Many will tell you that there is no shortcut to becoming better at drawing, you should just PRACTICE.
This is only PARTIALLY TRUE. Practice is definitely the key to better drawing but there is more to it then that.
Your practice should be smart and well planned in order to evolve your drawing skills - practice alone will take ages before yielding any noteworthy results.
I am now going to share with you the SECRET to becoming better. You might not like it at beginning but once you see its results you will be amazed.
This strategy is fairly simple, look for an artist whose work appeal to you and try to redraw their art. In a very short time you will notice yourself becoming more skilled and comfortable at expressing your ideas and art.
Just be patient and refrain from thinking that there is no use in redrawing other's art and that you should draw strictly from your imagination. You will get there but you have to PRACTICE first!
Why this method works?
First of all, applying this method keeps things interesting as you are only looking at and drawing things you like. And it is EXTREMELY EASY, as you do not have to think too much about what you have to draw.
The most important reason why this works, however, is that it encourages you to form storage of facial expression, poses, body types, etc., which you will be able to draw from different angles in your art.
Once you have practiced enough using this method, you will notice how you can now draw from your imagination very easily and accurately. You should practice redrawing the parts that are most important to you.
For example, I have always struggled with drawing eyes for my characters and so I searched the internet (Pinterest mostly) to find drawn eyes that I like and then practiced them for quite a while. Now, not only I can easily draw eyes that I really like but I have been able to find my style due to the countless amount of art I have been exposed to.
What you GAIN from practicing this method is beyond count and it is always USEFUL. I am still going back to my favorite artists whenever I am not sure about how a certain element in my work should be, be it the eyes, the hair, the poses, etc., this method always comes to my aid, making drawing a much more relaxing and a liberating experience.
Give it a try, you will not regret it.
Below is an example of how I applied this method:
I practiced drawing comic characters I like and then produced my own based on the practice results.
The Left is the practice drawing, the right is the application - purely from my imagination with no reference at all.
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Until next post, take care!