Freehand Sketching - Tips & Advice to Improve Your Drawing Skills

in art •  5 months ago

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Hi everyone, welcome to my blog. Today I'm going to give you some tips and advice on things that I think might be helpful for you if you're going to be creating some drawings freehand yourself.

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So drawing freehand, what this means is drawing by hand using no guiding instruments, measurements or other aids. To be able to draw accurately relies a lot on your observational skills and how you can in some way estimate the outline measurements proportions and then draw them in freehand. It's quite challenging because without any construction or preliminary measurements it means there is more of a chance that the drawing will not look like what it is you are drawing. Since I've been doing it a lot and I've been enjoying it, I thought I could go ahead and talk about some things I've learned and what I found helpful. Here are some tips and advice on a freehand sketch.

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The first piece of advice that I want to give and that's to be patient with your drawing the more time it takes to finish the better the drawing will look. This is because you are spending more time judging where you are placing each mark with the pencil. I really want to emphasize the point of observing the reference image or you may even be drawing from life in which case it's pretty much the same. But take as much time as you can to study what it is you are drawing before putting your pencil down on the paper. Even if you have to double-check a few times, just look at where you are creating the pencil lines and look at it in relation to the other parts of the drawing. This can be tricky because you are almost trying to accurately guess and a lot of the time it might not be 100% accurate, it's especially hard when it comes to things like eyes and facial features and trying to guess where to place them in relation to each other. If something is slightly out then it can make the character you a drawing not look like the character you are drawing at all. Be patient and try to take your time with choosing where to draw and how you are drawing.

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What is also involved in a freehand drawing is a reference image, at least this is the case when you are working from a photograph but this can also relate to when you are drawing from life. It all just involves studying something and looking at how everything relates to each other. The best way to try and estimate measurements when sketching is to look at the image overall. For instance, if we take a look at this drawing. In beginning, I started this drawing from the hair and then from that point I used the hair I had drawn as a way for me to estimate the size of everything. The eye here, when compared to the hair, is something I take into consideration before drawing it in. I look at where it is in comparison to the eye and stuff like that. So building the drawing from one point always using the starting point and overpass I draw as a way of guiding me.

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In the beginning, why did I start this drawing from the hair, there isn't an exact reason I probably looked at the image at the start and tried to work out the best starting point and place where I could build the rest of the drawing from usually the eyes is a good starting point because it's in the center of the face and so it's easy to draw in and locate at the nose and the mouth and all the rest. With this image, I started with the hair because I thought I'd go ahead and get a lot of this hair drawn in and get the shape of the head done.

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Use the reference image as your main source of information or if you are drawing from life then use what it is you are drawing. For example, if you are looking at something in life then it's going to be pretty similar, the lighting and shadows could potentially change as you are drawing and looking at the subject. But the form, the texture and the scale of it will remain the same. If you want to practice then working from photos might be easier as all of the information you need to draw will be there to look at.

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So I've been drawing using a charcoal 59-3B pencil. This is great for being able to create a variety of different pencil shades and turns just by changing the pressure you apply to the paper. Another thing that I want to talk about is making mistakes and trying again because freehand drawing is quite challenging to get accurate results. You might find yourself having to erase areas and redraw them. I do this quite a lot if it's not looking right and it can be frustrating sometimes especially if you can't seem to get it right.

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What I tend to do is to start in the part of the drawing that I am struggling with from a different point. For example, if I'm struggling with the eye, then I'd start drawing the parts around the eye and then naturally that will form the shape of the eye.

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That's just a few tips and a bit of advice I can give you on freehand drawing. That's pretty much everything from me today. Thank you, everyone! I really appreciate it!

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wow, amazing! I wish I could draw like you! Unfortunately, i'm not creative that way

Very informative and good tips, i as an artist can say it was great!

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Thank you @edgarsart that means a lot coming from an artist like you! :)

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+Started following you now:)

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Simply stunning!!

I'm going to do a project of drawing some Vietnamese terracotta artisans, so I'll use all your tips. Hopefully I can make it. Thank you for being a great inspiration!

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I can’t wait to see! Are you back from Vacation yet?

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Not yet. I'm still traveling around

wow you amazed me again

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que hermoso dibujo es increible, diria que es perfecto

yo tambien dibujo puedes verlos en mi blog
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Very nice drawing!

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Thank you again :) @muzammil381

Really, really nice!

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Thank you@lec

Have you tried drawing with Ipad? I tried it for the first time. I drew my daughter! You have inspired me to want to draw!! Don't laugh at my bad drawing...it's a start! 😊fullsizeoutput_7b86.jpeg

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Starting is important, consistency is key. Nice one.

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Hopefully, practice will make better & better!

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Wow your daughter is really good! :) u should be proud ahaha

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Wow, what a great compliment coming from you! I need to go buy a sketchbook and pencil now!😍

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Sir @vaansteam you have drawn such a pretty girl. Her eyes looks like the eyes of deer💜. Your drawing tips helps us to be a good artist and draw some awesome. Great job sir.......keep it up......

