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Sketching for newbies – here are some pointers to get you started

Sketching for newbies – here are some pointers to get you started

If you are a novice artist, you may want to look at some resources in regard to making your first steps in the realm of sketching or painting such as the “Beginner’s Guide to Sketching.”

Here are some of the useful sketching tips for newbies which can help you get going:

  • Don’t smudge

Place a piece of paper underneath your drawing hand as you go in order to avoid smudging your artwork. Left-handed artists should begin with the shading from the right side and move left and right-handed ones should start from the left and move to the right to minimize the ugly smudging.

  • Drawing curls

If you are sketching a portrait of a person with curly hair, you should first draw two straight lines as guidelines for the length and width of each curl and then draw a wavy line between them, then go ahead and double it a little lower than the first wavy line. Connect the side pars and erase the vertical guidelines.

  • Leave some texture

The grain of watercolor pencils is what truly gives life to a sketch, so don’t add water all over your painting. Just leave out some textured parts for a better result.

  • Use smudges for the sky

Skies look better when they are smudges so they look smoother and more subtle rather than feature too many scribbles. Scribble with a charcoal pencil or soft graphite on a piece of paper and apply the soft dust on your drawing with a blending stick. You can use more of the graphite to outline and define clouds too.

  • Control your pencil

Make sure you hold the pencil correctly by gripping it closer to the end so you have better control and precision. For lighter strokes move your hand up to give the pencil a freer movement.

  • Use different lines

By using different lines your sketch will become more interesting. With some practice, you can enhance your sketching skills by alternating between line widths and darkness. You can experiment with the different lines by changing the angle of your pencil as you draw.

  • Test the silhouettes of your characters

A great tip for making the characters you are drawing more recognizable is to ensure that their silhouettes are readable. To test this, use some tracing paper and trace around the character you are drawing and then cut it out or fill it in with a solid color. You can ask a friend if they can tell what the silhouette is for a more objective opinion.

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