I cannot stress enough, even to myself, the necessity of starting your art hobby with a pencil and a piece of paper. Any pencil, any paper. We all have our goals of what we want our drawings to look like. Spending your time trying to copy other people on YouTube or following the steps in a dinky step but step “draw a cat” tutorial will only get you so far. Let me emphasize that learning technique is very important, but it is also important to find out who you are as an artist and not learn primarily by copying other people.
What I will teach you in terms of drawing are basic “art grammar” tips to help you get the most out of your pencil and paper during your practice time. Look for the word TIP! hiding around my posts.
It can be very frustrating to practice day in and day out and not feel like you are getting any better. Please see the page “A Drawing a Day” for inspiration. I will not be posting just my new drawings, but I will also do many flashbacks so that you can see that we ALL have to start somewhere.
So, the next three steps are how you can kick off your art hobby with a vengeance.
Get some paper, pencils, and a pencil sharpener.
- My favorite pencils are #2 Ticonderoga pencils. I have bought them at Walmart and the Dollar Store. They are cheap and they sharpen well.
- The paper does not matter right now if you follow the drawing tips that are to come later. I just use plain old computer paper most of the time. You can get a ream for 2-3 dollars. Nothing fancy mind you while you are starting out. If you inherited or were given a sketchbook, you can save it for later or work in it now to boost your “artisteam”.
- A pencil sharpener is a pencil sharpener. I have no preference. I have an electric one and several $1 ones from the store. If you get one and it is tearing up your pencils, it’s not worth it. Get a new one.
(TIP!) Start with a light touch.
- To check and see if you already have a light touch, draw a smiley face and then try to erase it. If you can still see the lines, you are drawing too hard. Get this down to where you can draw and erase your lines with ease. You can always go back over the lines later to emphasize them. Great sketching requires a light touch since very few even professional artists can get a line right the first time.
Draw what you like.
- Just like in music where it is easier to learn an instrument when working towards learning a certain song, you can help yourself by applying drawing techniques to objects you enjoy. If you like horses, draw horses. If you like babies, draw babies. If you like drawing random stuff around you house, good for you! Go for it and release those “joy” endorphins.