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Yay! Hey, Cooper! Say hello. Best drawing exercise to improve your drawing
skills. Gosh, there are so many. It’s hard to boil down one. I think looking at the world and turning it
into the simplest geometric volumes, boxes and cones and cylinders and spheres. I think that’s the most valuable. That’s a biased opinion there. So, there are artists who are gonna tell you
otherwise, but that’s the one that I didn’t have and that’s the one that held me back,
and that’s the one that holds many people back. So, I think that’s very valuable but it is
not enough, I will say that. It’s one of the things that it’s like playing the
scales effortlessly is essential to being a competent musician, but it isn’t enough. Best drawing exercise, probably to surprise
yourself. Try drawing anything that takes you outside
your comfort zone. If your figurative artist, or
if you think of yourself as a figurative artist, try and start with landscapes. Turn landscapes into caricatures. Try and find ways to use your strategy to
draw a convincing grassy hill or a tree or, you know, an abandoned well. Do anything that make you comfortable slightly. You’ll find yourself slowly growing more and
more comfortable, because comfort level is very subjective. You’re never really comfortable as an artist
but you always need to be turning your hand towards something else. The second you start thinking of something
as getting easy, that’s when you need to switch subjects. Start thinking about drawing machinery or
rigid bodies. Start thinking about drawing things in a more
dynamic or fluid way. Things like that. Anything that you can do to surprise yourself. And to keep a pencil on you at all times or even
better, to try and mix up your media. Try and become fluent in more than one visual
language. That’s what I would recommend. What drawing exercise do you feel like is
really important? Yeah. Definitely, I love doing life drawings like
people on the street, like, cool outfits, cool clothes, seeing how clothes fit on the
body or flow on the body. And just different expressions to is important,
like, what does an angry face look like, a happy face, laughing. All stuff like that is really important and
I like to do… practice a lot of those. Do you do mostly quicker life drawings like
quick sketch or longer? Yeah, I like to do quick. And then, if it’s something I just really
like, like a really cool-looking outfit or something, I’ll spend more time on it but
really quick gesture drawings I think help a lot. Yeah. Best drawing exercise, just filling up that
sketchbook, just observe, just, again, that observation and just drawing loosely and just
quickly. I do a thing where it’s, like I call it blind
feeling sketching, where I’m just…I’m not even looking at my paper when I’m drawing. I’m just drawing looking at the person and
drawing from feeling and seeing what result that I get from that, and that’s a really
helpful exercise. How long do each one of those run? So, each one of those, you got to almost,
like, capture them within about…less than about 10 seconds. You got about 10 seconds not picking up your
pencil from your paper and just move around, and then you can look and see what sort of
happy mistakes you’ve made. Do you then continue the drawing…? Then you continue. Then you start looking at the artwork. Nice. Okay, cool. What’s the best drawing exercise that you
make your students do? Gesture drawing. Yeah, it’s draw from, you know, draw whatever,
draw a head. Draw this cup. Gesture of a cup? Yes, it’s not necessarily gesture as in the
act, you know, of someone doing a gesture, but just in how you illustrate. Loose, free, without a whole lot of thought. You’re saying like capture the idea. Like, when you say gesture, you mean capture
the idea of the thing your drawing? Yes. Absolutely, yeah. The cup might not have, like flow. Yeah, it doesn’t have any movement. But the idea… You can take an inanimate object and make
it animated based on your line. That’s kind of what I’m trying to show them
to get them…because the more that you learn that, then they’ll be able to pick up most
things, even if it’s not “perfect” or the lines aren’t, you know, in a precise kind
of way in terms of, like, anatomy and form and what have you. Your gesture kind of helps to cloak it to
some degree. As you learn that stuff, then you get better. Because I have a student right now that, he
kind of naturally does the gesture thing. He doesn’t draw correctly yet but his gesture
just makes it easier for him to get there. If that makes sense. It unifies the whole thing. It unifies it. It unifies some kind of design right? Right. cool. Best drawing exercise is drawn from life. If you see a tree out there…I know, right? Of course. If you see a tree, try to replicate that tree
on how it looks in space because it is in space, and we’re trying to capture a three-dimensional
kind of thing with a 2D skill. Best drawing exercises to improve the skills,
has to be drawing from life and then drawing from an artist that has the same interpretation
