Common Drawing Mistakes

Learning to draw takes time and a lot more effort. It takes learning the basic techniques in order to come up with great drawings that people can appreciate more than usual. With the basic drawing techniques in mind, there are a great many drawing beginners who have continued to make the same mistakes over and over again. Here are some of them and what one can do in order to correct them.

Drawing On the Wrong Paper

Many beginners don’t seem to care for the type of paper that they are drawing on. In fact, the type of paper being used has all the importance in the world for every drawing hobbyist. Some may think that they make dull drawings without ever realizing that the reason might just be the paper that they are using. Some types of paper can make some drawings look pale.

There are some papers that have a surface that has a kind of sheen that prevents most of the pencil particles to stay on them.

Some sketch papers can be too coarse and will give your drawings an uneven texture. Try using photocopy paper for you basic drawings instead. They can have the properties that you need to be able to get the most out of your drawing materials.

Drawing Using A Hard Pencil

If you see that your drawings don’t seem to have the shadowing or shading effects that you want, chances are, you are using a pencil with a hard tip. Try to now the different grades of pencils and know which ones to use. If you wish to have a darker tone on your drawings, you can use type B, 2B and 4B pencils.

Drawing 2D Photos Instead of 3D Objects

This has been a very common mistake for many beginners. They seem to prefer drawing a scene from a photograph instead of practicing on, let’s say, a certain landscape that is in front of them. Practicing drawing from two dimensional photographs seem to give your drawings certain flat features without certain depths in them.

This can rob the beginner of practicing how to draw the fine details and features of three dimensional objects and scenes without much perspective and depth. What may come out would just be ordinary drawing that may not have that much on an effect to anyone else.

Drawing the Head out of Proportion

Almost every one may have experienced this especially when they began taking up drawing as a hobby. Even the seasoned experts may have gone through the same phase until they finally mastered the principles of proportion.

Often, drawing beginners end up having the heads either too big or too unshapely. It is important to know the rules of proportion in order to be able to draw the head correctly. The best way for one to learn how to draw the head proportionately is by first drawing a ball. Then draw a line from the top of the ball down to the to bottom.

Then draw another line from one side of the ball to the other side in order to give you a cross section outline. This will become your markers later on. Extend the top and bottom line of the ball to about a third of the distance and then draw the end to become the chin and jaw.

The horizontal line of your ball should mark where the upper bridge of the nose should start. The nose should end somewhere at the curved bottom of the ball. From this, you can then indicate the mouth eyes as well as the ears in their places more proportionately than by doing it free-hand style.

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