How to Get Better at Drawing for Beginners (with a 30 Day Drawing Challenge)

If you want to learn how to get better at drawing and participate in my 30-Day Drawing Challenge, keep reading!

It is often assumed that artists are born with a natural talent for drawing and that you could never be as good as the artist you admire. This is not true. Like any skill, being good at drawing takes practice and patience to develop.

However, there are some things you can do to speed up the process and improve your skills more quickly. Here are ten tips for how to get better at drawing as a beginner.

cute female drawing
Learn how to draw cute girls from the artist Christina Lorre.
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Watch the tutorial on How to Draw Six Types of Eyes.

1. Start with the Basics

If you want to get better at anything, you need to start with the basics. When it comes to drawing, that means learning about shapes, lines, and proportions. Once you have a firm understanding of these basic elements, you can move on to more complex techniques.

There are plenty of resources available to help you learn the basics of drawing, so take advantage of them. When you’re first starting out, I find drawing tutorials for kids to be very helpful.

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Check out these human anatomy drawing references.

2. Use Reference Materials

One of the best ways to improve your drawing skills is to use reference materials. This can be anything from photographs to life drawing classes.

Having a reference to look at will help you understand how to create the shapes and lines you see in real life. It’s also a good way to practice your techniques.

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Artist Cameron Mark creates amazing female character sketches.

3. Experiment with Different Mediums

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different mediums when you’re first starting out. Trying new things is a great way to find what works best for you.

Some people prefer pencils, while others like charcoal or even digital art. Find the medium that you’re most comfortable with and stick with it.

Credit: @lilypawstudio
easy flower drawing and watercolor
You can use watercolor paint to take your art to the next level.

4. Practice, Practice, Practice

The only way to get better at drawing is to practice as much as you can. Set aside time each day to draw, even if it’s just for a few minutes. The more you practice, the better you’ll become.

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Credit: artworld587 | Learn how to draw eyes with these sketches.

5. Join a Class or Workshop

If you want to learn from a professional, consider joining a class or workshop. These can be found at local art stores or online. They’re usually reasonably priced and offer a great way to improve your skills.

If you want to go the free route, there are so many amazing drawing classes and tutorials on YouTube. Here are a few to get you started:

  1. Free Basic Drawing Class by Markowsky Art (includes 40 free lessons)
  2. How to Sketch: Sketching Tips for Beginners by Makoccino
  3. How to Shade with Pencil for Beginners by Rapid Fire Art
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Credit: urbankate_in_ca

6. Take Reference Photos

Reference photos are a great way to help you learn how to draw realistically. Take pictures of things you’d like to draw and use them as reference material. Some examples of things you can photograph are:

  1. Flowers
  2. Trees
  3. Plants
  4. Mugs
  5. Animals
  6. Food
  7. Mountains
  8. Things in your backyard
  9. The sky
  10. Cars
  11. Family
  12. Boots
  13. Candles
  14. Random things around the house
  15. Buildings

7. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

Everyone learns at their own pace, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see results as quickly as someone else. Just keep practicing, and eventually, you’ll get there.

Credit: @lilypawstudio

8. Try Different Styles

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles of drawing. If you find one you like, stick with it for a while, but feel free to switch things up from time to time.

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Artist Mixx Karen has her own unique drawing style.

9. Try Still Life Drawings

One fun way to practice your drawing skills is to do a still-life drawing. This involves drawing an inanimate object, like a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers. It may seem like a simple task, but still-life drawings can be surprisingly complex.

They require you to pay attention to detail and perspective and can also help you improve your shading skills.

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Credit: Natalia | Use these step-by-step drawing tutorials to improve your drawing skills.

10. Get Feedback

Show your drawings to other people and get their feedback. This can help you pinpoint areas that need improvement.

If you don’t have people in your life who can judge your art, post your work on social media asking for constructive criticism. I’ve found the online art community to be extremely friendly and helpful.

Watch the tutorial for How to Draw Hair.

11. Have Fun Drawing

At the end of the day, drawing should be something you enjoy. So relax, take your time, and don’t put too much pressure on yourself.

If you find yourself getting stressed out, take a break and come back to it later.

Girl with Her Head in Space Drawing
Credit: Pinterest

Take My 30-Day Drawing Challenge

As I mentioned previously, drawing or sketching something every day is the best thing you can do if you want to get better at drawing.

I love 30-day challenges like this because they give me a guideline to follow that I can stick to. If you’re ready to challenge yourself to get better at drawing, there’s no time like now to get started.

As you go through the challenge, keep in mind that your drawings don’t have to be perfect. Even if it’s just a quick sketch, that’s something! What’s important is that you draw something each day. Have fun!

30 Day Drawing Challenge
  • Day 1: Draw an animal
  • Day 2: Draw a flower
  • Day 3: Draw a beach scene
  • Day 4: Draw your favorite food
  • Day 5: Draw a tree
  • Day 6: Draw your favorite book cover
  • Day 7: Draw a cartoon character
  • Day 8: Draw whatever you want
  • Day 9: Draw a portrait of yourself
  • Day 10: Draw something beginning with the letter ‘S’
  • Day 11: Draw something with wings
  • Day 12: Draw your favorite hobby
  • Day 13: Draw something you see outside your window
  • Day 14: Draw a landscape
  • Day 15: Draw something you ate today
  • Day 16: Draw something beginning with the letter ‘E’
  • Day 17: Draw something you’re afraid of
  • Day 18: Draw something you wore today
  • Day 19: Draw a mushroom
  • Day 20: Draw a place you would like to visit
  • Day 21: Draw something that makes you happy
  • Day 22: Draw a character from a book or movie
  • Day 23: Draw something that represents your personality
  • Day 24: Draw a dessert
  • Day 25: Draw something blue
  • Day 26: Drawing anything for 20 minutes only
  • Day 27: Draw a drink
  • Day 28: Draw a plant
  • Day 29: Draw yourself or someone else as a caricature
  • Day 30: Redraw one of your drawings from earlier in the month, making it better

Get the 30-Day Drawing Challenge Workbook!

If you want my drawing challenge in PDF form, you can purchase my 30-Day Drawing Challenge Workbook for just $4.99!

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Buy the 30-Day Drawing Challenge Workbook!

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