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You need patience to draw realistically

It’s easy in today’s world to take a look at all of the drawings and paintings that are created by amazing artists all over the world. They share their artworks on YouTube and other social media sites, and usually they’ll show you a time-lapse version of the art creation process. This can fool some people into believing that art can be made in a realistic way in a short amount of time.

The truth is that that’s not the case at all. It takes time to create a realistic drawing or picture. In fact, a lot of time – probably more time than you might imagine. As artists, we must be patient. This is going to be difficult for some of us to be patient, but if you’re just a little bit more patient with your drawings, you will see improvements. In fact, it’s the easiest way to get better at drawing and painting. Slow down, be patient and take each step slowly.

I’m going to share with you one of the modules from one of our courses. The course is Realistic Pencil DrawingThis course will teach you how to create realistic pencil sketches. This particular exercise is just one small fraction of the course, but it’s an exercise designed to help you get better at being patient. And if you do this exercise and carry the concepts over to your own drawings and paintings, I guarantee you’ll see improvement immediately.

Drawing Exercises to Increase Patience

How can we become more patient in our drawings and paintings. Well, the answer is we need to practice patience, and if we practice it, we’ll get better at it.

In this exercise, we’ll work from a photo reference. You’re not going to know exactly what it is we’re drawing. I’ll reveal that at the end. What I’m asking you to do is focus on the lines, shapes and values that you can see. I want you to create a 3″ by 3″ drawing. But here’s the catch. I want you to spend at least two hours drawing this 3″ by 3″ square with graphite. Be patient and take your time.

Here’s a look at the reference photo…

Draw the Contours

We’ll begin by drawing the contours, or outlines, of the subject. Pay attention to the boundaries and larger shapes. Draw lightly and loosely in the beginning and use the outer edges of our 3″ by 3″ swatch to make comparisons.

Drawing the contours or outlines of the subject with graphite pencil

Start Shading

Then, add graphite to the surface with a pencil. Use a blending tool on the surface of the material to give it a smoother look. Pay attention to the relationships between different values, and try to match as closely as you can the darkness with the shape. You should constantly move your eyes away from the reference and towards the drawing paper. Remember that drawing accurately is all about observing.

Adding shading with a pencil

The next section will be covered in graphite once the previous section is finished. Here again, we’ll gradually build up darker tones and values. Start light and gradually darken the values. Work slowly and with patience, concentrating on both the texture of the pencil and surface of the paper.

Develop values and textures in the drawing

Add Details Using a Sharp Pencil

Now we can finish the last section and add the details. The detail looks like a pattern, with sharp, deliberate lines. Sharpening your pencil will help you to mimic the lines we see. Sharpen the pencil as many times as possible in order to replicate observed patterns.

See also: Sharpen any pencil

Adding details to the drawing with a sharpened pencil

Revealing Image

Now we have finished our little drawing. What is this? Well, it’s part of a much larger image, of course. We are zoomed in very close. We can zoom out and see that this is only a small part of a larger reference photo.

Subject zoomed out

Imagine for a moment if we had drawn this small section in the same way on a large piece of paper. This would be a section measuring three inches by three inches of this larger drawing. As you can tell, we’d end up with an extremely realistic pencil drawing.

Finished realistic drawing

Realistic Drawing Hack – Conclusion

You should now understand how important it is for you to be patient when drawing a realistic picture. It takes time for a drawing to be convincing. If you want realism, you will need to be patient. But being patient just might be the big difference maker, and the peice that you’ve been missing.

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