Drawing Techniques for Beginners
Do your kids show interest in drawing? Or maybe you are a student who aspires to be a painter or illustrator? First, you need to know that drawing is one of the most basic ways to exercise your creativity. No matter what tools you use, a pencil, pen, or crayon, you need to learn the fundamentals of drawing. Here are some basic things to know about drawing techniques for beginners.
Back and Forth
This approach challenges you to move your drawing utensil back and forth across the paper in an even, level motion. Depending on how much pressure you apply, the darker your drawing will appear.
This technique involves making tiny ticks on your page. Make sure that each mark is parallel to the other. Lines that are close together will look darker, while lines further apart will indicate highlights.
This is the logical extension of the hatching technique. But instead of creating a series of parallel lines, have your marks intersect one another in cross-like formation.
The scribble technique allows your hand the opportunity to fly across the page. Move your pencil in random formation-no precise marks necessary. The more you scrawl all over an area, the darker it will look.
For those who love meticulous processes, this technique might suit you. Stippling involves making a countless amount of tiny dots on your paper. Just like the other techniques, the closer the dots, the darker the drawing.
If you are using charcoal or pencil, try blending them. To do so, begin with the back-and-forth technique to cover your paper, and then rub the medium into it. You can use your finger, a blending stick (aka tortillon), or chamois cloth. Another option for blending is to experiment with powdered graphite and use a paintbrush to gradually blend build tone onto your pages.