[Intro] [Twinkling of magic wand] Hey everyone! So in today’s video, I’m going to cover Ten(10) drawing tips that are geared towards beginners. If you’re not a beginner, you probably know most of this stuff, but it’s always nice to get a little refresher … and speaking of learning new things, today’s video is brought to you by my sponsor Skillshare.com consists of many creatives such as yourselves who are interested in either learning or teaching about various creative subjects. There are over 20,000 classes on Skillshare, so there is so much to discover. If you’re looking to learn more about anatomy, lighting, shading … even things like using editing programs to turn your art into videos, there is everything there, and if you have a skill you want to share with the world, you can even sign up to become a teacher and make money off your videos. With the premium membership, you unlock every single class. You can watch as many of them as you want, and it’s about $10 a month for the annual plan. If you use my link in the video description, you can get your first two months for FREE! And this offer is only for the first 500 people to sign up through my link. So, if this video leaves you thirsting for more art knowledge, be sure to check out Skillshare. So, now let’s move on to the 10 drawing tips. These are kind of random, but they’re things that I think are very helpful for people who are just getting started out. So tip #1 is don’t worry about symmetry. I feel like beginners do stress about symmetry a lot. They’re like, “Oh, I draw one eye, the other one has got to match exactly.” And they feel like it all needs to be perfect. But here’s the truth … Symmetry is boring. Imperfections can actually make your art feel more fluid and alive. So, with this example, I drew this face and then for the second one, I took just this half and I mirrored it over so that it was perfectly symmetrical. And it’s not that this looks bad, it’s just that this one felt more lively in my opinion. See how the top of her hair kind of rises a bit more on this side? Here, one cheek is a little bit wider than the other. It’s not stuff I did intentionally, but it just feels more natural that way. People aren’t perfectly symmetrical in real life anyway, so why try to make your art perfectly symmetrical? Also, symmetry can just make your art look very stiff and boring. Sometimes, it’s a conscious design choice to have the composition very symmetrical, but don’t feel like everything needs to be that way. And don’t feel like you need to draw every character from the front. I feel like that is the default that beginners start with and they draw every single drawing, a character, from the front. If you draw the character from a slight angle, you don’t even have to worry about symmetry. So, try adding more interesting angles to your art, and then you won’t even have to stress about it. And when you do draw a character from the front, again … just draw and don’t worry about everything being perfectly aligned, or like the eyebrows being perfect. Like, even what they say in real life … your eyebrows are sisters, not twins. I do sometimes flip things in Photoshop when I’m working digitally, but I try to avoid that if possible. Sometimes, I just use it to speed things up, but then I’ll do the inking or the coloring separately so that it’s not like the whole thing is mirrored, just the sketch was mirrored, and then everything else is not so that there is some variation. Because you can totally tell when you look at someone’s art, and you’re like, “Oh, they just totally took that eye and mirrored it to the other side. They didn’t even do anything to try to make it look a bit different.” If you’re going to mirror it, try to just like tweak little things here and there, maybe the highlights aren’t quite the same size or one lash line is just slightly thicker, just make it less obvious that you mirrored it, because perfect symmetry looks strange. Tip #2 is that you should try to randomize the elements in your drawing. I have a few different examples for this. Here’s the first one. In the first square, the dots are all roughly the same size and they’re roughly equally spaced. They’re not aligned in a perfect pattern in rows, but they’re still equally spaced out somewhat. It just feels a little boring, whereas with this one, I have some bigger circles, some smaller ones, and they’re also little clusters. Some of them are really close to each other. Some are more spaced out. It’s more random. So this looks a lot better than this. I listed some examples of things this would apply to