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New to Drawing? Avoid These 10 Common Beginner...
Drawing Tips - Top 10 Mistakes Beginners Make - find out the common mistakes beginners make when they learn to draw, and how to fix them.
Want to Learn How to Draw? Start Your Lessons...
You can learn how to draw. It's easier than you think. Start here with these free learn how to draw lessons. Work through the lessons step by step and you'll be drawing like a pro in no time!
Beginner Art and Drawing Lessons
What skills do you need to to learn to draw, or to teach a beginner in drawing? From holding a pencil to dealing with line and tone, find the lessons you need - for yourself, or for your beginner art class.
Draw a Jolly Santa Claus Picture
Draw your own picture of Santa Claus following this step by step tutorial from Shawn Encarnacion. Draw this traditional jolly Santa with a huge bag over his shoulder.
5 Top Colored Pencil Brands Reviewed
Which colored pencils will suit your needs? Here's some mini reviews of colored pencil brands to help you buy the best colored pencils for your artwork.
Exploring Mark Making
Test out your art materials. Find out what each pencil can do by scribbling and shading, so that you know which one to choose for different drawing purposes. Page 2.
How to Draw a Dog in 8 Steps
The next stage of drawing the dog is roughly sketching in the eyes, nose, mouth and the overall form of the muzzle, placing the ears.
Not Sure What to Draw? These Ideas Will Get You...
Not sure what to draw? Don't worry, we have the solution, Here are pages of ideas for your art class or personal art practice. Get better ideas for your lesson plans or sketchbooks. Come up with something a bit different and start exploring art ideas instead of copying.
New to Drawing? Here's How You Should Hold a...
The basic tripod grip is ideal for accurate, fine drawing and shading. This is the standard grip that most people use to hold a pencil
Wire Drawing Lesson
Wire Drawing lesson introduction. Learn how to draw with these step by step lessons. Just start with the first one, and work your way through! Page 3.
10 Steps on How to Draw Two-Point Perspective
Learn to draw two-point perspective, step by step. This easy exercise takes you through drawing in two point perspective, one step at a time. You'll find resources to other perspective drawing lessons so you can develop your skills in 3d drawing!
Deciphering Doodles: How to Find the Meaning of...
Doodle interpretation - discover the meaning and symbolism of doodles. Why people doodle, what the shapes mean and how to interpret doodle drawings and scribbles.
Blind Contour Drawing
Learn to draw - beginner lessons. Learn how to draw with these step by step lessons. Just start with the first one, and work your way through! Page 4.
How to Hold a Pencil
Do you need a special pencil grip to draw? Are you limiting your drawing by holding the pencil in some specialist grip that an art teacher showed you 20 years ago? Here are some examples of ways to hold a pencil for comfortable, effective drawing.
Pure Contour Drawing
Pure contour drawing - outline drawing. Pure contour line drawing is the simplest form of linear expression. The line describes visible edges of an object from a particular point of view. This lesson explains what linear contour drawing is and offers some approaches to contour drawing. Page 5.
Drawing Programs and Art Software
There's plenty of good photo editing software around, but what about software for creating art and drawing from scratch - without breaking the bank? Here are a few of my personal favorites.
Drawing a Horse Is Easy with This Step-by-Step...
This simple horse drawing lesson takes you through easy steps to draw a standing horse or pony. This tutorial is designed using very simple shapes so that children or complete beginners can copy it with confidence.
Draw a Christmas Tree: A Step-by-Step Guide
The next step is to draw the top of the tree. It's a simple, spiky shape that finishes in behind the star.
Draw a Manga Face in 9 Easy Steps
Completing the face shape of your manga drawing. To draw the face of your Manga character, first find the center of the circle, and draw a vertical line beginning at the top of the circle
Draw Better Eyes by Learning Some Basic Anatomy
Improve your eye drawing by following this detailed tutorial exploring eye anatomy, proportion and drawing techniques.
Draw in Perspective with 10 Easy Tips
Learn to draw simple one-point perspective, step by step following this easy tutorial. Learn about what perspective looks like, and how to construct it in easy steps.