of whatever subject you’re studying. And then after that, you practice your own,
you know. So, it’s kind of like going to the source, going
to an interpretation, and then you making your own interpretation. What’s the best drawing exercise? Best drawing exercise. Well, for draftsmanship it’s just drawing
straight lines and just so you can do that. But then, my favorite one is one from the
Taiwanese artist, Krenz Cushart, where you take just a cube and then you rotate it around
freehand, no rulers or guidelines or anything. You rotate it around in 360 degrees. And then, you can do the same thing by just
lifting up the camera and angling it down, and then bringing the camera below and tilting
it up. And then, the next thing is just take that
same exercise but now, draw stuff over it. So, you could just use a box but then, just
draw a car over that box. Just keep rotating it and practicing it in
all different angles. Nice. Best drawing exercises that, you know, to
help students improve their drawing skills. All right. So, this might not be the answer you’re looking
for here, but the best drawing exercises for you are those repeated exercises where on
your pad you do circles all day. You do straight lines and you try to draw
right back over the straight line. You make the line go from thin to thick. You go from S-curves to C-curves and you go
from thin to thick on those, light to dark on those because that’s our dexterity. If you think about, like, a musician. Really good quality musicians can play an
instrument, make it sound like anything. Your pencil is like that same instrument,
and if you can make that pencil look like anything, you have that same professionalism
that those musicians have in your wrist now. And that’s actually more important than knowing
how to draw the arm or the leg perfectly. It’s getting those lines in there because,
at the end of the day, the anatomy doesn’t matter. It’s your personality that shows through and
how you speak through your art is you. And that language comes through in your tools. That’s sort of your dialect as an artist. Learn that stuff and it’ll get you a lot further
with the other things because that dexterity is also how you make the circles better, the straight
lines better, measure better, and everything else. So, what would you say to the people that
say that, like, sloppiness is part of their style and it’s them? I’d say that they’re naive, right now, and
that they need to learn a little bit more before they actually answer that question
that way. Because once they understand what they’re
doing, it’s not called sloppy anymore. It’s called control. What exercises do you think are the best in
developing your skill? I think one of the best ones that I got was
life drawings. So, when you’re doing life drawings, like,
is there anything specific that you feel like people should practice while they’re drawing
from life? Structure, like, how to build a figure, to
make the figure look like two-dimensional. Sometimes, people don’t know that they can
use solids to create…to build a figure. Like drawing Transformers for me is, like,
natural because I use a lot cubes, a lot of… Yeah, it is blocks. A lot blocks, so, it’s really helpful. So, it’s really like to transition from Transformers
to a human figure. Best drawing exercise to improve your drawing
skills. Gesture drawing! Gesture drawing. Gesture drawing, yes. It’s, like, the best thing ever. I’m always, like, sweating when I do gesture, just
there’s like 30-seconds, I hate ’em because you can’t really get a good drawing unless
you’re absolutely brilliant at it. But it’s such a good workout for the brain,
like, the muscle of art. So, you do mostly 30-second ones or do you
do…? No, no. It starts with 30 [second], 1 [minute], 3, 5, 15. Do you use any specific materials for your
gesture drawings or whatever…? Whatever is available. I try to switch ’em up sometimes if I’m too…like,
if I’m too used to let’s say, pencil, I’ll just grab my watercolors. I’ll be like, “Okay, what do I now? Like, how I make it happen?” So, it’s very quick to, like, not overthink
because you don’t have time. It’s super, super helpful to free your mind. Best drawing exercise or exercises to improve
your drawing skills. I mean, perspective is something that people
should hit constantly. Just drawing boxes, right? Can you just draw boxes in space well? You know, obviously, understanding the rules
of perspective: one-point, two-point, three-points, the cone of vision, all that stuff should
be there. But being able to also move freely with it
through quick, you know, free-hand drawing without having any construction but just turning
the box in space, really quite important. Anything that we draw has planal forms, front
planes, top planes, side planes. And the box is that structure that you need
to be able to then apply that to any sort of observation drawing or design work that you
want, want to go for. That’s amazing how many instructors say that
as the… The box. It truly is the most important thing. Yeah. What are some good exercises that, you know,
to improve your drawing skill? You know, drawing from life is obviously a
