I have an activity, especially suited for those willing to draw people either anime or realistically. I am assuming you are recognising the styles that you wish to someday achieve. If you do not yet know what you want to draw like, you can still try this activity.

  • Step 1: Find an image of the style of art you want to achieve. Usually, my chosen images (I do this process almost daily) look something like these: Daisuke by pienemien and BANG by cheeka-pyo because that is how I like to draw and it is a style I want to learn more about.
    If you are going to submit the result pictures anywhere, be sure to first ask the original owner of the picture, and to also give credit to the artist.

  • Step 2: Print the image out and try to trace over it. How you trace doesn’t really matter, as long as you can see the image beneath. Get a feel for the lines in the image, as we are only concentrating on the lines for now.
    Take a step back and look at it once it’s done. How well did you trace?

  • Step 3: Next, try to draw the image freehand, remembering how you drew the lines when you traced it. Try to do this drawing on the same page as the traced image, unless the image is large of course.
    After you have drawn it freehand, step back and look at it carefully. Are you impressed/displeased? Why are you happy/unhappy with it? Don’t expect too much from yourself as of yet, though, as it’s all a process.

  • Step 4: Then hide the original image and try to draw another freehand sketch based on the one you traced and your first freehand image. Try to consciously recognise the curves and lines in the image.
    Afterwards, take a good look at it. Which of your three is better? The traced one, the one copied from the original, or the one copied from your copies? Realistically, one of the three should be better than both of the others.

The great thing about this activity is that it ’s endless, though you can stop when your wrist begins to sound like it needs oiling. Keep on drawing the picture again and again. Are you seeing improvement simply by drawing it? You should be, because it’s called practice. The improvement is gradual, but it’s there, and that’s what counts. Learning to draw is accumulative. Who would’ve thought practice actually improved your drawing skills, eh?

I have had numerous people telling me that they really like my advice on art journals and my attitude towards art. If these journals and activities benefit you, please let me know. If you think I am full of myself, you can tell me that too, if you really feel the urge


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