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Getting Started Drawing Simple Artwork

teacher avatar John Anderson, Artist / Adventurer

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction & Tools You Need


    • 2.

      Nature: Waves


    • 3.

      Nature: Mountains


    • 4.

      Nature: Trees


    • 5.

      Nature: Clouds


    • 6.

      Nature: Sun


    • 7.

      Nature: Combining Drawings


    • 8.

      Space: Stars & Moon


    • 9.

      Space: Planets & Rockets


    • 10.

      Space: Alien Spaceships


    • 11.

      Objects: Tents


    • 12.

      Objects: Flags


    • 13.

      Objects: Arrows


    • 14.

      Objects: Fire


    • 15.

      Objects: Maps


    • 16.

      Objects: Balloons


    • 17.

      Objects: Signposts


    • 18.

      Class Project


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About This Class

If you are just getting into drawing or want to learn a new skill, this class can get you started! In this class we will learn how to draw simple objects.

This easy drawing class is for young and old alike. If you are an artist, or wannabe artist, it is a great way to explore your creativity and try something new. It also can be a fun drawing to teach to children or grand kids, keeping them busy but still learning!

Drawing is a great way to expand your creativity, to gain confidence in your capabilities!

You will learn:

  • What tools I like to use for making a simple drawing
  • How to sketch your drawing out before putting the pen to the paper
  • How to add little details
  • Other details that add to your illustration

Follow along and learn how to create simple drawings you can use everyday! You will be creating fun and easy drawings using the basic tools: a pencil, pen and paper. But the most important ingredient is you and your skills!

John likes to draw, he’s been drawing since he could hold any drawing utensil! He has filled many sketchbooks ranging from simple shape drawings to detailed cabins in a pine forest or historic Castle illustrations. His favorite type of drawings to create are the little knights and castles you can find in his other classes. They can be quick and easy or be made into just about any size and complexity you want.

Even if you’re new to drawing, you’ll find this class a quick and easy way to get started creating.

If you liked this class be sure to check out these:
How to Draw Mountains:
How to Draw a Cabin in the Pines:
How to Draw a Simple Medieval Castle:
How to Draw Broadway Tower:
How to Draw a Medieval Scene:
How to Draw Simple Trees:
How to Draw Pine Trees:
How to Draw a Fairytale Castle:

