Drawing for Beginners - 6 tips to get you started
Want to get into drawing but not quite sure where to start? Perhaps you have drawn for a bit but aren't quite happy with the results. Don’t fret, here I have gathered six valuable drawing tips for beginners that will help you get started on the right foot. Or the right hand. Except if you are left handed, in which case it would be on the left hand. You know what I mean... Read on and get drawing.
Gather Your Materials
Before you begin your artistic journey, it's essential to gather the right drawing tools. You don't need a fancy studio or expensive supplies to start; only some basic essentials:
Pencil Sharpener: I think having a good pencil sharpener is more important than all the “right” pencils. Invest in a good sharpener once and you'll be good to go for a long time.
Sketchbooks/paper: I recommend starting out with a larger size paper than you might think you need. A3 is a good, versatile size, that makes it easier to plan out your subject on the paper. That said - if A4 printer paper is all you have, then use it. No need for anything fancy when you are first starting out.
Understand Basic Techniques
Learning the fundamentals of drawing is crucial. Start with the basics:
Line and Contour Drawing: Mastering line control is essential for accurate representations. Begin with drawing the shape and outline of things you see. Start with simple shapes like an apple or a bottle, and practice getting your subject down on paper. Don’t be discouraged if it doesn't “look right”. You’ll get there with practice.
Shading and Value: Understanding shading helps create depth and realism in your drawings. Start with noticing where the light is coming from and where it hits your subject, and where it casts shadows.
Proportions and Scale: Learn how to use guidelines and measurements to ensure accurate proportions. Working with a grid is a great tool.
Consistency is key to improving your drawing skills. Establish a routine that works for you, and consider taking on a 30-day drawing challenge to kickstart your practice. Remember, it's okay to make mistakes; they're a natural part of the learning process.
Learn from References
Use reference images to improve your drawing accuracy. Start by copying and tracing to build your skills, and then gradually transition to using references to inform your original work. This process will help you develop your unique style over time.
Seek Feedback and Join Communities
Sharing your work with others is a fantastic way to grow as an artist. Join online and offline art communities to connect with fellow artists. Constructive criticism can be immensely helpful in identifying areas for improvement and building confidence.
Keep an Art Journal
Maintain an art journal to document your progress, ideas, and reflections. It's a wonderful way to see how far you've come and to brainstorm future projects. Over time, your journal will become a treasure trove of inspiration.
Drawing is a rewarding and lifelong journey. Remember that every artist starts as a beginner, and the most important thing is to enjoy the process. So, pick up your pencils, start drawing, and let your creativity flow. Embrace your unique style and watch your skills grow with each stroke.
Disclaimer: I have linked to a few websites in the article, and I am not affiliated with any of them. It is resources I find helpful, and I think you would too.