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Ahaha a deer 🦌? that’s nice :)

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything

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Yeah very true

If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.

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Yeah you’re also right about that! :)

Every time I see your sketch progression it reminds of that 1980's video by A-Ha, "Take on Me." You just need a catchy keyboard/synthesizer beat and you have a 1980's rock gold!

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I love that song! One of my favorite!

Beautiful portrait! I really like your drawings. Is it a white pensil or a white pastel you are using for highlights?
Thanks for the tips!

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Yes for the highlights I used pastel :)

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Thanks👍🏻

Wow so wonderful
Thx for the post

Great picture

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Thank you so much!

Good job!

Very impressive work. Also surprisingly good tips. I'm no where near the artist you are, but those tips will certainly help. Thanks. Upvoted, followed and resteemed.

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I’m sure u can be if u try :)

@vaansteam ,you really are a good artist eversince. You are so blessed for having that talent. Wishing I would have that skill too.

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Yeah I feel blessed thank you

NICE JOB DUDE.AS ALWAYS.

my little sister will have her drawing exam next week and , excited ,i show her your technique but i thing i’ve done a bad thing because she said to me: do you think i'm picasso or what ? And just leave hhhh

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Ahaha thank you for showing my work to her but I don’t want her to be mad at you :)

Oh dear, wha a great artist you are! Its very helpful post of a art and you described it nicely, i always appreciate your art,thanks to share your, have a nice day.

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Thank you u have a nice day as well!

Wow ....here you are again...you amazed me again @vaansteam, beautiful artwork😘

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Thanks again for your wonderful support! :)

Wonderful artistic hand.

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amazing keep up the good work.

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Thank you 😊

Great job!

the power of art and the amazing camera effect.

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Yeah thank you for noticing:)

its so outstanding art
looking so great !
i surprised to this are
really awesome

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Thank you so much :)

wooooow Excellent drawing friend congratulations.
I also draw this is one of my last works.
https://steemit.com/art/@easytutospc/drawing-of-naruto-and-kurama-fanart

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Your art is very nice too. I’m getting into coloring soon. Check back for more :)

this drwing is amazing.you really are a good artist.blessed for your telent.

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Thank you so much @raftaar

This is no common creativity. Nice work!

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Not my best work but I will do better

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Haha if I had this skill just only to sketch man I'm at the top of the world! That's really humble of you man

the power of art and the amazing and beautiful

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That’s right! :)

That was very cool to see the transition along the way. A great looking picture!

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Thank you so much. :)@stakinag47

WOW amazing drawing. I used try to draw by myself but the original with my drawing was a little different. I admire people with such a talent.

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A little different is really good. For me drawing is also a form of meditation. Best of luck to you!

I liked your post you did an excellent job!!

Que belleza amigo... felicitaciones.

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Thank you

I've Always wanted to learn how to freehand draw and these are some really great advicefor me. Very technical yet very essential. Indeed freehand drawing or any form of art takes a lot of time and effort to turn them into something wonderful. Hardwork beats talent if talent don't work hard. Thank you so much for your post , I enjoyed reading it @vaansteam. :)

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Thank you for taking your time to comment! :)

i am very passionate about drawing,and here you are with tips on how to draw. this is really nice.

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I’m glad you’re very passionate about drawing. Thank you!

great talent!

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Thank you

Very beautiful drawing. I could not do it but my niece does. Here is her drawing post:
https://steemit.com/thai/@mantana/my-art
She is newbie in this platform and need some supporting for her talent.

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Okay I will check it out thanks

thanks for your valuable tips.it helps artist definitly.thanks for sharing.

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Your welcome :)

Dear Artzonian, thanks for using the #ArtzOne hashtag. Your work is valuable to the @ArtzOne community. Quote of the week: Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics. -Victor Pinchuk

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You’re doing great things @artzone!

INDESCRIBABLE ART WORK
THAT WAS A REAL TALENT
YOU ARE VERY CREATIVE AND CRAFTY
NICE WORK.

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Thank you very much @youngsteem

@vaansteam another great drawing tutorial. Cheers! I need to know how do you capture your drawings to publish? camera or something?

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It’s a reference photo from google. Thanks again for the awesome support!

Hola @vaansteam, muy buen trabajo, gracias por los consejos y por compartir tus conocimientos. :-). Saludos.

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Thank you! :)

it finished how many hours @vaansteam

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It took me about 6hrs for this drawing

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ohhh ...
if with my painting good baseball

I haven't drawn in years, but I'm inspired to start again. I bookmarked the page and followed you so I can brush up on my skills. Thanks for the inspiration.

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I’m glad you’re inspired to draw again. Art is amazing. Keep doing what you love :)

To be candid, I've not out a comment here to win SBD, but your creativity as thrilled me. I hope I draw my amateur drawings too in a short while... Excellent creativity....Steem higher...

