How to draw
Ever wanted to learn how to draw?
Have you daydreamed of picking up a pencil and sketching? But inside there is a lingering doubt.
A distant memory of a school teacher who told you once you were bad at art. An inner critic that holds you back…. Even before you begin.
But what if you could learn to draw? Wouldn’t you give it a try?
How to draw for beginners
I believe anyone can learn how to draw.
Drawing is not about talent; it’s about practice and developing your skills. Success comes down to understanding the perceptions behind drawing, rather than how to hold a pencil. (See: The 3 Reasons Why You Can’t Draw)
Once you’ve learnt the key drawing concepts, clear explanations and logical progression can guide you to make drawing easy.
You can start sketching with pencils, pens, or markers. With a few art supplies and a sketchpad, you start to make drawing part of your daily practice.
Below are step-by-step tutorials, articles and courses built on the simple principles of shape, simplicity and structure – combining drawing theory and practical drawing practice.
There are urban sketching lessons, using pens and watercolours. Light and shadow lessons using charcoal and graphite and articles on the fundamentals of perspective, how to shade and create the illusion of form.
You’ll learn about line, value, tone, negative space, and perspective and come away with the confidence to start making drawing a daily habit. The Absolute Beginners Drawing Course is a great place to understand the fundamentals.
The 3 Reasons Why You Can't Draw, (And What to Do About It)
Is it a lack of talent? Skill? Understanding how mental blocks can be holding your drawing back
How to Draw Perspective for Beginners
Simple methods to be aware of when creating the illusion of depth in your drawings
The Rule of Thirds in Landscape Painting (video)
A simple rule to ensure a balanced composition in your drawing
Are You Unwittingly Creating a Compositional Cardinal Sin?
How to avoid a visual jarring in your drawings
Are You Making Any of These 7 Compositional Mistakes?
How to avoid common issues when drawing still lifes
How to Instantly add Depth to Your Mountains in Landscapes
Learn how Da Vinci used science to create depth in his paintings
The Importance of Contrast in Painting
How learning to view your paintings as drawings can improve realism in your work
A Beginners Guide to Light & Shadow
The key components of “Light Logic” to create the illusion of realism in your drawings
How to Shade a Drawing with Light & Shadow
Step-by-step drawing demo, using a paper tortillion to create the illusion of form with graphite
How to Paint Light & Shadow in Acrylics
This two-part tutorial looks at applying the principles of light and shadow to your paintings to improve the illusion of form and realism
Studying Holbein's Portrait Drawings: A Brief Encounter
Exhibition review of a selection of Hans Holbein portraits
A Daily Dose of Painting Courage (And Overcoming Masterpiece Anxiety)
How to bring spontaneity back into your studio and paint daily. The idea is simple: do a quick small study of something you already have lying around the house, try a new technique, colour palette and subject with no expectation. Just thoroughly engage in the process.
Urban Sketch for Beginners - Ink & Watercolour Garden Sketch
Series of sketches progressing from black pen to sepia ink, to watercolour study
Urban Sketch of a Bike with Pen & Ink
This video tutorial looks at using different thicknesses of pens to create variety in your sketches and illustrates how important the shapes around the main subject can be
An Art Material Addicts Guide to becoming a Minimalist Sketcher
My Top #4 pen combination sets that I use out on location
Inspiration, Impressionism and the Power of Environment
How a change in your environment can greatly influence the style and subject of your paintings, with a step-by-step watercolour marker garden sketch
Landscape Sketching in the Highlands
Techniques for sketching landscapes on location with pen and wash
Sketching the Light and Landscape in Venice
An inspirational sketching trip through the streets and canals of Venice
Pen & Ink Still Life Illustrations for a Beginner's Acrylic Book
Pen and Ink illustrations for a new beginner’s acrylic project book
New Horizons and Coastlines to Explore with an Art Studio move to the Sea!
New horizons and coastlines to explore with a new art studio move to the sea!
How to Use Notan Design to Create Compelling Compositions in your Paintings
What are Notan Drawings? and how can they help your painting compositions.
- A Simple Productivity Tip from Da Vinci (Artist Daily)
- Why Are Brush Sizes as Confusing as a Currency Converter? (Artist Daily)
- Break Through Creative Blocks with this Unconventional Drawing Technique (Lateral Action)
- Is your own good taste holding back your Creativity? (Expert Enough)
- 7 Ways Learning to Draw Can Improve Your Productivity (Lateral Action)
- The Monet guide to Colour Harmony (Art Instruction Blog)
- The Art of Food Photography (a Painters Approach) (Digital Photography School)