It is always a wonder seeing artists with vast experience drawing at such incredible speed and also with so much accuracy. It is no doubt that anyone can draw anything, even if it is a line. But, drawing objects that should have taken a whole day in just a few hours or less, is a new level of artistic mastery. The accuracy of replicating the image or object on the drawing surface with such swift speed is, however, skills that require individual development and not just mere talent.
A significant reason why increasing the speed at which you draw is beneficial is that you produce more copies of your fantastic works within a defined period. Likewise, this boosts your muscle memory. With such creative skill harnessed, your brainpower goes through the roof as you need not hit your head with a hammer before making sketches, shapes, and even having outstanding results.
Having a few secrets on improving your drawing abilities and accuracy is therefore essential to show the world the greatness that resides in you. The tips provided here thus requires constant practice that if acted upon, you get that desired improvement in your artistic works.
Well, strap up your boots as we ride into seven great tips that help you draw faster:
Making Use of Your Whole Arm
It is one of the significant techniques which helps you in improving your drawing speed. It, however, depends on the posture by which the instrument used in the drawing is being handled. Some artists focus much on drawing without considering that the movement of the hand is involved. The comfortability of the entire arm is all that is needed to create a masterpiece.
Your wrist is used as a hinge when writing with your pen. It is this movement of the wrist that naturally comes to drawing when you hold your pencil. Holding and moving your pen with your wrist in your preferred way is particularly useful when writing letters and even marks in drawings. However, when your drawings are bigger, either with your pencil, paint or whatsoever, you might want to rethink using only your wrist.
Your wrist gets jammed in such cases, and thus, you need to draw with your entire arm right from your shoulder. The wrist does not become the hinge anymore, but instead, the arm starting from the shoulder becomes the giant compass used in drawing huge curves or even straighter lines. You get to make different intensities of line drawing from your shoulder. Whereas, the wrist can be used for the final touches and details.
Drawing from the shoulder helps you to draw big and more expressive works. Better to draw with the entire arm and make the necessary mistakes now. You should, in fact, be proud of those mistakes as they are a path to your artistic perfection. Still, make the necessary corrections as you learn, and in no time, you tend to draw faster and have more accuracy.
This tip will help you in creating drawings quickly and still aid you to maintain accuracy. By mastering the art of drawing at speed, you become the master of time. As an artist, being a master of time when drawing requires you to giving yourself a limited time to expressing your work. You might feel unhappy about missing out on some crucial details, but as time goes on, you start to get better at speed drawing based on a time limit.
Time limitation for you as an artist is never for you to start getting tensed because you want to achieve a perfect work—no. It is actually as a means of attaining swift accuracy that still portrays what is being drawn. Achieving this requires you starting your sets of drawings within a time frame of two to three minutes. Drawing within this time frame might seem small for you, but for experts, it is too much to achieve a good drawing. It is why you are advised to take your time in practice. Although you can ignore timing yourself when practicing, it is, however, the best way to achieve being a fast artist.
Furthermore, you might tend to feel you are ready to kick it up a notch by reducing your time limitation from three or two minutes to just one minute for your drawings; you can go ahead. The only limitation to your inability to draw fast now is your inability to challenge yourself. As time goes on, you are struck with the lightning of drawing within thirty seconds—making you the Flash of drawing.
Drawing using Basic Shapes
Artists often approach the drawing of some objects by simply drawing lines that best fit the object being drawn. The line is regarded as the most influential element of art and therefore is very important that students of arts those interested in drawing fast to master the art of lines.
Mastering drawing the contour of lines is by far faster than you holding your pencil in your hand and tracing the object from its Genesis. While you achieve a good result, you tend to waste time—making you a slow drawer. Therefore, drawing objects in the form of the simplest of shapes makes drawing simpler and faster with good accuracy achieved.
To attain the height of a swift artist, drawing with basic shapes requires you breaking down every object seen into simple shapes. Combining these basic shapes, you tend to draw the objects quickly. For instance, a cup can be broken down into simple segments which serve as a basic-shaped structure for which the actual object can be drawn. The layers can include a bracket which the handle of the cup will be placed upon and a rectangle with a side erased. As simple as the drawing of a cup is, this simple basic shape trick can be taught to kids who are interested in learning how to draw at the speed of light. It is merely breaking the complex into the simple to achieve the complex with ease.
