25 NEW Drawing and Painting Tips (MIND BLOWING)


[Intro Music] Hello everyone, my name is Emily, and today we’re going to be going over 25
life changing drawing and painting tips. And yes, when I say life changing. I actually mean it. Most of these tips have completely
changed the way that I make art. So if you want to learn about some tips
you may not have heard anywhere else before, Then definitely stay tuned but before we get into this video here is a quick word from today’s sponsor. Today’s video was sponsored by new Amino Stories. First of all if you don’t have an Amino account, I highly recommend you head on over and get one. Amino is more than an app,
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and start your story today. Tip number 1; Are you confused about
how to really use a kneaded eraser? I mean, it’s just a hunk of dough, right? Here are three quick mini tips to get you started. 1A; the ideal shape for a kneaded eraser is
in the shape of a cone with a rounded bottom, kinda like a little birdie head.
[Woot woot weet weet] You can use the beak,
the pointed part of the eraser to erase small details and you can use the bigger end
of the head to erase larger areas. Tip 1B; You can use your kneaded eraser to pull excess graphite off your sketch leaving a much lighter image behind. This is great if you have a problem with graphite muddying your finished artwork. Tip 1C; It’s super easy to clean a kneaded eraser, unlike white erasers where you either need to cut a chunk off, or aggressively rub it against a matchbox or nail file. All you need to do to clean your kneaded eraser is to… Knead it. Tip number 2; Don’t have a kneaded eraser
to try out the previous tips? No problem, blue tack or that mysterious stretchy stuff that’s in the back of your utility drawer, can be used just like a kneaded eraser. Though I recommend you
eventually get a real kneaded eraser. The benefit to blue tack is that it is a lot firmer making the dough hold its shape a lot longer. The white blue tack works the best as it doesn’t contain any dyes that may potentially stain your artwork. Make sure to do a test patch
before using it on an actual finished piece. Tip number 3; Tired of getting graphite smudges
all over your paper while you’re sketching? Use a piece of parchment paper underneath your hand to prevent it from picking up the graphite. This also prevents the side of your palm from getting that like unsightly blue gray shine, like you’re turning into a post-mortem Smurf. With the Smurf death note be like: [Nah nah nah neh] [BUNG!] [Neh, neh, neh] [Laughs] [BUNG] [Deep inhale] Oh my god. Tip number 4; This is a bit of an extension
of tip number 3, but use clean pieces of parchment or tissue paper in between the pages of your sketchbook, to prevent sketches from rubbing off on one another. This is especially helpful if you like working
in graphite and charcoal one minute, but then you’d like to switch to ink, markers, another. It keeps your sketchbook looking nice
and clean, instead of like a dusty ass mess. Tip number 5; Do your inked outlines fade
after you erase the sketch underneath? This happens because
you are trying to erase over wet ink. Just because the ink may look dry, it doesn’t mean it’s dry all the way through the paper. To prevent this from happening, use a heat gun or a hairdryer to completely dry your lines. Using heat helps quickly penetrate down into the paper in order to fully dry the ink. If you don’t have either tools, let your art air dry
overnight before you try to erase. This tip will leave you with a beautiful,
crisp line work, with a deep black color. Tip number 6; Different levels of water saturation
create different blooming effects, while using the wet and wet watercolor technique. Look at how differently these samples look
as the paint moves through them. This is obviously also going to depend on your watercolors and how willing they are to bloom. So make sure you know how your paints behave
before applying this technique to a finished piece. Remember water will flow where other water is, so the more water that is placed down,
the farther your pigment will travel, the drier the spot the more restricted
your pigments movement will be. Tip number 7; Never leave your paintbrushes
soaking in water for long periods of time. Yes, even your acrylic brushes, I know there are hearts breaking,
but please, hear me out. Over time, the water that has
been absorbed through the bristles, will begin to erode the glue that holds them in place, and that will eventually give you
frayed and shedding brushes. I know how tempting it is to
just set it and forget it, so to speak, but it will end up costing you
a lot more money in the long run. my advice is to clean your brush
in two separate containers of water, and leave it laying on its side while you work. Once you’re all done and
ready to pack up for the night, then… Tip number 8; You can clean your brushes with some brush cleaner or alternatively some baby shampoo. Dry and shape them with a paper towel and then leave them hanging upside down to completely dry overnight. This encourages any water to run down toward the tips of the bristles, instead of building up in the ferrule. Which would happen if you were
to let your brushes dry upright. Pretty much just don’t ever let a wet brush dry sitting upright. It’s a big no-no in everybody’s book. Tip number 9; Do not thin your acrylic paints with water. this is because when you thin acrylic paint with water, the molecules in the paint binder become
