3 Foundational Drills to Improve Your Art

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3 Foundational Drills to Improve Your Art

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11/18/2022

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Looking to improve your art quickly? Or maybe you’ve been looking at your work recently and thinking, “Hmm, something looks off but, what is it?”

These three foundational drills will instantly unlock your confidence and give you the theory and principles behind why some things work and others don’t.

 

3 Foundational Drills to Improve Your Art 

Axis Point

Practice drawing a circle and sketching a line down the middle, creating an axis. What do I mean by axis? Think of a globe, spinning on one rotation. Those two points on top and bottom are called the axis points. The axis point of a shape not only determines the rotation or spin of an object, but it also demonstrates where every element of that shape should point to.

For example, a flower! Every single petal on that flower should be pointing back to the bottom axis point! Need more visual demonstration of this, watch this video on my Instagram! 

Perspective

Do you paint landscapes or scenes and ever wonder where you should be placing elements or how tall they should be? Understanding perspective and vantage point are an absolute game changer when it comes to these topics. When you know the point of view in the story you’re creating, you’ll understand exactly where to place every element and at what height.

Watch this video on perspective to get the visual!

Balance

What does balance have to do with painting? Everything. Creating balance with the positive AND negative space you’re creating is much simpler than you might think, too! This will greatly impact your confidence in laying out shapes in a floral piece, abstract…you name it!

Here’s a great video on balance and tipping point for reference!

All of these principles and more are covered in my course The Art Within and will help boost your confidence as an artist and lead you to your best work!

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