Realistic Drawing


Do you ever see some work by a successful artist and wish you could reach their perfection or draw better? If yes, this post is for you. Drawing is not merely making an image on a piece of paper but leaving your mark on it.

However, there is no secret to making it happen. If you wish to draw well and bring three-dimensionality to your drawings, all you need to do is practice. There is no other magic formula. Now, when it comes to your practice, you do not only have to pick up a pencil and start sketching. Instead, you must know the right way to put your talent into action. Here's a free Drawing for Beginners guide to start your creative journey.

Once you learn to do this, you will be able to boost your artwork to another level. Today, we will present you with some quick tips that can help you improve your realistic drawing. Here is how you can make your sketches pop out and get the perfect light and shading effects:

Invest in Fine-Grade Art Supplies

Fine-Grade Art Supplies


If you are only starting as an artist, it is acceptable to use regular paper and your HB pencil. However, if you are looking for an improvement in your realistic drawings, the first thing that you must do is invest in quality art supplies.

You will be surprised to know about the different qualities of papers, pencils, erasers, and other art supplies you can find online and in art stores. Further, using quality drawing supplies will ensure that you do not make the improvement process extra tricky. Some of the art supplies that you should consider investing in include:
  • H or 2H pencil
  • Some mid-grade pencils
  • Dark grade pencils
  • Quality drawing paper
  • A sharper and an eraser
  • Tracing paper
  • A regular soft eraser
  • A kneaded eraser
  • Some tissue papers
  • Blending stump

With all these in hand, you can move towards improving your drawing skills much faster.

Always Use A Quality Reference

Quality Reference


When you have your art supplies handy, the next thing that you need to look for is a useful reference. In case you are drawing still life, make it a point to create a great composition. While this is pretty easy, the real challenge arises if you decide to use a photo as a reference. For this, always search for an excellent reference photograph. It should have a great resolution so that you can zoom in whenever you need it. This way, you will be able to create an excellent three-dimensional art piece.

Drawing from a reference, especially if it has a fair resolution, is easy for those who have had much practice. However, if you are only starting, consider opening the reference photograph in any photo-editing tool. Then, use the grayscale effect to closely examine the light, dark, and mid-tones in the image. Once you can distinguish between these different tones, you can become a pro at creating realistic drawings in no time.


Focus on the Largest Shapes First

Most people quickly move on to the shading and texture part only after drawing a part of their sketch. They spend hours developing details only to find out that the proportions of different elements are off in their picture. Therefore, while practicing your realistic drawing, never make this mistake. Make sure that you have the entire basic outline in place before moving towards the shading part. Also, make these initial lines as light as possible.


Steer Clear of Visible Lines

Visible Lines


Do the objects around you have outlines? Realistic drawings have to look the same way. So, avoid giving them outlines, as you may provide to any comic character or a cartoon drawing. Your sketch should have a subtle difference in light and shadow values. Even the still life techniques will suggest you keep the lines as light as possible and blend them to create a smooth gradient to make them look as realistic as possible.

Sure, you will need to draw some clear lines to create a texture like eyelashes or hair. However, these lines are, again, not uniform. They may also vary in their value and thickness.


Balance Between the Lights and Darks

Your realistic drawing needs to have a sense of three-dimensionality. If you want to draw an image that looks like it is popping out, you need to learn how to balance between the lights and the darks. Your drawing should have areas ranging from the ones that are almost white to those that appear almost black.

Once you learn how to create this beautiful balance between the shades, you are sure to develop some breathtaking art pieces. While you are making strokes of varying hues, make sure you do not press down your pencil too hard. It may damage the paper and cause visible scratches that can make your realistic drawing look dull.

Final Thoughts

Improving your drawing skills is not as hard as you make it to be. You do not have to draw a straight line for it. Most artists can’t! They use a ruler for it. Follow these simple tips and practice as much as you can. Keep in mind that it is impossible to become a pro at realistic drawing overnight. So, never be too critical of yourself. Often, mistakes are the best teacher. Do not hesitate to make them. Instead, accept them, and learn along the way.