big one that you’re gonna hear everywhere. To me, I think it’s lots about the exercise. You know, if you’re getting good information
and doing good exercises, that helps but I think being aware of what you’re doing and
why is a big one. I think a lot of people, they have a sketchbook
and they do life drawing classes. You really gotta be thinking about what you’re
doing and why you’re doing it, and are you improving at it. You know, if you’re training to be a runner,
you gotta, you know, you gotta be a specific runner, You can’t just jog. If you wanna do a marathon, there’s types
of training to do marathons. There’s types of training to do sprints and,
you know, your sprint times or whatever should be getting better. If you’re finding yourself spinning your tires,
I think you just need to step back, and what is it you’re actually trying to learn? What skillset are you actually trying to work
on instead of just drawing? Does that make sense? Yeah. So, I guess it depends on what you’re trying
to do. Well, have a specific goal and every couple
of months evaluate that goal. You know, are you getting better at structure? Are you getting better at proportion? Are you getting better at lost edges? Whatever it is you’re working on, are you
actually getting better at it and focus on a few things at a time, and let that guide
your drawing practice instead of just the overall practice of drawing. I do gesture drawing every day. You do it from life or…? I do it from photos. Well, I mean, yeah, every day. Right. You can’t hire a model every day. Exactly, but what I can, I mean, the good
thing about living in LA is they have, like, tons of life drawing events in Los Angeles
and I’m assuming in the other big cities as well. There’s definitely at least one thing going
on every week in LA where you can do life drawing. I think that one of the best drawing exercises
is drawing cubes and boxes out of your imagination in space without perspective lines, because
it forces you to correct them and it forces you to kind of fix right away, “Okay, that’s
a little bit off. Let me fix that angle there, let me fix that
angle there.” I think once you’re able to see a box in space
correctly without having to rely on guides and vanishing points, it just opens up your
world to whatever it is you wanna draw. That’s funny. I’m doing a basic course and I have intuitive
perspective lesson, and I was thinking about your sketches Say it again. All right. Hello! What do you think are the best drawing exercises? Thumbnails. Like, sketching everyday man. Like… Like quick sketches. Quick ones. Yeah, the quick ones. Because sometimes you get more life into it,
like the small ones. And then you just go scan it and blow it up. Did you do mostly from reference or did you
do a lot of imagination? A lot of my imagination. Comics is fantasy. It’s not real life. So, you can come up with stuff that is not
real but still look cool. Yeah. Yeah, I wanna use the ink on Spawn, was all this.
All me. Oh, man. That’s cool. Wait, this in an original, right? It is. Yeah. Best drawing exercise for improving your skill. Especially now, this day and age, I think
kids need to be able to draw pencil to paper first and foremost. And I know a lot of kids, they learn digital
first. There’s something lively and more natural
about drawing with your hands. It’s always important to learn how to draw
properly pencil and paper before you can apply all those digital tricks to it afterwards. It’s like you can’t undo a piece of paper. Yeah. Going a step further, actually. I was just talking up here to Peter Han, and
he was talking about forcing his students to always be drawing with pen so they can’t even
undo… Yeah, and that’s smart. Use a ballpoint rolling pen like a Bic. It has a pressure sensitivity. Yeah, there’s tons of…there’s really great
artists digitally like when you look at them online. And as you go through their stuff, they’re
all, “This stuff is amazing.” And then, you realize they don’t have one
drawing on pencil to paper. So, you go like, it’s either they’re scared
or they’re scared of that permanent situation. Digital is safe because you can always go
back and correct something… So, even if somebody wants to be a digital
artist, you recommend they do traditional because it’ll help them in improve faster. It’ll help them improve faster and also give
them a natural curve and natural flow to actually drawing with your hand because your arms,
like, flow and stuff. The gestures are even more fluid and stuff,
you know kind of thing versus digital where you’re just like… So, I definitely recommend it and I think
it’ll work good. I have my daughter do it. She draws traditional and then she’ll do stuff
digitally too afterwards but I make sure she draws traditionally. She knows how to draw traditionally first
and foremost. Hey, guys. In the comments, let me know which of these
exercises you’re gonna try out or do you have suggestions for other good exercises? Leave a comment. Help each other out. And remember, this is video three out of four. I’ve got one more asking pros video coming

