6 Common Art Blunders Artists Make:

All artists make mistakes, but the best thing to do is learn from them! There will always be a chance to learn how to correct them and make better drawings. There are a few common mistakes that every artist makes and I’m here to tell you how you can possibly fix them! Keep in mind that not every artist makes all of these mistakes, but reading this article will also help you prevent them from being made as well.

1.Bad Perspective:

Remember to draw things in perspective as it can really change the way a drawing looks. The closer something is to the viewer the bigger it is, and the farther away something is to the viewer the smaller it is. If you’re trying to draw a nice fall scene with a field of pumpkins in the back, you won’t want the pumpkins to look like they’re 10 feet tall and take up half the page! Unless they’re some species of giant pumpkin, that would be terrifying. Just remember to make things only as big as they need to be.  


Outlines are really only an issue if you’re attempting to draw things and make them look realistic. The real world doesn’t have outlines, so they can accidentally turn your once realistic drawings into flat, cartoonish images. Outlines are useful when you’re in the sketching stage, but they should be less prominent in a finished drawing.

3.Inconsistent Lighting:

Lighting is extremely important in a drawing! Don’t forget to show where the light source is coming from in your drawings and shade them appropriately. When you shade in a light source, once side of your object will be lighter or darker than the other side.

4.Heavy Gradients:

Using gradients are a great tool to add depth and life to your drawings, but don’t add too much! There’s a time and place for them, and not every object you draw needs it. Study and reference pictures of what you’re drawing, don’t assume otherwise you will possibly make mistakes! Keep in mind that flat sided objects such as cubes don’t need gradients whereas things like spheres and cones do.

5.Sloppy Shading:

Don’t ever rush shading! Remember that artwork takes time, and there’s no way to speed it up if you want your finished piece to look as stunning as you had imagined. Resist rushing the shading process and scribbling, especially at the end. Take your time and make sure to shade carefully throughout your entire piece. Devote your time to what you’re drawing instead of trying to hurry. Limit distractions as well for it will prevent you from accidentally rushing your drawing along.

6.Inscribing Lines:

This is a mistake that I have made a countless number of times, especially when I was first learning how to draw. When you press hard on the pencil as you draw, it makes dents in the paper which are called depressions. You can easily erase the pencil marks, but the depression will stay in the paper. Therefore, when you go to color or shade it in, you get these unattractive white lines in your paper that stick out like a sore thumb and cannot be covered up. You can use these to your advantage if you’re trying to do some neat looking abstract art, but most of the time you will not want these lines in your drawing. My suggestion to eliminate these is to either try pressing lightly as you draw, or you can always transfer over the drawing onto a different, clean sheet of paper for the coloring/shading process.


Next week I’ll be writing an article on how to use references when drawing which can be very handy. Updates will be coming!


Information from: http://helloartsy.com/10-drawing-mistakes/


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