How to draw

1. Understand your tools

Essential drawing supplies to make drawing fast and easy. Check out these drawing pens and drawing pencils to get started.

2. Seeing vs. Knowing

The art of drawing is a strange communication between our eyes, mind, and hands.

Getting all three of these to work together in harmony can be tricky. This is what makes drawing a challenge. This lesson is about navigating between the two worlds of what you see and what you know.

Drawing with 100% confidence and trust from the information we gather with our eyes. Taking and copying what we observe in the real world and not pulling from what we have stored in our mind.

This is essential to creating natural and life-like drawings.

3. Lines

Keep your first drawings basic by only using lines.

To get control of the way your eyes and hands communicate with each other. Practicing contour drawing is the best exercise for this.

4. Shapes

Drawing shapes is easier – much easier – than drawing “things”. The beauty of focusing on shapes is that it bypasses conscious thinking and the critical mindset often encountered as we draw. Rather than thinking, “I can’t draw faces”, You’re instead adopting a perspective of, “Does the shape of the shadow under the lips taper in or out?”, “How does the overall shape the shadow on the side of the face compare with the shape of the model’s long hair?”.

Understanding the language of shapes (square, tapered, rounded, etc.) takes us out of the language of “things” so that we can draw anything.

5. Values and textures

Start applying the language of shapes to create more atmospheric and moody drawings.

By focusing not only on the shapes that make up the structure of our subject, but also the shapes created by light and shadow.

6. Exploring themes

Drawing themes, will help you develop a body of work. Essential if you’re trying to get into art school or animation school.

Also, each of these lessons builds upon the previous lesson. So it helps to go through the lessons in order.