Drawing can be one of the most fun and relaxing hobbies you could take up because you’re creating something that, when you’ve learned how to do it well, you can be really proud of. You’ve probably seen some pencil sketch drawings before, and you might have wondered if you could learn how to draw like that. The good news is that you can, and Udemy has a course that can help you learn the core concepts of drawing. Once you’ve learned the fundamentals of drawing, you can move on to more advanced forms of drawing and painting like you might see in a comic book. Udemy also has a course for more advanced drawing that focuses on comic book style drawing and painting.
Gather Your Drawing Supplies
Drawing only requires a few supplies when you’re first starting out. For a basic drawing, you’ll need a pencil, an eraser, and some sketching paper.
Sketching Basic Shapes
The foundation of any great drawing begins with the basic shapes that make up your subject. This requires the ability to observe the subject you’re wanting to draw and determining what basic shapes make up the anatomy of your subject. Anything you draw can be reduced down to a combination of the basic shapes of circles, squares, triangles, ovals, and rectangles. Look at the subject you want to draw and see if you can sketch the basic shapes that make up your subject. For example, if you were to draw a house, you would see that a house is a combination of squares, rectangles, and triangles. If you wanted to draw a forward-facing human face, you would see that the human face is made up of a combination of circles, ovals, and triangles.
Basic shapes can work as the guidelines for your drawings. By beginning your drawing by sketching out the basic shapes of your subject, you’re giving yourself a foundation for your drawing that will help you to draw more accurately. When you’re using basic shapes as a guide to your drawing, you’ll start by drawing your shapes lightly because you’ll likely erase those basic shapes at the end after you’ve completed the details of your drawing. It’s a good idea to take a sketchpad and practice sketching out the basic shapes of various subjects so that you’ll become more experienced and skilled with it.
Creating Values in Your Drawing
When you’re drawing with pencil, you can use a combination of varying shades and patterns of lines in order to create values in your drawings. Values are the areas of lightness and darkness in your drawing, or the shading that makes your drawing look realistic. You can use a combination of two techniques called hatching and crosshatching to create the values in your drawing. Hatching is when you draw parallel lines that are spaced closely together. Crosshatching is when you draw a series of hatching lines and then intersect them with another series of hatching lines at an angle. You can practice with different patterns of hatching and crosshatching to create different shading effects.
How to Draw a Cat Face
When you first start drawing, it’s a good idea to pick a very simple subject that requires only a few shapes. When you’re able to master drawing a very simple subject, you’ll develop confidence to move on to more complex drawings. A cat is one of the most basic subjects a beginning artist can draw and is one of the subjects that beginning artists tackle first when they’re learning to draw. A cat is a great place to start because you can start with a cat face, which is a very simple subject, but after you master that, you can move onto something more complex like drawing the cat’s full body.
1. Start With a Circle
With pencil in hand, the first thing you’ll need to do is sketch out the basic shapes for a cat’s face. For now, the focus will be on a cat’s face that is staring straight ahead. The most foundational shape of a cat’s face is a circle. Remember that this is a guiding line that will help you to draw your full drawing, so draw the circle lightly with your pencil. You’ll then need to draw two more guiding lines that form a cross that meets in the middle of the circle. This cross will help you to place the eyes, nose, and mouth in the steps coming up.
2. Add Triangle Shapes for the Ears
If you look at a cat’s face, you’ll see that one of the basic shapes of a cat’s face in addition to the circle are triangles. Triangles are the basic shapes of the ears. At the top of your circle, lightly draw two triangles, one on each side for the cat’s ears.
3. Draw the Eyes
You’ll use the the horizontal and vertical lines in the circle as guides on where to draw the eyes. When you draw the eyes, you’ll draw two small circles. The horizontal line of the larger circle will also run through the middle of each of the circles for the eyes. You’ll place each of the eyes at an equal distance from the middle vertical line. The space between the eyes should be equal to the space between one of the eyes and the outer edge of the larger circle.
4. Draw the Nose
You’ll use the vertical line of the larger circle to place the nose on the face. The nose will be a t-like shape that you’ll draw below the level of the eyes.
5. Draw the Mouth
Below the nose, you’ll start from the vertical guiding line and draw a line that curves slightly down and then up. You’ll draw one of these lines toward the right and one to the left. You’ll connect the nose and the two curved lines with a vertical line from the nose to the mouth.
6. Add the Details
Now that you have all of your basic shapes down, you’ll fill in all of the details. You’ll need to have the subject of a cat’s face to look at to help you to complete the details of the cat’s face. Using the larger circle and the triangles, you’ll outline the face and the ears. You’ll fill in pupils into the eyes and complete the details of the nose and mouth. You can also add the whiskers.
7. Erase the Guiding Lines
You’re now ready to erase the guiding lines you started out with before completing your drawing.
8. Shade the Drawing to Make It Look Realistic
You can now look at your subject and decide how to add some hatching and crosshatching in order to create values and shading in your drawing. This part takes a lot of practice, and once you’ve mastered it, you’ll be able to create a drawing that looks realistic. You can also use a combination of pen and ink or even add color to your drawing after finishing it in pen. For more information on pen and ink drawing, you can check out this pen and ink drawing course on Udemy.
It’s a great idea to practice drawing a cat’s face several times so that you’ll get better at it each time. After you’ve mastered drawing the cat’s face, you can practice drawing the cat’s face from an angle other than forward-facing and even draw the cat’s body. Once you’ve mastered some basic drawings, you can apply the skills you’ve been practicing to other subjects as well. If you’re interested in further developing your skills as a sketching artist and gaining confidence, check out this course on drawing with confidence.