like … stars, snow, glitter, sand/stone, and pretty much anything that requires stippling. You want to randomize both the placement of the dots and the size of the dots. Here’s another example of randomizing things to make it more interesting. This also relates back to our first point we talked about, about symmetry because this one is very symmetrical, very boring … With this little leafie stem, all the leaves are the same size, the sticks are all straight, they’re all pointing perfectly out and they’re all lined up. It’s just very blah. With this one, I gave it some curve. The leaves are different sizes. I tried curving the branches in different directions. The leaves are curved in different directions. This one you’re seeing it from the side, you’re not even seeing it from straight on. This could apply to so many things. Like let’s say you have some trees in the background of your drawing. They don’t all have to be the same height, even if they’re the same type of tree. Some can be thicker, some can be thinner, and it can be spaced out in a random way. It can apply to a lot. I have one more example for this point and it’s hair. When drawing locks of hair, they don’t all have to be the same size, pointing the same direction. Add some curve to them, make some bigger, some smaller, some are longer, some are shorter. These ones are curling this way, these two are curling this way. The variation makes it a lot more interesting than this one. Even with something like a uniform, or all the characters are wearing the same uniform. Maybe someone wears their tie a little looser than someone else. Maybe one character rolls up their sleeves. Maybe one character wears tall socks with their skirt and one wears short socks. There’s little variations like that you can make in any case. Point #3 is to do studies/learn from reference. Contrary to a lot of peoples’ beliefs (laughs) you’re not born knowing how to draw everything. Think of how a kid draws a tree. They draw something like this … and then a big poofy thing on top like that. It’s like a cotton ball on a stick. They’re drawing a simplified version of a tree or what they think a tree looks like. Take an object you don’t know very well. Try drawing it from memory and then try drawing it while actually looking at that object and you’re going to have two entirely different results. And there’s no shame in referencing. People aren’t born knowing what every detail of every item looks like. Even something like your toothbrush that you see every day, hopefully … (laughs) If you were to draw it from memory right now, you probably would not get all the details right. You think you know what it looks like, but do you really? Now, once you’ve drawn items from reference enough times you definitely can draw it very well from memory, but that’s something you have to work up to, so do not be afraid to use photo reference, even if you’re stylizing the image, it could be a real photo of a real object, but you want to draw a cartoony version of that object, but you’re still using the reference to incorporate those real details, but simplifying it. Your goal is not necessarily to replicate the picture exactly, unless you want to do photo realism, but for me, I do more cartoony stuff, but I still reference real photos, and I still do studies of real people. I’ll just sometimes stylize it a little bit or I won’t worry about capturing that person’s exact likeness because that’s not my goal. I’m just trying to learn facial anatomy or maybe I’m trying to study the lighting in that particular photo. There’s so many things you could be studying. Even if you normally draw cartoony, you can still do studies that are realistic, where you are trying to copy a photo exactly. There’s always a way to learn from reference. Now, moving on to tip number four, I see a lot of comments from people being like. Okay I have my sketch and I really like it, but I’m scared to ink it or color it because I’m scared I’m gonna mess it up. That is a very valid fear to have because there is the very real possibility that you will mess it up. Plus, sketches have a nice charm to them because they’re so loose and sometimes when you ink it it just feels less dynamic. For me I hardly ever ink and color on the same piece of paper that I sketched on. Cause one it’s nice to preserve the sketch. Two, sometimes I don’t know I want to turn my sketch into a fully colored piece and so it’s on a paper that is not suitable for markers or just not ideal and three, I often press too hard to the point where I wouldn’t be fully able to erase the pencil anyway

