Whether you’re an established artist or an aspiring one, you’ll know that practice makes perfect. And thanks to the Internet, you no longer have to attend art school to learn how to draw or paint. There’s now an abundance of online drawing tutorials with talented artists sharing their how-tos, letting you learn for free. One artist to share her secrets is Netherlands-based Floortjes, who creates hyperrealistic digital paintings.
Using a drawing tablet, iPad, and mix of programs including Procreate and Photoshop, Floortjes often sets herself (and her audience) time restrictive challenges. Whether speedily sketching her subjects in just a matter of seconds, or revisiting drawings to slowly build up detail, the talented artist illustrates that it takes time to perfect your craft. “I love practicing by doing speed challenges. It forces you to really look at the basics of a subject and not go into detail too much,” she reveals on Instagram. Floortjes encourages her followers by posting daily drawing tips, saying, “Don’t give up! Keep practicing everyone.”
As well as speed challenges, Floortjes also posts simple, instructive illustrations to teach her followers how to draw different objects. From lifelike hair, eyes, and lips, to realistic feathers, flowers, and jewels, Floortjes helps aspiring artists to break down their subjects into simple steps. Each piece starts with a rough sketch and is built up with base colors, shadows, highlights, and refined details as a finishing touch. However, Floortjes reveals that for her, it all comes down to discipline. “The way to improve your art is to practice, work hard and be determined.”