51 Ways To Get better at Drawing


It’s not about “trying harder” or hopping from one technique to the next. It’s about simple, practicable methods that help you ascend in skill, ability, and expression.

Below is a list of 51 ways that will endow you with greater skill. They will help you to break down the barriers and beliefs that hold you back from your artistic ambitions.

Since 51 is a rather large number, I’ve opted not to elaborate at this time on each of them, as they’re pretty self explanatory, or there’s a link in the title where you can find more information.

If you’re still confused about some of these, I have a series of 6 free lessons that are sent out to each growing artist on my list. You can sign up at the bottom of this post.

That said, Happy Drawing.

51 Ways to Get Better at Drawing

  1. Draw without distraction

  2. Draw from reference

  3. Draw from life

  4. Learn drawing fundamentals (line, shape, proportion, perspective, etc…)

  5. Draw from an art instruction book

  6. Draw from a course

  7. Draw to fill a sketchbook

  8. Draw basic shapes

  9. Draw basic shapes in perspective

  10. Draw with more confidence

  11. Draw something, then redraw that drawing

  12. Draw what you’re interested in

  13. Draw more in general

  14. Draw on a singular theme (pirates, animals, etc…)

  15. Draw from movie stills

  16. Draw after masters

  17. Draw without haste

  18. Redraw your old drawings

  19. Simplify your drawing process

  20. Take better drawing breaks during the process

  21. Draw outside your comfort zone

  22. Draw focusing on shapes and values

  23. Shade your drawings

  24. Draw based on negative shapes

  25. Draw experimentally

  26. Draw when you have energy

  27. Take advantage of drawing Technology (affiliate link for iPad & apple pencil)

  28. Draw, don’t merely “doodle”

  29. Get constructive feedback on your drawings

  30. Draw with or around those better than you

  31. Master each drawing technique before moving onto a new one

  32. Learn new drawing processes

  33. Master drawing in one medium

  34. Take drawing classes

  35. Do a drawing mentorship

  36. Draw complex subjects

  37. Draw with limits (one line, timed drawing,etc…)

  38. Don’t draw with self-defeating thoughts in mind

  39. Visualize your drawings before starting

  40. Visualize yourself drawing well

  41. Spend more time on your drawings

  42. Restart bad drawings during the process (no turd-polishing.)

  43. Mirror your drawings to check for errors

  44. Rotate your drawings to check for errors

  45. Step back or “Zoom out” from your drawings to check for errors

  46. Develop a drawing checklist ( for the process, for error-checking, etc…)

  47. Draw what got you into drawing (for me it was anime and games.)

  48. Draw fan art

  49. Draw original Art

  50. Draw commissions

  51. Don’t forget to enjoy the process.

Taylor Payton