Top Ten Art Techniques that Can Improve Your Drawing and Coloring

AnimeDrawer
I want to help people who struggle with drawing by making this list. I hope this information helps.

The Top Ten

1 When you color with colored pencils, try to mix some colors lightly, then blend it with a white colored pencil to cover the white spots

Thanks for the list, it is a great help. - micahisthebest

When I color with colored pencils, I'd mix some colors that go on a hue (I recommend creating color hues when coloring, even when you draw traditionally/hand drawing because It gives off a more 3D look). I've never used a COPIC marker before (they're too expensive in my country and they're only sold in certain stores in my country) The bookstore at the nearest mall does sell a lot of copic markers but they come in single markers. And they still are way too overpriced. I don't wanna buy counterfeits, though because the quality will be different. Many people I know use COPIC markers to color their traditional artwork, but I'll stick with colored pencils. I'll try COPIC markers once I'm older - MLPFan

Thanks AnimeDrawer. I appreciate your help 😊 - MLPFan

2 When you draw a face and a body, use guide lines to make the face and body look more accurate

Nuhhh, these are good and all for beginners to know about, but truly, I have never used guidelines for anything and I really believe that all artists shouldn't after establishing the technique. If you use guidelines forever, you trap yourself into certain proportions and you lose artistic freedom. You also tend to subconsciously mold all humans into one frame (like some people just don't have their eyes at the midline of the face and some people have crazy long legs...etc). Freehand everything, and the world is opened, and your proportional intuition is going to get better and better. Also, you can start developing a sense of how and where to exaggerate, which is always going to look better or at least more interesting than a perfectly proportioned face and body. - keycha1n

I rarely use guide lines, but this list is to help people who are struggling with drawing. But yeah, I mostly draw freehand, and I agree it is better for me. - AnimeDrawer

I mostly use guidelines when I draw the body, feet and hands. When I draw the head in a full body drawing, I just draw a circle, add a plus sign, and form the face. But If I draw in a potrait art, I only use two guidelines for the eyes and locating the head. - MLPFan

This is a great list, AnimeDrawer! I should try some of these.

Thanks, I made this list to help others who are struggling in drawing improve. I am honestly not the best artist, but I would like to give some advice to help people with drawing. - AnimeDrawer

One of the best artists I know uses this technique. I like it. This one is cool. Thanks for the awesome list! 😘❤️

3 When you shade with a pencil, use a napkin to make the pencil coloring look smoother

Can you use cotton buds, too? - MLPFan

4 Use shapes such as squares, circles, and more shapes to make your body look better
5 Draw in pencil first, then trace it with ink, and then carefully erase the pencil lines
6 When you draw cartoons, anime, and comic book style, use ink, when you are drawing something more realistic, it is better to not use ink

Ooh! I usually line the pencil lines with a drawing pen and I would occassionally colour some parts with black ink - MLPFan

7 Use cross hatching when you draw comic or manga style
8 When coloring with markers, blend by mixing the lighter tone with the darker tone of a color using the lighter tone marker
9 Practice drawing wrinkles and folds to make the clothing look better
10 Try to add shadows where it is necessary, including people, animals, nature, vehicles, architecture, and items

The Contenders

11 Shift the hue when shading and adding light

I've seen many digital artists that don't shift the hue. Shifting the hue makes it a much more 3-d look to the piece

Yeah. You should also blend colors that shade with each other to make the coloring look lively - MLPFan

12 When coloring with colored pencils or markers, start with the darker tone of a color and then get lighter and lighter with the lighter tones of that color

My coloring pencil collection only has 12 colors and they're base colors (the only shades are a dark blue and a light blue) but I'll try to check for more - MLPFan

13 If you're drawing a circle, trace a coin to form a better circle

This is what I usually do - MLPFan

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1. When you color with colored pencils, try to mix some colors lightly, then blend it with a white colored pencil to cover the white spots
2. When you draw a face and a body, use guide lines to make the face and body look more accurate
3. When you shade with a pencil, use a napkin to make the pencil coloring look smoother
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