10 Drawing Tips for Digital Artists That Will Make You Better at Art

Hello there. And thanks for joining me.
I’m Corel Painter Master, Aaron Rutten And in this video, I’m going to share ten
tips to help you draw better Tip number one is drawing with your elbow No, I don’t mean holding the pen with your elbow and trying to draw like this I mean, rather than drawing with your
fingers or your wrist, keep your fingers and your wrist
completely locked and draw using your elbow as the center of rotation That will make sure that your lines are
nice and curved and smooth and everything like that Tip number two is to draw faster strokes because sometimes when you’re drawing if you move your hand to slowly, the line
will come out wobbly because there’s more time for your hand to move but if you draw your strokes faster, quicker you’re going to get nice smooth curves
and straight lines much easier Tip number three is draw more
spontaneous gestures For example, when you’re drawing hair,
just follow a general direction but just kind of go for it don’t draw one hair,
then the next hair, and the next hair and so on Be spontaneous about it You’ll notice a lot of life drawing and figure drawing sketches are
very loose and spontaneous Tip number four is draw segmented lines You don’t have to draw a single solid line when you’re outlining something you
can break it up into individual little segments One little piece at a time That makes it a lot easier to draw
sometimes Tip number five is to draw from different angles and rotate your page because that makes it a lot easier to
get certain angles when you’re drawing Tip number six is to flip your canvas Flipping your canvas both horizontally and vertically makes it really easy to see
areas where you made mistakes and it helps keep everything even and
in proportion It can also be really helpful to freshen
up your image because after you’ve been working with something a really long
time, you sometimes get kind of
sick of looking at it And flipping it kind of
makes it look fresh Tip number seven is study primitive
shapes Primitive shapes make up
every single object that you can draw My head is a sphere,
my neck is a cylinder, my torso is a cylinder, my arms are cylinders,
my fingers are cylinders and once you know how to draw and shade
all of those primitive shapes, it makes it really easy to draw and shade
anything Tip number eight is draw iterative
sketches Make a sketch and then create a new layer on top of that and create
another sketch make another layer
on top of that with another sketch And with each sketch,
your drawing is going to get more and more refined Tip number nine is to draw often You cannot draw often enough If you want to get really good at drawing, you have to
do it all the time Imagine a bodybuilder, they work out
all the time and they get all buff and pump up their muscles “Look at my muscles
they are so huge” They don’t work out once a month, they work out every single day And your imagination and your hand-eye coordination and all of your drawing
skills work the same way They are a muscle and you have to exercise them often to make them stronger The last tip is number 10 and that’s
drawing a variety of different objects Get out of your comfort zone and if you
always draw faces, try drawing animals If you always draw animals, try drawing buildings Experiment with different genres You can make abstract art or you can make surrealism or still-life or
impressionism Get a lot of variety because all of that experience is going to help you If I’m drawing something that I’ve never drawn before, it makes it a lot easier to know how to
draw certain subjects For example, if somebody asked
me to draw zebra and I’ve never drawn one before, but I have drawn a horse, I could take a lot of that information
from learning how to draw a horse and apply it to drawing a zebra Maybe it’s not something as close as a
zebra, maybe somebody’s asking me to draw
a dog or something, I’d still have an
idea how to draw fur and how to draw four-legged animal and so on So all of that experience really helps when you’re learning how to draw different kinds of
things So there you go Those are ten tips to
help you draw better If you found this information helpful, take a quick second
to like this video and share it with your friends And if you’re new to my
channel, I’d love to have you subscribe I have hundreds of videos that will
teach you how to become a better artist Thanks for watching and I’ll see you
next time!


  • Aaron Rutten

    Here's another video about How to Hold the Pen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKRMv81VsIs Might also be helpful.

  • Potts

    Omg #8 is genius! Why have I never thought of just creating a new layer above my line work and refining it THAT way?? 😲

  • Catharsys PM

    This is really helpful ! Thx mate !

  • JayFolipurba

    I would like this video twice if I could, it was very easy and very helpful!!

  • M.Syafiq

    Thanks but i dont have. A stylus

  • Coratison

    I noticed I do draw with my wrist I will try drawing with my elbow next time I draw! I thought it was really helpful to watch

  • Amanda Tomasoa

    Thank you, Aaron!

  • Caroline Meier

    I couldnt share this with my friends…

    I have none 😂

  • Horrorgraphy

    who are giving these dislikes?

  • theHaloFM02

    ohhh godd, thank you!!! one of your tips gave me an idea of an easier way for me to make an art!!! Its a good thing i found you. Btw, the tip that helped me was the drawing 'a layer by a layer' the #8 part… Tank You!!!

  • enjoyinglifeinseoul

    Much  appreciated Aaron.