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1. Introduction & Tools You Need: Hello everybody and welcome to another drawing class. In this class we're going to be learning simple and fun drawings. And they're great addition to thank you cards, birthday cards or postcards or any cards you might want to send someone. Or just filling up your sketch book quiz, some fun creative joint. These joins are great for young and own, giving you the ability to draw whatever you see, think or imagine. The drawings I'm going to show you in this class are all simple and fun and are great for learning how to draw or expand your creativity with Leinhardt. So grabber sketchbook, piece of paper. And you're going to need a pencil and eraser and you find liner pen I like to use. This is at 0.3 pen. You can use at 0.1 to 0.3 or any other of your favorite pen to draw with. And you're going to need a sturdy join surface such as a table or desk. And that way we will, we'll go round. So let's get started. 2. Nature: Waves: All right, to get started out, we're gonna do some nature drawings. And these are really simple. So first off, we're going to draw a wave. Simply make a line like this and you make that a curve around and then back out the other side. And that will make us a wave drawing. So you can make another one here. Just curve up, go over and stop, and you're gonna go back around. And that makes a wave. So we can add two together. We will go up, make a curve, back down, and we're going to go up again back around. And that makes our curve. Then just go back over here with our pen and fill it in. So this is a quick and easy way to make a wave. All right, then just come back with your eraser, warms the Incas journal at all. And you can erase your pencil audience. And then once you get better at it, you can just come along with your pen. And you won't have to use a pencil. And just practice this over and over on your piece of paper until you feel you're more comfortable at it. Don't make so much of a curl. And it just takes a little bit of practice to get that curl can even start going the other way. That may help you out a little bit if you do it backwards. So you can make the curve go the opposite direction. And this is just going to take some practice to get used to. So just grab a scratch piece of paper or draw this in your sketch book. And you can just practice this on a whole page. You can start out with your pencil drawing these. And then when you feel more confident, go ahead and start with your pen. And that way you won't have to erase your pencil lines later. So there we have simple waves. On a lake or ocean is just a simple wave drawing. 3. Nature: Mountains: Next I'm going to show you how to draw mountains and mountain ranges. So let's come down here and we'll practice mountains. So these are simply just a triangle shape like this. You can make them different levels or sizes. You can add them in like this, or you can add them layered. We'll put a big mountain here in the back, and then we'll do a little mountain in the front. So these are just simple little triangles. And once again, like with the waves, just practicing with your pen or starting out with a pencil if you're not as confident. And then just practice a few in your sketch book. And there are some mountains. These are triangular shapes or like the letter a or here we have a letter M, which has a lower mountain peak and a higher mountain peak. And we can also make round mountains. These are great little simple mountains to make your little simple drawing. So just little round mountain peaks. And you want them to be kind of that triangular shape like the rest of them. Now if you want to add a little more detail to your simple drawing, you can just add in some lateral, jaggedy lines up here. And that is like a snow-capped peak. And you can add them here on the rounded tops as well. And that makes it look like it is a snow-covered mountain peak. 4. Nature: Trees: Alright, next here we're going to learn how to draw a few simple trees. And they're really simple. You just start with a baseline here. And then we will add a tree trunk. And then for the tree branches and just make sweeping lines like this. And then work my way all the way around the tree. Kind of a round shape. So I'll show you another one here at the base down here, that gives you a good starting point. And then add your trunk and then just make your tree up from there. Now if it helps, you can start with your base here, add your trunk, and then just make a light circle with your pencil. And then just follow that around with the curved lines. And that keeps you in a circle for your tree. Then you just come back with your pen and fill it in. And these are great, simple tree drawings. You can add them next to your mountains. Or you could put them on that edge of the wave that we drew there at the edge of the lake or something. So there we go. We're going to follow these pencil lines around. This is really quick and easy, really simple drawings you can do. Start with our base and do our trunk. And then just follow our circle around the tree, making those lines for the branches then will just come back with our eraser once the int is dry it a little bit. And then we'll clean up those pencil lines. And that gives us a good clear drawing. So let's make a few more here. Doesn't have to be a circle shown you here that it can be more of an oval. So if you want more of an oval shape, you can imagine there's oval here. Or you can make it an ag, sort of shape, or you can make it a circle sort of shape. Let's make that egg shape. If you imagine a GG, a little narrower at one end and a little fatter down here at the bottom. And then we just come back with our pen and we'll make those curved lines kind of following our pencil line that is in a shape. And then come back with our eraser and clean it up a little bit. 5. Nature: Clouds: Alright, next here I'm going to show you how to draw clouds. And we will do that right down here. So for a cloud, which is going to make a simple straight line from the bottom. And then we're going to make up bubbly top. So some curves up here. And then you're going to connect that back down to your straight line. So just a straight line. You can curve it up, go around, and then connect back here at the bottom. Now these have for bumps on the top. And I'm going to show you another one here. Another one here with just three. So that cloud will be a little bit shorter or you can make the bumps on top a little bit longer. So they're just making your straight line on the bottom. Make it curve up, then make those pumps