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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!
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.
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.
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.
New to Drawing? Here's How You Should Hold a...
There's no 'one right way' to hold a pencil, but some methods are better than others when it comes to drawing and sketching. This illustrated article demonstrates the most popular pencil grips.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Draw Better Eyes by Learning Some Basic Anatomy
Improve your eye drawing by following this detailed tutorial exploring eye anatomy, proportion and drawing techniques.
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.
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
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.
Practice Graduated and Continuous Shading
Get control of your range of tone with this simple exercise in graduated tonal drawing.
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.
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.
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!
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 Basic Manga Character That You...
Learn How to draw manga characters using a simple wireframe method.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
What is a Vanishing Point?
What is a vanishing point in perspective drawing?
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
Pet Photography - How To Photograph Your Pet...
A good reference photo is essential for pet portrait drawing, but too often, beginners try to do a portrait from a small, out-of-focus flash-photo from a bad angle. Here are some tips on getting a great shot of your pet so that you can create a great pet portrait.
Charcoal Drawing Exercise - Soft Volume
This exercise starts 'in the middle', with a mid-value layer of charcoal, using an eraser to subtract the lighter shades and highlights, and adding dark tones without outlining, to create a softly modeled effect.
Why Perspective Is So Important in Drawing
Definition of Linear Perspective and Atmospheric Perspective as applied to drawing.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
Eye Drawing Demonstration - Eye Drawing Step by...
Learn how to draw a beautiful eye step by step with this easy eye drawing demonstration.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Blending Colored Pencil
Finding colored pencils tricky to blend? Read these tips on different methods of blending and layering colored pencil.
Thumbnail Sketching
Thumbnail sketching - find out what thumbnail sketches are and how to use thumnail sketches to help with your drawing and painting
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.
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 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.
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 to Draw Manga Hands and Feet for Beginners
Next, develop the outline with flowing lines. This takes some practice, but you’ll get it eventually by using your own hand or pictures of hands as reference until you know the structure like the back of your… well you get the idea. Page 2.
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?
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.
Draw a Rose - Learn How to Draw a Rose in...
learn how to draw a rose in colored pencil. This step by step tutorial will show you how to draw a rose in colored pencil, beginning with a suitable subject or reference photo
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Draw a Horse Portrait in Colored Pencil
Draw a Horse Head in Colored Pencil. Renowned equine artist Janet Griffin-Scott shows you how to draw a beautiful realistic horse portrait in colored pencil.
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.
Juxtaposition - What is Juxtaposition?
Juxtaposition is the placing of compositional elements side-by-side, with the intention of comparing or contrasting them.
How to Draw Hands
drawing hands tutorial - learn how to draw hands from life - a free, original online drawing tutorial
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.
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.
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.
Learn to Draw Cartoon Faces Continued
Draw funny cartoon faces - part two of Learn to Draw Cartoon Faces. Follow the easy step by step examples drawn by guest artist and author Shawn Encarnacion.
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
Doodle Drawing - Flower Symbolism
Interpreting the meaning of flower doodle drawings and symbol analysis in drawing flowers.
Symbolism - Geometric Shapes
the meaning of shapes - interpreting the meaning of geometric shapes, doodle drawings and symbol analysis in drawing circles and squares
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.
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.
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 Apply Spray Fixative
How to apply fixative spray - learn how to correctly apply spray fixatives to drawings - pastel, charcoal or graphite.
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?
How Cross-Contour Drawing Can Help Give Your...
Find out what cross contours are and how to use them to make your drawing more three-dimensional. Understanding cross contours is important for any style of drawing.
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.
Draw a Tropical Fish - How to Draw a Cartoon...
A fun and easy step-by-step drawing lesson - draw a cute cartoon tropical fish following these easy steps. This updated lesson has large, clear images.
How to Draw Three-Point Perspective: A Photo...
Let's learn how to draw a simple object in 3 point perspective. We'll start with a box.
Drawing Children - Face Proportions and Drawing...
drawing children - children's face proportions and tips on drawing children's portraits. Learn to draw children.
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.
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.
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.
Learn How to Draw Using a Grid
draw with a grid - learn how to use method of copying from a photograph to a 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.
Negative Space Drawing - How to Use Negative...
How do you do a negative space drawing? Find out what negative space is and how to use it in your drawing and painting.
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.
Learn How to Draw in Pen and Ink
Pen and Ink drawing for beginners - what you need to get started; choosing basic equipment.
8 Steps to Drawing a Brick Wall in Perspective
Drawing a wall in perspective step 2 - Horizontal Divisions - dividing up the wall in perspective
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.
A Simple Guide to Drawing Noses
Using implied line to suggest rounded forms when drawing the nose. In this line drawing, you can see how the rounded shape mentioned in the previous step is suggested by use of implied line.
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
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.
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
Advice for Artists: Business and Career Tips
copyright - a brief guide to copyright for artists with links to resource sites page 2 - some common misconceptions about copyright, what is fair use, and what is in the public domain.
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.
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
Colored Pencil Basics
Colored Pencil Basics - a first lesson in using colored pencils, beginning with basic pencil strokes
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
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
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.
You Can Draw a Cartoon Easter Bunny in 9 Easy...
How to Draw an Easter Bunny - draw this fun cartoon Easter Bunny in easy steps. By guest artist Shawn Encarnacion. Let's give him some big ears, and some big feet. that's what makes him look like a rabbit, right? The ears are just long ovals, and the feet are triangles with the top corners rounded smoothly.
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.
Ink Drawing Textures
learn to draw ink textures - basic hatching, cross hatching and scumbling
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.
Draw Shiny Surfaces in Colored Pencil
Drawing metals like steel, silver and copper is easier than you think. You just have to trust your eyes, draw what you see, and keep your pencils sharp. This simple one-page step by step lesson shows you how it's done.
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.
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.
Draw a Cat - How to Draw a Cat in Graphite Pencil
Drawing your cat from a photograph is quite easy. Follow these steps to learn how to draw your a cat, and use the same principles to sketch a cat from life, too. When it's asleep, maybe...
Find the Center of a Square or Rectangle in...
This quick and easy step by step shows you how to find the center of any quadrilateral, square or rectangle in perspective. Once you've learned this simple trick, you can use it to evenly space building features like tiles, bricks and windows, or position a door or roof.
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.
How to Draw a Realistic Wolf with This Simple...
Draw a Wolf - artist Michael Hames shows you how to draw a beautiful wolf or werewolf following this step by step drawing tutorial.
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.
Which pencil should I use for line drawing?
Ok, so you've got a lovely tin of drawing pencils. But which one do you choose? It can be hard to know which pencil to select for different drawing tasks - here's a guide to choosing which graphite pencil you need to use for line drawing.
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.
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 Lessons - Free Online Drawing Lessons
Learn how to draw with free online how to draw lessons, regularly updated drawing resources, tutorials and information, original drawing lessons, tips and ideas.

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