  • ErWeAreArts

    Thank you for making this! Its super helpful

  • Ariel C

    my friend says drawing in segments is bad… welp time to get a new friend

  • KittieBelle

    I subbed

  • BrokeBot

    I love the sound effects! 😂

  • Little Giant

    Nice tips dude thanks😆😆😎

  • The Candyman

    Thanks I'm about to get an iPad to do my art on and this video really helped

  • SinerAthin

    If you wanna get good at something, you gotta do it often! But don't overdo it, and don't make the mistake of not setting up a plan.

    From my experience, if you do something more than 6-8 hours a day, you suffer diminishing returns of the learning potential, and also risk burning yourself out for the subsequent day.

    I found that when I was in school, studying 6-8 hours a day was a lot more effective than 11 hours a day, because you can really keep your focus in those 6-8 hours, while your brain will start performing worse after that, meaning your learning and retention will suffer, and the additional work & lack of R&R means that you might lack energy & motivation the next day.

    At the end of my semester, I found that Consistency & being systematic in your approach is more important than hard work, though you'll still need all three.

    Be Consistent. Be systematic. And work hard.

    A good plan is only great if you execute it.
    Being systematic makes you efficient but the result will be mediocre if you don't spend the time & effort.
    And hard work without a plan or system will lead to mediocre results & a miserable time.

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  • Kitty Glitterpower

    Thx for the tips I’ll put them in good uses

  • - Kadink -

    Plz make a video on tips with tablets that only move your computer mouse.if I had those good quality tablets I would use all these tips


    I can’t find iterative design on Krita (the only one I can afford) and I can’t find a video on where to find it

  • guru prakash

    Just Subscribed ..Man You Are a Pro when it comes to an Interactive Tutorial.!!

  • Determinemily

    I’ve only just begun to draw digitally and I became discouraged quickly because I noticed my traditional art was a lot better, thank you for the tips though! I’ll try them out

  • Moonaliss

    0:33 since this is digital art you could just use line correction on your software instead.

  • TheJerryFilms

    The perfect video for me now, thanks a lot

  • migiola

    Watched this vid at work (unrelated to drawing). It made want drawing right now 🙂

  • unnamed

    This helps me alot, thx

  • grunge kookie

    it's so hard for me to draw straight lines on my tablet

  • knobber420

    Thanks for all your help.

  • Pewdiepie Jespersen

    Im poor so i cant draw

  • BigFat Zucchini

    I like how he adds humor into his videos it really helps so the video will not that boring… Love it! keep it up! (Im new to your channel btw)

  • KAS Family

    Thank you for this video. This still helps me a lot 🙂

  • Tsong YT

    Thanks! This Video helps me a lot!

  • jack garcia


  • mixed emotion

    good one

  • 綺麗なMirkitayo

    Thank you very much for the tips i draw 100 times better now

  • Crab Gal

    My issue is just getting on the tablet. It's super hard to teach myself digitally when I've been drawing traditionally for years. This video seems helpful, though, so I'm more willing to draw digitally using these tips:)

  • Camilla#

    Thx this helps a lot

  • xyz

    Why is it when i draw on the cintiq 13hd its slippery, the line is wobbly, off and has paralax?

  • Ysabella Acuña

    Whats your tablet


    this enlightened me …thnx…and i subscribed : )

  • Peter Jennings

    Great tips. I'm using a Wacom Cintiq 24 HD tablet and these are excellent tips for those using larger work-stations!

  • Hyploxin

    I Mean on a laptop. Like using a mouse. Im great at pencil and digital drawing but with a laptop I Should just burn in hell

  • KarltoonTV

    Thanks for the tips.

  • Eldhojoyfrom Coc


  • minesa

    Aaron! you´re great!!
    Thanks to make me interested in drawing again after my 60´s. I bought a Intuos art just to play… we will see!!!

  • ゾロロロノア

    Damn, too bad my tablet doesn't show the drawing in it and in pc instead 😂

  • MelodicalArt

    I AM SUBSCRIBING, this is the tutorial that I am looking for, a tutorial that is straight to the point and clear, love the tips and tricks

  • SanserBlaster

    Thanks dude!!! Ur Awesome!!!!

  • I.draw_stuff

    I always try explaining to my friend that if you draw in little segments instead of just one long stroke it would be easier but when ever I explain it she just looks at me all confused and says “how the heck is that supposed to help me draw better”

  • FireFly

    This is really helpful! Thank you!

  • carrot water flow xd

    thank u very much

  • Sour Candy

    I'm just sitting here on flipaclip… I am amazed at how realistic these are and how you paid so much attention to detail

  • Wing

    Finally a helpful video, thank you

  • Twistii Cuber

    DiFfeReNt AnGlES

  • ll kurofox ll

    Subscribed.God bless you.

  • Gabz


  • The Sun Chicken

    I use my finger on a mobile..