How to Draw Hair
free online drawing Lesson - how to draw realistic hair in graphite pencil
Proportions of the Human Head
structure and proportions of the human head and face
Are You a Drawing Beginner? Try These 6 Great...
Everyone can learn to draw, and these drawing books for beginners will help you gain the skills you need.
7 Sketchbooks You Won’t Want to Put Down
Sketchbooks - artist sketchbooks and drawing books. Reviews and suggestions for recommended artist's sketchbooks, drawing books and art journals. A range of sketchbooks for general use, as well as sketchbooks for specific media such as pastel and watercolor.
Create Hundreds of Cartoon Faces with a Few...
Learn to draw cartoon faces - follow these easy step by step instructions and learn how to draw funny cartoon faces using simple shapes. So easy anyone can do it! No talent required!
8 Easy Steps to Perspective Drawing
An understanding of perspective drawing is important no matter what subject you choose. It's easier than you think. Just start at the beginning, follow the examples, then progress to the next lesson when you are comfortable. Don't be afraid to experiment with perspective drawing. Your eyes will tell you when something looks right or wrong. Have fun!
Does Teaching Kids to Draw Inhibit Their...
teaching children to draw - how children learn to draw, teaching kids to draw and whether they should learn to draw realistically
How to Draw a Basic Manga Character That You...
Learn How to draw manga characters using a simple wireframe method.
Learn Drawing Basics: What is a Contour Line?
What is a contour in drawing? A contour is the line which defines a form or edge. Unlike the contours in map drawing, which track across a surface, contours in art drawing are outlines, drawn to describe a visible edge or change of plane.
Best Free Android Drawing Art Apps
Even though free Android apps don't cost you any actual money, nobody wants to waste time and bandwidth on a bad app - or worse, install malware. Here is my selection of Android drawing and art applications that have a permanent place on my drawing tablet. I hope you'll find them useful.
What do the H and B and numbers mean on a pencil?
Are you wondering what those letters - the H, B, F - and numbers mean on a pencil? - Find out what they mean, and how they relate to the numbers on American writing pencils - pencil hardness and grades.
Portrait Sketching 101: How to Sketch Faces
Learn how to sketch faces freehand with this tutorial from guest artist Ed Hall. Ed shows you how to observe and sketch from life or a photograph to capture your subject's personality.
Give Your Drawings Depth by Learning the Basic...
The first step to successful pencil shading is to control the movement of your pencil, making sure that every mark you make on the paper works towards creating the shading or modeling effect that you want.
Cross Contour Drawing
Next in this learn to draw series is cross contour drawing. Find out what cross contours are, and how to use them to make your drawing more three-dimensional. . Page 6.
Why Perspective Is So Important in Drawing
Definition of Linear Perspective and Atmospheric Perspective as applied to drawing.
What is a Vanishing Point?
What is a vanishing point in perspective drawing?
Learn Why Tone Is So Important In Drawing
In art, tone refers to the degree of lightness or darkness of an area. Tone varies from the bright white of a light source through shades of gray to the deepest black shadows. Also known as value.
Drawing - Top 10 Mistakes Beginners Make
Looking critically at your work can be very difficult for a beginner. Part of learning to draw is learning to see, and you can't identify a problem if you can't
Why the Mark Makes the Art: Tips on Pencil...
Improve your graphite pencil drawing with these quick tips and techniques - learn how to get better tone, keep your pencil sharp, and use mark making effectively in your drawings.
Strengthen Your Line Drawing with This Unique...
This Beginner Drawing Exercise, Wire Drawing, is an exercise in hand-eye co-ordination for beginners. Use it to Loosen up and have fun with a non-threatening drawing exercise that sharpens the hand - eye connection, developing observations skills
Why Choosing a Simple Drawing Pencil Can Be So...
Which graphite pencil should you buy? With many options available to the artist, it can be quite confusing to know which ones to get. A selection of basic artist's quality wood-cased pencils is always a good starting point, but different pencils can be useful for different purposes. Read this guide to buying graphite pencils before you start.
Why the Horizon Line Is So Important in...
What is the Horizon Line in drawing? The horizon line in perspective drawing is a horizontal line across the picture...
Practice Value Drawing to Help You Master Light...
