Sketching For Beginners

Sketching & Drawing
For Beginners Step-by-Step

If you want to be really good at drawing,
you have to be passionate about it!

Your first steps in sketching for beginners will be to decide if you want to be a professional artist or just sketch for a hobby? As a hobby, it can be very therapeutic, almost as good as meditation! But if your desire is to be a pro, you'll have to knuckle down and WORK!

Let’s start off first if you want to sketch as a pleasurable pastime—in other words, as a hobbyist? If you love drawing, it is easy to graduate as a professional.

It is best to begin with el cheapo drawing materials—i.e., HB pencils 2B pencils and a drawing pad made up of unprinted newspaper which you can purchase from any art store.

If you are serious about being the next Picasso—still get the cheap stuff as you will be doing a lot of practice until your fingers burn.

You should never be confronted with the thought that the paper is too expensive and “You might mess it up!” This is one of the big concerns facing art students.

This is a This is a "value Strip" going from white to black. You can start off by using your 2B pencil and create a "value strip." This is to show the lightness or darkness of your colors.
Cross-hatch to show Cross-Hatch squares as Tutorial to show tone values (values go from white to black with 10 gray tones between)

So now you have paper and pencil at the ready; where do you start on your first sketch?

Get out your HB or 2B pencil and make sure it is sharp as a pin. A blunt pencil makes for blunt lines which degrades your drawings—and you don’t want that!

Now as you are right-handed, start your first exercise by drawing a square about 3 inches x 3 inches which must be drawn in freehand. In fact everything must be drawn freehand. If you are left-handed, just reverse this step.

Ok, you have your empty square; now inside this box take your pencil and draw a fairly straight line from the top right corner to the bottom corner in one movement of your arm and hand. Now draw another line close to the first line then another. Do this until you have filled half of the square with your lines. Turn you pad 180 degrees and draw lines close together starting from the top left corner until you reach the bottom right.

All the lines you’ve drawn should be evenly spaced apart. Done that?

Now draw a square alongside your first—about the same size, draw lines that fill the square completely—then turn paper and fill all the paper--crossing over you first set of line. Now you should have a “crosshatch” which you will be using as “shading” in your future sketches. Practice this exercise until you feel confident for your next assignment.

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