I can only speak for myself but I think the three things that helped me get better at drawing is curiosity, persistence, and prioritizing my happiness.
Curiosity helped me continue to search for and implement new techniques or try out new styles with my artwork.
Persistence helped me to keep drawing and not throw in the towel even when I felt like I would never get better or that a certain art piece just didn’t look good.
Prioritizing my happiness helped me stand a fighting chance against my artist block and to find a drawing routine that was not only maintainable but also enjoyable.
Does drawing everyday make you better?
For me personally I don’t always draw every day. Now that’s not to say that drawing every day won’t help you improve but that’s also not saying that you won’t improve if you don’t draw every single day but every other day or whenever your heart wills it.
I improved despite my daily drawing frequency. The thing that helped me most was having a sustainable consistent routine. I make sure to prioritize my happiness so if I’m feeling like I want to draw then I will draw but if I’m not feeling up – avoid resentment and artist block triggering – I allow myself to relax and do something else.
It will take hard work but also know that I didn’t lose all of my progress when I took a week or month off from drawing. I like to have balance along with my hard work.
How many hours a day should you draw?
I like to draw based on how I’m feeling. My main priority is my happiness and second is creating a routine that is maintainable. I’ll have days where I want to draw for 4 hours straight and other days where I don’t want to draw at all so I won’t.
Right now my current routine is that I draw for 25min to 2 hours during the week day but that’s because I want to make sure I reach my deadline in a sustainable way. Again that’s only if I feel like drawing because making sure I’m happy is my first and top focus.
I want to also make sure I’m enjoying the journey because I want to continue drawing comics for as long as I can. So I’d suggest find an amount of time that works best for you.
I recommend doing the Pomodoro Technique where you work for 25 minutes then take a 5 or 10 minute break; also make sure you adjust it to fit your lifestyle cause again your happiness is priority number one!
How do you get good at drawing fast?
Sometimes it’s hard to accept the fact that I need to finish a piece instead of trying to perfect a piece. The reason why is because I want to create more and draw more but if I stay stuck on this one piece I have a tendency to fall into bad never ending editing cycle. That’s not to say that me making sure to give a piece the right amount of mindful attention is bad but i have to remind myself to find that balance or else I’ll end up using the excuse of me being a perfectionist to cover up for me procrastinating and it never getting finished.
Even with comic panels I have to tell myself finished not perfect because I want to make sure I prioritize telling my story first and not get stuck on making sure the tiny leaf that’s not relevant to the story looks as detailed as possible.
Parker, J. (2020). FINISHED NOT PERFECT. [online] YouTube. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4vWXbOLmaE [Accessed 28 Jan. 2020].
What’s the best drawing tools to use?
You don’t need special tools to make progress with your art. For me personally I still use the same tools I first started out with, copy paper and a mechanical pencil.
Even the tablet I use is still the same one from 10 years ago, same as the art program.
I do like new and fun tools but you can still grow and make progress with the foundational tools that you first started out with…. at least that’s how I personally find that to be true, how about you?
Also just a friendly reminder not to forget about prioritizing your happiness while on this comic journey! Thank you so much for reading todays blog post and if you have any online comic book making websites you’d like to share feel free to leave a comment!