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If you want to learn how to draw, you first need to gather your tools.No need for expensive art supplies


If you want to learn how to draw, you first need to gather your tools. You don’t need an expensive set of art supplies, but having a few essential tools and supplies on hand can make your artwork easier (and save you money in the long run). In addition to a pencil, sketchbook, or pad of paper, we recommend starting with watercolors and markers if you’re interested.

collect supplies

Before you start painting, it’s important to prepare your tools. You’ll need a pencil (or pen), an eraser, and some paper or sketchbook.

The pencil should be soft enough for drawing and hard enough so that the lead doesn’t break frequently. If you break more than 2 or 3 leads per drawing session, try using a softer pencil next time. If not, use something harder.

The type of eraser also affects how easily you can correct mistakes in your drawing. Make sure you don’t damage other parts of your work when you remove your selection. For example, don’t use an electric eraser on any part of the paper unless instructed to do so.

find a good place to paint

The first step in learning how to draw is finding a good place to practice. It should be a quiet place so that you are not distracted by the TV or your mother’s screams from the kitchen. You also need a comfortable place so you don’t feel stiff or sore when trying to learn something new. Finally, you need good lighting so you can see what you’re doing and get the best possible results from your efforts.

If possible, find a space with no one around. If you don’t have such a place in your home, at least once a week, set aside time for others to be outside the house for a few hours so that no one will disturb you during this important part of growing up. Please be so!

hold a pencil correctly

Now that you know the correct way to hold a pencil, it’s time to start drawing.

To start drawing, you first need to outline the object or person in front of you. Use this outline as a guide for drawing features.

The first step is to draw a pencil around your subject to get a good look at how it looks from different angles. Do not apply too much force when tracing! This will make it difficult later when shading.

After all the main lines are drawn, I layer the darker lines (called shading) on ​​top of them. This makes things look more three-dimensional and helps bring out detail in areas that would otherwise be flat.

make a drawing plan

When you start painting, you need to make a plan for painting. A drawing plan is a visual representation of the steps to create a drawing. Depending on the subject matter and target audience, the complexity of the drawing plan will vary. For example, if you are painting for hobby or personal use, a simple sketch will suffice. However, if you are creating the same illustration for publication purposes, and multiple people are involved in its creation (for example, an illustrator working with an art director), there may be more detailed step-by-step instructions. , to help keep track of each. Responsibility of person in production.

Draw familiar subjects

You can also draw on familiar subjects. For example, if you’re painting an animal, choose a subject that you know well. For example, pet dogs and cats. Alternatively, you can spend time at the zoo and sketch the animals there.

It may seem easier to draw something unfamiliar than it is to draw something familiar. But when you have an interest or knowledge of your subject, painting becomes easier. If you are particularly interested in the shape of the animal’s face or body, look at the pictures and try to keep these details in mind when you later draw. If you’re interested, check out this tutorial. How to draw a face step by step..

Focus on shapes and lines, not details

When you first learn how to draw, concentrate on the shapes and lines of your subject. Your drawing doesn’t have to be perfect. The goal is not to create a masterpiece, but to learn how to see it. If you don’t know what the word “masterpiece” means, ask someone who knows art.

If you’re trying something new with unfamiliar material in class or at home, don’t get it wrong at first. Don’t worry about making mistakes. Continue drawing and learning from them until you’re ready for your next lesson!

Improve your skills by practicing different techniques

practice different techniques

In this section, we’ve covered various techniques you can use to improve your skills. However, there are many other ways to draw and create art. Experiment with different mediums such as watercolor, pen and ink, tools like charcoal and pencil, and drawing techniques like cross-hatching (drawing lines parallel to each other) and pointillism (using dots). You can also experiment with different subjects such as portraits and landscapes. The possibilities are endless! It’s up to you to decide what works best for you!

practice every day

If you want to get better at something, it is imperative that you not only practice, but practice daily so that these skills become second nature. If you don’t keep it active, your mind will start to age.

Don’t pressure yourself to paint a perfect picture

Once you start painting, don’t pressure yourself to make a perfect drawing. It’s not about making mistakes. It’s about learning from them and being open to growth. Remember everyone started somewhere. Anyone who picks up a pencil has probably made at least one bad drawing in his life. Everyone paints, even professional artists.

Don’t be afraid to work. Everyone learns differently and grows at different rates, so don’t compare yourself or your progress to others. you are awesome!


Drawing can be difficult for beginners, but it also has many advantages. A great way to express yourself and explore your creativity. Drawing for beginners is also a gateway to other types of art such as painting and sculpture.

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