  • Marie Seltenrych

    Elbow, fast, spontaneous gestures, segmented lines, different angles, flip canvas, study primitive shapes, sketches on top on top, often draw, variety of objects…all good ideas, draw, draw, draw. Thanks so much!

  • AcridDragoon

    How can I draw all the time when I have school and tests and exams

  • Alexandre Croco

    Thanks for the tips!

  • PK Variance Arts

    Please make a video where you try to draw with the pen in your elbow.

  • MarTube

    You all talking about screen tablets while my cheap ass is stuck with Huion h420

  • Indian Art Mafia

    October 2018 senpai

  • Ian Talmacs

    Man, I love the fact that your videos are short and straight to the point

  • Simone Says

    All the flipping in this is making me nauseous

  • Miss Amanda's world

    Maybe that's why while i do most things left handed i tend to draw with my right i have metal plate in right wrist so it doesn't move and my fingers only sort of. I thought you make more mistakes going quick

  • Captain Shnonan

    Elvis Aaron Rutsley, ma'am.

  • Waldo Jones

    It looks like you're staring at my nose.

  • Alex Wonderland

    was drawing from 23 years and this 2 years i haven't so i got the skills but just need to remind myself also not everyone can draw 24/7 all day every day it's not always good to do like that just to get "pro" on drawing in my opinion

  • taurburn

    My only problem is that I have a shaky hand 🙁
    I end up making a shaky line instead a clean one.

  • Jp Garma

    hi sir can create a video about layers I'm a bigginer at digital art I'm using ibispaint x and don't know how to used layers properly thank….

  • Night Animations

    When he did the different angles, at first I thought my laptop had messed up XD.

  • j6g Teeworlds

    I have a question: I cannot draw on my own, I mean I copy drawings and that's when they look good but if I try to just remake it without looking at it it's horrible.
    What I am trying to say is that I cannot draw without copying something or to draw something on my own (to imagine it)
    How can I improve my skills so that I can imagine different thing and then draw them myself?

  • Sipe

    its hard to be a bodybuilder and an artist at the same time! Both need alot of time…🤕

  • Andi Gunawan

    I am finding drawing with elbow is really hard for smaller tablet.

  • Matteo Mancini

    2:29 how do i get this perfect line brush?

  • Mel O

    Like the tartan shirt colours and t-shirt coordination. Looks cool!

  • Rini

    Please help me out, I draw both on paper and on Wacom tablet (medium size). When I draw on paper it turns out great but on tablet I have a hard time. The proportions are wrong and the sketch is messy ,so I end up wasting a lot of my time. I am not sure what to do about it.

  • Sparks

    these are good for drawing traditionally too

  • UnboundGodz

    Just wish it was easier to use a drawing tablet without a display :/ lol

  • Wunlee Buxton

    "Draw what you see, not what you know." These tips are all things you learn from an art class, I mean proper art class, not high school 😛. One thing from these tips, in real life, how do you flip the canvas? I instead, zoom my painting out so I can view it as a whole. Just like rl you need to step back from your work to see the full picture.

  • Madisyn Beare

    What software do you or anyone recommend?

  • mahi zen

    lol i was just bored and watched this video its pretty entertaining but i gotta say trying to draw after working out just doesnt work lol

  • Reviving the Ancients

    Hey Aaron, I'd like to buy the Intuos Pro, but I don't know which one should I get. Should I go for the medium or for the large version? I'd like the large version because I would get much better line quality (obviously, bonus points if you are working on a laptop), but the medium one is kinda more affordable. Which one would you chose?

  • R I C K S W A N

    1. draw with your elbow 0:11

    2. draw faster strokes 0:34

    3. draw more spontaneous gestures 0:51

    4. draw segmented lines 1:11

    5. draw from different angles 1:30

    6. flip your canvas 1:38

    7. study primitive shapes 2:00

    8. draw iterative sketches 2:20

    9. draw often 2:34

    10. draw a variety of different objects 3:01

  • mid light

    as a furry I always draw anthropomorphic characters with a muzzle and when I draw a human face it some what look like a dog lol

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  • Exedy

    1:02 San Andreas Vibes

  • MEmNOiD KAnDi

    You have saved me as a beginner digital artist 😍❤️

  • Suzy T

    Corell paint…exists for iPad?

  • softust

    omg these are dead ass good tips

  • khalid mokhliss

    Thank you teacher ^^
    It was really helpful

  • Khang Mai

    omg, that "you don't have to draw a single line" is so fit to me right now. THANK YOU SO MUCH

  • NataliePUPS2

    tip #9 is gonna be difficult…

  • Słubice

    Thanks mate!

  • Rozaline Escobedo

    I'm just starting out on drawing and this was pretty helpful. Thank you! (:

  • Pratan Ounpitipong


  • P Bass

    I wish I knew about Tip #10 years ago


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