5 steps to improve your drawing skill fast

5 steps to improve your drawing skill fast.

1) Draw! You have to spend at least 2 hours a day drawing everyday. You can either draw from things you see or things you think of, . *Remember, when you are a professional concept artist, illustrator, or comics artist, you will be drawing at least about +8 hours a day.* You have to practice a lot to become art ninja.

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2) Go to life drawing session at least ONCE a week, better yet twice if you can make it. Just search internet for life drawing session near you. The session usually last about 3-4 hours.

3) Practice drawing from cast and simple object around the house to study value and squinting to find basic value of the subject. The trick is find objects that have different reflective quality such as teapot, ball, satin, flower then observe and sketch them.

4) Study from any old school master sketches (Mucha, Sargent, Zorn, or whoever is you favorite artists) and try to mimic the piece. You will intuitively learn and try to figure out how they did what they did. The more you do the better you will get.

5) Practice drawing using different medium and switching them around and know how you can work with them, get out of you comfort zone. Try different pencil, graphite, charcoal, pen, markers, brush pen, brush, etc. Anything you can find…use you imagination and let the tool be your best friend.

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**Ultimately, you will have to keep drawing everyday if possible. Try to draw everything no matter what subject matter is, you have to treat it like a competitive sport. Practice will make you better just like any other serious profession and don’t forget to watch and read possibly all the videos and articles on idrawgirls.com There you will get good fast. icon wink 5 steps to improve your drawing skill fast

That’s about it…for now. If you consistently do this for about three months, you be surprise. I suggest after about three months compare your first drawing when you just start doing the routine and you last drawing. You will then see what I am talking about, your skill has just been elevated!!! Congratz!

Don’t give up to early, once you stop drawing…doesn’t matter where you were, your skill will somehow drop. A drawing takes time and consistency to develop. Don’t be discouraged by the result if it doesn’t come out like what you are looking for, make new ones. It’s the journey itself, not really the destination. And any time you don’t feel like drawing or you have artistic block go read this! 10 ways to overcome artist’s block It will surely help you get back on track!

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded IdrawGirls.com (TheArtClasses.com) in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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  • Dips_25

    i was thinking off going into town and sit down and draw people who are in town, would that improve my skills?

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    That is also a form of life drawing. Of course it will. ;-)

  • Dips_25

    im not that good at digital painting on photoshop, is it better to practise traditionally first? would that help me to get better at digital painting ?

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    Traditional drawing skill is required to be good at digital or traditional painting. Foundation is a great starting point.

  • Dips_25

    here a link where you can check out my recent work http://www.conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?p=3304875#post3304875
    i’ll be thankful if you can take a look at it and give me some helpful tips please?

  • Asdfghj

    Cool thanks you

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    No problem. ;-)

  • jokayo

    what do u suggest for people who cant do life drawing like me :)

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    Use reference or go to coffee shop. If you want to turn pro, move to the bigger cities where there are games companies, concept art studios and life drawing.

  • Realmenusepowerthirst

    What can I do instead of going to any life drawing sessions? I’m unable to afford one, and won’t be able to for an indefinite amount of time…

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    You ask the exact same question as the person whose post just below you. Use reference or go to coffee shop. If you want to turn pro, move to the bigger cities where there are games companies, concept art studios and life drawing.

  • Jokayo

    you can draw people around you , your family for example i found it quite helpful :)

  • XBLA

    This was very helpful.

  • Bre~imagined

    For those that can’t afford life drawing, here is a solution @ http://www.posemaniacs.com/ .
    Thank you for the great advice :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1627581152 Robin Bird

    helpful :)

  • Nika

    Very interesting post. Motivational and helpful for me. :)

  • mark

    “It’s the journey itself, not really the destination.” This is a phrase every artist, no matter the domain of art, should keep in mind every day :D


    Thanks! This is great :)


    Wise Kung Fu Man, very wise :) 5 Stars

  • lilronald14

    what if u already draw for 8 hours + and your a professional?

  • lilronald14

    srry i meant what if u draw for 8 hours + and your not a professional

  • Tammy

    Thank you for those wise words. :)

  • nurafury

    great cuz i forgot howta draw

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    If you really draw +8 hrs/day you should already be really good. One cannot just begin at 8 hours, it start at a few hour then progress to longer hours. That should take years for your hand to get used to the process.

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    no problem

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    consistently practice, then you will never forget.

  • Christopher Phoenix

    Thanks for this, Xia Taptara!! It is very inspiring for this aspiring art ninja neophyte. ;-)

    By the way, I googled to find life drawing sessions near me and found one!! I wouldn’t have checked this out if you hadn’t mentioned it. Now I can have access to a model in addition to the work I do with references and drawing people I see during everyday life. Thanks again!

  • lacey ermel

    its hard for me to draw i really like to but i just feel so stuck some time because i know that ican do a lot better

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    Keep it up

  • Shawn

    Was there supposed to be a link on the “10 Ways to Overcome Artists Block”? Would love to see it….just in case! ;)

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara
  • Ariel

    I wish this would help me. I havent gone to art school yet, otherwise Im just learing through books and other illustrations. How can I improve my talent?

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    Wait huh? Did you read the articles? Did I mention art school? Please re-read then you will get it. Thank you

  • Osolenej

    great and helpfull tips :) Even if someone didn’t find anything helpfull in this article, it will be always about practice, practice, and practice (yes, there is no magic word or secret tutorial how to become art master in 7 days or something else, it all depends on how much you practice and how much time you spend on it). And yes, it is veeery long jorney, but most of time, it is fun. :) Thanks Xia for your tips, I think it is veeery helpfull. Cya :)

  • lion david
  • lion david

    eny way i draw every day 5 hours

  • lion david

    why when i draw i feel i litle lonely and depressive

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    Hey Lion David, I think it is the other way around. You already feel lonely and depress then you vent it by drawing.
    Everyone feels like that at one point or another. There are many kind of feelings. Well, if you aren’t happy drawing, I suggest you should get out more. Just hang out with people, no need to say anything, just a little smile.
    If it is severe, you might want to seek help from a counselor. Good luck

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    That’s good.

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    No problem, glad I can help. It is a marathon and you can get way better next year but not the other year depending on how hard you work. ;-)

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    Thunk Q. Glad it does. ;-)

  • Tom Liang

    Thanks for the tips…..as always, really helpful.. XD

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    No problem. Keep up the good work/.

  • Cas

    Xia, 3 years back when I forayed in to art I had come across your work. I didn’t know how to hold a pencil; let alone sketch with it (not that I have mastered it now as well). Just wanted to say, You have been a great inspiration.

  • http://www.idrawgirls.com/ Xia Taptara

    Wow, that’s great to hear. Big Congratz and keep up the good work. ;-)


    wow a year ago

  • John

    Did you have a different job before you got into the art field? I’m just curious because I’m to school right now but not art-related but art is what I really like. I’m just not good enough to have it as a career at this point because I only started drawing a couple of months ago.