across, and then connect back to your straight line. And another thing we can do here with these simple clouds is to add lightning coming out of the bottom of the cloud. So let's make a couple of those here. Start with the cloud, just that simple line and make those bumps. Then for the lightning, we're gonna make a little straight line here and make two of those. And then we're gonna go over and then make it come down to a point. And you can shade this in or you can leave it open. So I'm going to show you another one here with it open. So Kremlin down to a point. So let's make a few more clouds and we can practice that some more. So making those two straight lines coming out of the cloud. And then we're going to jump over here and come down to a point just like that. So let's make those lines coming from the cloud a little bit shorter. Or it gets start down here with our point. So that is how to make a simple cloud. And then if you want to, you can make lightning coming out of the cloud. And if you have a stormy looking drawing, you can add that in there. 6. Nature: Sun: Let's go on to the next page, since this one is full, and I'll show you how to draw the sun. So we'll just make a simple circle and make a couple of them here. Just make a simple circle like that. And then you're going to add just a little dashed line coming off of it. And there you have the sun. Now you can add this in different variations. You can have this be even, and you can make it into thirds. And you can have six lines, or you can add short lines and long lines. Show you a few more here. You're gonna add non lines. And you can add short lines. Really depends on what your favorite is. So we have the sun drawing up here. Now let's make a sunset drawing. So you have the horizon right here, and then you just gonna make a half circle. Or it could be even less than a half circle if you wanted to. Make it even shorter. And then add your lines for the sun raised. Just like that. And let's do a few more here. You can do one that would be like on the ocean. Have your son marries up here, you have the horizon. And then you're going to make the reflection of the sun down here. And it's going to be about the same roundness as the sun, just a little bit less. I'll show you that here again and a little bit different style. So you have your sun rays and then just draw line, shorter line and it even shorter line there. And that is the sun setting on water. So I just make a little simple ES line here and it gets shorter as we get to the edge of the sunlight. 7. Nature: Combining Drawings: All right, now we can add a few of these together, so I'm going to show you how to make a wave like we do back here with the sun just next to the wave or even over the wave. So we draw our wave like we had on the previous page, and then we'll add our sun over the wave and then, of course, a reflection down below. Another way we can do this, adding them together is to make our wave. Wave is always going to be in the foreground and then we'll make our sun just on the side of the wave, just like that, of course, and our sun rise and then the reflection. So let's draw a few of these. And again, you'll get better at these with some practice. So just grab a blank sheet of paper. We're sketchbook and practice away. So make sure your wave is in front, because that is in the foreground, adding in your sunrays and then the reflector, another one here make our wave and our son in the background with our sunrays and then our reflection. And you can break up this reflection different ways . Like I showed you here we have s curve or a curve that goes back and forth. As you get smaller, you can make lines that get smaller. You're trying to make it look like the sun like this. So if you have half the sun, you're going to make your lines smaller as you get to the bottom of it. And that is how to add the sun into one of your wave drawings. So let's add a sun back behind a mountain range, so we simply just draw our mountain range with our little triangles like we did before, and then we'll just add the sun. And behind the mountains there and of course, add the sun rays and you can also add in the snow capped peaks. So one thing to make this easier is to make sure you make your mountains a little wider. So if you're making your triangular shape mountains, you make them a little bit wider. You can even add more mountains in it. But just make sure you have it wide enough that you can sneak the sun back in behind it. And there you go, just like that, you can add the sun into a mountain drawing. Is there another thing we can do is to make a mountain at the edge of a wave, so like if the mountain is at the edge of the ocean, you know, just draw your wave right here next to the mountain. So we practice a few more of those here drawing your mountains, then your wave is going to come right up in front. Draw your curve for your wave here, then just add in your mountains. So there we go. Now, you could add an entire line down here at the bottom and then put your weave in like that and then you can add your mountains that will keep them all in a straight line. Or if you draw them in with your pencil, you can add them in that way as well. All right, let's get on to the next section. 8. Space: Stars & Moon: Alright, in this section, I'm gonna show you how to draw objects in space. So we will start with some stars. Stars are really easy to just make a triangle like that. And one upside down and then one on either side. And that is a simple star. Another way to make a star is just to make I'll little x like that. You can make them in any orientation. You can also make the five pointed star. You're gonna make a triangle like this. Add the two arms or other two points. And then add in a triangle for each side. Just make a simple star here and go across or to this point, to that point, down to that point, and then back to the start point. And another type of star you can draw is just making a little dot. Now these aren't create stars to draw when you just need to add some more in your space. All right, next we're going to draw space rocks. And these are simply curved lines, nine mega circle sort of shape. And you're gonna make that bubbly shaped like we did with the clouds when we made the clouds. And these make a rock that could be floating through space. This would be called space junk. So then we can just add some stars around the spacecraft. And you can make them all varying sizes. Think that adds a lot of detail in a drawing when you add different sizes of the stars into the drawing. All right, the next thing we need to add into our space