Want to Learn How to Draw?

Want to Learn How to Draw like the professionals?

boy holding his drawing of a rocket flying into space.
Young Boy Holding Picture of His Rocket. Credit: Rebecca Nelson Creative #: 477518659

 It’s never too late to begin drawing – regardless of age – but it’s always best to start to learn at a young age. When other kids your age are playing with their toys ‘full-time’, you can try to spend some of it to knowing how to sketch. Hey, don’t get intimidated because it’s easy to do when you have the passion to do it, okay?

So, if you want to learn how to draw, where can you get that much-needed drive? Is it from that someone in your class whom you really like because he/she is really nice to you? Is it from your mom who cooks your brown lunch every day? Think of anything that makes you feel happy enough to draw. But remember these two things:

  1. Art lets you show what you feel inside. Many artists have stories behind their drawings. They sketch because they want to pour out all that emotions they’ve kept to themselves. So for instance, use art to express your happiness because your crush smiles on you.
  2. Art lets you communicate your ideas. When you draw, you know you have something going on in your mind. Now, that is what you want to tell the people looking at your illustrations. So if you want to make them laugh, you can doodle something that will make people feel just that.

Art classes offer three basic principles: The inductive approach that interprets a specific image into something very general, the deductive principle that places things in reverse, and the inductive and deductive combined that supports free thinking. When drawing, you will also follow a few rules to keep your focus on your subject and the message that you are trying to convey.

One of these is to emphasize a specific element of your illustration that will fit into the size and shape of your canvas images. For example, if you want to draw a wishing well located in the field, you should think about including a flower field in the view and place the wishing well image at the center. Now, people will see the wishing well, but will appreciate it more because of the background you’ve added.

Being Your Own Critic

Evaluating your own work is also important so you should stop for a while, look at your drawing and be your own critic. Ask yourself: What else does it need? Think really hard; draw what’s missing using your creativeness. When you are done then let your hand start working because at this time, you already know what to do.

There will be times when you want to give up, thinking that you have no skills. Do not be discouraged easily. If you have the passion, you can make it work. The secret: practice, practice, and practice. As days, weeks, and months pass, you will realize, you are improving that you will turn into the world-renown Leonardo da Vinci. Oh well, this may be too much to say. Let’s just study how you should start first.

Don’t Miss Out on Beginner Drawing Exercises

You may think of these as easy and you will try to skip to the next step, but if you want to learn how to draw you should finish these tasks as these are essential towards developing your skills You’ll realize it’s not as simple as you think, but here, you will be able to balance fun, artistic activities while you are being trained on the principle and techniques of drawing. You will be taught the correct way of holding the pencil, mark making, wire drawing, blind contour drawing, pure contour drawing, and cross contour drawing. You will also be educated in perspective drawing, pencil shading, and a lot more. 

Prepare Your Basic Materials

As someone who’s only starting to become skilled at drawing, these are the things that you will need:

  • Pencils – It has varieties – from the softest (8B) to the hardest (2H). Choose an HB and a 2B to make your initial activities more enjoyable and more fulfilling. Remember to always sharpen your pencils because the pointers have the tendency to become rounded faster and your drawing is much cleaner with a sharp pencil point.
  • Vinyl Erasers – These are not only for erasing mistakes; these are also for wiping out crusty lines or making sharp edges. Vinyl erasers do not damage your paper or smudge your lines.
  • Sharpeners – Any standard sharpener will do, just make sure that the blades are in a straight line so you will not get frustrated about breaking points.
  • Sketch Pad – Buy a ring-bound sketch pad with 9x12 inches size. Look specifically for the one with fairly smooth paper texture but not glossy. You can opt for A4 size paper, but this is better because it lets you keep a record of your drawings in sequence, showing you how you progress each day.
  • Drawing Board – Do not just sketch on any table. If you want to be an artist, start acting like one – work on a drawing board. And when working your drawing board should be almost vertical--this will be covered in a later tutorial,

Build connections with other artists.

Do not hesitate to connect to other artists because more often than not, they will be happy to welcome you in the group. One way to find them is through online forums. Do not be afraid to ask them what they think about your drawing. You can also request for their advice for someone like you who wants to learn how to draw effectively.

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