5 Drawing Tips From ImageThink


By: Greta Hayes, graphic recorder at ImageThink (@imagethink).

As graphic recorders, we at ImageThink are constantly organizing and drawing the big ideas we’re hearing. In our last post, Derrick mentioned the importance of simplicity in icons and drawings in what we do. So, how do we do it? These drawing tips and tricks will give you insight we’ve developed to draw for our clients.


Make a plan 

Sketching out a rough idea of what you’d like to convey and where you want objects to go is a great drawing technique to use to start a drawing. You will easily be able to see the ‘bigger picture’ as spatial relationships between objects will become clear.


Break objects down into their simplest forms 

I recommend using basic, easy shapes and combining them, which will create a ‘skeleton’ of a proportionate image.


Stay loose and relaxed 

Don’t let your hand, wrist, or arm get tense! Use your whole arm from your shoulder (not from your wrist) and make large gestures.


Draw what you see, not what you think you see 

One of the best drawing tips is that grounding your skills in accurate spatial awareness allows you to have creative flexibility down the road. Remember, Frida Kahlo painted in her iconic eyebrow and mustache!



Like anything, practicing your skills and drawing techniques will make you better and better.

For further reading, pre-order our book Draw Your Big Idea which features drawing exercises tailored to brainstorming, refining, and executing ideas.

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