On this website, I post drawing guides that can help everyone easily create amazing drawings. I post step-by-step drawing tutorials, drawing guide printouts, and how to draw videos. Some of the posts and guides are created by me but, mostly, by my friends as I’m not a professional artist. — Rauno
Contributed by Lucy Wyndham:
An Easy Guide to Drawing for Both Beginners and Intermediate Artists
If you wish you could draw better, or want to start it as a hobby, picking up a sketch pencil is an excellent idea. Creative pursuits such as drawing have been found to reduce stress and improve your memory. Not only is it a good mental exercise, but with some practice, you can create custom wall art of which you’re proud.
With Any Trade, the Tools Are Key
If you want to learn to take illustrating seriously or improve your skills, you must have the right tools. They don’t have to be expensive, and you don’t even need an entire case full of art supplies. However, if you want to take your drawing skills from elementary to pro, you’ll want to use something better than a standard pencil. Quality art pencils will glide easier across the page and make the process far more enjoyable. Also, be sure to get an acid-free sketchbook. The acid-free paper holds up with more archival quality than standard paper.
So, if you create something you’re pleased with, you’ll want it to last without the paper yellowing. Also, be sure to buy a decent eraser or a couple of types of erasers. Erasers are not just there to eliminate mistakes. They can be used to outline and mark areas on your paper before you set down lines with your pencil.
Put Those Tools to Use and Practice the General Shapes
To begin any drawing, sketch out the larger shapes first. If you’re drawing a person’s face, get the outline of the head correct before moving on to the placement and lines of the eyes. If you’re composing a landscape, decide where you want your horizon line to land on your paper, and sketch the general contours of the sloping hills, rocky cliffs, or edge of the shore. Do this before worrying about details. This is a great time to outline with your eraser first. Once you’re happy with the general shapes, you can slowly move from bigger objects down to smaller ones. Take time with each part of your drawing. Famous artists took months and sometimes years to complete their masterpieces. So, do not rush yourself. You don’t have to finish a picture in one sitting.
Tap into the Essence of the Shape You’re Drawing
You also don’t have to worry that every tiny detail is exact. You want to capture the vibe of what you’re illustrating, not necessarily create a piece of photorealism. Sometimes, a detailed sketch that is not purely accurate is more interesting when it captures only the essence of an object or scene. So relax and allow the creative part of your brain to take over.
Forget What It Is and Draw Precisely What You See
If you do, however, want to portray something more precisely, the key is to draw exactly what you see. Your eyes should be your guide for your picture, not your memory or ideas of how a shape looks. For example, don’t focus on a tree as an elementary shape with a general trunk and fluffy top. Draw precisely the shapes and lines you see as if bark, branches, and leaves are new objects you’ve never seen before.
Don’t forget, even “prodigies” required hours upon hours of practice. No Olympic athlete achieved their skill level with only a few sessions in their sport. If you genuinely want to create beautiful pieces of art, you need to dedicate time to train your eye for what your seeing and your hand to create the right shapes.