Value Drawing - Seeing values and using tonal values in pencil drawing. This illustrated tutorial on value drawing or shading highlights the difference between seeing lines and seeing values.
Draw a Fun Sea Turtle in 3 Easy Steps
Draw a simple sea turtle. Follow the easy steps of this tutorial to draw a cute little sea turtle swimming through the ocean.
Draw a Cartoon Girl
Add some stylish blonde hair to the cartoon girl drawing. Starting with a few simple lines to work out the hairstyle. It's much easier than it looks to draw a cartoon of a girl. Page 2.
Learn Colored Pencil Techniques
Learn how to use basic colored pencil techniques including blending and layering to enhance your drawing. Learn how to shade, blend and layer colored pencil.
Find the Right Drawing Pen, Nib, and Ink for...
Here's a guide to choosing an ink drawing pen to suit your style of drawing and personal taste. Let's take a look at some of the best pens and inks and find out what they have to offer the artist and calligrapher.
How Crosshatching Creates Tone in Your Drawings
Crosshatching is drawing two layers of hatching at right-angles in order create a mesh-like pattern. Used in various drawing mediums for textural and tonal effects.
Learning How to Draw? Get to Know Your Medium
Get to Know Your Medium - before you start work on a finished drawing, do some creative, purposeful scribbles to get to know your drawing materials - pencils, charcoal, pens or other mediums.
How Grid Drawing Can Help You Copy Images...
gridding up, or grid drawing, is a useful way of copying drawings when tracing isn't an option. This illustrated step-by-step shows you how to use a grid to start your drawing.
Inspiration Boards
Have you ever made an inspiration board, vision board or mood board? The basic idea is to assemble inspiring images, texts and even objects - though each type
Don’t Skip the Boring Drawing Exercises...
I'm trying to learn to draw, but don't know where to start. I'm trying to draw a great portrait and can't get it to look like the person, and when I try to draw a person, it looks like some sort of zombie! What should I do? First, don't panic. Second, read this article and find out how to learn to draw - from the beginning!
How to Draw a Horse’s Head for Beginners
Learn how to draw a horse head in just a few simple steps, with this super easy horse drawing tutorial suitable for kids and beginners.
Get Down to the Basics of Drawing with Pure...
Implied line is a useful tool in drawing. Find out how to use implied line and what the difference is between implied and actual line. Where does a contour start and finish? And what about curves?
Think You Can’t Draw? Try This Lesson for...
Here is an easy drawing lesson for beginners. Start learning to draw with this these easy drawing lessons. A piece of fruit is a good subject for a beginner artist, so we'll start with drawing a pear in graphite pencil. Give it a try!
Which pencil should I use for shading?
There's such a range of graphite pencils to choose from, its hard to know which to pick. Use one pencil for everything? Use a different one for every tonal value? Here's what to do.
Drawing Ideas for When Your Mind is as Blank as...
Stuck for inspiration? Before you run out of ideas, try one of these. Here are six sources of inspiration for drawing, painting - even scrapbooking. Sometimes when you look at a blank page, your mind goes blank too. So here's some ideas to get you started.
Top 8 Papers for Charcoal and Pastels
Need help choosing a pastel or charcoal paper? Here's my review of some of the best and most popular charcoal and pastel papers, to help you make an informed choice.
How to Draw Manga Hands and Feet for Beginners
Draw Manga hands and feet using a simple wireframe method.
Before You Buy Essential Art Supplies for Drawing
Learn about the different types of drawing supplies and art materials you'll need and what you need to know before you buy them.
Symbolism - Geometric Shapes
the meaning of shapes - interpreting the meaning of geometric shapes, doodle drawings and symbol analysis in drawing circles and squares
Why Keeping a Sketchbook Is Essential for Any...
Keeping a sketchbook is something most artists do. A sketchbook fills various functions, and you'll find your own way of using it. But where do you start, when you bring home that beautiful sketchbook with crisp, empty white pages. How do you fill them? Try some of these creative ideas for getting your sketchbook started
5 Tips on How to Draw from Your Imagination
How do I draw better from imagination? This is an often-asked question. Here are some tips on bringing your creative fantasies to life, drawing from memory or imagination, and developing your own imaginative art.
