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15 Basic Drawing Techniques for Beginners

Have you always enjoyed sketching and doodling, but you’ve never actually tried your hand at real drawing techniques before? Drawing is something that we really recommend everyone tries at least for a little bit in their lifetime! Life any art or skill, it takes a lot of practice, but you’ll feel accomplished when you see how quickly your abilities develop.

To help you get started, here are 15 super helpful drawing tips and techniques just for beginners! Mastering these shapes and shades will help you advance your skills and draw like a pro.

1. Draw curly hair

Drawing curly hair

Creative Bloq teaches you how to draw curly, textured hair starting from just a squiggly line measured out between two tapered parallel ones. They clearly map out how to add dimension and depth to each curl by adding another slightly staggered wiggly line and building the strand from there.

2. Avoid smudging

Avoid smudging

Wiki How shows you the best technique for avoiding smudges on your drawings particularly if you prefer sketching in pencil! This tip works for everyone, but it’s especially important for left handed artists. People who draw with their right hand might smudge their work if the piece is big enough that you have to reach across it, but left handed people reach at an angle that sets their hand over their strokes more often.

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3. Draw sky and clouds

Draw sky and clouds

Art in Construction guides you through the process of filling your paper with a smoky, smudged effect in order to create a sketched out sky that has depth just like the real thing, rather than just leaving the top section of the drawing blank, matte, and flat. Smudging with a cloth helps to give you more control of how evenly you rub that portion of the drawing.

4. Hold and control your pencil properly

Hold and control your pencil properly

Proko reminds you that holding your pencil properly is crucial for controlling it and making it perform the way you want it to. The most control you have, the more precise your lines and details will be. They’ll even give you tips on when and were to apply pressure while you draw.