Dereck Turner

100 thoughts on “10 ART TIPS for BEGINNERS

  1. Noor Machilsen says:

    Im nl But
    a fan

  2. creslan williams says:

    I’m just getting started with sketching and art stuff in general thank you for such a great video to help us beginners. I have a similar YouTube channel if anyone is interested. I encourage all of you to come check it out, all feedback is welcome. If you enjoy my content Don’t hesitate to subscribe and comment so that I can welcome you to the family. I’m just getting started but I promise my content will be intriguing, interesting and worthy of your time. Thanking you in advance!

  3. Chloemoon Speedbuildz says:


  4. Dark Life says:

    When ppl say draw things you need to improve on I'm just like "what if I'm bad at everything?" 🤧🤣 me everyday

  5. fortnite sucks also I have a small dick says:

    What if God just drew us and then we were born?

    If true, god handed his pencil to a kid for me

  6. Summersparkles101 says:


  7. W h e r e s w a l d ö _ G a c h a says:

    Another thing to copy your sketch before inking is to scribble all over the back hardly and then put your sketch on top of the paper you’d like to use and then go over all the lines from your sketch!

  8. Cheyenne Jufy says:

    I miss ur old profile picture

  9. BakiWho says:

    BUNNIES!!! the story is that thir in a cult and preparing for a battle royal with cyanide cookies muhahaha

  10. Sai Charan says:

    Your videos really help in sketching

  11. •Ga_Chu• says:


  12. Ben Drowned says:

    I have ocd so its hard for me to draw but I love getting like let's say a toy horse I love painting over toys of games. Like I did it with my rdr2 horse but I will tell u something that I think works for me. Before you draw anything make sure you know what your gonna draw like I wanted to paint my horse for rdr2 for a long time for like a year so I finally got a toy horse and painted it. What you do is you think of you drawing or painting it then think of the colors the art supplies and everything. You can even watch videos to see how you want to make the person or what ever your drawing like there floating there looking the other way or something. I think you should at least for a month think about it and soon you'll know when your ready. Like let's say your really bored just think of it how its gonna look and stuff. Not anyone has said this but if your gonna draw something think of it for at least 3 months I know that's a long time but it works. If your gonna paint on a toy off a game you like or something at least 1 month. If this helped you please tell me and you can even tell me what you drew if you want 🙂

  13. Jaya Santoso says:

    I swear every video I go to just tells me that everything I’m doing is wrong or shit😞😅

  14. Lovely Angel says:

    0:35 It’s anime not ananimie

  15. Secret . . M says:

    Baylee: talks about ze arm
    Me: looks at arm she is right oh wow

  16. Sir Japs says:

    thank youuu for this vid

  17. jadey lane says:

    I love this. Things I defiantly never even thought of. Thank you for this!

  18. Zanatara_Jackson says:

    Can I make a video about me following yours? I really love all these tips and I would definitely credit you. In the vid all I simply would be doing is literally following you're video and using the tips

  19. Nien 08 says:

    In the mermaid drawing everything sais: lOOk Up tO hEr fAce but I can’t help looking down to the tail bc its so damn pretty woah

  20. Atzeccy says:

    Glass is clear tho

  21. Willof ;-; says:

    Im not a beginner, but yes

  22. Unbeelieveable says:

    Woah I'm here a day before exactly 1 year

  23. Suhani Kumar says:

    Hey! As a beginner, this video was really helpful. I really loved your assurances that art doesn't have to be perfect and that really boosted my confidence to just draw and practice. One thing I did notice was the lack of any background music in your video. Not that it's a big deal, it just gets a little bland, so maybe it's something to think about. :> Thanks so much!

  24. Bella lps says:


  25. Maya Parker says:

    You know what else isn’t perfectly symmetrical

    My hairline

  26. EMMA BOCKSNICK says:

    Sponsor stuff ends at 1:15

  27. DaBeatMasher says:

    Even something like your toothbrush which you see everyday


  28. Ti by no Name says:

    when you naturally are good at realism

  29. Mavors says:

    20:02 but I still couldn't look away from the tail—

  30. JockScrapDraws says:

    OI!!! Bailey. Please refrain from saying big poofy thing…TRIGGERED…lol

  31. Hypnolu says:

    i found that drawing with a reference improves my work by ALOT even if its some makeup creature, but has paws, look up a reference for paws! it really helps

  32. Jailbait Billie says:


  33. Sofia Solis says:

    This really did help

  34. I liek TuRtEs says:

    First message that comes into your mind Your Breath Stinks LOL

  35. I am Karen and I took the kids says:

    Not a beginner but need these tips

  36. Thirdy Bertolano says:

    When you use Shadow type Drawing ( No color )