Doodle Drawing - Flower Symbolism
Interpreting the meaning of flower doodle drawings and symbol analysis in drawing flowers.
Art Paper Surface Types
Art paper types - find out what the different types of paper surfaces are for art paper. Should you use plate, vellum, velours, or laid? Rough, Medium or Smooth?
Blending Colored Pencil
Finding colored pencils tricky to blend? Read these tips on different methods of blending and layering colored pencil.
Juxtaposition - What is Juxtaposition?
Juxtaposition is the placing of compositional elements side-by-side, with the intention of comparing or contrasting them.
Abstract Art - Getting Started with Abstraction
Having trouble with abstraction? Here are some ways to approach abstract art. If you are used to realist art, taking a step into abstract painting and drawing can be daunting but refreshing. Find out how.
Learn How to Draw in Pen and Ink
Pen and Ink drawing for beginners - what you need to get started; choosing basic equipment.
How To Use a Value Viewer
seeing value - how to use a value viewer to accurately assess the tonal and color values in a source image.
An Introduction to Contour Drawing
Contour drawing is basically outline drawing, and is the way most beginners start learning to draw and sketch. Learn more about contour drawing and how to develop your skills.
Thumbnail Sketching
Thumbnail sketching - find out what thumbnail sketches are and how to use thumnail sketches to help with your drawing and painting
What Is Implied Line and How Can You Use It in...
What is a implied in drawing? Implied line is an important part of the artist's arsenal, especially in pure contour drawing when other modeling techniques are limited. Read the definition of implied line and find out how to use it.
How to Choose Good Titles for Your Art
How to you you choose a title for your art? What you title your drawing or painting tells your viewer how to approach the piece. Here are some tips on how to name your artwork, drawing or painting.
How To Apply Spray Fixative
How to apply fixative spray - learn how to correctly apply spray fixatives to drawings - pastel, charcoal or graphite.
All You Need to Measure Proportions Is Your...
Figure drawing proportions - find out the proportions of the average human figure heroic figure and how to measure them. Improve your figure drawing by using accurate proportions.
Learn How to Draw Using a Grid
draw with a grid - learn how to use method of copying from a photograph to a drawing
How Cross-Contour Drawing Can Help Give Your...
Cross Contours help us understand a complex three-dimensional form and represent it on a two-dimensional surface.
Draw Hundreds of Characters by Learning this 1...
How to draw a cute cartoon character. This step by step tutorial makes drawing cartoon people easy. Turn the basic design into a cute boy, girl or animal cartoon.
Which paper should I use for Pastel and Chalk...
Which paper do I use for pastel and chalk drawing? There are so many different papers on the market, it's hard to know which one to use. This paper FAQ will help you choose the right paper for your pastel and chalk drawing
Practice Graduated and Continuous Shading
Get control of your range of tone with this simple exercise in graduated tonal drawing.
Drawing Children - Face Proportions and Drawing...
drawing children - children's face proportions and tips on drawing children's portraits. Learn to draw children.
Gesture Drawing
Gesture drawing is a form of expressive mark-making that emphasises an energetic and tactile approach to form. Gestural or gesture drawings are a great way to loosen up and can be great fun, too.
How to Draw Hands
drawing hands tutorial - learn how to draw hands from life - a free, original online drawing tutorial
Doodles and Zentangles
Are Doodles and Zentangles the same thing? What is the difference? Why do some artists love Zentangles while others seem to take offence at the very name?
Colored Pencil Basics
Colored Pencil Basics - a first lesson in using colored pencils, beginning with basic pencil strokes
Drawing Winter Scenes
Drawing Winter Scenes - how to draw snow and winter landscapes. How do you draw all that white? Here are some tips to help you draw those chilly, beautiful winter landscapes.
Before You Choose a Visual Art Career
choosing a visual art career - an overview of careers in visual art and some things to think about when considering employment in the visual arts
Drawing Fire and Flames
Learn how to draw a flame, from very simple to more realistic, using only line. Drawing flame shapes is the basis of drawing fire. The trick is to suggest the movement of the flame. Page 2.
