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Learn how to draw what you see, with these step by step beginner drawing lessons. Discover essential drawing skills from how to hold a pencil through to perspective, pencil shading, and sketching. Progress into portraiture and figure drawing.
  1. Learn About Drawing Mediums
  2. Getting Started - First Drawing Lessons
  3. Structure and Perspective
  4. Value / Tone and Shading
  5. Sketching
  1. Figure Drawing
  2. Portraiture
  3. Pen, Ink and Wash
  4. Drawing with Charcoal and Conte
  5. Draw with Colored Pencil

Learn About Drawing Mediums

art supplies for drawing lessons

You can start learning how to draw with just some scrap paper and a number two pencil. It really is that simple. But for shading and advanced drawing, you'll want a few useful supplies. Don't waste money on the wrong art materials: learn about your choices before you hit the art store.

Getting Started - First Drawing Lessons

how to hold a pencil - learn basic drawing technique

These drawing exercises take you through exploring your medium, learning how to follow lines in space, follow contours and explore three-dimensional form. The aim of these lessons is not to create a perfect drawing but to train your eye, hand and mind - a bit like scales for a musician, or ball drills for a footballer. They are important, so don't skip them.

Structure and Perspective

how to draw perspective

To learn how to draw a realistic object, you first have to learn to see and understand structure and perspective. Learning how to show three dimensions on a two dimensional plane can be a little bit daunting. But for general drawing, you only need to learn the basics, and practice so that you develop a feel for it. If you enjoy perspective drawing, it can be fun to experiment with!

Value / Tone and Shading

how to draw value or shading

Learning to use value (also called tone, or tonal value) - light and shade - in your drawing - requires a slightly different approach to contour drawing. Instead of looking for edges, value drawing involves looking at areas of light and dark and in-between tones.

Sketching

sketching

Keeping a sketchbook is considered essential by most artists, for many reasons. A sketchbook allows you to track your progress, develop the drawing-from-life habit, and keep all your visual ideas in one place. If you want to learn how to draw really well, consider keeping a sketchbook and drawing in it every day.

Figure Drawing

how to draw people

Figure drawing is the traditional cornerstone art training. The human body offers every challenge one could require - line and tone, perspective and composition. Parental guidance advised as figure drawing involves artistic nudity, and reference sources may include nude photography. For those under 18 - some links on these pages may not be appropriate. If your parents wouldn't approve, please respect their wishes.

Portraiture

portrait sketch

Portrait drawing begins with a focus on technique - mastering head anatomy and proportions, and learning to observe and draw the features accurately. But the ultimate challenge for the portrait artist is to capture the character and spirit of their subject.

Pen, Ink and Wash

how to draw with pen and ink

Pen and Ink is a popular and versatile medium. Its 'unforgiving' nature can seem daunting at first, but by learning some basic techniques, you can quickly learn to create beautiful line, tone and texture.

Drawing with Charcoal and Conte

how to draw with charcoal

Charcoal drawing is an inexpensive and expressive medium, always popular for large figure drawing, but also useful for smaller works, offering rich and subtle tones. The coarse carbon particles offer a far deeper black than graphite pencil, and surprisingly, it can be used for a comparable degree of detail.

Draw with Colored Pencil

how to draw a rose in colored pencil

Learn how to draw with colored pencil to enjoy the intensity of the finest paint pigments, with the precise control and clean delivery of your favorite pencil.

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