How do I learn to draw realistically?

When it comes to training, there are no hard and fast rules. If, for example, you don’t have a great sketchbook and can get some paper on a table, try to draw from memory. Once you begin you’ll start to see patterns in your drawings. Don’t be afraid to try drawing the way you normally do. You can use sketch templates (or even print them out and draw them on paper yourself).
Speed form — Evan Hoffman

One time the kids in my class had a problem with their drawing. They all had a really nice, well drawn picture of their favorite character and there was none of them that had a rough drawing of it on a napkin. I looked over and saw the kids were looking over one another’s work. I told them they had to try and create a character on their own. They were amazed by the results. It was very important that the kids had practice drawing people with an easy flow from one thing to another. If they want to draw people that look realistic, they must work on their drawing speed. If you don’t have the ability to generate a person’s face, their mouth, or head, it won’t look as realistic. I tried drawing the same people several different ways for different purposes, like a baseball player or a person with a high pitched baseball scream, or even different shades of brown. The kids all agreed one of the major things that helped to build up their drawing speed was to get to know the background.

The biggest challenge is to develop your drawing speed over time. If you just start training, you’ll be working at it by the time you hit middle school. The faster you develop while training the sooner you can start producing good work. I have found that with practice drawing in small amounts, like one frame/sketch, it’ll really kick your technique in. It will be pretty much like painting; you take a piece of paper and it gets a little closer to being right. The faster you develop the better you’ll begin to draw things a little faster but at the same time you will start to lose track of where you actually amaze yourself.

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