One of the challenges of good painting is getting the subject to look real and lifelike. Most often, this doesn’t happen because of poor drawing skills. So here’s a tip for creating realistic drawings as the foundation for your paintings: Force yourself to draw what you see, not what you think you should see. To do this, make your eyes move slowly along the contours of the object you’re drawing. Then, follow the motion of your eye with your pencil. Try not to think about what you’re drawing and avoid preconceived notions about how your subject “should” look.