The drawing lessons on this page will allow you to learn to draw with ease, step-by-step with drawing tutorials designed for beginners and advanced artists.
There is no need to have an extraordinary talent to draw; only your passion and perseverance to do it will take you to learn to draw and develop the drawing techniques required; and with the online art lessons in this section you will learn “the how”, while having fun along the way.
This is what you need:
Drawing techniques do not require lots of materials. In fact, for drawing you need little equipment, like pencils and a block of drawing paper or sketch pad that you can take everywhere you go. Later, when you want to explore your self-expression, you probably would like to include charcoal, sanguine, crayons, pen and ink, reeds, pastels; tools that will allow you to develop even more techniques.
To begin, you only need pencils and a notebook or scrap paper. About pencils: first, acquire a HB pencil to sketch the first lines, marks and construction lines, and 2B to add details, tones and for finishing your practice. An eraser is also good to include to your basic equipment and when you start practicing your shading techniques, buy a stump or a tortillon to help smoothing the tones. You can get them on fine art shops or stationers.
“The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of.”
Leonardo da Vinci
“Nature is composed of the cylinder, the sphere and the cone”
It is highly recommended to have a designated place in your home to start your drawing practice, but any place is good because it does not need a big space to do so. However, there are basic steps to consider:
We will learn more of these equipment and materials in their specific pages. Please click on the links at the bottom of this page.
Perhaps in the presence of a subject, you may ask yourself: “how can I draw this?”, then you notice that you need some learning about it. It is with the drawing process that you observe more; you investigate and analyze that particular subject.
When we learn to draw anything, we make a special visual contact with an object; we discover that object as something unique, different from the rest, because we focus our attention on it, we are profoundly aware of it. The shape, structure, outlines, colors, highlights, shadows, the surroundings, everything is observed and considered during this first step. When we learn to draw, skill is less important than awareness. Drawing allows us to learn more about our subject.
After all that observation, we need to convey the information gathered on a piece of paper. At this moment, it is better to simplify our particular object into basic geometric shapes, like the circle, oval, triangle, square and rectangle. We start drawing a simple structure of our subject
You will need pencil HB, 2B, paper, and eraser. Practice these shapes several times. Don’t worry about the perfection of shapes. You are just practicing. (Include drawings of shapes)
During your first attempts at learning to draw you may find
inadequacies on your works. Don’t get frustrated or disappointed by them. We ALL have
them. They are part of your learning. It is important to understand that we
“need” these “errors” to learn from them and improve our skills. IF you reach a
point where you feel tired of your practice in drawing, leave it for a while
(one or two days), and come back again with a renewed energy to continue.
Remember: take your practice as a “ride”, sometimes a bit daunting, sometimes a bit disappointing, other times inspiring... but, always thrilling!...
Let’s begin our drawing lesson on video with this still life:
Please, notice in the drawing tutorial video that each object can be enclosed in a basic shape: the lemon into an oval, the apple in a circle and the pear into a triangle. Let’s draw these shapes first. Draw lightly at this stage. Pay attention at the pressure you put on the pencil. Any line drawn heavily now will be difficult to erase later.
Observe again, and see that you can “polish” those shapes, adding details. Erase the basic lines you don’t need anymore. Don't worry about the plate at this early stage of learning. Add some tones to each component and cast shadows (just lines would do it); now your drawing is finished and it didn’t took you too long to do it!
Similar techniques can also be applied to draw people, animals, flowers, and objects in general.
More online art lessons, specific drawing tutorials and drawing lessons techniques are explained step by step for all learning abilities. Please, click on the navigation bar buttons on the left where you will be able to choose for more advanced techniques such as people, human figure, etc. You will learn to draw more, including drawing pencil sketches, drawing techniques, differences on drawing and sketching, tips for realistic drawing, charcoal drawing, pastel drawing, the grid and the always useful drawing tips. Stay with our drawing tutorials and enjoy!...