How Do You Make A Drawing Look Realistic? (Important Things To Know)

Making a drawing look realistic requires an artist to consider many different aspects. These aspects include the type of medium used for drawing, the surface being drawn on, and the use of perspective.

What Is The Best Medium For A Realistic Drawing?

Artists have to be very mindful about the medium they use to make a drawing look realistic. If artists don’t take care with this aspect, they can end up making a drawing look unrealistic. Types of drawing media include pencil, pastel, charcoal and various other mediums.

  • Pencil: Can you make a drawing realistic using pencil? Yes, of course. Artists can make a drawing look realistic using pencil. However, it requires that artists use the right kind of pencil and appropriate techniques. There’s also another aspect that comes into play when artists make drawings with pencils – paper. The most common type of pencil is HB (Hard B). These are the softest pencils available on the market today. They’re also known as “case” or “neo” pencils because they’re made in black or colored plastic rather than wood. When artists buy them, they usually buy 10 or 12 at a time so the artists have enough for years to come if they use them frequently. Other common types of traditional pencils are 2B, 3B and 4B. The hardness of these different types of traditional pencils start from H (hard) and go down to B (soft).
  • Pastel: Artists can make a drawing look realistic by using pastel. However, it requires that artists use the right type of pastel and appropriate techniques. Pastels are made up of pure pigment colors and binder mediums. They can be dry or moistened. The most common types of dry pastels are sepia, burnt sienna, ivory black, and white. Common types of moist pastels are red oxide, yellow ochre, and ultramarine blue.
  • Charcoal: Artists can make a drawing look realistic with charcoal. However, it requires that artists use the right type of charcoal, appropriate techniques and correct usage conditions. There are many different types of charcoal available on the market today. Charcoal varies from soft (used mostly to create shadows on paper because it doesn’t produce much light when used), hard (used to create lines and shapes with clarity and definition; especially for high contrast between light and dark areas), bamboo (precise line work without a grainy appearance).
  • Other Mediums: Artists can also make a drawing look realistic by using other mediums such as pencil crayons, pastel crayons, colored pencils and colored markers.

What Is The Best Surface For A Realistic Drawing?

A major decision when drawing realistically is what to draw on in the first place. What an artist uses affects how their drawing will look like when completed; therefore artists need to take care about which surface they use when they do their drawings, especially if they want to make them look realistic. Some examples include paper, canvas, or digital surfaces.

  • Paper: Fine art paper is an artist grade paper that has been specially manufactured specifically for artists’ use; these papers are usually sold as sheets or rolls depending on their size specified by the manufacturer. Weights can range from 80 gsm (grams per square meter) all the way up to 300 gsm – sometimes even 400 gsm or more. Texture is also worth noting – since artist grade papers are so expensive (especially those sold at art stores), many manufacturers have added texture grains into each sheet so they won’t have uneven surfaces during use; this process is called “scribing” where small grooves are carved into each sheet making them more durable than regular paper. 
  • Canvas: Canvas is a type of fabric made from cotton or linen (or any other natural fiber). Most artists use canvas as a support surface for their drawings. 
  • Digital surfaces: Computer screens are an example of digital surfaces. Many software programs also come with an option to save drawings in a format that can be imported into the computer’s file system as a bitmap. This is useful because the artist can see their work in its full resolution at all times. It allows them to easily view the drawing without worrying if it’s still wet or just drawn, and they can review any mistakes before moving on.

Use of Perspective In A Drawing To Create Realism

Another aspect that affects how realistic a drawing looks is perspective; this means the way an artist uses perspective when making a drawing has to be taken into account when trying to create the illusion of reality in their work.

Perspective refers to the way an artist gives depth and space to his or her work by representing objects in reality not at one specific angle but at more than one angle, which creates a feeling of depth or distance between objects in a scene. 

Perspective also refers to an artist’s ability to depict things from different angles such as aerial views, side views, top views and so on; these angles help the audience understand what is going on in a drawing better by allowing them to see more than what is being shown from one single angle (which is usually 1st or 3rd person).

This aspect affects how realistic the drawing really looks; therefore artists need to take care about how they use perspective when making their drawings.

Some examples include using one single view point (such as looking straight ahead), using multiple view points (such as looking back), using various angles (like top view) and so on depending on what kind of drawing they’re making – whether it’s an aerial view of a castle, bird eye view from above or anything else they plan on depicting.

Artists need to practice this aspect so they can get better at it with time – which will make their work look more realistic.

Artists have to consider many different aspects when making realistic drawings. However, they need to keep in mind that thinking realistically about things doesn’t always mean that their artwork will be as good as if they were imagining or dreaming up their work while doing so.

Sometimes artists have to get into their heads and just “let go” to create something beautiful and new – no matter what they’re thinking about while doing so!

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