8 Tips To Improve Your Pencil Sketching Skills

In this writeup, let’s explore eight tips to improve your pencil Sketching Skills

Becoming a sketching professional requires many hours of practice and studies, but I’ve noticed several common mistakes that beginning artists tend to make. I’ve used these common mistakes and turned them into the tips below. 

Let’s begin. 

  1. Don’t stress out over making one great sketching masterpiece. Sketching is all about being free and revealing your creativity. But so many artists stress out about coming up with a massive and complicated sketch drawing. Start small. You will enjoy a bunch of little sketches more. You don’t have to sketch at the same size as your book. You can draw even on corners, and size, in this case, doesn’t matter. 😉
  2. Train yourself to see dimensions and lines in everything that you look at. Look for the vertical and horizontal lines. Follow the curves and focus on them. By following this tip, you will acquire the art of drawing what you see, and you’ll begin to sketch readily as it becomes a habit.
  3. Be aware of the location of your head while sketching. The smallest movement of your head can change the aspect of what you are looking at and remodel your sketch. I’m not saying there is a right and wrong perspective, but if you start a drawing with one viewpoint, you need to make sure that it stays consistent. 
  4. It’s natural to stare at a blank piece of paper and be intimidated by it. If you find yourself in this position, draw a light border on your page. This will break you out of your insensibility by moving your hand, and the borders will help you pick a subject that will fit into space.
  5.  If you want to make anything look lighter, there is a way to do it without using an eraser. Put something darker next to it. This is the contrast law at work, and the brain can not tell the difference. Play around with this tip, and you’ll find that you can do a lot of neat things.
  6. Before you slide into a sketch, make light contours of the shapes to make sure that everything will fit into the page. This way, your dimensions will look better, and you won’t find yourself running out of space amid your sketch.
  7. Sketch fast. Practice sketching quicker, and you’ll develop your understanding of form and lines form. Plus, your strokes will look more smooth and fluid. 😉
  8. If you are planning to sketch something that seems complicated, don’t be intimidated. Just break it down into different shapes—everything is comprised of the basic shapes: rounds, square, cone, and cylinder.

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