You have to give it your all if you want to be a good artist. You have to start taking your art seriously. Sketch every day if you promise to improve your art today. If you want to improve your craft, you need to practice often. And you need to have a sketchbook handy. If you’ve bought a new sketchbook, nothing excites you more than opening the first page. But don’t stop there. Once you’ve completed this first page, you can set the pace for the rest of your sketchbook. So, where the heck do you start? Our best advice is just to get started. These tips cover a little bit of everything, from choosing the right pen to shading techniques. Let’s start!
- Always start with a basic shape. Draw these lightly and add details over time.
- Hold the paper under your hand while shading to avoid bleeding. Right-handers should shade from left to right, and left-handers and vice versa.
- Do not shuffle with your fingers. Sebum from your skin can stick to the project and make removing the graphite in those areas difficult.
- Instead, use a mixing stick to blend the graphite. Use small circular motions to mix evenly. This will give a more natural look.
- Work from light to dark when shading. Otherwise, the dark graphite may stick to the blending stick and blend into the lighter areas.
- Add texture to your sketch using a different medium. B. Watercolor pencils. You can spray parts with water and dry other parts.
- Use the ‘H’ pen (hard) for light lines and the ‘B’ pen (soft) for dark lines. Learn more about pencil lead options here.
- Scribble on paper with a pencil to give it a very soft look. You can then pick up the graphite with your mixing stick and transfer it to your project.