    – " W e L p. "

  37. ReaperPlays says:

    I know im only 10-11 and i love art but i cant make art on my own so i copy and then change things so i could have a idea what i could draw next time so i feel guilty when i copy 😛

  38. Timmering says:

    9:16 that’s adorable

  39. Anime_ ismything says:

    Thank you for this video 😊 I am a young artist and I think this will help me 🙂

  40. moon fox says:

    I've been drawing for a longer time then my friends and they draw so much better than me I just can't seem to draw . It's like I can't even get a face shape . I just can't draw and I wanted to

  41. Peachy♡ says:

    12:20 giving me Aladdin vibes

  42. Aurelia says:

    These tips are really very helpful, thank you!

  43. deadsnob says:

    my favorite photo is at 7:55

  44. Maddy is eating says:

    5:54 umm thats how i draw trees XD

  45. Wiñter Ñight Gàmer says:

    Thank you for the the tips
    It really helped me

  46. Sofia I says:

    “This one is Marsha, and this one is marshal, and here’s Timmy, and that’s Tommy”

  47. Dadpool says:

    Thanks I will remember these these are very helpful!! 😊🌈

  48. Pastel Potterhead says:

    4:36 literally any private boarding school in the films, lmao

  49. Pastel Potterhead says:

    That witchy looking lady just so happens to be Agusta longbottom, xD

  50. Feraligatrmaster1 says:

    i always Used the window teqnique!! that brings back so much memories!

  51. Alex Wolf says:

    Like I draw a tree 👦🏻

  52. Nekochan Studios says:

    cool video thanks for the tips!!

  53. Oraa Yo! says:

    Lol I only ever do like 3/4 angles

  54. Weirdo says:

    Well got a drawing ad right before this video so I guess I don’t have to watch this anymore, instead I could just watch the ad

  55. Wolfy GachaPop says:

    Lol in the beginning i got a reclame from a app that helps you to draw XD

  56. rosen luv says:

    this is one of the most helpful guide's iv'e watched most are telling you to buy specific products to enhance ur art nut this video helps u learn and realize mistakes u have been doing thx for this video btw :3

  57. Winterstar 18 says:

    A big thank-you !
    I have been promising myself I would try drawing again as use to love it when at school and really now need a switch of and enjoy hobby that will cost less than stamps !
    I am card making stamper but stamps are getting that they all are the same and so I aspire to being able to draw my own images.
    So after watching this I have download your book and have made a start !
    The book is excellent and just what I need – A huge thank-you for sharing your skill and enthusiasm x

  58. RaeLyn McLain says:

    thank you for these tips! i'm just starting out and have been binge watching tip videos haha

  59. Jasmine O'CONNOR says:

    thanks 🙂 Good job

  60. X-Tech-X says:

    im afraid to draw because i suck at it :/

  61. * köhh * says:

    Draw a bunny who is drawing a bunny who is also drawing a bunny

  62. Animal Spirit says:

    15:15 … I thought the boy was holding a Lollypop… xD

  63. IcyFire Draws says:

    The tail fin of the mermaid grabbed my attention cause its so bright compared to the rest

  64. Suga_ Kookies says:

    What I like to do is use my self as a reference 😂So I’m saying that if I struggling on a part, let’s say the criss cross legs. I will go criss cross and observe how the legs are touching and curving and take that information and put it in my art. 😀

    Edit: Or a hand you could just make the hand pose and look and your hand while drawing

  65. Octagon Shaan says:

    Baylee plz tell us what art supplies you use

  66. 39Bosski says:

    I've been watching your videos for a while now and subscribed some time ago. I love your videos and your work and I just had to buy your book. I just started back drawing again after many years (22 or 23?) and it's not quite like riding a bike. I'm enjoying it all over again and your wonderful videos help the creativity flow. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us.

