Knowing how to draw is a great way to release any tension and let creativity flow. Some even use this skill as a career, or in some part of their job. The skill of drawing can be built on endlessly and will provide many hours of in expensive pleasure.

Items Needed to Begin Drawing

Drawing does not have to be a very expensive skill. The most basic supplies include some type of paper or drawing surface and a pen, pencil or other drawing utensil. Beginners may want to invest in a cheap sketchbook. This will help them to feel that they are not wasting paper as they make initial drawings that they may not like. A more expensive sketchbook is ideal for making finished drawings. Of course, one may wish to invest in single sheets of heavy-duty professional paper for drawings that he or she wishes to gift to others or to frame.

Any pen or pencil can be used for drawing. However, those that want to learn to draw better or more professionally may prefer to invest in other drawing utensils. Doodlers and amateur drawers often enjoy qualitymarkers, such as Sharpies, for bright, bold pictures. Of course, marker drawings cannot be erased or changed. Those who wish to make highly detailed drawings will want drawing utensils with fine, sharp points, such as colored pencils or sketching pencils. Other options include pastels for light colors or charcoals, which are bold and graphic.

The serious drawer may wish to invest in a few other items. First, a high quality eraser is necessary for pencil drawings. The best erasers should not create much rubberized dust and should be absorbent. Second, those who wish to draw scenes from nature or to sketch people may wish to invest in an easel. An easel allows a person to draw on a vertical surface rather than a horizontal one and frees both hands to work. Third, a portfolio or drawing case is a great way to carry finished drawings or works that are in progress without wrinkling or damaging them.

Ideas for Beginning Drawings

People can learn to draw in a variety of ways. Some attend live classes in a college or at a community center. Others may purchase a book or pick up a volume in a library that teaches drawing techniques. Many people today find free drawing lessons online.

There are far too many types of drawings to be able to list them completely here. Some drawings are lifelike while others are not. Some beginner drawers prefer to begin with cartoon or anime drawing as these drawings do not have to be true to life. Cartoon drawings often have disproportionate features and are typically fun and imaginative to draw.

Those who wish to begin drawing realistic pictures should focus on learning perspective. This is particularly true for landscapes and other larger drawings. In these pictures, items that are closer to the viewer are drawn larger than those in the background are. Doing several exercises in perspective is quite useful.

Some of the easiest items to draw are inanimate objects. One of the reasons for this is that they do not move while they are being drawn. Flower, trees, fruits and vases are great starting points.

Those wishing to focus solely on portraits may find it useful to study some human anatomy to learn the size of various body features. This is particularly true for the face. The best beginning portrait drawings are those featuring individuals who are not involved in any activity. For example, it is easier to draw an individual who is standing or sitting rather than playing a sport.

Drawing for Fun

Learning how to draw has many benefits. No matter the person’s age, drawers have a great way to release creative energy and create a work of which they can be proud.

In addition, learning how to draw can increase the creativity of the brain and increase other cognitive skills. Drawers are typically known for having higher attention to details, for being able to process and solve problems faster, for having higher fine motor control and for having better memory than non-drawers have. Drawers learn to be expressive on paper; this can later translate into better verbal and nonverbal expression in communication.

However, even those who pursues drawing as purely a hobby can find several benefits in the skill. It can work nervous energy out of the hands. It can also be calming as the brain becomes absorbed in the picture rather than in the problems of the day. Nature drawings can help an individual to feel more in tune with the surroundings and more in touch with nature. Learning how to draw is a great way to let one’s imagination flow.

Drawing as a Career

An individual who has been drawing for fun may find that he likes drawing so much that he would like to pursue it as a career. Many people these days have a job that requires knowing how to draw. The most basic option is a book illustrator. These individuals may draw pictures for children’s books, may draw and design cover illustrations for books for all ages or may draw educational illustrations for textbooks. Another career option is the professional artist. These people make drawings that they sell to others. Some may sell them at local craft fairs or online. Others may sell their drawings at high-end art galleries. Other careers in drawing can include architecture, graphic design and computer drafting.

Whether learning how to draw is pursued for fun or for a lifelong career, it is sure to bring great joy and fulfillment to the individual. The drawings do not even have to be great enough to display in an art gallery. Drawing simple doodles down a notebook page is a skill as well. With the many methods available today for learning how to draw, anyone, whether young or old, can pick up this amazingly imaginative skill.

Cynthia Lopez