Essential Tips for Beginner Artists to Learn How to Sketch

You dream of becoming an artist one day. But actually taking steps to get there can seem scary! Maybe you dabble in doodling, and you are often wondering “why am I so bad at drawing?” But how can you work on improving your skills?

Putting pen to paper can be overwhelming, I know. I’ve been there too! When I was first starting out, I knew I wanted to go down the creative route of being a designer and artist. But I didn’t know the best way to hone my skills and become confident in drawing, sketching, and painting.

Here are the tips I wish I knew when I was a beginner artist. Follow these tips, and you’ll soon become much more confident in your abilities! Plus, you’ll work on improving your skills and learn some essential habits every artist needs to have. You’ll also have fun with these simple tips and practices! In no time, you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come!

1. Use the appropriate tools

You need to get comfortable with your tools. There’s no need to splurge on the most expensive pencils and tools. You can create amazing drawings with a few simple pencils and some good-quality paper.

I recommend starting with a sketchbook, HB, 2B, and 6B pencils, an eraser, and a sharpener. Add in some different types of paper, so you can see what works best for you.

Spend time using these simple but effective tools. You will become more confident in what you can do. There’s no need to spend a lot of money or overcomplicate things.

2. Start with basic shapes and forms

It’s tempting to skip a few steps and jump straight into sketching a complicated design. You might be more interested in sketching a face than individual facial features. But don’t try to run before you can walk!

It’s so important to master basic shapes. Only then should you attempt anything more complicated. Putting time into learning these essential forms will make such a difference. Once you’ve developed a solid understanding of form, you can try your hand at anything.

Don’t rush! It’s essential that you take your time with these basic steps. You won’t regret it!

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My name is Outmane Amahou, 2D / 3D graphic designer and artist.
I like drawing and painting. I'm an avid reader of books in various fields such as creativity, innovation, and technology.
I have a great appreciation for minimalism in art, design, and life.

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