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1- Embrace a Daily Drawing Challenge To ignite your creative spark.

Embrace a Daily Drawing Challenge To ignite your creative spark, embark on a daily drawing challenge. Whether it's for a week, a month, or longer, commit to sketching every day. Consider carrying a sketchbook with you to capture sudden bursts of inspiration. Additionally, investing in new art supplies can motivate you and establish a productive drawing routine.

2-Master the Fundamentals with Shapes.

Shapes are the building blocks of art.Despite moving beyond them as your skills developed, revisiting shapes can enhance your artistic prowess. They contribute to realistic and consistent designs, facilitate the creation of unique patterns, and optimize spatial utilization. To cultivate a shape-oriented mindset, practice recognizing shapes in everyday life. An engaging exercise involves using a marker to identify shapes within images from old magazines. This practice will refine your perception and make you a better artist.

3.Spend time looking for inspiration

If you’re in an art class or studying something you don’t usually draw, or browsing Dribbble, Behance, Pintrest for inspiration, stepping outside your comfort zone is always a good idea. Remember, if you’re not failing, you’re not learning.

Deriving Inspiration
4.Draw from Life Drawing from direct observation, or "drawing from life,"

Draw from Life Drawing from direct observation, or "drawing from life," is a powerful technique for growth as an illustrator. Although some may find it challenging, it transcends the need for realism. The process of observing and translating what you see onto paper is more important than the final outcome. Embrace the opportunity to capture the essence of your surroundings through direct observation.

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Engage in Drawing from Memory

Engage in Drawing from Memory For those comfortable with drawing from life, pushing your boundaries by drawing from memory can foster intuitive and imaginative artwork. Set yourself a creative prompt: on a blank page, draw as many objects as you can recall from memory. Allow your mind to freely visualize and manifest objects without referring to real-life references.

5. Create repeating patterns

In addition to starting with the basics (shapes), designing repeating patterns like icons, symbols, or other combinations of shapes can be a great exercise to practice your skills. Try using only circles, or creating a pattern with a variety of components.

4. Catalog your art and regularly revisit old pieces

Keeping track of your old artwork and drawings by filing them month-to-month or year-to-year is a great way to view your progress. If you draw daily, you may even see quite an improvement from the past few weeks.

Jewelry Sketches
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9. Exude confidence

People who are early on in their artistic journey tend to draw very tentatively. They hold the pencil lightly and build up what they are trying to draw with short, light strokes, eventually building up to the full form of the thing they are drawing. To me, this is the mark of an underdeveloped illustrator. Drawings made this way look over-thought and lack confidence. If you want your illustrations to stand out, they must exude confidence. What does confidence look like? It is sure of itself. It has a sense of direction. There is an intention from start to finish—a sense of purpose. Rather than a series of short, shy strokes, confidence is a continuous, unbroken line, curving in undulations or turning sharp angles with a strange mix of precision and abandon.

The whole point of being an illustrator and having a successful style is to communicate and connect with others. If our work fails to resonate with others, there is no point. However, failure to connect in your art today should not be the end of the story. We grow by sharing our early work with others and getting feedback. Sometimes this feedback comes because you’ve asked for it—perhaps inviting your partner to take a look and say what they think.

10. Expose yourself
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