here is the moon. So you can make a curved like you're gonna make a circle, but make a big letter C. And then you're going to draw the inside of the sea like a smaller letter C inside of it and connect the tips, quarter moon or partial moon. So just draw a big letter C and then fill in the inside. Not quite going all the way back to the original c Here. You wanted to make some space there. You can also make a full moon, a half-moon. Or you can make the classic partial moon just like that. And of course had some stars around in some space rocks. Now remember, you can just keep practicing these on a scrap piece of paper. If you're making a nicer drawing, Be sure to grab a scrap piece of paper and practice on that. So here we have different types of stars. We have space rocks which are simple, curved lines that make a circle sort of shape. You can make them different shapes as well. So you can make them longer and narrower and can make them an oval shape. You can make them a circle shape. Whichever one you like. 9. Space: Planets & Rockets: Now another thing we can add here is planets. So the planets are simply just circles, just like that. Now to make a planet with a ring here, going to draw a ring sort of like this. And you're gonna make a half circle here. And then you're going to finish that circle on the other side and finish off the ring. So draw a ring that stops here in the middle. And then you're gonna make that ball shape in, curve that around here at the bottom, and then finish off the ring here around Saturn. Let's try it one more time here. Make your ring stop there. Curved shape for the ring. Curved shape for the planet there, and then fill the other side of the planet down there. Let's add a few more planets here. Another way you can do a planet is to make a circle and then make craters. And these are just smaller circles. You can make them half circles up to the edge. And you can make them circles here in the middle of the planet. So just make half circles that go to the edge. And then circles here in the middle of the planet. And that makes it look like it's been hit by meteors. So just simply draw a circle and make a curved half curve there for a meteor hit over there, a meteor hit there, and a few more. Now, another thing that is in space is rockets or spaceships. So that is simply a line that goes down like this. And then we're gonna flatten the bottom off here and make a thin That's a curved line, much like that. And then you're going to make fire coming out the back here. Or you can just draw a line coming off the back of the rocket. Then you'll have the cab of the rocket right here. And you can fill this in or you can leave it blank. Make another rocket over here. So make this kind of a cone shape, kind of a triangular shape, but it's straight here at the sides with a curve here at the top. And then you have the rocket thins that come down. And then of course here at the bottom you can add another section here for the rocket propellant to blast out of. And you make it look like fire coming out of the back of the rocket. You can add these little dots in here to make it look like rivets. And then of course, the cab, the fins down here. And then you'll have the rocket shooting off here at the base. 10. Space: Alien Spaceships: Now another thing up in space you might find is an alien ship. And that is simply similar to this ring that we drew over here. But a little bit smaller. And then you're going to make the tab here. And then thicken the bottom just a little bit. And then you'll have these little dots here. And that is an alien spaceship, its practice, another one here, a little bit bigger so you can see. So you're going to make this is more of a dome shape. Then you'll have the cockpit here. And then of course, these up here. It gives it an alien spaceship sorta look. Let's make another spaceship up here. So you're going to curve the bottom. Curve this here. And then you'll have the cab up there where the cockpit is. Just add these dots like that, and then just add some lines to give it some speed flying through the galaxy. And of course, add in Our Stars. I'll make another planet up here. There we go. We have all the things in the solar system. We have stars, we have space rocks, we have the mean, we have alien spaceships, rockets, and planets as well. 11. Objects: Tents: Alright, for our last section, we have a few different objects and we're going to start off by drawing a tent. Now there are a couple of different styles we have here. But first we're going to draw a curved line like this. You may click a half dome circle here. We'll just put a small tent peg on each side like that. And then for the doorway, just make a curved opening. And I'm going to add the flap of the tenth right here. Let me show you what that will look like when you fill it in with your pen. Start with our base. Then we'll add the Tenth flat first. And then the opening of the ten right here. And then I'm going to darken this part in the inside of the type. And then we just have our tent bags on either end. Now another type of ten we can draw it is like a prospectors ten or hikers ten, hike up into the mountains. And this is simply just a triangle like this. And then of course, the door flap to the ten. We'll just make a little curve like this. And then fill that in for the doorway. So make a triangle. Make our door, doorway right here. And then a little bit of a flap there. And then just darken in the entry way. Now to add some perspective to a tenth, we're going to draw a triangle on this end of it over here. And we're going to add that same angle on the other end of the tenth. And then just open doorway right here. And we can of course add some tint pegs in here. Then just come back with your pen. Trace over your pencil lines that you made. Tried to keep it parallel with my other lines. And then finally add the tenth State. Draw another one like that right here. Are open-door way. I make are lines as parallel to each other as possible. And then just add some ten states. Then you can just come back and you can add some grass or grounding here. And I just draw a little curved lines for the grass. And of course, your tent stapes. 