The Stepping Stones: Basic Drawing Lessons to Learn How to Draw

Drawing Lessons - Learn How to Draw
Anybody can learn how to draw. So, make use of the drawing lessons furnished in this article to unleash the creativity in you.
When you see a skillfully made sketch or a good drawing, what comes to your mind first? Most people are usually filled with awe and wished they were born with a gift like that. However, it is not necessary that you need to be born with the ability to draw. Drawing is a skill, which almost anybody can learn. For example, just like the skills of writing are acquired by first learning how to construct simple sentences, and then honing the skills of communicating ideas or thoughts using complex forms of writing. Similarly, drawing can also be used as a means to depict complex subjects or ideas.

You can use a variety of tools to draw. These include lead pencils, charcoal, color pencils, wax crayons, pens, ink, and digital means. Once you learn the basics, you can experiment with various styles, like sketching, cartooning, illustration, caricature, and also abstract and representational rendering.

Some Basics Explained

One of the most important aspects of creating realistic objects is learning how to draw 3-dimensional shapes. If you look around, you will find that anything that you want to depict on paper using your pencil is made of basic shapes, such as rectangles, squares, cones, and ellipses. Mentioned below are a few steps, which you can follow to begin your drawing lessons:

# 1: It Begins With Observation
  • One of the most important aspects of drawing is observation. Unless you learn to observe things keenly, it will be difficult to draw them successfully.
  • The fundamental aspect of depicting any form, tone, color, or texture starts with the eyes.
  • Only when you have the ability to notice certain factors, you can reciprocate them on a paper using a pen/pencil.
  • For example, a computer monitor and table are rectangular in shape. Whenever you begin to draw, try to understand the object's hidden contours and shapes.
# 2: Learn The Lines
  • Once you can figure out the various shapes of objects, learn to draw lines. They are the basic building blocks of any drawing.
  • Lines can either be rendered visually or just implied using spaces. There are three basic types of lines, namely: straight, curved, or angled.
  • Therefore, it is necessary to familiarize yourself with these lines in order to draw successfully. So, practice these lines, and then create simple objects using them to hone your skills.
# 3: Get Your Perspective Right
  • Perspective, as far as drawing is concerned, is about using the rules of geometry to represent objects on paper as they appear in reality.
  • By employing its use, the illustration becomes more realistic and visually correct.
  • After you master the rules and skills of depicting perspective, you can even increase your creative skills.
# 4: Get The Right Shade
  • Shading helps in making the objects appear 3-dimensional. Before you begin shading, you need to determine where light is falling on your drawing.
  • For example, if the light is incident on the left-hand side of the object, the right side will receive the darkest shading, and the left side will get the lightest.
  • Now, say you want to draw a ball. First, make a round shape on the paper. Then, say you decide your light source is on the left side of the ball.
  • Begin shading from the lower right side using curved shading movements with your pencil. As you approach the top left side, let the strokes become lighter until the shading is barely visible on the top portion of the left side.
  • Smudge the shaded area either using your finger or a stump of paper to smoothen the shading.
# 5: Add A Shadow
  • A 3-dimensional object drawing is incomplete without the addition of a shadow. Whenever light falls on an object, it creates a shadow of the object on the opposite side.
  • If you observe keenly, you will notice that the shadow will always be an elongated version of the object. Plus, the stronger the light, the sharper will be the shadow, and conversely, the weaker the light, the more diffused will be the shadow.
  • Also, observe how shadows tend to disappear at the furthest point from the object.
You can use the same shading techniques mentioned above to create shadows. Now, that you have become well-acquainted with the basics, go ahead and start drawing things you never thought you could. All the very best!
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