Draw Superheroes in Classic Marvell or DC Style
Learn how to draw superheroes. Here is a selection of fantastic superheroes with Marvell and DC Style comic book heroes that you can draw - copy them step by step or use them to create your own super hero.
Advice for Artists: Business and Career Tips
copyright - a brief guide to copyright for artists with links to resource sites
What is a Working Drawing?
What is a working drawing? Find out what a working drawing is in different contexts, with links to examples.
Choose the Best Charcoal for Your Drawing
Charcoal - vine, willow, and compressed charcoal sticks and pencils, carbon pencils for sketching and drawing. An overview of charcoal drawing materials to help you make your selection.
Eye Drawing Demonstration - Eye Drawing Step by...
Learn how to draw a beautiful eye step by step with this easy eye drawing demonstration.
How to Draw Three-Point Perspective: A Photo...
Drawing in three point perspective isn't much harder than two point - and it's a lot of fun. Before you tackle a cityscape, try drawing this simple box in three point perspective.
8 Steps to Drawing a Brick Wall in Perspective
Creating the basic brick pattern - now the guidelines are completed you can draw the bricks. Here is the simplest way to do this.
Doodle Symbolism - People, Faces and Features
meaning of people and face doodles - interpreting the meaning of doodle drawings and symbols in drawing - psychoanalysis of drawings of faces
Foreshortening - What is Foreshortening?
Foreshortening is when an object appears compressed when seen from a particular viewpoint, and the effect of perspective causes distortion. Particularly effective when well rendered on the picture plane to create the illusion of a figure in space.
Line Drawing - Using Implied Line in Drawing
Line Drawing - how to use line in drawing. Learn how to use different kinds of line, what to draw and what to leave out to make your line drawing successful.
Hatching - What is Hatching?
Hatching is the use of fine, parallel lines drawn closely together, often rapidly drawn, to create the illusion of shade or texture in a drawing.
Draw a Comic Book Hero
Draw a comic book hero - drawing the outline for your comic book superhero. Copy or trace the example or print and color-in. Ideal for printing out as a coloring in page. Page 2.
Things to Draw
Need some things to draw? Here are some drawing and painting ideas to get you started. From traditional still life to contemporary approaches, you can find things in around the home to draw which make great subjects.
Symbolism - Boxes and Three Dimensional Forms
meaning of box doodles - interpreting and analyzing the meaning of three-d doodle drawings and 3D symbol analysis in drawing
Draw a Female Superhero - A Superheroine
Learn to draw a comic book style female superhero character. Copy or trace the example or print and color-in. Page 2.
Which Paper Do I Use for Graphite Pencil Drawing?
Which paper do I use for graphite pencil drawing? For graphite pencil drawing, and especially realist drawing, you need the right surface to support the detail and precise tonal gradations that you create. Find out which paper to choose for photo-realist graphite pencil drawing
Hop to It and Learn to Draw a Bunny Rabbit with...
How to draw a bunny rabbit - Here's an easy how to draw a bunny rabbit lesson. Use simple shapes then add details to learn how to draw a realistic bunny rabbit perfect for Easter.
Make Your Flower Drawings Blossom with These Tips
Learn how to draw and sketch flowers in pen and colored pencil. Learn how to draw flowers and find tips and ideas for flower drawing.
Which Paper Do I Use for Pencil Sketching?
Sketch paper comes in all kinds of weights, sizes, sheets and pads. Here's a guide to choosing the right sketch paper to suit your style and budget.
What Do Artists Do
What do artists actually do? If we believe the media and myths, we'd say they mostly swan about at exhibition openings and coffee shops looking very hipster and saying deep and meaningful things. But what do artists really do? Let's take a look at what an artist's life is really about.
Ink Drawing Textures
learn to draw ink textures - basic hatching, cross hatching and scumbling
What Drawing Ink Should You Use?
Drawing inks - not sure which ink to use? Check out my guide to selecting inks for drawing and my thoughts on the best brands of Indian ink and Chinese ink for fine art drawing.
Your Guide to Drawing and Sketching Cats
When you are able to hold the cat's attention for a while, or drawing from a photograph, you can take a little longer to develop some surface detail. As always though we'll begin with a light structural drawing, observing the main forms then adding a simplified contour.
