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How to Draw Anything

Have you always wanted to learn to draw but figured it was beyond your grasp? Are you seeking a way to learn to draw something specific, but as of right now stick figures are the best you can do? Even if you don’t think you have any natural talent or you think it may be very difficult for you to learn to draw, you can learn how to draw anything. 

Drawing doesn’t require pre-skills that you don’t already have. If you can write, you can already draw a straight line, a curved line, and a circle. When you were little, you learned to draw basic shapes. You can draw, you’re just not at the level you want to be. Help is available to get you to where you want to be and to help you learn to draw anything you want.  

Lessons Will Help You Learn 

Technology has made amazing strides in recent years and you can put this to work for you. With the internet, you’ll have access to hundreds of thousands of drawing lessons. From paid to free, you can start to learn everything you’ll need to know to be able to draw anything you might want. 

If you’ve ever looked closely at a drawing, you’ve seen that it’s made up of lines. It’s just a matter of knowing where to place the lines and how to combine the lines to create an image. At the very basis of drawing is learning how you can create the right line in the right shape and the right placement, then add it to other lines to create the image you want. 

Lessons that review drawing basics are great at explaining this to you. They’ll show you step-by-step how to go from a single line on a piece of paper and create an amazing image. You won’t start drawing realistic or detailed pictures from the very beginning, but you can get there with the right lessons and enough practice.  

Start with Basic Lessons 

You’re going to want to make sure you start with the basics. Choose a lesson that covers how to draw from the very beginning, not one that assumes you’ve had lessons previously and already know what to do. To train drawing beginners in how to put everything together, the lesson should include step-by-step instructions and photographs. 

Choose lessons that are going to prove to be interesting to you, even when you’re first starting to learn. You will want to choose basic lessons that use lines to draw the images, not ones that include advanced techniques like shading. These lessons are going to be far more difficult to follow along without a good basis, and you may end up frustrated at your lack of being able to complete the lesson. 

At this point, it’s not that you can’t do it. It’s that you don’t have a solid basis to build upon yet and aren’t experienced enough to follow along as well as you’ll need. If you start with more basic lessons, you’ll learn everything you need to know to master the basic lessons and move onto the more advanced lessons when you’re ready.  

As you’re looking into lessons, consider whether you’d like to take a full class or follow along with a few drawing tutorials online. There are benefits to both of these options, so you’ll need to decide what’s right for you. 

Beginner classes tend to be longer, but they’re going to cover more information and help you progress as quickly as possible. They’ll start at the very beginning to ensure you have a solid starting base and will teach you what you need to know in order of importance. The downsides to the classes are that you may need to pay for them and you may need to practice drawing things that don’t really interest you as much. 

Tutorials offer the opportunity to learn at your own pace and practice what you want to draw, not what the instructor wants you to draw. This could give you a little bit more freedom while you’re learning to draw and can help you gear your own lessons to what you want to learn. The downside is that these are much shorter and don’t cover as much as a broader class might.  

If you’re the type of person who prefers as much help as needed while you learn, and you aren’t concerned with learning to draw any particular thing right away, you may want to look into comprehensive classes who offer easy drawings for beginners. If, however, you want to learn something specific or you’d prefer to create your own lessons so you can move at your own pace, tutorials might be better for you.  

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Move onto More Advanced Lessons 

As you take lessons in a class or try different tutorials, you’ll start to see your ability to draw get much better. At this point, you may be ready to move beyond drawing basics and try out more advanced lessons. If you enjoy taking a drawing class, you can look into an advanced drawing class. If you’d like to branch off on your own or you’ve enjoyed tutorials so far, look into more advanced tutorials. 

Advanced online drawing classes and tutorials will go beyond just using lines to create an image. They’ll teach you how to use perspective, shading, and other techniques to make your drawings look more realistic. This doesn’t mean you’ll just learn to draw a vase of flowers, but it will provide depth and realism to anything you might draw.  

More advanced lessons are what’s going to take you from being able to draw anything to being able to draw anything you want well. You can continue to take advanced lessons and learn as long as you’re drawing and practicing as there’s always something else to learn.  

Practice Makes Perfect 

Taking advanced lessons might seem far away right now because you may not be able to see yourself drawing something amazing and realistic. Taking lessons designed to train drawing beginners isn’t going to be enough to get you from where you are now to the point where you’re able to try the more advanced lessons either. 

If you’d like to learn to draw, you’re going to need to practice. You don’t need to spend hours practicing every day. You don’t even need a set time to practice or work on your drawing lessons online. You just need to make sure you take a few minutes every day to put your pencil on a piece of paper and draw something. 

Practicing often enables you to move from just copying what you’ll learn in the lessons to trying to draw different things on your own. What happens if you move those lines to the other side? What happens if you add something to the drawing or skip something?  

While you practice, don’t just repeat the lesson over and over again. Experiment and adjust what you’re drawing to see how you can change it and what you can do to make it look better. This practice is what’s going to help you improve quickly and what’s going to help you see the improvement you’re making.  

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Advanced Tools to Try 

Learning to draw with a writing utensil and paper or canvas is enough for many people, but once you have the drawing basics down pat, you may want to try advanced tools as well as advanced techniques. With today’s technology, you can even use the computer as your canvas and create amazing drawings. 

Once you’ve learned the basics and you want to give advanced tools a try, look for drawing lessons for the computer. A pressure-sensitive stylus and tablet will be handy, though you can start just by using a touchscreen device like your phone or tablet.  

You’ll want to practice drawing on the computer the same way you do with a pencil and paper, but you’ll want to learn how the computer program you’re using works as well. You’ll need to learn how to transfer the drawing skills you’ve learned to the computer, but the possibilities for what you can draw on the computer and how you can change them to create what you have in mind is endless.  

You can start out with just a touchscreen device and a basic painting program. This will do what you want and can be easier to learn at first, as well as less expensive. After you’ve practiced with this for a while, you may want to switch to an advanced photo editing program like Photoshop so you can change the brushes you’ll use, play around with settings like the contrast or composition, and really do more with the images you draw. 

You don’t have to already have any drawing ability to learn how to draw. Even if you can only draw stick figures at this point, you have the beginning knowledge to learn to draw better. Check out the beginner lessons and grab a few basic supplies to start learning to draw anything. With the right help and enough practice, you can learn to draw anything with a few creative drawing ideas for beginners.   

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