In this article I will present to you a good strategy for learning how to draw. For someone that wants to learn about drawing, the big question is HOW. How to start. What I should pay attention to, with which materials, etc. Of course drawing is a lifetime walk. You will always have something new to learn… there are millions of possibilities, materials, techniques, approaches, subjects, concepts and topics. And it is so easy to get overwhelmed with all those options. So, my first advice for you is Keep it Simple.
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You learn how to draw by drawing. In my opinion, that is the most important and fundamental thing. Practice, practice, practice. You can read 100 books about drawing that you will never learn it if you never pick a pencil and make some marks on a paper. There is no way around. You have to draw. And, guess what, the more you do it the more fast you will evolve. So, draw a lot, make a lot of mistakes and, most important, enjoy! It is not about the end result, it is about having fun doing it. Keep this in mind. The best drawing is the one that gives you more pleasure doing it. Just enjoy, really.
So, where to start? Start with the basics. And this means: a notebook and a pen. Yes, that’s it. Nothing more. Really. Buy a cheap notebook (check my video about the best sketchbook ever… there is a link in the end of the article down below) and a pen. Draw with ink. Not pencil. No colours. Definitely, no watercolour. Not yet. Be patient. For now, just use line.
The sketchbook should be cheap, with plain paper, a hard cover, little and should open well (once more, if you are wondering about why these characteristics, check my the links in the end of the article to other articles/videos that complement this one).
Then, draw, draw, draw, draw… and, in the end, draw more. You get my point. Just draw. And the good thing about always carrying a little sketchbook is that you can draw anytime, anywhere. To draw will stop being something that you will do in a certain time and location. Instead, every little moment you have during your everyday life, can be used to make a drawing. While waiting for the food in a restaurant, in the middle of traffic, in the bathroom, before sleeping, etc. You just need 5 min. So, imagine how many drawings you can do in one day.
You may be thinking, but what should I draw? And that is a great question because there are things that can be more easy than others. So, my advice is this:
- Start with objects. Things like a glass, a chair, a table, a lamp, a pen, a wallet… look around. Unless you are a minimalist, I’m sure you are surrounded with lots of objects. Just look at one and draw it. Then draw it again. Then move on to the next one, and continue like that. (stay away from cars… they are really not easy and you should avoid them in the beginning);
- Meanwhile you can start by drawing flowers, trees and rocks. They can be more challenging but they are great things to draw.
- The next step is to draw buildings. First just one and avoid perspective. You can draw, for example, the front of the building. Loose yourself in all the details and enjoy the process.
- Then, you can start with people. This is more challenging and I will definitely enter more deep in this topic in the future but, for now, I will give you an exercise. Draw just the outline. Look around… if you see someone reading or looking the phone, for example, draw his/her outline. Never mind the details. Just a line that marks the outline of the person. Head, shoulder, arms, legs and feet.
And that’s it. You have a lot to do right now! If you liked this article and want to receive a notification every time I submit new content, you can subscribe to the blog on the right side. If you prefer RSS feeds, you have that option on the right side too.
Here’s a Link for my previous video where I talk about choosing the best sketchbook.
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