How to draw

Drawing can be a relaxing pass time and hobby. While its true that many people have artistic talent that others do not, anyone can draw for fun. There is a difference between learning how to draw and learning how to draw well. Learning how to draw simply takes a few pieces of blank paper, a pencil, and the right frame of mind.

A drawing is a two-dimensional visual recreation of something in the real three-dimensional world. You can draw a person, a tree, a bird, a flower and so on. You can even create and draw something that only exists in your mind if you can visualize it three-dimensionally. The basic elements of drawing are lines, shapes, proportion, perspective, light and shadow.

The lines and shapes are what make the drawing what it is supposed to be. In other words, drawing lines and turning lines into shapes that look like the tree or bird you are drawing is the foundation of your artwork. The remaining elements are what lend realism and depth to your drawing.

Proportion and perspective are important and give a drawing realism. Proportion is what tells us that a personís legs are longer than their arms or that a dogís head is smaller than its body. Perspective is the way that distance is interpreted in a drawing. For example, if drawing a city skyline, some buildings are closer and some buildings are further away. The proper perspective will make the drawing look like a city skyline.

Light and shadow create depth. Rather than drawing a flat, unrealistic image, shadowing creates the depth and realism of a rendering. Everything we see has a shadow in the light. Experiment with shadows and shading until you have created the effect you want.

Learning how to draw can be fun and it only requires that you put on paper what you see in the form of these basic elements rather than what you actually see. Try looking at the world in lines, shapes and shadows rather than just buildings, trees, and sky and then put it to paper. In no time, you can begin to enjoy the relaxing pass time of drawing.