How do you become a better painter

How do I get better at drawing? 10 tried and tested tips!

Our top 10 for your success as an artist:

Each of us has asked ourselves "How do I get better at drawing?"Or"How are others improving?"We address these questions and not only describe our top 10 for effective growth as a draftsman, but also discuss and comment on our topics.

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Summary for all "I-prefer-to-read" creatives:

Marvin's Top 5 Tips "How Do I Get Better At Drawing?":

1. Constantly reinventing yourself

Willi: With regard to the fact that you break out of your old habits again and again and thereby expand your horizons, learn new things and constantly develop, I fully agree.

Maxim: In any case! But you have to be careful, depending on the drawing phase you are currently in. If you know clearly which drawing style you want to learn, then it is advisable to concentrate only on learning this one drawing style during this phase. Without being distracted by other things. I would say that at the beginning of your drawing career you should always reinvent yourself in order to learn and grow quickly. Because that's how you find out which artist you want to be. And once you know, to focus for a while and become a master at something. Focus and "one-sidedness" are also part of the artist's path, I think. :)

2. Create an environment that shares your enthusiasm and (optionally) look for a rival or competitor.

Willi: A comfortable environment can make drawing and painting even more fun than just sitting at home alone while doing this. And a friendly rivalry helps to drive and motivate each other.

Maxim: I can only draw for myself for a certain amount of time, then I feel urged to meet other artists and scribble with them! I was once on a drawing boot camp with other artists. We were on a castle property for a week and focused on a joint drawing project. I learned soooo much! The others inspired me and gave me new impulses. I only did drawing day and night for the week, in a perfect setting. A really great experience!

If you have healthy competition and challenge others in a playful way, it can motivate you immensely and improve your drawing! I like to do it myself to push myself. But you have to be careful and not get too emotionally involved. Otherwise you just burn out!

3. Have no claim to perfection!

Willi: Sometimes difficult to implement, but extremely important! This way you don't lose the fun of art, which leads to the fact that you keep drawing and developing. Mistakes are part of the process of learning.

Maxim: "Being able to make mistakes" is a big theme in everyone's artistic development. Unfortunately, we were taught in school that mistakes are bad. Because we always got bad grades for that. The truth is, however, that mistakes are necessary and are part of improving. If you are too "perfectionist" and try not to allow mistakes, you block your art and make no progress. I've seen that with a lot of drawing students, unfortunately. Therefore, don't put too much pressure on yourself, look forward to mistakes and rather concentrate on not making these mistakes again and again.

4. Look for different role models!

Willi: You can learn a lot from different role models and broaden your horizons. They inspire and motivate. By picking what you like most from many different role models, your own style will crystallize out over a long period of time.

Maxim: I think it's important that you don't get stuck with a role model for too long. Otherwise you lose sight of your own art and become a copy of the model. Therefore, learn "fix" what you need for your own art and then either practice for yourself or move on to the next role model. That's how I do it :)

5. Build a daily drawing routine!

Willi: A routine can be both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes it is helpful to break out of an old routine in order to break new ground and thus get new ideas, ways of thinking and inspiration. At the same time, routines can be extremely helpful in order to develop yourself further, to work on yourself regularly and to work towards a certain goal in order to finally achieve it. You can then set a new goal for yourself.

Maxim: I differentiate in the topic "drawing routine" into 2 areas. One is the really long drawing routine that takes years and the other is the drawing routine that takes 1-3 months. I myself have never managed to do one and the same exercise for years. But over 1-3 months! So I change my short-term drawing routines every few months and stay motivated. My long-term routine over the past few years has always been drawing. No matter what I've drawn, the main thing is to draw! Almost every day! Because that also improves my overall drawing skill.

Willis' Top 5 Tips "How Do I Get Better At Drawing?":

1. Draw THAT what you LOVE or like

Marvin: I agree with that, because it is essential to maintain one's joy in drawing.

Maxim: That warms my heart! XD I've always followed my heart and I've never been wrong with it. I am interested in people. That's why I have specialized in drawing portraits. I love to draw people and never get tired of it. A nice feeling to do what you love and to earn good money with it. :)

2. Lots of experimentation!

Marvin: Experimentation is very important because it allows you to develop your drawing style and become more flexible in drawing.

Maxim: As mentioned above. Marvin and Willi are relatively at the beginning of their drawing and love to experiment a lot. I'm trying to master my knowledge right now. That's why I focus on one topic and don't allow myself to be distracted by other drawing styles or other artists. It is therefore important to me to experiment a lot, depending on the phase in which you are.

3. Regularly train the basics (perspective, basic shapes, shading, anatomy, proportion, drawing figures)

Marvin: The basics remain one of the most important things and you should never stop working on them and developing them further, even professionals do that.

Maxim: Oh yeah! You can always do that! Even the best professionals do that. Many think that if you are super good and super successful at drawing, then you don't need to practice anymore. But exactly the opposite is the case. Achieving and maintaining a mastery requires constant practice of the basics. So it's best to learn to love practicing as early as possible!

4. Alternately draw from references and draw from imagination

Marvin: You can practice through targeted study, fill your inner library and, above all, learn to access it in a targeted manner. It is extremely important. Drawers like Kim Jung Gi have mastered these techniques.

Maxim: Drawing is soooo important! And not uncool at all, as many claim. How often have I heard the comment from participants: "This is signed? Achsoo ... then it is not special". That's just not true! Tracing, copying and drawing from the head are completely equal for me. It should only be used in different learning phases.

I took "Pausen" into it because I once led a kids drawing course and a lot of kids first popped up. But then the parents said: "That is nonsense! My child will never learn to draw like this! It should immediately draw freely!" As a result, the child was under too much pressure and hadn't drawn at all. Taking a break gets you used to drawing. It brings a sense of achievement that you need at first to trust yourself more. At some point the kids started drawing freely by themselves. It is the same with signing! Draw as long as necessary and until you feel comfortable drawing out of your head!

5. Meditate & enjoy learning

Marvin: As a basic attitude, enjoyment of learning is of blatant importance not only for drawing, but in general for all areas of life. I personally have little experience with meditation, but I notice that time-consuming drawings such as charcoal portraits bring me into a relaxed, almost meditation-like state after a while.

Maxim: There are many different forms of meditation. I meditate almost every day. But I don't turn my mind off, but instead direct my thoughts in a positive direction. In the direction of my health, my optimistic thinking and my goals. So every day is a successful and happy day for me. It also allows me to draw better and be more creative.

And of course I also have more fun learning with it. I love to learn! I thought it was boring at school, but now I learn something new every day. Either in terms of drawing directly or indirectly in that what I have learned improves my life.

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Moved to a special podcast :) The top 5 of the other two simply made for such interesting conversations that we decided to split up the podcast.