Basic Drawing Techniques To Learn How to Draw Online
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Basic Drawing Techniques To Learn How to Draw Online

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Getting started is always the most complicated part. That's even more true if you are beginning to learn how to draw - be it online or offline.

To jumpstart your drawing career you need two things: first, learn the basic techniques and second - choose the right subjects for your practicing. ... Getting started is always the most complicated part. That's even more true if you are beginning to learn how to draw - be it online or offline.

To jumpstart your drawing career you need two things: first, learn the basic techniques and second - choose the right subjects for your practicing.

Learn How to Draw using These Techniques

There are a number of basic techniques you can practice quite easily and you should learn and practice regularly to improve your drawing skills.

1. Practice drawing freehand lines as straight as possible. Make sure to draw these using swift and secure movements.

2. Put together these straight lines to simple geometrical figures like squares, rectangles, triangles, stars, and circles and ellipses using smooth rounded lines. Practice drawing these figures proportionally and without any distortions.

3. Practice shading by creating areas with consistent value or - more difficult - value gradients

Why are these techniques important to Learn How to Draw Online?

These are basic fundamental techniques you need to master for improving your drawing skills. It's the part of art where craftwork comes in and supplements creativity.

I've seen it too often, when beginners have to concentrate too much on getting these basics right so they cannot focus on the drawing itself.

You can avoid this by practicing these basic techniques regularly so they will work more and more automatically in your subconscious. That allows you to focus more on the creative and artistic part of drawing.

What subjects to draw?

Once you've made your first steps it's time to move on to depicting more and more complex real-world objects. Start sketching and drawing buildings and landscapes. Later you may choose more complex shapes like cars or people to capture.

Here are some tips on choosing your first subjects.

While drawing from life leads to superior results, it may be a good idea to start your early drawings using photographs. This will give you something to refer to over and over again. You'll learn to identify tones, light, and shadow as well as shape and placement on a static photograph much easier and faster than by looking at an always changing real-life scenery.

Black and white photos will best assist you in identifying characteristics of light and shadow. Begin with simple drawings. Do not overwhelm yourself with an intricately detailed item until you have mastered basic techniques of perspective, shading, and blending.

Take your time - your drawing does not have to be finished in one sitting. Often, walking away from your drawing and returning later will help you to see what you need to work on next.

Advanced Drawing & Shading Techniques

Let's have a short look on some advanced techniques for making your drawing more exciting:

Short and dark accent lines are great for darker areas on which you want to be more focus. They draw the eye to that part of the drawing.

To intensify and define an area, shading is needed. Shading can be accomplished in several different ways. Simple cross hatching, accomplished with short quick strokes first in one direction and then in another - bisecting the first, layered for the desired effect, is very effective. Scribbling with more pressure in darker areas also defines shadows. You can even cross hatch with scribbled lines.

These techniques are less realistic and more abstract. For realistic looking shading, try blending. After drawing the subject, use your fingers, cotton, or a stump to blend the graphite for the desired effect.



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Amanda  - Blending with fingers   |:
" For realistic looking shading, try blending. After drawing the subject,
use your fingers, cotton, or a stump to blend the graphite for the desired
effect."

I have read many times that you should never use your fingers to
blend, actually try to keep them off your drawing all together since the oils
from your fingers can wreck your picture. Somehow it interacts with the paper
and/or graphite.

I love your courses/instructions! I just wanted to mention
that cause I wrecked one of mine like that. That's it. Thanks!
Maguie nounou  - thanks   |:
hi. i want to thank you for all this. it was great. thank you
Marguerite  - thanks   |:
hi, i like your lessons a lot. thank you.
Ernest   |:
Have Realistic Pencil Portrait and working on it.
soul   |:
Character problem. empty comment
jerry   |:
Thanks, this was and always will be a great benefit for moving forward. Happy to
have enrolled in your class. Thanks Again for getting me to the starting line.
A. Edwards  - learning how to draw   |:
thank your Ruediger for your help in teaching so many of us how to draw. What
books would you suggest for a first student who is interested in using the
brush, and water color.
omie   |:
i have problem measuring things and then drawing on paper eg a still life that
is set up
to draw the articles according to size is my difficulty omie
Indira Mukherjee   |:
Dear Ruediger, Thanks for your email'drawing lessons.what is
other way to pay for'27steps' other than paypal
sam  - Ask for books   |:
Hi
Thank you for yours Emails ,they are very usefull .
I teach free hand
drawing for the student in the College .can you send for me alist with some
Important and usefull Books which can help the students and the other teachers ,
that I can order from them by the College .
Thank you very much .
sam
Ruediger  - Best drawing books   |:
Dear Sam,

we had recently a poll. Question was: "which books are the best
to learn drawing".

There were a lot of votes for my 27 Tested Steps to
Drawing Mastery ;-)

And here are the other votes (added amazon links, too):

1.
"The New Drawing On The Right Side of the Brain" by Betty
Edwards

http://DrawingSecrets.com/links/Drawing_o
n_the_Right_Side_of_the_Brain


2. "The Complete Book of Drawing" by
Barrington Barber

http://DrawingSecrets.com/links/The_Comple
te_Book_of_Drawing

3. "Fun with a pencil" by Andrew Loomis

(unfortunately out of print)

Happy Drawing
Ruediger
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