Drawing and Sketching can be one of the simplest ways to begin a lifelong love of art. Even if you later move on to painting, learning how to sketch and draw can make you a better painter in many cases. And best of all, the tools are simple, clean-up is non-existent, and you can draw even if you only have ten free minutes a day!
Where to Start:
Attending a local community class on drawing is an excellent way to begin. Books also help, and you might consider Sketching and Drawing (First Step Series). It gives examples of different techniques and is excellent for beginners exploring different methods of drawing and sketching.
Once you’ve tried drawing a few different subjects, you might discover that you have a specific interest in drawing landscapes, people or cartoons.
Beyond the Pencil
Put away your pencil. Instead, experiment with the many tools that create gorgeous and innovate drawings.
Charcoal– With the advantage of its rich black color and ease of spreading with your fingers, but the disadvantage of being messy, you should definitely experiment with this medium. You can use charcoal dust, sharpened charcoal (to use like a pencil), and sticks of charcoal. Use a putty eraser to remove errors and create contrast. A fixative keeps stray dust from getting everywhere when you’re done or at different points in your work.
Colored Pencils – add some color to your drawing with colored pencils. Don’t just buy the grocery kind. Get PrismaColor pencils, the artists’ choice – at your arts and crafts stores.
Pastel– pastel pencils are good for line drawing. Get pastel sticks to create a more impressionistic piece.
Pen and Ink – Pens come in different “nib” sizes, from fine to thick. “India ink” is a common type and is a permanent ink (impossible to get out of clothes)