farther and farther apart then weakening the paint, and making it harder for the acrylic to
bond to a surface long-term. This then causes the paint to crack
and flake off over time. Use an appropriate acrylic thinning medium instead, and you’ll end up with much nicer
looking results that are built to last. Tip number 10;
Having a hard time drawing a straight line? No problem. Try looking at the final point of your line as you draw instead of following your pencil with your eyes. This helps your brain visualize where the line is going, which will help you automatically draw it straighter. Thank You. Mr C from my freshmen geometry class, I appreciate it and I’m very sorry I remembered absolutely nothing else that you taught me. Tip number 11; Does your line art look
too heavy for your watercolor painting? This is a lesson that absolutely blew my mind. Lay your watercolors down over your sketch
before you add any black line work. This helps you figure out exactly what line width will suit your painting the best. It’s that simple. Tip number 12; Do you feel like your artwork is too stiff? Use what is called a line of action
to help establish the flow of a composition. You can not only use it for a human figure,
but you can also use it for animal figures, plants, horizons, Etc, etc. It’s essentially the
most bare-bones part of your artwork, but it helps establish movement
before you even begin drawing. Tip number 13; Are you still in the
process of learning Color Theory? Create a basic color wheel
and have it taped in front of your work space. This will provide a quick reference
for when you get stuck mixing colors. Never underestimate the power of a simple Chi-(beep) Nope, cheat sheet. Chit -(beep) What? [Laughs] Tip number 14; Make sure your hands are completely clean before you start to work on a piece. Yes, this means free of lotion as well, it hurts me too. Excess oil from your hands can create a barrier between your medium and your paper. If you’re working on dirty paper w
ith something like watercolors, you’ll end up with a bunch of patches
that won’t absorb the pigment, because the oil isn’t allowing the water to penetrate. So put the chips down and wash your nasty hands! Tip number 15;
When working with gouache or watercolor, use the very point of your brush
to soak up excess water. This will help you lay down even amounts of pigment opposed to creating unwanted blooms or harsh edges. This technique has a pretty steep learning curve, so make sure you practice it regularly. Tip number 16; Even if you buy a canvas in the store
that says it already has Gesso on it, Add one or two additional layers
of Gesso before starting your painting. Inexpensive canvases,
especially ones that you can buy in bulk, typically have a very thin,
unreliable coat of Gesso on them. They are prepared in a factory and not Gesso’d by hand. Play it safe and
take the time to add a coat or two with love. Tip number 17; Are your watercolor or gouache
tubes totally dried up inside? Don’t freak you out just yet, you can cut them open, remove the hardened pigment,
cut it up and reuse the pieces. because these two paint’s are water-based, they can always be reactivated using water. In my opinion, though they are expensive, they are the most cost effective type of paints because when acrylics dry up, You’re (expletive) out of luck. Tip number 18; If you really can’t stand the feeling of chalk pastels on your fingers, like literally ninety percent of the population, Have I got an alternative for you? You can use makeup brushes
to apply chalk pastel to a drawing, the looser the bristles, the lighter the application, the denser the bristles, the thicker the application. It’s a great way to create a unique piece of artwork without making a huge mess. One time when I was little, I was using chalk on a chalkboard and I was getting like heebie-jeebies, like the shiver feeling you get going up your back and I got it so much that I felt like I was gonna throw up, so it made me, like, not wanna touch chalk. [Sarcastically] Cool story. Tip number 19; keeping multiple sketchbooks is a great way to diversify your artistic skills. You can keep one purely for that
CalArts, flip through aesthetic kind of purpose. One for anatomy, one for landscapes
and so on and so forth. Don’t let anyone tell you what
a sketchbook can or can’t be. It’s 100% up to you
and if anyone tries to give you sass, they can – (sing-song voice) shove it up the b-holes. I don’t think the algorithm can catch “b-holes” when I’m singing it, so… [Laughs] That’s what I’ve been doing! Tip number 20; Are you really struggling
with one part of your composition? Try turning off all other background noise or investing in some noise cancelling headphones. It’s easier for our brain to focus at the task at hand when there aren’t too many distractions in the room. I know a lot of us love to have music or Netflix going in the background as we work and that’s fine, but if you’re really trying to get something just right or work on something that’s really important, I definitely suggest trying to unplug and focus in. Tip number 21; When drawing realistically, remember that harsh lines do not actually occur in nature, instead, use soft lines to establish your sketch and then build around them using shading. Eventually the lines will disappear altogether, creating much more natural gradient. This will create the illusion of definition
without creating a harsh edge. Tip number 22;
