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Learning how to Draw – Brief Drawing Lesson by Gemstar

Learning how to Draw – Brief Drawing Lesson

Drawing is the beginning to almost all paintings and designs.

Learning how to draw helps you understand the structure of a painting.

It also helps teach you perspective and contrast lighting.

Most people can learn how to draw, it is a process like any other that we learn.

Processes such as learning how to read and write, in learning to draw, this process also takes time.

Not only does it take time, it takes effort and consistency to develop your skill levels.

The more you draw, the better you will get at it.

Materials you will need to begin a graphite or pencil drawing:




Object for drawing ( apple, orange, mug or similar in size)

To begin, start by learning how to draw a still life drawing.  This is where you create a drawing of the object that you have selected.

Once you have all of your materials gathered, find a comfortable space that is relaxing and allows you an opportunity to focus.

Kitchen tables work well, as do desks or flat boards that you can hold.

Lay your paper onto your flat area and place the object a small distance from you so that you are easily able to focus and see the outside shape and details of the object.

When you focus on the object, study the outside perimeters of the object and select a starting point. Scanning back and forth from eye to object, use your pencil and draw the outside only of the object.

Once you have developed the outer edges of the object begin to fill in the details of the inside of your drawing of the object.

This is one way that I found works well in developing your eye’s ability to see and perceive objects.

The drawing you are creating gives the illusion of dimension on paper. As you develop your skill, learning to add light and shadow into your drawing, will enhance the visual aspects of your drawing.

Drawing on a daily or weekly basis is one of the only ways to increase your skill level. Even though you are working on creating a new hobby, learning to draw is also a relaxing way to spend time.

Continue to draw for several weeks and you may see a large improvement in your work.

Keep all the original drawings that you began with for comparison at a later date.  You will be amazed at the way your skill level improves.

Once you feel that your abilities in drawing have increased and you are relatively comfortable with how your work is doing, try painting.

Graphite works well for drawing out paintings on a canvas, as well as for watercolor or acrylic painting on paper.

Drawing with graphite is often a preliminary to creating a painting.

Many artists have pursued careers with their drawings, selling them at markets, local exhibits and online.

Types of pencils that seem to work best are B or an HB pencil, this is a versatile tool and can deliver many shades of gray to the paper or surface that it is used on.

There are many types of styles in drawing from abstract to realistic, a drawing does not need to be standard in any form, and some artists find using a mix of drawing  and  painting creates amazing pieces of art.

If you are interested in learning how to draw, now is a great time to begin.