How to learn to draw and what do you need it for?
If you are questioning yourself how to learn to draw, then you are already half the way to success. You have a desire, and this is very important. If you really want something, you will definitely achieve it. The main thing is not to despair and not to give up. If you are just curious reading this article and did not think about learning how to draw, then know, drawing is:
- a great way to relax, get stress down, calm your nerves;
- the ability to create something by your own, which would be unique in this diverse world. You make the world even more diverse when drawing;
- an additional or basic earnings. I believe that the ability to do something with your own hands will be valued at all times;
- you will get acquainted with interesting people, that are keen on drawing the same way like you;
- you will start understanding art better;
- it's incredibly cool, exciting and interesting!
You just have to take a try, and if you are at least a little interested in this - do not give up and you will surely succeed. Below you can find a few steps that will help you in this wonderful creative lesson.
How to draw a human's face
How to draw a Panda
How to draw a Penguin
How to draw a Dog
How to draw an Owl
How to draw a Cat
How to draw a Professor
How to draw a Toddler With Watering Can
How to draw The Cavalier
How to draw a Dancer Sitting
How to draw a Girl Reading a Book
How to draw a Young Man Reclining
Draw what you see
Do you remember the wonderful song of Alla Pugacheva, which sings "We all see the world differently, and do not forget about this when you get on drawing." Let your image be far from the real one, believe me, no one is born an artist, you need to learn it. Just draw like you see it.
Draw sketches of what you see, let it be either an object of everyday life, a portrait, separate parts of the face: nose, lips, eyes, ears. Body parts: arms, legs, etc. It is okay to make mistakes at first stages, but the more you practice, the fewer mistakes will be in your drawings.
Watch the master classes and read books about drawing
The Internet has made our life much easier, many things have now become more accessible. YouTube has a lot of video lessons, both for beginners and advanced artists. Often the lessons show not only the drawing technique, but also tell what materials to use. What pencils, paints, paper is better; what things you should spend on, and where it is possible to save your money.
Practice using different styles and techniques
It's great if you have already mastered the technique of drawing with a pencil, but it will also be cool to pick up a brush and paint, or try drawing with ink or markers. Try different types of hatching, draw spirals, lines – both thin and thick. Draw using anything you can!
Draw without using eraser
It seems strange, especially for a beginner to draw without an eraser. But this is very correct advice. When you make a mistake, wrong line, and erase it, then you can draw it again and again incorrectly. And when you see your mistakes, they are easier to correct. Apply thin auxiliary lines, make markings, and when the drawing is already viewed, at the end of the work you can erase all unnecessary lines, and draw the picture with more distinct lines.
Learn different shadows, lines, tones, textures
This step is more difficult, because some of these skills are difficult to master. However, this is also an important step, so do not even think about missing it.
Place an apple in front of you on any surface. See from which side the light or shadow falls. Change the light source direction and observe how the glure position of the apple changes and the position of the shadow.
At first stroke with light lines, then darker, and then even darker. Make sure that the transition from light to dark was smooth and gradual.
Use different pencils and erasers
Pencils vary by their hardness and softness properties. They are distinguished by Latin letters: H - solid, B - soft, HB - medium, Also the middle pencil is distinguished by the letter F. Numbers next to the letters add hardness or softness. For example, H1 is slightly harder than H, H2 is even harder, also with B1, B2, B3 and so on.
Hard pencil is used for thin and light lines, soft for brighter, clear and thick lines.
Erasers also have a wide range, some are suitable only for simple pencils, some for colored pencils and pens. Be sure to get the eraser that does not spoil the paper. In addition, the eraser must be as soft as plasticine, which makes it possible to sculpt thin forms out of it, that accurately erases the lines.
Draw what you like
Of course, to master drawing you need to be able to capture different subjects on paper, but choose what you like and make them perfect. It can be a picture of your beloved, or an actor, a photo of your cat, a child. If you sketch one person in different poses and moods, then you will notice how well your skill is getting trained.
And do not forget to use different styles and techniques. Draw the same object with a pencil, watercolor, markers, ink. In the end, your efforts will be rewarded and you will receive a drawing that you would like to put in a frame and hang it on the wall.
Study the anatomy
Yes, many of us will have to recollect the school program and go deeper into biology and anatomy. No matter how creepy it may seem, you have to draw skulls and skeletons, both without and with muscles. You will have to study the anatomy of animals as well. Any book on drawing, as a rule, has an anatomy section.
See the whole picture and imagine the complete drawing
Even when you do not draw, pay attention to the objects and imagine how you would draw them. When you are going somewhere in a transport or stand in queue - choose people and other objects around you and mentally depict them with a pencil in your mind. Pay attention to the folds, bends and other features.
Practice, practice and once again practice
Don't miss a day! Devote at least 5-15 minutes each day for drawing. It is better to draw every day a couple of minutes than once a week with several hours sitting by drawing. When you draw you train your brain, visual memory and your hand movement. Taking breaks between drawing are bad, you will simply forget what you have already learned. Any skill requires regular practice.
But, of course, do not do anything by force. If you want to learn how to draw, remember, you should do it with pleasure. Only this way you will succeed!