Is it ever possible to polish a piece too much? Yes, it literally is. Well, isn’t that just a swift kick in the pants for ya? Mommy, look, I made a good painting. Oh, little Jimmy. It is good, but it’s too good take it back. Over-working a piece,
especially when working with paints, can cause a painting to become muddy or unusually smooth making it look a bit strange. Instead, try to leave some painterly strokes in your piece, which will allow the medium to show through. However, There is a fine balance that takes time to learn, lest you. Tip number 23; Under work your piece. Under working – [Laughs] It’s a big (expetive) you, I really know it is. Under-working typically occurs when an artist feels like their painting isn’t going in the right direction. Either there’s been a few pitfalls that have frustrated the artist, the medium isn’t cooperating with them, or they simply feel the art itself is not good. This may sound like the most generic piece of advice ever, but please, don’t give up just yet. Try adding a different medium, using ink outlines, adding more detail, try something, anything! I can’t stress how important it is to keep working on an artwork. Even when you feel it’s gone to crap. You never know what small choice could turn it all around. Under-working also occurs
when an artist says: “I’m done.” But it’s not like really done. The terms over-working and under-working are typically used in a classroom, kind of academic setting. By teachers who are just trying to get you to get a feel of what a finished piece looks like. Tip number 24; If you really enjoy the way
someone colors their artwork, the best way to emulate that is to try and copy it exactly. Now before anyone thinks I’m promoting art theft, let me be clear that this is for personal use only. Use your reference as a way to study,
not as a way to get attention. I suggest keeping it off social media
and if you absolutely just have to post it, make it abundantly clear that it is a study of someone else’s work linking to that person’s page, but I just recommend keeping it
off social media altogether, that way there is zero confusion
about whose artwork it is and you can use it for your personal benefit
and call it a day, but to get the feel for how someone colors their artwork, try copying it down to the very stroke of the brush. I find that often times in the process of doing this, you will develop your own way of shading
that will produce a similar result. I recommend starting out with some of the old masters works, taking a small tiny little piece of the painting, copying it, pasting it onto Photoshop
and start to paint alongside of it. This is a great way to learn a whole host of artistic skills, and it’s encouraged in practically every
single art university across the world. and finally tip number 25;
I hope I don’t disappoint you guys. Here are a few rapid-fire “mini tips” all about common drawing mistakes to close out the video. Tip 25A; Eyelashes don’t go straight out
and up like a Barbie doll. They crisscross and sometimes go against the grain. Tip 25B; Noses don’t actually come to a sharp point. If you’re struggling to make your noses look slightly more realistic, remember to curve the tip of the nose. Tip 25; Break down the face into planes
to help you visualize it in a 3D space. Tip 25D; Hair doesn’t just sit on a person’s head like a cheap Party City wig, it grows from the head. Remember to add baby hairs
and sideburns when appropriate. Tip 25E; Hair is also flowing and doesn’t stay in one place like nasty-ass tracks off of eBay. To help visualize this, break down the hair
into sections and add flowing lines. Tip 25F; Have no idea where to place ears? Here’s an easy way to remember where they go. Ears are directly in line with your eye line. But anyway guys that was my video.
25 drawing and painting tips and tricks. Let’s give a big thank you to our sponsor today, Amino and their new feature Amino Stories. If you could please head on over
to my amino page, watch my stories and give them a heart or a
comment if you are so inclined. Bow down to the Amino Overlord who,
with the sponsorship, is giving me the ability to pay
for sweet Osa’s upcoming surgery. She is going to have a tooth that is infected,
it’s like a way back molar and it’s chipped and the chip got infected and oh,
it’s just a bunch of bad news bears for my baby, and then she’s also got a little tumor, benign tumor on her water line, on her eye and it drives her nuts. So I took her in to get that removed and that’s when they found the tooth and the infections. So we’ve got a handful of things
that we are going to take care of. I know it’s going to be a very stressful day for all of us, but especially for my sweet baby doge. So it’s not happening til September, but I have this whole week plan of spoiling the heck out of her before she goes into surgery. So if you guys have any fun big doggie activity ideas, please leave them in the comments down below. Also, please let me know which, if any of these tips were the most mind-blowing for you. I’d be really, really curious to find out. I realize that some seasoned artists will go through this list and be like I knew that, but this really isn’t for the
super seasoned professional artists. This is for the beginner artists. This is for the intermediate artists,
the hobbyist if you will. But anyway guys Thank you so much for watching and don’t forget to stay out of trouble. See you guys later. [Outro Music]

