How Often Should You Practice Drawing

How Often Should You Practice Drawing
How Often Should You Practice Drawing

If you are wondering how to develop your drawing skills quickly and successfully, and you are unsure which is the best way to achieve this goal. Then you probably need a set the technical routines that you can focus on and develop quickly. Even established professionals who have mastered the basics, will have set routines that they practice on a regular basis.

How Often Should You Practice Drawing? If you want to improve the quality of your drawing fast, then there are several set routines that can be employed effectively to achieve this. Draw every day, constantly develop and practice drawing the same subject matter. Develop a sketchbook whilst drawing from observation, draw from photographs and interpret to styles of different artists.

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In this post, I will outline several effective techniques that will allow you to make rapid progress with your drawing. I will describe how to practice successfully by setting yourself daily drawing routines.  Additionally, you will learn what can be described as bad practice. Plus, I will describe how long it will take you to reach the standard of a professional artist.

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Create time to practice.

Make time each day to practice. This is a simple but important rule, make sure that you make time each day to practice and focus on some aspect of your drawing.

Focus upon the strength and quality of the line you are drawing with.

After 20 years of teaching drawing one of the key points I try to communicate to students’ is awareness of the strength and quality of line students draw with. Many beginners will draw with a excessively heavy lines. Drawing with a lighter line allows students drawing technique to develop and become more expressive as they progress.

Drawing practice routines

Should you develop a daily drawing routine? A daily drawing routine is not critical at this stage when you are practicing. However, you should a conscious and deliberate decision to explore some aspect of your work each day. You can create small sketches or alternatively just observe the spatial relationship in your immediate surroundings.

A definite route to quick and improved drawing skills, is to make your daily drawing routine a habit. If drawing daily becomes second nature to you, then the ability to practice and improve the quality of your drawing will also improve.

Drawing exercises.

Which daily drawing routines should you use? As with most things in life, its goes without saying, if you practice badly then you will develop bad drawing habits. If you develop bad drawing habits, it can quite possible lead to discouragement, which can lead to a lack of confidence in your own work and ability. So developing the correct deliberate habits from the start and this will make a big contribution to your success in the long run.

Develop your observational drawing skills.

How to develop your observational drawing skills? My advice here is to focus upon one aspect of your drawing skills at time and improve it. So, consider the importance of observation first when you begin drawing. Focus more on observing the world around you as you draw. Even when you are not drawing, everyday take time out to really look at what is around you. The more time you spend focusing upon the skill of looking, the greater sense of visual awareness you will develop.

Focus on the principles of composition and design.

What are the principles of design? Once you have developed a certain level of proficiency in observing and drawing from life, you will need to focus upon composition. The 8 principles of design are balance, contrast, variety, movement, harmony, dominance or emphasis, proportion and rhythm. Once you develop an understanding the how to use these different elements effectively in your drawing, you will be able to create awesome compositions.

I suggest you make deliberate choice to explore  each individual elements in isolation. Simply complete small compositional sketches each day. Take one element on its own and create some small compositional sketches. If you practice this everyday then you will start to see results.

Look at these 5 sketches I produced based upon the visual element of rhythm. With deliberate, continuous and sustained practice you will notice a real improvement in the quality of the drawings

Repeat drawing of the same subject.

Draw, draw and then draw again! Repeat drawing the same subject 20 times. This is a good one, and for this task, what I suggest you do is find a subject that you enjoy drawing. I also advise that you again focus on and the weakest aspect of your drawing practice. For example, if drawing portraits is a weakness, use this method to focus upon improving it.

Find an example of a portrait you like and practice drawing repeatedly. Give yourself a time limit and try to increase the speed of your drawing as you progress.

By your 15 drawing you will begin to recognize real improvements in the quality of your drawing, continue until you complete 20 drawing and compare your first drawing with your last.

How many hours does it take to get good at drawing?

How long will it take me to develop drawing skills? It’s a fact is that drawing is a skill, which like any other skill it requires sustained practice if it is the be mastered.  One suggestion is that it can take up to anywhere in the region of 10,000 hours of practice if you wish to perfect any skill and this includes drawing.

This will vary according the individual involved, and their individual ability and aptitude.

How can I become a good artist fast?

Developing your drawing skills fast. One definite route to improving your drawing skills fast is to take lessons or enroll in a drawing class. The attention and knowledge that an expert can provide , will enable you  if your are serious about improving to make rapid progress.

A drawing course can enable you to gain a real insight into the various elements of rendering, proportion and perspective. Often these aspects of drawing can seem difficult for the novice to master.

Another important benefit a tutor can offer is their ability to recognize your mistakes and offer advice on how to improve the quality of your drawing. Plus, this all comes back to the question of skill, and the fact that drawing is a skill, which if you have some modicum of ability, can be improved. Additionally, the guide and direction a teacher can offer will speed up your progress and get you on the track to success.

How to become a better artist and draw professionally?

The trick to developing your understanding of how to produce professional looking drawings, for me boils down to three main principles. Observation, composition and interpretation. Whereas observation is quantitative, interpretation is an qualitative act and seeks to understand what the former trying to achieve through its analysis. Composition however, is the effective organization of the elements of art. If you are unsure of how these 3 main areas can affect your drawing practice read on.

Firstly, a focus upon improving your observational drawing skills and visual awareness is essential. Regular, focused and deliberate practice which enables you to develop your observational skills when drawing, as outlined earlier in in post. Remember that observational drawing doesn’t always have to be limited to pencil exercises, as there are many different medium you can choose to develop your observational skills.

Secondly, develop your understanding of the principles of composition and design. Expanding your practical understanding of how to compose drawing and sketches effectively will mean you can make the most of the picture space. This is a area which can quickly be developed daily on small pieces of scrapes paper, or in a sketchbook. Read my post on the principles Art of Design.

Lastly, think how you want to interpret the world around you through your drawing. A good way to do this is to draw and copy the style of a favorite artist. The repeat drawing task outlined earlier is a good way to a wider repertoire of drawing styles. There are many different drawing styles that you look towards to gain inspiration and grow your understanding of how to interpret the world around you through your drawings.

 

 

Ian

Ian Walsh is the creator and author of improvedrawing.com and an Art teacher based in Merseyside in the United Kingdom. He holds a BA in Fine Art and a PGCE in teaching Art and Design. He has been teaching Art for over 24 Years in different parts of the UK. When not teaching Ian spending his time developing this website and creating content for the improvedrawing channel.

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