Drawing is a gratifying hobby that anyone can learn–unless they’re paralyzed or missing their limbs and can’t grip a pencil with their teeth. But, for those people who are physically able to draw, all it takes is some patience and a whole lot of practice to get good at it. Many of the best drawers are people who have been drawing since childhood, but that doesn’t mean older people cant learn how to draw and become just as good as them. Of course, you could just pick up a pencil and a piece of paper and draw to your heart’s content. You would probably eventually develop some style and talent doing it that way. But, you can also learn how to draw by following some techniques.
Decide what style of drawing that you’re going to aim for. Are you wanting to draw realistic pictures or are you wanting to draw cartoons? You might also be interested in surrealism, impressionism, or even optical illusions. You can learn how to draw by choosing one style and mastering it, or you can learn multiple styles. Just figure out what you’re comfortable with, stick with it, and eventually you will get the hang of it.
If you want to create realistic drawings, then you must learn how to properly shape objects in a very realistic manner. The second most important thing that you will have to learn—and possibly the most difficult—is how to shade the objects. The good news is that once you get the hang of shading, it becomes easier and easier.
Begin by drawing simple objects, like apples and other types of fruits. You might even want to begin by looking at objects in pictures, since the lighting in the pictures wont change on you and you will always be viewing the objects in the same position. First notice the shape of the object, as well as the width and the height. Pay attention to the distance between each line. You may even trace the picture several times to get the hang of how to draw the shape and then practice by drawing it without tracing.
After you draw the shape and add any small details that needs to be added, such as the lines on a leaf, then you can move on to shading. Notice how the colors become darker in areas where less light is able to touch. The lightest spot on the object will be the spot that the light is directly hitting. Shade your drawing based on how light and dark each area of the object is.
For many people, cartoons are simpler to draw than more realistic pictures. If you want to learn how to draw a cartoon, then there are many books and websites that can give you step-by-step instructions on how to draw a cartoon. There are many different styles of cartoons, including Japanese anime. Figure out your preferred style and then look for step-by-step instructions on how to draw that style.
If you are unable to buy a book on the subject or use a website to help you draw, then you can learn how to draw a cartoon on your own. Find pictures of the sort of cartoons you want to draw. Practice one thing at a time. For example, you can practice drawing the shape of the head, and the shapes of the arms, legs, and torso. Then practice drawing the shape of the entire cartoon with all other shapes included.
One things that you must remember is that learning how to draw takes a lot of time and patience. Practice your drawing in your free time. Draw things that you will enjoy drawing. Learning how to draw a cartoon might be more simple, but don’t settle for that if it’s not your desired style.