How to Draw For Beginners

Drawing  is a great way to express a person’s mood, personalty, and interests. Drawing can be very frustrating, even for the best artists. To be an artist is to constantly solve visual problems in art. To solve those problems you cannot just jump into the drawing, you need to get the handle of drawing the basics, such as two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional shapes. It is important to learn how to build up to a drawing, how to sketch a pose of what you are drawing, and how to organize everything in the sketch to come out with the best product possible. This is when the two-dimensional shapes and three-dimensional shapes come in. Being an artist myself, I have experience with drawing and it is my passion. I will be sharing in this article how to draw the basics for beginners.

What is needed:

  • a pencil
  • paper or any surface that is able to be drawn on
  • an eraser
  • a ruler (optional)
  • patience
  • focus

Steps:

  1. Begin by not just drawing one, line but sketching the shape lightly. When drawing one solid line you limit yourself to imperfection of the shape that is being drawn. Sketching lightly helps perfect the shape that is being drawn by preparing the artist to follow the sketches with a single line to make the shape as perfect as it is able to be.

    (Photo courtesy of Daniel Novikov)
    (Photo courtesy of Daniel Novikov)
  2. Sketching two-dimensional shapes helps a lot for making skeletons for a drawing. It’s helpful to sketch the pose before the drawing goes into detail. poses can include animal poses, human poses, etc.

    (Photo courtesy of Daniel Novikov)
  3. Sketching three dimensional shapes helps plan out the view of an object, such as a building, a box, a table, a car, etc.

    (Photo courtesy of Daniel Novikov)
    (Photo courtesy of Daniel Novikov)
  4. When drawing three-dimensional shapes, make sure that you can see a certain angle. This helps the three-dimensional shapes really seem like three-dimensional shapes. When drawing in a skeleton sketch, this helps understanding what angle you to be viewed.

    (Photo courtesy of Daniel Novikov)
    (Photo courtesy of Daniel Novikov)
  5. Begin to include the shapes into the skeleton of the drawing, such as circles can be use in a skeleton drawing of a human or a box sketch into the skeleton sketch of a building. This helps organize the drawing so the drawing is not sloppy and it helps to see the density of the object being drawn.

    (Photo courtesy of Daniel Novikov)
    (Photo courtesy of Daniel Novikov)
  6. Start to develop sketches of details on the skeleton of the drawing, make sure they are just sketches and not thick and dark lines. This later helps develop the details on the drawing much better and much more organized.

    (Photo courtesy of Daniel Novikov)
    (Photo courtesy of Daniel Novikov)
  7. Start to darken the lines on the sketch to get the final product to appear. After all the steps are made and the line being darkened that is when the shading would come into picture. When doing the final darkening try to use different line methods to show realism of the picture or the cartoon-ism of the picture using different line methods such as vertical line, horizontal line, diagonal line, soft line, sharp line, thin line, thick line, curved lines, and spiral lines. In the end the photo should be ready to begin adding shading.

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