We’ve already established in the previous post that there are a lot of benefits to learning to draw, and that anyone CAN learn how to do it. You just have to put the time and effort in! Today we’re going to talk about how you can get started drawing. You’ll see just how easy it is to learn basic drawing, and you’ll be on your way to advanced techniques in no time! So let’s get started… It’s time to make art!

Step 1: Lines

This is the part that almost everyone has trouble with in the beginning. Art is based on lines, both curved and straight. However, few people are able to draw those lines very well at all; most lines end up looking a bit curved the longer they get. Here’s a little cheat to show you how to draw lines that look much better: draw many tiny lines that add up to a big one.

Here’s the reason why you do that: the longer a line is, the more likely you are to make a mistake drawing it. If you can draw a much shorter line, you lessen the likelihood of making a mistake. This would be like a music teacher telling a student playing a saxophone to “play the whole piece at once, without stopping!” the very first time the student saw the music. That student couldn’t do that… And neither can you with lines! Break it up into pieces at first, then make the whole line come together.

Step 2: Relax

One mental roadblock in the minds of beginning artists is that drawing can seem like such a chore. If you’re ever tried to sketch something you may have found that it takes every little bit of concentration that you have, and then a little bit more! Drawing should not be this way. Take a little bit of time to just aimlessly sketch.

You’re not aiming to create a work of art that will hang in museums, you are just having fun. If you ever find yourself viewing drawing or sketching as a chore, take some time off and just have fun with it. You don’t want to negatively associate art with stress in your mind! Trumpet players don’t get a trumpet from Wind Plays to be stressed about music; they play to learn and enjoy music. Treat drawing the same way! You should ultimately enjoy what you’re doing.

Step 3: Practice the Small Steps

This may seem like a “well, DUH!” moment, but fewer people follow this rule than you would think. Don’t just try drawing small lines to make up a big line ONE time… Do it many times! You need to practice to get good at drawing. Don’t draw one circle and think you’ve mastered curves; draw hundreds of circles and hundreds of lines! This seems like a lot, but once you start it’s actually very therapeutic. Take time to practice, and you’ll be great before you know it!