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4 tips for beginners learning how to draw

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If you’re a beginner who wants to learn how to draw, you may not know where to start your creative journey.

There are many videos online that discuss perspective, color schemes, proportions, etc., but many of them seem to require prior knowledge.

Learning how to draw is like learning how to play the piano. Don’t start right away with Mozart, start with basic and easy pieces.

Drawing is no different. Let’s master the basics first, such as how to draw lines and shapes, and how to apply shading. Simple forms can then be used to create more complex illustrations, such as animal or still life sketches.

This article offers four tips to make the process of learning how to draw easier.

1. Start with simple shapes

Don’t choose something complicated to begin with. Stick to simple shapes.

You can start with a square, oval, or triangle and keep drawing until you’re done.

Drawing basic shapes is a useful and easy artistic practice that allows you to loosen your arms and slowly develop your drawing skills.

Then you can move on to the next level and draw hearts, hexagons, etc.

Basic shapes are a great warm-up for drawing. As your skills improve, you can progress to more complex illustrations.

For example, you can watch this cat drawing guide by BioWars to learn how to draw a cat easily with step-by-step instructions.

2. Place objects in perspective

After learning how to draw basic shapes, draw them from perspective.

First, pick an object, turn it around, and observe it from all angles. Challenge yourself and put yourself in an unexpected position. Then try drawing that object. Once done, change the perspective of the object again and repeat the process.

The more you practice, the easier it will be to create the illusion of depth in your paintings.

3. Add Light and Shadow

Light and shadow determine the mood of the art and breathe life into it.

Observe how light and shadows are cast on objects.

You can take a picture and see where the light source is and what parts are illuminated. Then look at the shaded area. Then redraw the photo and try to copy the light and shadow as best you can.

Then observe real objects and apply the same rules. Notice which parts are highlighted and which are darker. Copy the interaction of light and shadow on your drawing. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right on your first try. Practice makes perfect. And that will be our final piece of advice.

4. Practice every day

No excuses, just practice! Even an hour a day of drawing can help you learn new techniques and get closer to achieving your artistic goals.

You can take your little sketchbook anywhere and draw anytime, anywhere. Practice drawing anything that comes to mind, such as nature or people.

Even if you’re at a restaurant and inspiration strikes, grab a piece of paper and start sketching!

Scribbles count too!

For beginners, it is important to establish a drawing routine.

With occasional practice, you might get a little better, but without a routine, you won’t make much progress, and without regular practice, you’ll be “two steps forward, two steps back.”


Ready to create a new work of art?

Start slowly with basic shapes.

Then slowly progress to placing objects in perspective and shading the sketch.

And practice, practice, practice! Grab your paper and pen and take your drawing skills to the next level!

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