from Caitlin Cowie | Buz­zFeed Jr. Video Producer

Tips on how to draw bet­ter in 2 minutes:

  • Break com­plex crea­tures into their basic shapes and contours
  • Use ref­er­ence images:
    Draw what you see, not what you know
  • Rules of thumb for human proportion:
    Eyes and ears go in the cen­ter of the face
    An aver­age per­son is 7.5 heads tall
  • Choose a com­pelling col­or palette before you paint
  • Use the val­ue range:
    There should be patch­es of light and dark, not all mid-tones
  • Iden­ti­fy a light source to make cer­tain areas pop
  • For more real­ism, soft­en dark edges
    Real life does­n’t have bold, black outlines
    The back­ground is usu­al­ly lighter than the foreground
  • Use fore­ground details to push depth
  • Keep in mind rel­a­tive size and perspective