10 Tips For Mastering The Fine Art Of Draw Something

Draw Something is not a game that hinges on artistic talents, but there are definitely some useful tips to drawing better.

This doesn't always mean colouring within the lines. You can be a pro at the game without being a pro artist. All you need is a comprehensible image, but you'd be surprised at how many players don't utilise even the most basic of tricks to help them in that goal.

Without further ado, I present to you 10 ways to improve your Draw Something skills.

1. The line thickness option is your friend

Neglecting this option is usually the sign of a first-time player. You hop in a game, excited to test the skills of your new opponent, and quickly realise that their next 20 or so drawings are only going to be using the default thickness setting before they realise that others exist. Blobs of drawings are hard to decipher. For the love of art, recognise that you can draw details more effectively with the thinnest option. The same goes for colouring in large areas of space with the thickets line option. Make use of these to help your drawing.

2. Diversify your colour palate

This one is more for fun than for function. You don't necessarily need different colours to be able to portray your concept effectively, but it's helpful and it's fun. Draw Something isn't only about besting your opponent. It's about having fun while drawing something out for someone, even if it's a laughable piece of art. The game itself recognises this. It's programmed to send you pop up notifications alerting you to a drawing that someone has sent you, rather than focusing on it being your turn like most app games do. Besides, using new colours increases your stats against the other player, too.

3. Don't be afraid of the harder options

Do you know how many times I've seen people draw out a heart or a circle? Too many. I can guess it before they even put index finger to screen. I'm bored of those. Let's move on. Don't be afraid to test your skills with some of the harder level words. While many of these happen to be celebrities — like Kanye West or Elton John — others are still fairly easy to draw if you know what cues to give your opponent. It results in more coins, higher stats, and a feeling of satisfaction. And, as a hint, if you're stuck on Kanye, everyone recognises the shutter shades.

4. Use the shuffle button to examine the letters

If you can't immediately guess what your friend is drawing, take a minute to check out the letters. Undoubtedly you've played Words With Friends, scrabble, or some variation of the sort. Don't be afraid to take your time to see if you can't rearrange the letters to revive the mangled word.

5. Don't be tempted to use your bombs too quickly

Bombs are your friends. They eliminate a number of letters to help you guess what the word might be if you're really stuck. But you should only use this bonus feature when you're absolutely backed into a corner. Once you start throwing bombs down at every hint of hesitation, you'll run out before you know it. And you should really save those hard-earned coins for more colours rather than more bomb purchases.

6. Draw details

Help a brother out, people. As many details as you can think of to help your friend place context to your drawing will go a long way. Sure, you can draw a stick figure pretty quickly and be done with it, but a pair of glasses, some wrinkles, an umbrella or whatever makes sense for that round can help your Draw Something companion make sense of the sticks and blots of colour.

7. Use arrows, circles, any form of indicator

Following in line with tip #6, use an arrow, circle or any other indicator to tell your friend exactly what part of the drawing you're referencing. You might have drawn the most elaborate scenery possible just to show me one chair, but I need to know what I'm looking for amongst all the other details. But bravo for following rule #6!

8. Resist the urge to Google

We've all been there. You're so close you can taste it. Just one little extra detail and you're as good as gold. A quick Google will just put your mind to ease, right? Wrong. It's not the same win unless you can decipher the drawing yourself. Don't cop out.

9. Use a tablet

If you can, I highly suggest using a tablet. The extra screen real estate really lends itself well to drawing with your index finger, which is usually a sloppy process. The roomier screen of an iPad would make it easier to draw more precisely. Bonus: A stylus helps tremendously if you're not too comfortable drawing with your index finger, but it does put you at a huge advantage over your opponent.

10. Don't cheat

This game is called Draw Something not "write out the word in a two-year-old's handwriting". You can't just spell out "soap" and feel victorious when I guess it correctly. It doesn't work that way. Writing a few vague words here and there as support is one thing, but flat out scribbling down the entire concept without so much as an ounce of effort is an insult to the game, your opponent, and yourself. Don't play the game if you feel compelled to cheat. I will delete you, every time.


    My friends and I consider using a tablet as cheating, so there goes 9 and 10!

      How the hell do you use a tablet with your mobile phone anyway?

        The article was talking about iPad tablets, not drawing tablets ;)

    PROTIP: do whatever you want as long as you're having fun!

    Also, the iDevices are capacitive touch screens so your typical stylus won't work. I've heard you can get styluses for a capacitive touch screen but I'm not sure where.

      They're all over the internets, dude. ebay, for one. My mum was given one during some work function but she threw it away (I wish I had it now!).

      Sausages work.

    "A stylus helps tremendously if you’re not too comfortable drawing with your index finger, but it does put you at a huge advantage over your opponent."

    You're not playing against someone, you're playing WITH someone. It's to both parties advantage if your drawings are better. You get scored based on how well you work TOGETHER, not against each other.

    Oh if anyone wants any real tips...

    - If you don't like the words you're given to draw, just close the app and reopen it. You'll get a whole new list of words to choose from :) (saves you using a bomb for new words)

    - If you're really struggling with guessing the word just take note of which letters you're given. Close the app and reopen it and look at your new letters. Notice which ones are in common and it should instantly give you the word. I've only use this twice on people who I have high turn streaks with because I didn't want to break it with my stupidity :P

    When you're drawing, instead of wasting time rubbing stuff out, use the trash icon to remove the whole page. I use it to give more than one detail. So I'll one picture and if I think they won't get it, I'll trash the pic and draw something else that links to the first one.

    The person guessing sees the first pic, sees it get trashed, and then sees the next pic being drawn. They should be able to piece together that you're drawing something linked.

      Yup. I love doing it this way. Kinda goes in with the "More Detail" idea.

    You can sort of animate your picture by drawing and erasing. Like drawing a hand with long nails, drawing and erasing at each finger the the file and then a short nail, and then coloring the nails.

    You can divide your screen in two with a black line to show before and after. Gray hair on the left with a bottle of red dye and then red hair on the right.

    guys can you please check out Sheena7 on drawsomething 2. she works really hard and nice comments would be really helpful!

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