  67. The Kitten Lover Moon says:

    im 9 i dont draw trees as fluffy sticks or whatever

  68. Satisfying Stuff says:

    Thank you so much these tips have helped a lot

  69. GalaxyKitten78 says:

    Her: the obvious focal point is the mermaid.

    Me: uh huh, yeah.

    Her: mostly the top part.

    Me: what? I've just been staring at her tail the whole time.. XD

  70. • c h i b i • says:

    Wow I really loved this!
    I’m trying to be a better artist cause I’m no artist lol
    And I want to be an artist and want to really improve!

  71. Dry Scalp Bish says:

    I give up again

  72. a r t c o a says:

    are every art style unique? there are art styles that are almost the same?

  73. Denise Soto says:

    I would just put my phone under a paper and trace but i want to draw with out my phone under a paper

  74. Gerox# # says:

    I really got drawing ad before this video If anyone want proof add me on disc I screenshotted lol

  75. _Mr.Ducky. says:

    This honestly helped out a lot. Thanks! 😁💞

  76. Ella says:

    just now realized that the tip about straight and curves shows what has been bugging me about my own art. thank you!

  77. Gem Gacha says:

    6:02 I still draw like that… cri

  78. Jacob Peters says:

    How do you draw people. Like real life looking. I can draw a few cartoon looking ones, but when I comes down to real looking. I don't know where to start

  79. Elijah says:

    That's how I draw a tree.

  80. Xiana Innocent says:

    im a kid i improved and my friends love my art

  81. Xiana Innocent says:

    8:29 what i want too say too the school bully

  82. ForTheMuffins says:

    You talk so slowly i had to speed it up

  83. positive Productions says:

    Do you mind doing a video in the future on guidelines for beginners I would very much appreciate it.

  84. Flare Series says:

    vERy bORinG

  85. none fiter says:

    thank you! this was EXTREMELY helpful!

  86. Aaron Mooneyham says:

    Nice tips. Finally bought a sketch book, and drawing pencils after 11 years after stopping art (25 now) Now I just need to draw, but I'm so anxious too because I know it won't be great. Which I know going into it so I don't know why I can't get myself to. I'm trying to atleast draw one thing a day.

  87. Aquapaws 17 says:

    What does it mean when it says "includes paid promotion"?

  88. PARK JIMIN says:

    10:38 the bunnies are naked you know why, because their clothes are drying in the sun and the bunnies are not wearing clothes

  89. 【R】【x】 【s】【e】 says:

    Help me
    I haven't posted in ages
    I need a new idea
    Reply please, my friends are worrying

  90. Blueberries Only22 says:

    This video is kinda harsh to people with OCD

  91. SpaceToon F says:

    omg so true my art is not the same but it come out very nice please follow me in Instagram SpaceToon F

  92. SpaceToon F says:

    please you could tell me where i could buy the book 🙂

  93. Aphrodite Valkyrie says:

    My eyebrow is higher than the other like billie eilish

  94. Lucio-OHS says:

    “And speaking of learning new things…”

    Me: oh, it’s another Skillshare sponsor isn’t it

    “Today’s video is brought to you by my sponsor, Skillshare”

    Me: knew it.

  95. Linette Jensen says:

    Thanks! I just bought your book based on what I saw in this video.

  96. GLMV Studio says:

    People drop their phone on their face while they’re watching something

    I drop my iPad on my face while I’m watching something

    my grandma drops her flip phone on her face while she’s looking at old photos

  97. Justin PageSlayer says:

    Actually, I immediately started drawing with interesting poses and side profiles. I was shit at straight on drawings.

  98. P- ixelty says:

    I have forgotten the most important thing of being an artist " just be creative and have fun"

  99. Kirby has Feet says:

    I’m a led artist
    I need advice for this
    When ever I colour, the led gets everywhere! On my hand, desk, the sheet. It’s so annoying
    I tried using tissues to stop it but sometimes the led gets on places I don’t want it to go.

  100. Lytzy Bitzy Spider says:

    Your eyebrows are sisters not twins
    Wise words of wisdom

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