100 thoughts on “Best Drawing Exercises – Asking Pros

  1. thanks for this video, i'm one of the lazy artist, iknow that i have a talent of drawing but i enjoyed seeing the artists drawing than i myself practising it. but now i have to practice drawing everyday thank you again proko your channel is the best artists motivator. more power… and more practice to all artist.

  2. The gorilla drawing by marshall vandruff, is exactly the same of norman rockswell's self portrait, marshall stole that drawing :

  3. I am not really a good artist, but, the best advice I ever received and something I can't forget is this: "Don't throw away or erase your drawings, learn from the mistakes and try again, the only time you should use an eraser is to lighten an area that is otherwise too dark."
    I am a person who has done both of those things and it makes sense as to why you shouldn't, because now I have no record of how I use to draw.
    If you throw away your previous work how can you compare to find improvements? If you erase your mistakes how can you see if you have learner from them?

  4. I started drawing digitally instead of traditional, but I try to keep it as traditional as I can and use undo as little as I can, but something that I learned is that I can't draw traditional properly because I keep flipping my canvas

  5. Dont forget plain old doodling. Abstraction is still a way to improve your dexterity and technical skills. Personally i think theres a fertile valley of unexplored territory in abstraction. Most artists are either Purely life, or purely abstraction, but when you mix both, magic happens, and there seems to be no end to what you can make.

  6. one artist says this is important. Another artists says thatsvimportant. I think everyone just needs to do what works best for them personally. Using no way as way, using no limitation as limitation.

  7. This montage is like the Avengers of art…so many badasses.
    I like doing reps of getting a photo (or still life) copy, turn in perspective, then doing one inspired where you play with the forms, extrude, or whatever to change it up. Makes you have to problem solve *when stuff gets messed up. Like rock climbing, immediately brings you to the forefront of your lack of ability.
    From there it's how you problem solve through something you're not understanding i.e. find ref, theory material in the bracket of fundamental, exploratory drawing, or an honest to god timed-break, then getting back to it with fresh eyes.
    Traditional animation is cool too, because you have to do all of the above, then some. Plus, tweening means you have to get your reps in too, so you hammer it into your brain/becomes a speed trial to execute quickly once you've got it. Also, means you have to get the transition and sense of movement down correctly as well. Something that's easy to overlook as a beginner with static illustrations.
    Good luck out there my peeps! <3

  8. I like the line drawing exercise suggested by Ron Lemen. As an artist with a hand tremor I feel it is most important for myself to build that "drawing dexterity" and when it comes to drawing confidence, I am not confident with my line drawing capability. I can never make one straight or solid line, my lines are always short and overlap, although the way I do draw lines can be a technique all its own.

  9. 11:24 i do gesture drawing every day….
    Stan: you do it from life or?….

  10. Thank you for your videos!
    All exercises are great. At this point I would go for Lemen's exercises and drawing boxes in all kinds of rotations.
    My own tip would be to do zentangle exercises. I love lines and patterns and although I'm not too fond of the commercial side of zentangle, I started drawing the patterns with this method. After only a few months now I notice benefits in all my creative explorations, which I didn't expect.

    Doing a zentangle exercise is simple and doesn't have to take a lot of time, but it's the opposite of doing a quick and loose sketch. You draw clear lines (no sloppiness allowed), circles and curves with full focus of your mind (the zen part of it), and with these simple lines you build up a pattern. It's drawn with pen, pencil is only for shading and sometimes a guideline. Without realising, I learned a lot about how lines work together, how lines work with negative space, how simple lines can create shape, depth or optical illusions.

  11. Stan, thank you for taking the time to film and put together these videos. You don’t know how much good they bring to people facing a creative depression. Much love.

  12. Learning traditional before digital is definitely a big one for me. When I started drawing more seriously, I only drew digitally on my iPad and didn't have any pen control skills going into Photoshop, so I started drawing pencil on paper all the time instead. being able to see the drawing at one consistent size instead of zooming in and out and being able to feel the natural texture of pencil on paper is really important to me.

  13. You know, only that guy at 10th minute get it. Why all that life drawing, gesture drawing, etc if I don't ever plan to draw real life stuff and real life things are too STIFF!!! How is that shit suppose to improve ANYTHING! That's actually fucking useless waste of TIME!!! All of this guys just don't wanna give out the TRUE ways!

  14. 10 second figure/ face drawing without looking at your paper or lifting yr pencil from the page is best advice- we did that at art school & altho the exact proportion etc is not there- you can learn to capture the essence of the model

  15. For this year I set to work a lot on the basic maybe 2-3 hours a day
    – a lot of lines varying length, weight, direction straight, curves. With pencil but also with ink liner, nib or brush.

    – also circles and elipses.
    – then I do some calligraphy and lettering, trying to work with the whole arm. Basic Fonts to get the lines and curves clean.Again more to get control of the arm and hand rather than for the specific result(I'll think about the final result at some point but later).
    – Then I do some geomeric shapes, square, rectangle, hexagon, and fill them with hatching or with smooth layer in graphite.
    – Finally I do some freehand drawing, trying to focus on getting the first lines correct, I mean not sketching or roughing, only one evocative line. For example I followed your video in the Zoo with Aaron Blaise, and I tried to get the Gorilla or Puma gesture in 2 or 3 lines.

    In the train I make quick 2 min peoples sketchs with a ballpoint pen not thinking about erasing.


  16. Another excellent exercice is taking a chunk of charcoal, half an inch long. Do long and large traces with the side of the charcoal twig. These exercises free you up and off of details. Gesture, orientation proportions, complicated compositions, perspective, shadows, lights, and so on could be worked out this way. Good luck with your art.