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Hope to see some of your work! :)

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OK, I will soon be fully back on STEEMIT soon, I'm busy right now, that's why I've not been posting lately...

Congratulations on this beautiful image. The technique is amazing.

nice work @vaansteam

Amazing your art & drawing sir,,,,,
i think you are a great artist on steemit.
thanks for sharing your valuable post....

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Happy that you think so!

Amazing draw!! Hope you check my las the post https://steemit.com/story/@valeriaquiaro/american-horror-story

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I will thank you! 😊

@vaansteam she look beautiful sexy!

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Thank you so much @kailin.mai

Nice art @vaansteam
You actually put life into your sketch.

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I try my best. I’m only getting better.

Me encantó. Intentare hacerlo. Gracias por compartir.

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Thank you

Wow, such a magnificent drawings. You are so talented. I have always been infatuated with art, but always believe that I do not have any talent. My education has focused too much on memorizing and rote learning rather than dreaming and creating things. I hope that my love with art will change for the better in the near future :)

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I’m sure you have talent that you may not be aware of ;)

This is wonderful and well detailed I greatly enjoyed reading this

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Thank you for the wonderful support! :)

i love

Great work - So talented!

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Thank you very much!

What a gorgeous finished product (:
Thanks for the tips!

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Thank you so much @mizapizza

Your post is very good!

Now look me in the eye and Follow Me @cryptopay-blogYour post is very good

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Funny :D

Before I saw the black pencil with the fingers attached I was convinced that this was a old school photograph from 1913.
You're on magma stunner!!

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You’re right it does look kinda old school ahaha

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Keep up the stellar work. We need this kind of magic..

Great article!

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Thank you!

Hello. I am very impressed with your talent. I'm far from such a level. but I'm trying to improve it. Teach me my Master. Regards.

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I’m sure you will get better in no time. Keep drawing!

thanks for your valuable tips

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You’re very welcome!

Perfect and vivid work! as always)

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Thank you so much @shumbahills

So beautiful drawing~^^

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Thank you :)

Wow great work👍

Dope as always, charcoal is the best! Great work you're doing helping others get better with every post. Keep it going brother.

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Charcoal is the best but also getting into other form of medium like painting and coloring

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That's nice, I have plans for that too later

good post and I like your post @vaansteam

This is so good! You have amazing skills. The detail is on point. I always find it hard to free hand draw people. I always get proportions wrong. But practice make perfect ☺

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practice makes perfect! 👌

Hi! Is that blonde with black eyebrows? Very black... I liked the way you drew your hair the most.
And about technology I have there is question. I'm not sure it's worth recommending hair as a starting point. As a rule, the portrait drawing should go evenly: the main proportions of the face, eyes, nose, mouth. If a person who has little practice in drawing starts as you advise your drawing with hair, he will not succeed.
Thanks to your experience and professionalism you can start as you like and your drawing will surely turn out )

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Yeah I noticed it's kinda black. I need to work of it. Thank you for pointing that out :) You maybe right I try to challenge myself to draw from different starting point. But I usually draw the nose first as it is the center of the face.

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Why invent a bicycle? For many years there is a school of drawing )
Of course, every artist can draw the way he likes, I do not want to teach you. You have great work!

You are very creative when it comes to drawing, and I very much agree with your first tip, that it is necessary for one to be patient. Being patient can enable you achieve about 90% perfect image.

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Yeah some people already give up before they even start

You are great at painting@vaansteam

fantastic art! unbelievable. go ahead.

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Thank you so much!

Unreally Real. You art is mindblowing Vaan

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Thank you! That means a lot!

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You are awesome Vaan

nice work dud but your picture after must be a little colorful line for example eyes .. maybe hair little just little ;) thanks for sharing

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Yeah maybe haha thank you

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Your welcome ;)

This post has received a 9 % upvote from @kath1 thanks to: @laefboy.

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As always I stand in awe of your talent. I am curious to know what the reference image looks like or was it shared and I simply cannot tell the original from the copy.

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Maybe next time I’ll will show the reference:)

Omg I want to learn how to draw like that. Amazing!

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Thank you @anne-c I’m sure you can learn anything if you put you mind into it :)

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@vaansteam I will put my mind into it :) Thank you

Two thumbs up!
You're meant to be that great...

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Thank you for the thumbs up! :)

absolutely stunning drawing @vaansteam. I am so impressed with your artistic ability, to be able to draw like that is something that I can only wish for at the moment.

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Thank you so much. I still need need some improvement and I hope to get better by the day :)

Excellent info. Thanks!

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Your welcome

Wow amazing art!

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you are great.jpg

I like it very much.

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Thank you!

Realmente hermoso... muy detallada tu explicación ... me encantó

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Thank you :)

Beautiful work once again @vaansteam 😁

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Thank you @picmach :D

Wonderful sketch @vaansteam, i always dream to can draw like that, that's why i always learning about art

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Keep learning and keep drawing!

Outstanding!