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Learning to draw for beginners - There are drawing mistakes that practically every beginner can take with them. But you can also save yourself that. You will learn here today how to avoid 5 typical beginner mistakes when drawing.😊

Learning to draw for beginners - every beginning is difficult, mistakes are made to learn, and so on and so forth. Especially when it comes to learning new things, you come across such proverbs again and again. And they all have one thing in common. They point out to you that it is perfectly normal for mistakes to happen at the beginning and that these mistakes will take you further. And that's absolutely true.

But. You don't really have to make every mistake yourself to learn from it. Sometimes it is enough if others make the mistake for you and you can then learn from their experiences. And that's exactly what you can do today. Today we're going to show you how to avoid 5 typical mistakes when drawing for beginners. Curious? Then let's get started right away. 😊

By the way. Our drawing and acrylic set from Schnaud, including an online course, are also a great help and loyal companion, especially at the beginning of your art career. 😊

Drawing for Beginners - Can be Easy!

Learning to draw for beginners is not difficult. We keep telling you that. And actually there isn't really a right and a wrong in art either. Art is simply also a very large portion of taste. That means what one thinks is great, the other doesn't like it at all.

But especially if you prefer to learn to draw realistically (and less devoted to abstract art), there are a few typical drawing mistakes that really happen to many beginners.

And that's exactly what we're going to deal with today. So maybe you can save yourself a little bit of frustration and have even more fun learning to draw for beginners. 😊

By the way. You can find even more tips about getting started with drawing in our articles on learning to draw realistically, drawing tips, starting to draw or also on tracing. Click your way through. 😊

Typical drawing mistakes (almost) every beginner drawer makes - and how you can avoid them

And we're really getting started with that now. Today we have picked out 5 mistakes for you that tend to happen when learning to draw for beginners. And so that you can really take something with you, we always give you a few tips and tricks on how you can avoid these typical mistakes.

And very important: never forget: Learning to draw is much more a question of practice than a question of talent. Don't you believe us Then take a look at our article on Painting Talent or Practice. 😊

Drawing Mistake 1: Your drawing just doesn't look "right".

Let's start with the first mistake that happens when learning to draw for beginners.

You draw for a while and at some point you notice.

The typical mistake ...

The drawing just looks kind of wrong. This can be anything.

The perspective that is somehow wrong; Proportions that don't fit or - especially with realistic portraits - a crooked eye, a crooked nose or a crooked mouth.

Probably as good as any beginner drawing artist can tell you a thing or two about it.

... and what you can do about it

But what can you do to prevent these drawing mistakes from happening to you? So the following things can help.

  1. When drawing portraits, start with the shape of the head and only then draw in the individual parts of the face. With the help of the proportion tips that we gave you in our article on portrait proportions.
    By the way. Even if you enjoy drawing people, there are certain rules of proportion that can help you. Take a look at our article on body drawing. 😊
    Otherwise you can also try the grid method or the vanishing point perspectives. Anything that gives your drawing sheet a little structure really helps a lot when learning to draw for beginners!
  2. We have already given you that in the article on portrait proportions. Use an easel and take a step backwards as you draw. The distance makes it easier for you to notice if something is wrong. Really helps!
  3. If you like, you can try tracing the basic shapes right at the beginning. Creating a coherent and coherent work of art is simply a matter of practice. And the more often you use the proportions - e.g. B. with the help of tracing - if you hit it right, the easier it will be for you at some point to simply create a coherent work with fewer tools.

Try it out!

Drawing mistake 2: You find your drawing boring.

This brings us to the next problem that many beginners are confronted with.

You look at your - actually finished - drawing and just find it ... boring.

How can that be?

In the vast majority of cases, the cause is too weak a contrast.

There are two main reasons for that. You either did not draw enough shadows. Or used the wrong materials.

So what should you watch out for?

Bring your drawing to life with harmonious shades.

In order for a drawing to appear lively and realistic, shadows play a major role. Therefore, when drawing, always pay attention to where the light in your subject is coming from. As a result, the sides facing the light must then be bright and the areas facing away from the light darker. You can do this by hatching or shading.

You can find more about this in our article on drawing shadows.

Which, by the way, is also important for balanced contrasts. Don't press too hard on your pencil, especially when you are drawing outlines. Otherwise you will always see them at the end and your drawing will look uneven. Quite apart from the fact that firmly drawn contours can hardly be erased again. But we'll get to that in a moment. 😊

First of all, let's continue with another tip to ensure that your drawing doesn't get boring.

Use the right materials.

In order to draw good shadows, the right drawing utensils are important. In particular, it helps if you use pencils of different degrees of hardness. This way, shading can be clearly drawn better.

In addition to our contribution to pencil strengths and charcoal pencils, we can also recommend our Schnaud drawing set. There you can actually find everything you need to get started.