100 Replies to “25 NEW Drawing and Painting Tips (MIND BLOWING)”

  1. Hey great video! Thank you so much. I just wanted to point out one little thing that I noticed. Your final tip when you were showing the ears I noticed that your eyes were too high. The top of the bridge of the nose lines up with the eyebrows and the eyes are be solidly below that so you should see the eyes in line with the nose not above it. Just a little nit pic. Again thank you for this video!

  2. Argh the acrylic medium one! Ive been trying to find one ANYWHERE where I live, but even some experienced painters look at me funny when I ask if they carry it in their stores, telling me to just use water. And I always tell them that I want a medium for it, not water, and they almost roll their eyes. 😅🙄

  3. Thank you art goddess!! Also thank you for censoring the cuss words, my littles were glued to this video alongside me. 😂

  4. Most mind blowing one for me was the cleaning paint brushes one. I am guilty of leaving them sit in water longer than i should. I will most definitely stop doing that and get a proper brush cleaning thing and figure out something to allow my brushes to hang up to dry! Thank you!!

  5. I cant work without background noise. now listen before you say anything…i get stressed if it's quiet. i almost always have a fan and radio/youtube playing. I've tried to do the whole no distraction thing before beccause of my mom but i become less productive and end up sitting there doing nothing or stressing over nothing. i don't know why

  6. Thank you again, dear. Many tips I already knew, but there was several new ones for my brainy databank to deposit. What blew my mind? Wet vs. dry drawing ink and erasing! I really thought I knew my inks, but obviously I didnt. It was nice to see Im not the only one who uses makeup-brushes for art, they just work for all the dry stuff (chalks, micas etc.), really thought Im special kind of crazy, but yay, theres others!

    And heres my tip for drying brushes the right way; tape a knotted string-loop to the tail end of every brush (or the ones you care enough..). Just wash and hook em. I used to drill tiny holes at first, but then I discovered that even the heaviest dripping wet squirrel mop could hang just fine by the tape and twine-method. Very low tech, easily removable and no need for special contraptions.

  7. Oh look it’s some boring video about watercolor blablablah yadada

    1:48 Oh now I see

    And this is why I subbed.

    Oh yeah and you have nice singing

  8. Helpful and entertaining. Can't ask for more than that. Thank you, Emily, you're an amazing asset in the art Community and we appreciate you 💖

  9. i’ve been drawing for ages (tho not consistently or diverse enough to make major improvements 😭) and i had no idea that the ink needs to completely dry before erasing, whenever the ink lifted i thought it had to do with the pens but was surprised when micron pens, some of the best pens out there, did the same thing, thank you for sharing these awesome tips, it definitely motivates me to do more drawing! 💖
    (also i’ve been a long time subscriber even when you had to take time off from youtube before the babes and i absolutely love your channel, your videos and artworks always encourage me to keep drawing even when i get stuck or feel like i’m not improving ❤️)

  10. Oh, god….the trick for straight lines. No one, not one single person, in 40 years told me to try that trick. I've been gently mocked for my inability to draw straight lines…but never offered this trick. Ever. Now I'm going to have to experiment and find out if it also works for cutting a straight line with scissors. Because that's an even worse frustration for me (at least when drawing I could use a ruler or other straight edge to compensate).

