This blog post filled with drawing tips for beginners will help you learn the basics and improve your skills. Jumpstart your artistic journey today!
Practice Simple Shapes
Simple shapes like circles, squares, ovals, and triangles are the basis for all drawings. It’s important to practice these foundational skills so you can eventually draw more complex shapes and images.
Start with Pencil
Pencil is a versatile tool that allows you to erase mistakes easily, which is helpful as a beginner. You can also adjust pencil markings depending on the angle you use, the marks you make, and the heaviness of your hand. Play around with how you hold your pencil to see how that changes your marks.
Practice Making Different Marks
Some foundational marks you’ll want to practice as a new artist are hatching, cross-hatching, and stippling. These marks will help you convey depth and texture in your drawings. Hatching is when you create parallel lines or strokes in the same direction, with varying spacing and density of the lines. Cross-hatching involves layers of hatching lines applied in different directions, creating a mesh-like pattern. Stippling is a method of creating texture or shading by using small dots or stippled marks.
Study Your Surroundings
Observe your environment to find shapes that you’ll use in your drawings. Notice shadows, light, and lines. As you develop your technique and become a better artist, your observations of the world around you will also help you create art from your unique perspective.
Start with Light Lines, Then Add Detail
Light lines allow you to establish your drawing and make changes easily. Because light lines can be erased, you can edit your image to ensure proper arrangement and proportion. Gradually, you can add more and more complexity to your drawing after you’re satisfied with what your light version looks like.
Like anything you want to improve in, drawing takes lots of practice. Even if you don’t think you have the skills or you’re unsatisfied with your progress, drawing regularly will help you get better. Don’t let mistakes or imperfections keep you from continuing to learn and work on your art. After all, they are a natural part of any learning process.
Take Your Drawing to the Next Level
If you’re ready to take your drawing skills to the next level, contact Hodis Learning & Music to start art lessons with an expert art educator. Learn more or schedule your first session by calling or emailing us today.
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