Various pencils, sharpeners, erasers - you can then start right away and hopefully create exciting and not at all boring drawings. 😊

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Drawing mistake 3: Your whole drawing sheet is totally creased - because you erase so much.

Let's move on to the next problem that beginners tend to encounter when learning to draw.

You draw a few lines - and quickly erase them again because you are not satisfied. This works a couple of times - then your drawing paper is smeared and wrinkled from being erased a lot.

What can you do to avoid this typical drawing mistake?

It's actually very easy!

  1. Do not press so hard on the pencil while drawing and do not use a pencil that is too soft (at least HB, more likely F). It is better to start carefully and carefully. If your lines fit well, you can always trace them again later with more pressure.
  2. Use correct drawing paper; so some firmer paper. It doesn't bend so easily. You should also have a look at our article on drawing paper. 😊
  3. Just don't erase so much. A drawing is made up of many different lines. Not every line has to be right. Called. When you have the impression that a line is not "right". Leave it anyway and just draw a new line next to it. Only at the very end, when your drawing is actually finished, can you remove all excess lines. You will see, your paper will appreciate this approach. 😊

So you notice. It doesn't have to be a lot of erasing.

And what you should also remember. Don't put yourself under such pressure. Not only when learning to draw for beginners, but also really experienced drawers will not succeed in every line. The art then is to just keep going and not let yourself be stressed.

It can also help to deliberately draw imperfectly or just scribble. This is known to loosen your head and you will see that over time it will be easier for you to set your lines. 😊

Drawing mistake 4: you draw what you think and not what you actually see.

Let's take a look at the next drawing mistake that tends to happen at the beginning.

You look for a drawing template, get started - and after a while you realize. Your drawing is only remotely similar to your template.

Why is that?

That might sound strange, but learning to draw for beginners also means learning to see.

Because. Especially at the beginning you tend to draw what you have in your head and what you mean to see.

But not what you would really see if you look closely at the template.

In the concrete example, this means drawing people.

Everyone has seen people and everyone actually knows what such a person basically looks like. And exactly what you have in your head as a picture of a person, you draw, if you do not look at your template piece by piece and very carefully. Called. If you don't look really closely, you will draw your own personal interpretation of the drawing template, but not the drawing template itself.

Therefore. Learn to see. Then you actually draw your template and not a fantasy picture. You can find more about learning to see in our article on drawing tips. 😊

Drawing mistake 5: You lose heart and find: I just can't draw.

This brings us to the last mistake that (unfortunately) happens quickly when learning to draw for beginners - and should really be avoided.

You let yourself be discouraged by - in your eyes - imperfect drawings and tell yourself: I just can't draw. And then the drawing utensils disappear into the corner and you give up (at least for a while).

Do not do that! Do not try to convince yourself that you are unsuitable for drawing!

Nobody draws perfectly from the start, but anyone can learn to draw if they have a little time and patience.

Therefore. Just never tell yourself that you are simply unsuitable for drawing. Because if there is one thing that is important for beginners when learning to draw, it is the right mindset. You have to believe in yourself, then you will too. And. To begin. Just get started and don't even start out of sheer respect for the paper. That would be the stupidest thing you could do. 😊

And that's why we would like to start our contributions on drawing, especially for the initial motivation, and recommend talent or practice for painting. You will learn a lot about the right attitude and hopefully find a lot of motivation to get started. 😊

And if you would like specific guidance and support for your very first drawing steps, we can warmly recommend our online drawing course. With this you will surely succeed in your beginnings and you can collect your first drawing experiences with fun and without frustration.

You'll see. Learning to draw for beginners can be really fun. And that's exactly what you should always keep in mind when things don't go quite the way you imagine. It will work out - with the right materials, the right tips, motifs suitable for beginners, a little patience and, above all, a lot of fun and enjoyment! So. Pen in hand and start! 😊

And. Do not compare yourself to others. Everyone learns differently, everyone draws differently and you will make your way. Feel free to use sites like Pinterest as inspiration. But don't be discouraged by the works of other artists shown there. 😊

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Short and sweet

This brings us to the end of our article on learning to draw for beginners and the typical drawing mistakes that almost everyone makes at the beginning.

You learned that by using grids and an easel you can get proportions right and use shading to keep your drawing from looking any boring. In addition, you now know that you should just let lines stand and not erase them directly and, above all, should concentrate on really drawing what you see and not what you think you are seeing.

And, very important when learning to draw. Just start and don't let β€œI can't draw anyway” thoughts discourage you. Everyone can learn to draw!

Perhaps our drawing set and online course will also help you on your way.

In any case, we would be very happy if you could take a look and we could then accompany you on your way to becoming an artist.

In any case, we wish you a lot of fun drawing!

What are your best tips for learning to draw for beginners? 😊

Do you want to learn more about Schnaud and becoming an artist? Then take a look at our page for artists. 😊

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