The Basics: How to Draw Anything

The Basics: How to Draw Anything - student project

Warming Up

I used a rainbow pencil here. It created some pretty cool color transitions.

The Basics: How to Draw Anything - image 1 - student project

Brainstorming

I wrote down a few topics to choose from for this project. After browsing Google Images for a bit, I managed to narrow down my three references!

The Basics: How to Draw Anything - image 2 - student project

Animal with pencil technique

I'm new to adding texture, shading, and highlights to things I've drawn from scratch, especially with pencils and paper. So, this was an awkward but informative experience!

Sometimes I get caught up in the details too early. Starting with basic shapes really helped here.

The Basics: How to Draw Anything - image 3 - student project

Sock with characterization technique

I tried to embellish the knit pattern by making the stitches a bit more round in some places, and adding more space in between stitches that were elongated. I think it gave it a sort of fluffier, worn look.

The Basics: How to Draw Anything - image 4 - student project

Plant with brush pen technique

I like that sage sometimes has defined ridges on the edges of the leaves. I decided to include them in this drawing. So, this is kind of a mix between brush pen and characterization techniques.

I don't own any brush pens, so I used a paintbrush and black watercolor for the outline instead!

The Basics: How to Draw Anything - image 5 - student project

While I can see some of the things I could improve on, I'm pretty happy with the results. I think that's a good place to be.

This helped me overcome a bit of intimidation when it comes to drawing things from reference. For that, I think this class is great for beginners.

Thanks!

Janice Davis
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