12. Objects: Flags: Next we have a flag, a little baseline and add a flagpole. And then you just add a swooping mind like that. And then we're going to come to a point with our bottom line and practice a couple of these here. You can just make a straight triangle flag, like you might find on a golf course. And on the top of a sailboat, you might have a triangular fag. Alright, so we can add two flags to a flag pole so we can make a larger one on top and have a smaller one down below. These are fundamental joins you can add in your sketch book. Simple flagpole, little triangle flag up on top. Now you can also draw Banner flags. They can also be straight flags. Little bit longer flag. Now you want to make the same line on the bottom as well to match up your flag. And then of course you can add in something on the flag. This one looks very parity. Put that on a ship. That would work very well. So you can practice more of these in your sketch book or on your scrap piece of paper. And then you can add them into a drawing and then put them on top of a castle or on top of a hill, put them on a sailboat. Then of course, once you get your drawing done, if you've sketched beforehand, Be sure to come back with your eraser and clean up the pencil lines that will give you a clear, crisp drawing. 13. Objects: Arrows: Alright, another simple drawing. We have arrows. Now deeds are fun to draw. Just gonna start with a straight shaft. And then you're going to add these angled floodings back here. So like kind of a triangular shape. And then for the arrowhead, you're gonna do the same triangular shape up there. Now these are fun to fill an entire page with. And great for practice. So you can have more pointy and you can have more of a triangular shape that's even. And you can have filled flush genes or you can have just lines for flat genes. So practice a couple of these on your drawing paper. Try all sorts of different styles and shapes. You add a little notch fetching and adds a little bit of character or special detail to the arrow, too, had to make another one of those. And just add a little bit of a knowledge like that. And then just fill in the flat sheet. Another way you can do that is to just add a little line and the fluttering like that. And that adds a bit of detail as well. And there you go. That is how to draw some arrows. 14. Objects: Fire: Okay, the next thing we're going to try here is a campfire. So you're just gonna make a log, omega log, we're gonna make a circle. And then a little bit of a line over to here and make a curved in the log over there. So you have this invisible and this end is rounded off and then just add a curved fire up here above it. Follow this top curve, and add another bit in here. So come back with your pen and fill in that log under the fire. And then you're going to make this like a curved shape. And make those come to a point. And then just add Inside Higher here. Try a few more of these to start with your log here. Make the curved ends, and then make your fire up above the log. And the main thing to practice here is the flame of the fire is just kind of making a hook shaped like that. And you can make it go either way. And then you just add the log underneath it. Another way we can make this is to get a little more elaborate with the fire. And leave the bottom open. And then draw our logs down here. And you can cross the logs over each other. And then just have the fire right on top of the log. And just fill it back in with your pen. And finally, we will come back with our eraser and clean up those pendula. 15. Objects: Maps: Alright, the next thing we can draw here is a map and that zigzag line. And we're gonna make the same line down here at the bottom. And then just draw those lines to connect to each other. Can also make this similar to the flag drawing we did down here. Make a curving line like that. Make a matching one underneath. And then connect the ends. And then we'll just draw a little dash marks that go around on the map. And then you can add an X to mark the treasure. Can do that on the forded map as well. Just come back with your pen and fill it in labs how to draw a treasure map? Let's draw another one here. Same zigzag line down here. So it matches. And then connect our forded points. And then just aren't dashed. Trail marking. That goes to the treasure. 16. Objects: Balloons: The next thing we're going to draw here is a balloon, and that is an oval shape. And then I'm going to make a little not down here at the bottom. And then you're simply just draw string off the bottom and you can make them round. You can make them more of an oval shape and add and add a curvy streaming off the bottom. Just like that. To add a couple balloons together. You're gonna draw the balloons in the front first. So we'll have two here that are kind of close to the front. And then if it's ever behind the one in the front row, just imagine the balloon shape behind it. And then we would just add the streams coming down together at the bottom. So be sure to practice a few of these on your sketch pad. Just a simple round shape or oval. And then you can add a string coming off the bottom. And that is how to draw a balloon. Then just erase those pencil lines and you have really good balloon join. 17. Objects: Signposts: Alright, the last thing we have here to draw our signposts. And we're just going to draw a base. And then we're gonna make a signpost that comes up. And then we're going to put a sign on the post. Just like that. And then these two lines right here, we're not going to draw because they are behind the sign. So just a base. And you can draw your sign first and then the signpost. Now, there's a few different ways to draw this. Can make a taller one, and you can add a bunch of signs to it. Make them pointing in different angles. And of course back and forth. And then just come back with your pen and fill them in. And just fill in the signpost. And between the signs. Leave those other pencil marks and then just erase them. And there you have multiple signs on a time post. We're gonna draw another one here with a big sign on it. So draw a big rectangle up here just above the ground. And then you're going to add two legs that come down. And then of course the post showing up above. And then you can add nails to hold the signpost on if you want to. And then you can practice to a whole bunch more of these on your sketchpad. Can make a railroad sign. You can make them even Kirkwood signposts to have a bit of fun. Or you can make them very straight. And you can make the signpost different sizes as well. Alright, so that is how to draw a signpost. 18. Class Project: So that is how to draw a bunch of different simple things that you can add to your illustrations. You can go back through and practice each of these and create your own fun illustration. Be sure to share a picture of a drawing you made using what you learn in this class. You can also check out my other fun drawing classes on here as well. And I'll see you in the next class. Thanks for watching.