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50 Tips to Improve Your Art

teacher avatar Amaya Jade, Artist and Video Creator

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      50 Tips to Improve Your Art


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About This Class

Hi, I'm Amaya!

In this class, I'll be giving you 50 tips that will help you improve your art! These art tips and techniques aren't usually talked about and I find them super helpful.  

There are a lot of ways you can improve your art long term with practice, but the majority of what I’ll be sharing in this class are things you can implement to improve your art immediately. Having an understanding of the basics is essential, but these tips will help you improve your skill and distinguish your work. 

This class is short and simple but beneficial for artists at any level!

If you have any questions at all, be sure to ask me in the discussions page! I'd also appreciate ideas for future classes that you want me to teach! 

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Amaya Jade

Artist and Video Creator


Hello! My name is Amaya!

Artist & Video Creator. Since 2012 I have been uploading videos to my channel on YouTube (scroll to the end of my page) and now I'm also teaching here! You can find my artwork on Etsy and on my website as well!



My newest class is free for a limited time! Painting Flowers with Gouache


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1. Introduction: My name is Maya. I'm in 18 year old artist and video creator. In this class, I'll be giving you 50 tips to improve your art. These are techniques and tips that aren't usually talked about. This class is beneficial for any artist at any level. There are many ways you can improve your art long term with practice, but the majority of what I'll be sharing in this class are things that you can implement to improve your art immediately. Having an understanding it with basics is essential, but these tips will help you improve your skill and distinguish your art. So welcome to 50 tips to improve your art. 2. 50 Tips to Improve Your Art: number one. Draw something every day, create a small sketch or have one drawing that you work on every day. When you allow yourself the time to improve. Over time, you will see results naturally. Number to keep a sketchbook and use it as much as possible. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. They aren't meant to be perfect. Number three. Draw something new. Try something that you've wanted to do before number four. Embellish your paintings. I love using gold paint. Add details to my paintings. Number five. Keep a list of ideas from when you're inspired to reference later on, when you don't know what to draw. Number six. Add backgrounds. Sometimes it's easy to forget to do this. This will make your heart look more finished. Number seven. If you like to keep a color chart in your sketchbook, make it so that it folds out so you don't have to flip back to see it, huh? Number eight. Seal your pencil sketches with watercolor. The gum Arabic in the pain holds a graphite and prevents smudging in transferring number nine. Draw or paint from photographs. Number 10. The best way to learn to draw is to start drawing, so don't over think it and just start number 11. Experiment with different mediums. A good example of this is using acrylic paint and colored pencils. This is what I did with this painting. Number 12. When drawing a portrait, take a photo and flip the image. This way, you'll notice any proportional mistakes that you couldn't see before. Number 13. Try to finish all your our work, even if you think it's not good. Number 14. Instead of just drawing the object, build the object. Break the image down into parts number 15. Plan your artwork. Sketch quick thumbnails. This will get rid of the fear of a blank page, and you can easily visualize the end. Result. Number 16. Use masking tape to create a border around your paintings. This will also help to avoid the paper from warping. Remembers to stick the tape to your clothes first to avoid ripping when you remove it. Number 17 created color palette for your paintings. It's watch different colors together to see what Look, you want your painting to have number 18. Try to take your time with line work. Think of this as the foundation of the peace. Once you have clean and solid blind work, the rest of the process will be easier rather than going back and forth tweaking smaller parts. Number 19. Don't be too focused on art style and said, Focus on mastering your skills and paint or draw things that you like. When you keep doing this, your art style should come naturally. Number 20. Don't be afraid to make mistakes. You can't practice anything without making mistakes at first. The more you practice, the less you'll make them. Number 21 for ultra fine lining. Make sure you're keeping your pencils sharp throughout the drawing. Number 22. When working on any piece, keep the five C's in mind composition, creativity, craftsmanship, content and color. If something's not working in a piece, look back on these and see if one of them is weaker than the others. How are the shapes arranged in your piece? Is your artwork pushing the boundaries or original enough? Does your drawing look clean or put together? Do all elements of the artwork match each other? Do your colors work together and have a scheme? Number 23? Use a white gel pen for highlights and details that you want to be bright white. I love using these pens for I drawings as it creates a glossy effect. Number 24. Use graphite to transfer your drawings onto a canvas or other types of paper. Number 25. Take a break from your work and come back to it with fresh eyes. When you're working on something for a while, you're creating over familiarity with mistakes. Number 26 learned color theory and how to properly mix your colors when painting number 27 . Take your time. Don't rush your work when you get an idea. Number 28 Try sketching with a pen. This will force you to keep drawing even when you made in the steak. Number 29 when sharpening a pencil by hand turned the sharpener rather than the pencil. This will prevent breakage, especially with softer pencils. Number 30 makes your paint before actually painting. Get the colors right so the painting process will be smoother and consistent. Number 31. When working with watercolor, keep two cups for water. One is used for cleaning your brush. The other is used. Had more water to your pain without muddying the colors the clean water is also in additional second runs for your brushes. Number 30 to study visual storytelling, for example, color, symbolism, symbolism in general composition and motion number 33. If there's something you want to make artwork about, research the elements of it to learn how it looks at different angles and in different lighting. Number 34 test different supplies together, such as ink with watercolor. See which Inc smear and which don't number 35. When adding more layers to a watercolor painting for quickly and smoothly, try not to make too many strokes in order to avoid reactivating the previous layers. Number 36. If you made a mistake, see if you can make it work with the peace, it might lead you down a path you would never have thought of otherwise. Number 37. Choose the subject and draw it over and over to in green what it looks like in your head. Once you really know the elements and shapes of something, you'll be able to draw it without needing reference. Number 38 used paintbrushes to blend charcoal rather than using your fingers. This will be a little bit less messy and also you'll avoid transferring oils from your hand onto the paper. Number 39. Place a piece of paper between your drawing and your hand. This will prevent charcoal or graphite from getting on your hand and leaving smudges on the drawing number. 40. Adjust the values of your drawing to make it pop. If you have a light focus point, use the drug or value to surround it and brighten up the edges. Number 41. When drawing with colored pencils, use an Exacto knife to create fine strands of hair. This just removes the layer of colored pencils and reveals the paper underneath. Number 42. If you're drawing with graphite or charcoal and you're using a colored reference, change the photo to black and white to better judge your values. In contrast, Number 43 used a colorless blender marker to blend out your colored pencil drawings. This will saturate the colors and fuse them together smoothly. Number 44. If you have a dark sketch, it will show underneath colored pencils and watercolor using kneaded eraser to lighten up the pencil just before you start adding color. Number 45. When painting with watercolors, keep your first layer light and preserve the highlighted areas because it will be harder to get them back later. Number 46 Similar to color palettes, create a swatch of your graphite pencils to easily reference when choosing, which wants to draw with number 47. Great. Your own watercolor palette have easy access to your most used pains. Number 48. Drop from life and do studies. Repetition and persistence is the way to improve number 49. Practice drawing in different styles to see how you work best and what you like the most and number 50 simply draw and paint things that you want. Don't think about it too much and enjoy watching your art change as you develop over time. 3. Class Project: So now for the class project, choose at least one of these tips To apply to your artwork. You'll find the entire list of the 50 tips under the project section of the class. Create your project and explain which tip you chose to use. Share your process behind it, as well as photos of what you've done or created. 4. Conclusion: Thank you so much for watching. I hope that these tips are helpful. Don't forget to put these tips into practice and start your class project. Be sure to follow me so you won't miss my future classes.