What You Need to Start Life Drawing Classes
your first life drawing class - what to expect. Don't be put off attending figure drawing classes - theses tips will help you get the most out of it and conquer first-time nerves.
Draw a Better Head and Neck by Learning Their...
Learn to draw the human head for portraiture or figure drawing - improve your drawing with anatomical studies and points to observe when drawing the head and neck
Pencil Shading Exercise - Shading an Egg
Learn Pencil Shading step one - setting up your subject ready to draw. Setting up a super-simple still life of an egg to shade in graphite pencil. Find out what you need to do this simple and effective drawing exercise.
Lineweight - What is Lineweight?
What is 'lineweight' in drawing? Lineweight is a term that describes the relative 'weight' - strength, heaviness, or darkness - of the line against the background or support. It is governed by the pressure on your drawing tool as you make your line - whether this is decreasing or increasing the pressure on the tip so that it leaves behind more or less medium - or altering the angle so that more of the tip is in contact with the paper.
Draw a Superhero Man
Draw a Marvell style comic book hero - drawing the outline for your comic book superhero. Copy or trace the example or print and color-in. Page 2.
How to Make Your Sketches Look 3-Dimensional
Sketching in the basic structure using simple shapes can help you to create a more convincing three-dimensional drawing. This article shows you how to go about sketching structure.
Develop Hand Coordination by Practicing Blind...
Here is a fun and worthwhile drawing exercise, a favourite with drawing teachers to develop hand-eye communication. Contour drawing is essentially outline drawing, and blind contour drawing means drawing the outline of the subject without looking at the paper.
Six Ways to Better Drawing
Are you stuck in a drawing groove? Once you've mastered the basics, it's easy to stick with 'safe' ways of working and familiar techniques and subjects. But that can be a recipe for average artwork and a bored artist. Here are some tips for ramping your artwork up to the next level.
How To Use an Eraser Shield
An eraser shield is an essential part of a drafter's kit and belongs in the toolbox of any artist who uses precise lines and clean edges. Susan Tschantz demonstrates the use of this versatile tool.
Doodle Symbolism - Stars, Hearts and Others
symbolism of doodles - interpreting the meaning of doodle drawings and symbols in drawing - psychoanalysis of drawings
Draw a '3D' pyramid in perspective
Draw a 3D pyramid in perspective step two - find the center of the base. Page 2.
Orthogonals - What are Orthogonals ?
In Linear Perspective drawing, the diagonal lines that can be drawn along receding parallel lines (or rows of objects) to the vanishing point.
How To Set Up A Still Life For Drawing
Here's how to set up a still life to draw - learn how to add interest and variety to your drawing subject. Drawing a still life needn't be boring!
Doodle Symbolism - Mark Making and Line Weight
symbolism of doodles - lineweight and mark making - interpreting the meaning of doodle drawings and symbols in drawing - psychoanalysis of drawings importance of marks scribbles and style
Drawing Ideas - Faces and Portraits
When you're learning to draw portraits, lots of practice from real people is the best way to progress. Here are some portrait drawing project ideas to help you learn to draw realistic, lifelike faces. Try these at home in your sketchbook or use as classroom activities.
Nibs for Dip Pens
Ink Pen Nibs for Drawing - tips on selecting and maintaining dip pens for ink drawing and sketching. Learn how to choose, clean and care for your ink pen nib.
Symbolism - Abstract and Random Shapes
Interpreting the meaning of abstract shapes, doodle drawings and symbol analysis in drawing random forms
Kick Start Your Art Career
Art Career Kick-Start - stop procrastinating and get your art career going. This 10-point plan will help you make the step up from amateur to professional. Art careers don't just happen by themselves!
Before You Buy Pencil Drawing Equipment
drawing drawing supplies - equipment - erasers, sharpeners, tortillons - paper stumps - and all those other useful bits and pieces of drawing kit other than pencils.
Drawing Reflections
Drawing reflections is really as easy as drawing any other part of your subject. Find out how to tackle reflections with confidence.
Top 6 Graphite Pencil Drawing Paper
Guide to drawing paper and board - make your choice easier with this selection of the best papers and boards for drawing with graphite pencil.

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