5 Beginner’s Mistakes To Avoid In Drawing

As a beginner if you are not able to understand the mistakes that you are committing in drawing, it can steady down your progress in learning. If you want to improve on your drawing skills and redeem the mistakes you have made so far, you are at the right place. In this article we share with you 5 of the most common mistakes that beginners make in drawing that are to be avoided. The idea is not to make you realise these mistakes that you are making but to help you grow out of them.


1. Putting Pressure On The Pencil

When you start drawing with your pencil make sure that you do not use a lot of pressure on it. When you do that you might not realise but you are actually damaging the texture of the drawing sheet. And the effect of the same will be seen in your drawing as well. This is why try putting less pressure on the pencil when you are drawing on paper. If you want to have more control over your drawing, take as much time as you want to build up your drawing. This will also help you to add value to the drawing in the right way.

2. Establish Rich Darks

Unlike charcoal, graphite is not rich in dark so trying to create a really dark effect can be quite a challenge. See how you can add depth and value to your drawing by focusing on making rich shadows where need be. The idea is to play around with light effects in the drawing so as to make it look as real as possible. This can have a huge impact on your drawing which will make it stand apart from an ordinary drawing and will prevent your drawing from looking flat on the paper. You could use your eraser as much as you want to create the right kind of shadows and lights but make sure you have control over it.

3. Outlining

A solid base for your drawing is by creating the outline for it. However, in doing so you need to understand that outlining is not the same as scribbling and do not need too much pressure on  the pencil. The outline is for your comfort in the drawing. Hence do not kill the depth of the painting by making hard lines. The touch of realism will be lost from the drawing in doing so. As a practice, you can do a painting from your photo. Outline objects so that you can understand how to distinguish and separate the many elements in the drawing but as mentioned before, keep it light and prevent from using hard lines.

4. Paper Quality

If you feel that you are not able to draw in the right way, it could also be because of the quality of the paper. If you are using cheap A4 size sheets you might have a difficult time trying to make a good drawing and your end results will also not be as your expect. In addition to that, adding textures in a bad quality drawing sheet also becomes a difficult task. Make sure that for the purpose of drawing, your sheet is more than 70 LBS. Don’t go for smooth papers because they will prevent you from adding value and textures to the drawing. Medium textured papers are ideal for drawing purpose and also make it easy for you to have control over the artwork.

5. Add Shapes, Don’t Scribble

There is a difference between drawing lines and scribbling lines. You need to have idea about how to make shapes and add value to them. For example, imagine you are making a tree, you have to learn how to objectify the element and see what details will be required in it, instead of randomly scribbling something in the name of a “tree”. You might think your scribbles will be a representation of leaves in a tree, but you will only end up making a mess of it if you do not know how to get shapes right. Even minute elements such as leaves require detailing and you have to know how to give definite value to shapes.


The changes in this article can only come when you start practising religiously. You will realise it yourself how your sketches will improve over time. This minute details might look simple to you but when it comes to executing them, we often tend to lose track. Drawing requires a lot of practise, precision and patience. Only then can the end result be as expected.