Drawing Moving Objects and People
It is the norm in every art school to have a drawing session where models pose for art students. The model at these sessions tends to change their pose within minutes. The change in posture can disrupt that which is drawn, so it takes a master of time and accuracy to capture the object or model within seconds. However, this is not the essence of these exercises. Instead, these models or objects moving are placed for drawing to capture their shape, form, or even the movement with excellent precision.
Furthermore, the essence of such exercises for you helps your speed and opens your inner-vision to capture every element that makes up the object or person being drawn. For your practice, while you might find it expensive to pay a model to pose for your artistic prowess, you can take your sit on a bench in a park and draw the movements of people. Again, you can be at the comfort of your home, drawing objects being shown on the television or any display system.
An easy way of drawing people or objects in motion is by merely using simple tools such as the graphite pencil or even the ballpoint pen. Before drawing because they would not just stay put, it is advisable you at first observe the objects or animals vividly. Remember, you are told the essence of this form of drawing is to capture every element of these objects or people while in motion. What is vital in these drawings is not the nitty-gritty details of the moving objects, but rather the shapes and movement of the object or person.
Leaving Out Details from the Drawing
Being an artist gives you some creative liberty that still does not affect the quality of your drawing. Part of such freedom is to lift some aspects of the drawing intentionally from what the viewers can see. It keeps the viewers left to their imagination. Omitting details as an artist is never a crime but rather a speedy way of getting your drawings out.
Imagine having to draw a very complex object in a limited amount of time, and you are not told to create a replica of the object with no part left out. What best way to draw the object than to draw it into simplified forms with lines and shapes speedily? A successful omission of details in a drawing can be the omission of unimportant shapes or lines of the object which does not hamper the ideas being passed across to the viewers.
As explained above the freedom of being an artist, you can use several techniques to conceal the omissions from the viewers’ eyes. Methods such as shading come into play for your advantage. Plain hatching can be used for the shaded areas, and details can be left out on the aspects where the light hits.
You should remember not to get pulled down by paying attention to every detail when drawing. Your quest to becoming an artist that draws fast cannot be accomplished if you become obsessed with every hidden feature of the object depicted. You waste your time, effort, and the drawing might not even get completed. What then is the point?
Know thy Medium
While this tip looks confusing, it is however simple as to knowing oneself and thus, knowing the medium that best suits you for achieving maximum speed when drawing. If you want to draw faster, then you must be prepared to be used to a medium that best suits you for the craved rate.
What then does it mean to get a suitable medium? Tools like charcoal, ink pens, brushes, charcoal, and many more, are those mediums by which an artist draws. Using any of these available mediums thus depends on how good you are with the mediums.
All that make up these mediums play a significant role in the type of speed which you want to achieve. For instance, let us consider drawing a big object that requires a lot of shades, and you then make use of a sharpened colored pencil, compared to charcoal. The use of mediums like the charcoal has garnered serious use for artists due to the nature of the medium. The amount of time the pencil will take to cover the shades will be more than when compared to charcoal. Also, it will require more arm-power to attain this, further causing a delay in getting the drawing results. Also, medium like the pastel is faster when compared to the colored pencil. Pastels can be spread quickly when compared with pencils.
Above all, to complete drawings faster without stress, it is best to know which suits your style of drawing.
The End Justifies Your Drawings and Vice Versa
Not a parable but one of the essential tips which you need to adhere. While you are in the quest of drawing fast, you should remember to relax and follow the tips provided here when drawing. Being in a relaxed state as an artist is for sure priceless, and consequently, you get the desired drawings as you keep on practicing.
Much emphasis should not be placed on the errors committed when in the state of transitioning into an artist that draws fast. Perfection is never a thing achieved at once. With constant practice on drawings, you tend to achieve more than when being bothered with the mistakes along the way. These should never be looked at as imperfections but as great masterpieces that show your artistic abilities. Thus, your end justifying your previous drawings while transitioning.
On the other hand, after much practice and have harnessed the ability to draw fast, your drawings then justifies the end which you have worked for so much to achieve.
While all these are considered helpful tips, it is still vital that you remember that you are not in any race of getting a more accurate drawing, but instead, the drawings you produce should come from within with you being in a creative and calm realm. As explained earlier, nothing is more satisfying as getting the desired results when you practice, and you are in a tranquil state.
When Do I Start Drawing Fast?
Drawing at incredible speed requires the practice and the knowledge to achieve. You have been given the knowledge with these tips; the other is up to you. The mediums of achieving greatness have been placed on your easel; it is left to you to make use of these helpful tips. As the saying goes, ‘With great drawing tips, comes excellent results’—something like that.