your pencil is lined up, swing your arm so that you transfer the angle onto your drawing surface.

Tip 3:

Now that you have a bunch of lines with the correct angles on your surface, begin to draw out your subject matter with basic shapes such as: circle, square, rectangle, cylinder, triangle, etc.
By drawing your subject in basic shapes, it is helping you with planning out where and the size that your objects have to be on your surface.

Tip 4:

Once your basic shapes are in place and they are the right size in comparison to each other, then you can start drawing in your image. At this point, you are still working with the idea of basic shapes until you get the correct proportions and angles.


Tip 5:

The fun part! Add detail in your drawing or if you are painting, start building up your colors and add the detail with the paint as the last step.

Working in this process is a great habit to get into, it will help you build your observational skills since drawing and painting is all about looking!
This method will also help you with letting go of doing details right at the beginning stages and makes sure that you get your proportions and angles right the first time!


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