How to Draw without taking Expert Classes

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Drawing is a delightful creative skill to learn and makes for a fabulous hobby. When you are initially starting your journey in this field, the quality of your output can feel like a significant hurdle. You may feel that you need expert lessons to make something good, but this isn’t necessarily true. By simply drawing and following the tips below, you can save time and money and improve your skills. To draw without taking any professional classes, shade in shadows, sketch in short lines, draw figures out of simple shapes, and practice every week.

DIY – Drawing Made Easy

  1. Pick a subject you see. The first thing you need to do when creating your first drawing is picking a subject. It can be anything, from a plant pot to a swing. Pick up a simple subject in your first go, as creative learning is easier when you evolve by step by step.
  2. Draw short lines. Press your pencil on a drawing sheet or your notebook, and draw short lines to draw your first subject. Lines are easier to make, and so we will start from here.
  3. Fill in the details. Let’s say you are making a pot. After you make four lines to create a rectangle, you should next create curves on the edges to make your pot a little more realistic. Detailing is a patient thing to master, and don’t lose hope if you are unable to pull it off on the first go.
  4. Shade the shadows. Shading is a little more complicated, but it gives your drawings a sense of depth and light. Notice which way the sun shines on your subject and slowly shade it accordingly. 
  5. Practice drawing shapes. After you’re done with your first simple subject, now is the time to practice. Start by trying to draw 3D shapes like a sphere or a cube.
  6. Combine the blocks into figures. Link up the 3-D blocks to form the outlines of objects.
  7. Make a reference sheet. Arrange your shapes to make the form of the subject. As you go, just erase and go on refining the lines, so the subject slowly takes shape. After you do this, try drawing the subject from varying angles. 
  8. Redraw the subject. During a separate session, after correcting any blunders on your reference, redraw your subject.
  9. Research drawing techniques. Go online and check out different drawing techniques. Most of them are more straightforward than it sounds, and this knowledge will help you find yourself a niche in drawing.
  10. Practice with more equipment. Use different pencils. 
  11. Imagine how you’d draw objects. When you’re not busy doing anything, just notice and observe what’s around you. Observation is key to ‘perfect’ drawing.
  12. Practice. Keep practicing. 

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