  11. Thank you!
    And to your puppy get well soon <3 if she likes water get her to a dog allowing Lake or river. My doggy went crazy over snow, but that's probably not in season…

  12. Bah ha ha! yes! I remember picking up my ball of blu-tac and using it as an eraser on a whim, next thing I know, it's gone completely grey, and now I can't remember if my kneaded eraser is actually blu-tac or not!

  13. You are so funny and knowledgeable too! I agree with your tips and know that your viewers benefit from your expertise. I enjoy watching others present their knowledge for others to learn and grow! I am just like everyone in that we all need refreshing now and then !

  14. Emily: Mentions not leaving brushes in water.

    Me: Looks at desk.
    Sees brush in water.
    “I should get up and fix that…”
    Stays in bed watching YouTube.

  15. Thank you Emily! This is amazing! I discovered you last week with one of your ‘story time’ videos. Love this. Sending love to your pupper!
    Thank you for the KE tip! Didn’t realise that’s how you clean it, you KNEAD it! Haha

  16. https://m.tapas.io/series/Tales-ofParadox I would be extremely grateful if you checked the comic I'm workin on 🤗😙

  17. Thanks for another great video!
    Just a thought for your sweet puppers: most dogs love whipped creme. And a little bit is just fine for pups as a special treat. 🙂

  18. I really needed these tips, I want to be professional artist but i cant go to art school. I especially appreciate the kneaded erasure tips. Thanks Art Mom ♥

  19. A little addition to number 20: if you find it really hard to focus in complete silence, try white noise generators! There's a lot of apps and websites, I personally like mynoise because it's super customizable. I have ADHD and often find it best to focus when I have some sort of regular, controlled background noise instead of silence, so they really help me. White noise generators will give you some background noise without being distracting like music or Netflix can be!

  20. i love it i love it i love it i love it. im so happy you posted this im going to use these constantly. I learned a lot.

  21. OMG I WAS WAITInG FOR SOMEOnE TO POInT OUT THAT bLUETAC COULD bE USED AS A KnEEDED ERASOR

  22. When it comes to sketch books i have a “sketch” sketch book (a normal thin paper sketchbook) and a “finished” sketchbook (a multi media or water color paper sketchbook)

    I also LOVE using watercolor paper. It is thick enough for my alcohol markers and it takes my colored pencils very well! (Not to mention watercolor of course)

    Anyways I LOVE This video!

  23. Do you got any tips how to get inspired? I love your crazy artwork but I feel like I could never come up with this stuff… so how do you get these amazing ideas?

  24. Wishing your puppy a speedy recovery. Thank you for this tip, great reminder especially knowing what else can be used for a kneaded eraser, as I'm always losing mine.

  25. Another thing about drying brushes upside-down – the paint doesn't flake off any of the handles that are wooden (or, at least, its slowed down). I hate picking up a brush, and getting a fistful of paint splinters 😩

  26. If she likes swimmin/fetch take pupper and da babes to a lake or pond, bring some sandwiches, just throw a ball or stick for some good swims and a picnic! Our big horse of a dog used to love that—heck, the whole family did—he'd belly flop off the dock😂

  27. Ohh, I'm so sorry your girl is having some issues, but I'm SO glad that she's able to get the surgeries done. I hope everything goes very, very well for your sweet girl!
    My dogs & cats all send love, & so do I! ❤️🙂
    Also, this was a really great video!

  28. I love watching your videos. I chose art for next year along biology, science, physics and Maths, because I don’t always have the time at home. I also do dancing and work 3 times a week. Your videos help me a lot with my learning progress😘 (I’m 15 btw)

  29. Thank you for the hacks! ✨

    But just wanna say that your wheel is not that accurate of an example for color theory.