  17. So TL;DR: Fill up a sketchbook with still life 30 second gesture drawings of boxes in perspective in a (traditional) medium I am not comfortable working with, every day.
    Got it!

  18. Great tips! I find that doodling and sketching on Posti-it notes frees me up from the bondage of perfectionism. It helps me feel loose in drawing thumbnails.

  19. When Ron Lemen said his things about lines and S curves, I felt like I had a 150mph punch to the stomach – because it was so damn powerful

  20. My recommendation? Get a note paper cube and keep it always near you along with pencil. Make doodles every day.

  21. I really love how proko gets everyone on board. He is such a genius who loves to share his skills and get others inspired. Love proko from Bangladesh.

  22. I liked Ron Lemen's comparison of the drawing with playing an instrument. Having control of your hand and the outcome of how apply your pick or your pencil is fundamental to being a good artist.

  23. not to be a negative nancy, but i would try all of these out, and then quickly give up seeing as they get too hard and too difficult for me to do..:) so, i'm kinda stuck on how to get better since people will just tell me that it's wrong either way…*shrugs*

  24. I disagree with staying away from digital. I had no confidence in myself doing traditional animation, the absolute moment I touched a digi pad I knew that I shouldn’t give up. Don’t just do what others say just because. Find yourself then apply YOU to your art.
    But what do I know.

  25. Drawing cubes, cylinders and spheres from all different perspectives and then reducing everything to these three forms often. THanks. Great interviews.

  26. Deep down, I knew that I was supposed to do these, but for some reason, I only want to do these exercises only after hearing other artists talk about them.

  27. 30"-1'-5'-15' thumbnails (A6-A5), from life or photo or other artists staff, 5-10 pencil sketches (ideally on paper), EVERY DAY (till the day I die)

  28. I’m surprised none of them said to draw the same reference picture 10 times over in the same state, same lighting, same pose lol
    Geometric shapes, draw uncomfortably, different expressions and clothing, draw from life every day, focus on what you’re trying to learn, making controlled lines, draw in pen… I noted these down as the video went, I’ll try quite a few

  29. From my experience, gesture drawing, drawing shapes were the best. I have improved SO MUCH IN SUCH SHORT TIME WITH THESE. It's only been like a year for me. I'm going to now try life drawing (I have tried it before and its HARD), I believe it make me improve even more since like EVERY artist recommends it.

  30. LEARN ANATOMY. I don't care if you draw anime or cartoons or simple comics, learning anatomy will take your art to a whole new level. It will give your work consistency and if you draw characters you will be able to replicate those characters with ease. The results are immediate and you will be blown away with what you can create.

  31. I never heard the "practice drawing boxes from different angles" before. Gesture drawing and drawing from life? Sure, millions of times. But that one is kind of new. Now I want to try it out!

    (The "practice line quality" and "practice drawing traditionally," I've also heard once or twice, but I need to try that too. My line quality sucks, and I know I'm having trouble getting shapes right the first time bc I know I can just erase or redraw. Drawing in pen forces me to get it right the first time, or keep trying again and again till I get it right.)

  32. I think the most helpful exercise I've discovered is simply tracing. Print out some coloring pages, and trace them. Helps me because I have no control over my hand, but after tracing a while now I can make it do what I want it to a bit better.

  33. what I should be paying attention to: the answers the artists gave
    what I paid attention to: that rainbow dash cosplayer

  34. if you suck at everything youre allways drawing outside of your confort zone. allways keep that in mind if you want to improve

  35. I went through a period where i became obsesed with gesture drawing and i did Them really fast (15-30-60 sec) for hours every night after work for 3 months. It cured most of my anxiety and i wasn't afraid to attempt anything.

  36. Funny none of these great guys said smth like: "You should learn the academic drawing, memorize all the rules perfectly (like perfect anatomy, architecture, etc), then blow your mind over every single mistake and zealously correct them right away". This is something my teacher is doing to me, and I don't feel comfortable with this. Natural, gesture drawing, as well as getting the hang of the space by drawing boxes and other simple shapes comes first, and is considered by artists the most important – the very KNOWING HOW TO DRAW. I just realized knowing anatomy, geometry of buildings, trees, landscapes is very useful, as it allows to APPLY drawing skills to make something useful – but is not the CORE of being able to draw. As a musician playing piano for many years, today I can play freely or compose a piece without thinking of harmonies, melodies, or other theoretical concepts – it comes naturally when I touch the keys. I'm sure the same applies for drawings, so from now on I will shift my practice from grinding rules to gesture live and imaginary drawings with pen or liner and playing around with simple geometric shapes

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