7 Sketching Tips for Beginner Artists

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These sketching tips will help you get started with mastering how to draw

Drawing is an essential skill as the famous French artist Ingres once said:

“Don’t think about painting until you’ve mastered the art of drawing.”

So you might wonder, what is the best way to improve your art skills as a beginner.

Did you know that sketching daily can help you improve the fastest?

I am sure that this is not breaking the news anyone, but starting can actually be the hardest part of it all.

The overwhelm of deciding what to draw, the busy lifestyle and endless intimidation of empty pages. I know how that feels like but by the end of the article, you will overcome that.

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Let's gather our supplies:

  1. Sketchbook: This is our favorite brands are Canson and Arteza.
  2. Penicls: Arteza has a great variety at affordable price. Artzmore also great. 
  3. Eraser: As a beginner, it is crucial to have a good eraser to remove all of your mistakes. Acurit is a 4-in-1 eraser, it removes colored pencil, charcoal and is smooth. A must have!

Why sketch?

Sketching will allow you to get better and to create more work faster in the short period of time, such as on your way home, or during a lunch break.

Consistency creates artists and builds the skills necessary. 

Sketching is as important as working on big pieces. Or maybe even more important.

Your sketchbook should be a place where you can comfortably draw and ignore all of the potential possibility of judging yourself that your art is not good enough yet.

How to overcome the fear of empty pages?

Empty pages and sketchbooks are very intimidating.

Personally, to overcome my fear, I like to mess them up a little, with a scribble here and there. It allows you the freedom of expression.

Also, use prompts because there are so many things that you can draw so pre-deciding can help you. Check out my 100+ ideas to fill your sketchbook post.

Just label page to a word and draw there.

7 Sketching Tips for Beginner

1. Always Have Basic Tools at Hand

Make sure that you have the basic equipment, such as sketchbooks and pen/pencil with you. You never know when you will have a spare minute to fill in your sketchbook.

I had a separate sketchbook for when I was going out of the house and another for inside. They are really cheap, the small ones that fit in your handbag or pockets. 

2. Remember that it is a Sketch

It is supposed to be without details and rough. No-one has to see your sketches. They are there for you. 

3. Hold your Pencil Properly

There are various grips that you need to have in your drawing process. Generally speaking, position your hand further away from the tip of your pencil.

It will make it easier to sketch when your grip is not for writing,

4. Do not Smudge your Sketches

If you are drawing with a soft pencil from B family, make sure that you either invest into a pencil spray or put pieces of paper in between your drawings. 

5. Make sketching a habit

The only way that you will ever improve is to do something consistently over a period of time.

Set up a habit tracker and set how much time you will spend drawing/doing something. 

6. Draw what you see, not what you think you see

When you are sketching, make sure to look at the object/person you are drawing constantly. 

Draw what is actually there. Not what you think it should look like. 

7. Sketch intentionally

I used to believe in quantity over quality. More I sketch, better people get. Nope, I was wrong.

If you see that you are weak at drawing something, make sure to improve. Not to repeat and practice drawing the mistake. 

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