  30. honestly the tip about copying coloring styles is really good and I'm definitely going to try it bc my coloring technique sucks rn lol

  31. You can use hair spray to keep graphite down. Provided that it's drawn in pencil and not in chalk or really soft graphite. I would recommend using hair spray that is strong and fast drying.

    Edit: DON'T STAMP your brush on the paper! I'm looking at you high schoolers!

  32. That one about soaking up the excess water with the tip of the brush would have been so useful when I was still actually watercolouring lol

  33. Tip number 7,8 and 9 were the ones that really helped me! Thanks so much! As for your doge you can take your dog on a fun vacation. My family took our dogs to Rhode Island and they had a blast! It’s very pet friendly and dogs are welcomed in shops and restaurants. Frozen dog like ice cream can be bought at a pet food store. Fun toys. Wish your doge all the best! Much love from me and my two dogs Skylar and Scout!

  34. I've been to art school and literally had no idea about the fineliner erasing and the kneaded eraser shaping ones 😂 glad to have learned it before inktober this year since the ink thing has been a thorn in my eye for the past 4 years of participating!! Really great video, even as a semi pro artist this was still really nice to watch and wouldya look at that I even learned something 👍

  35. You SAVED me with that chalk pastel idea. I can't stand the feeling of even applying chalk pastel to paper never mind having it on my hands. It's a sensory issue because I'm autistic. I thought I was never going to be able to use chalk pastel.

  36. Your amazing art mama I'm downloading amino right now thanks for showing us tips and tricks you showed me something new yay 😃👍☺😊👩‍🎨❤💛💚💙💜🖤

  37. whaaaat wooooah ♡ ?? ♡ that's crazy, i just started watching your video as usual and then i saw your shootout , you actually said my name fan girling ♡ THANK YOU so much im sooo crazy smiling 🙃 as always love your work ♡

  38. spoil the doggo: ice cream or any food she loves, sleeping in bed, a nice bath if she likes that, cuddles, maybe a (new) soft blanket, something you know she will get excited about, paint her cone with cute colours and patterns, playtime with her fave doggo friends, hypnotizing massages (every dog has THAT spot, just gotta find it :p), make peanut butter treats, craft her an unusual toy, but the truth is no dog is sad unless they are abused. YOU make her happy, so i guess being extra cheerful and sweet and cuddly will make her extra happy.

    also i suggest you spoil her after surgery, not before..!

  39. I knew most of it, but it was a good reminder, and some of it was confirming suspicions lol! I liked mostly the advice on linework, coloring, and painting as those are not my strong suits. I can draw well, and build a character from ground up, but getting it from sketch to presentable colored art piece is where I fail. I also hardly ever get to paint, so there was some supply care tips I didn't know.

  40. I always feel like my art is the worst so when I finished my drawing I immediately throw it away or delete it, i know it's a bad habit but i cant stop

  41. I just wanna point out that you usually want to use a little water with acrylic paints only so that they will glide across the canvas! But yes, if you want thin your paint drastically so as to use it for glazing or something, use a mixing medium!

  42. Okay I loved tip #19 I've never been good at keeping sketch books and I've been doing art for 20 years. Ita nice to hear that from other artists
    Oh! And my poor doggo is going in tomorrow for tooth issues as well. Hoping it's an easy fix and recover quickly 😊

  43. Thank you! I actually didn't know that erasing over wet ink is what pulls it off, I thought that's just how it worked…

  44. I've been drawing, give or take, about twenty years. I've done hundreds of commissions. I've taught other people art. I've won contests, and made money—

    —and that dot to dot, straight line thing blew my mind.

    I'm so mad right now at how often I had to do things like use a ruler on my tablet, or draw REALLY FAST 14 times, or some other weird backwards hack, and instead it's 'don't watch yourself, watch your target'. Dang it.

  45. Do you realize that you basially gave me a green light to buy as many sketcchbooks as i want? There goes my impulse control x)
    Also, if i did a piece inspired by someone else's coloring technique but the drawing is 100% mine, should i still mention the artist as inspiration to be sure? I'd want to avoid any possible disagreements

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