How to Draw: Top Tips For Drawing

how to drawSummer time is the perfect time to learn how to draw.  Picking up a new and artistic skill is a great way to get your creativity to shine while exercising parts of your brain that can easily get overworked during the year.

Whether you are a child, adult, or a budding artist, these 6 steps below will help you build up your drawing skills and provide you with the basics that you need to know and concepts that you can attempt to master.

Step 1:  Draw What You See

To start drawing, start simple and just draw things that you see.  Sometimes we get so caught up in what we are doing we fail to take the time to really look around us.  Stop and study your surroundings and draw a simple object.  For instance, draw a bowl of fruit, an apple, or a table.  If you would rather start drawing real-life objects, you can draw a person’s face, a pet, or a tree.  The basics of drawing involving putting ideas on paper and drawing what you see.  This will help you get used to using your eyes and mind to help you generate a picture.

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Step 2:  Focus on the Small Things

When you begin drawing it is important not to go overboard by trying to draw things super big, elaborate, or detailed.  Drawing can be extremely simple.  To help you practice this, pick a simple object and practice drawing different versions of the same thing.  This is going to help you figure out small things that you can improve on, and help you develop your style as an artist.  Make a list of the things that you need to work on for your next drawing.

  • Practice with basic shapes in the beginning.  Basic shapes are going to help you with harder pictures or images in the future.
  • Eventually, try to challenge yourself by drawing variations of a shape.

Step 3:  Draw Often

As with any other creative skill, the more you practice, the better you will get.  Even doodling can be a way to practice your drawing skills.  Whenever your hands are free or you get the chance, take a piece of paper and draw something – even if it is the most basic thing.

Step 4:  Draw a Rough Sketch

One concept in drawing that you should keep in mind is to always draw a rough sketch before you actually draw the final picture.  A rough sketch is going to help you draw an overall picture instead of one section at a time.  This will help keep your picture from looking imbalanced or unattractive.  To draw a rough sketch:

  1. Make light and repetitive strokes on your paper.
  2. If you are referencing an object, make sure that you have it available to cross check as you go along.
  3. Draw the skeleton outline of what you imagine your drawing to be like.  For example, if you are drawing a tree, draw a rough skeletal outline of the tree.

Step 5:  Elaborate

You can choose to bring out and define your sketch more by elaborating on certain aspects of your drawing.

  • Use shading to enhance and bring out certain light and color in your drawing.  For instance, you can use shading to add luminosity, intensity, and depth to a picture.
  • Practice incorporating shadows into your drawing to make it appear more realistic.

Both of these techniques will help you better express the idea that you want to get across with your picture.  To learn step-by-step figure drawing, enroll in this course that will teach you anatomy drawing in two short weeks.

Step 6: Make it Realistic

how to drawNo matter what you draw, you usually want to make it look as real as possible.  Even with cartoons, you can make a picture appear realistic.

  • Understand perspective.  Perspective is going to make your drawing appear how it really is.  For example, if you are drawing a large object, focus on making it appear closer to make it appear bigger.
  • Proportion your drawing correctly.  By getting to know the size of your object, you can make it appear more realistic.
  • Color is important in a drawing and can help to add dimension and feel to a piece.  Practice with contrasting, blending, and different color schemes to make your picture appear more realistic.  Play around with color and you might come up with blends you did not know you could achieve.

Drawing Materials

Of course, you can just start out drawing with a simple pencil in paper.  However, here are some basic tools you will need when you are starting to learn how to draw.

  • Paper or a Drawing Pad:  Sketch paper or very smooth paper will work best when just starting out.  You can also use “toothier” paper that will hold your pencil better for detailed drawings.
  • Pencils:  Drawing pencils come in all different shapes and sizes.  You should know learn the different scales of pencils used in drawings.  The scales vary from “hard” pencils (H) to “soft” pencils (9B).  Hard pencils can allow you to go from light to dark because they are low in tones.  Soft pencils have many tones, which means that the pressure you apply with the pencil will affect the lightness of the pencil line.
  • Charcoal:  When you feel ready, you can try to draw with charcoal.  Charcoal will come in a compressed stick or in a pencil.  Charcoal is fun to draw with because it can be more expressive than drawing with a pencil.
  • Erase
  • Pencil Sharpener
  • Sketch book for practicing

Learn a Fun and Rewarding Creative Skill

Drawing is a wonderful and easy way that you can learn to express yourself, and it can provide you with a fun pastime or new hobby.  Drawing is also a skill that can be developed and perfected overtime, and you can always improve as a creative artist.  To learn how to draw with style and confidence, check out this course for some fun and easy to follow drawing lessons to help develop and build your drawing skills.