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Hello watchers

Some people ask me how I learned to draw and what tips I can give them! So I wrote a tutorial and hope it will help! Here are my tips for you to become a better drawer!

  1. First of all a good drawing stands with good materials. Good paper (no copy paper) and good pencils. If you're not sure, the expensive ones are mostly pretty good! For graphite I use Staedtler Mars Lumograph and for colour Faber-Castell "Polycromos".
  2. You need to use different numbers of pencils: 4H for very light areas and 6B for the dark areas. A big contrast in a drawing makes a better drawing! You can't make a good drawing with one HB pencil. You need a 6B or 4B to create more depth in the drawing.
  3. Choose a good picture. The greatest drawer in the world can't make a good drawing from a bad picture. A high-resolution image is necessary to see all the details! Next to the high-resolution, it has to be an interesting picture. The result could be a beautiful drawing, however a boring image wouldn't attract any attention.
  4. Beginners sometimes tend to draw a line around the face. Never do that! Nobody has a line around his face! There's only a difference between light and darker areas! If there is no difference, the viewer can use it's imagination. That's the interesting part.
  5. When you're drawing, it's a good idea to exaggerate some elements. You might think at a certain point it's too much, although it may just be enough.
  6. Don't push it, everybody needs time to learn! Here is one simple rule: "The more you practice, the better you become!".
  7. Take your time. Making a good drawing with a lot of details takes time, so be patient! My best drawings took 10 to 20 hours!
  8. Experiment. Realistic drawings are made by thousands of good artists! If you can make something refreshing and new, you will be successful.
  9. Never give up your dream to be a good drawer!
  10. Even the best drawers are continuously trying to perfect themselves.
Success with your drawing. I hope this will help and inspire you guys to keep up the good work.

With best regards

Martin

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s-viv Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why not use an 8 and 9 B pencil as well?
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It depends on the pencils. Some brands have the same darkess at 8B like staedler with 6B. With staedler I noted that the 8B and 9B pencils gave the same darkess as the 6B but the color is a bit different. That's why I chose to keep it with 6B. The contrast in my drawings is still very good, so that's good enough for me!
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s-viv Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Your drawings are great! I have Derwent, and the 6B is much lighter.
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miKanirI Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so inspiring. Especially for those who want to become an artist.
As for me it gave me much more confidence.
Thank you!Awww  
I will study even harder!Study Time  
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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iamASEREHT Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
bravo! nice!
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :iconredbullglompplz:
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kadmsalh Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
 Wonderful
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ShinzaK Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
just wanted to ask ...how do u keep the paper clean when you do stuff with charcoal and graphite....I have kneaded eraser but even after using knead-able eraser there are graphite residues on paper even if I'm keeping my pencil lightly..........is it something to do with paper or somethin ?
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually it's pretty easy. First I always try to start my drawing at the left. Second, I put a clean sheet of paper under my hand, and that works perfectly. :)
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ShinzaK Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Sweating a little... thanksss :D 
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owen2486 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
Useful tips, thank you. This will help me a lot.
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noir-badger Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Copy paper can be great! I started out drawing on copy paper and then purchased some Bristol board. As soon as I tried to draw on the Bristol I struggled to finish any drawings because of the expectations I subconsciously placed on myself. I started to feel that because I was drawing on expensive paper, I needed to produce a perfect drawing. Because of this I only finished one drawing in 4 years! It's taken years to get past this stigma and the only way I've been able to start drawing again has been to return to using copy paper. I believe you can make beautiful drawings with any materials so long as you are comfortable with them and understand their limitations.

The rest of your points are all very good :)
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, if it hold you back, you better use copy paper. I just think that's it's a bit fragile, and that makes it hard to erase. But for experimenting and learning (to save money) capy paper is of course very good. And like you said, if you're comfortable, then you make good stuff! :D
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Mcsa Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
<font><font>ĞOOd</font></font>
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Mcsa Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
<font><font>good</font></font>
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drakonosirdis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey! Very helpful tips, thank you! :)

I have a question about the video: what purpose does the brush serve? Since the video is sped-up, I can't really see what it does :iconthinkingplz:
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's for blending that I use that brush.
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drakonosirdis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, makes sense :) I guess it's better than I do- with fingers....one big mess ^^; I have to try it :)
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prime512 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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someone stole your spidey
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for letting me know, I appreciate!
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Confusius-Doodles Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llama, and I just saw your drawings, they are Great!!
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :iconslipperyhugplz:
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ArtofLMSmith Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the encouragement and tips. The microphone looks crazy realistic. Wow....just wow. :D
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thx! :tighthug:
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Picassokid Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice hints I won't rush my drawings anymore =D
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textmixer Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
You're soo talented and thankyou for all the advice!
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :iconsuperhappydanceplz:
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textmixer Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
you're welcome!
(I know you are a professional artist and you probably don't have time for this... but I'd be very very very very very happy if you would join:) )
Hi:) (Smile) I'm looking for creative people to do a tiny fun project with! All you have to do is make one simple drawing inspired by lyrics of the song ''la la la''. Look at my page (bio) For ''further information''! I really hope you want to join!
Hug
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, sorry but I really haven't the time. But good luck with your project and thanks for asking!
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textmixer Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013
I understand! Thankyou:)
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marinsilveira Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd like to ask you something... I have picture of a girl and it appears just the middle of her body and face.
Should I draw her on the center of the paper or in the right side?
*sorry my English!
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's your choise! One of the typicle choises you need to make in art is the composition. Place a white paper over your picture to see what comes out best!
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marinsilveira Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay, thank you very much! I'll try to do something good...
This is the first time I choose this type of reference. Hope it works!
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good luck!
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marinsilveira Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I mean half* of her body and face! hahah sorry again
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Aszel96 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the llama!~
^^
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maracanda Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are really good tips, very helpful. Thanks!
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome! :D
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AtonementStudios Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
great tips! the only one i would change is 6. instead of don't push it, i would say don't get discouraged. yes, you get better with practice but you only grow with challenge.  try harder things, but dont worry if they dont come out perfect the first time you push yourself.
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can agree with that. Possibly it's not perfect because I'm actually dutch speaking and my English is not so good! :/
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sycen Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing
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prox83 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderfull Work, impressive! Youre tips are very helpfull for me. What do you think about my Drawings: prox83.deviantart.com/gallery/… . Can you give me a tip, to make it better?
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're work is not bad! Just keep on drawing and you will get better!
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AlphaFrequency Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
how did you post a video?
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used this tutorial: blackjill.deviantart.com/art/E…
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leppakakaklifoth Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work
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BigBang4now Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Artist
dude, awesome!
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bboyid Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for the badge :D
well,ur drawing is sooo awesome,hope I can draw something just like u :D
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Martin--Art Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :meow:
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