Easy Drawings - The Real Secret
To Start Drawing

By Kerry Godsell

Did you know if you copy easy drawings that you are on your way to becoming a competent artist? Too many details in a drawing will make you feel overwhelmed. So, stay away from drawings that look too hard to copy.

One of the biggest hurdles a new artist faces is fear of failure. This is your mind overriding your sense of adventure! Who would you be failing? If you don't want anyone to see your drawings, don't show them.

If you have the desire to draw, if you really want to draw, you can! It is the same as learning to print, then learning to write. 

At school, it should have progressed on to learning to draw. It's the same process. Printing and writing are unique to you. None of us print and write exactly the same way. This goes for drawing too. Each artist has their own style.

Where Should You Focus Your Initial Effort?

Think simple. Look to copy drawings with very simple lines and lots of white space. These are called line drawings or contour drawings.

Definitely try different subjects to draw, you may discover you have a special flare in one area. You see artist's everywhere specializing in cats, dogs, portraits and so on. Or, you can start with a subject you love. It's up to you. 

I try to draw anything, so long as it looks simple enough for me to accomplish my task. Anything that has proven too difficult - like portrait drawing - has been placed on the back burner. 

I can't wait to be able to draw portraits but I know I'm not ready yet. I keep trying and I keep learning. I want to draw portraits so badly that no amount of disastrous drawings is going to stop me. You'll know when you are ready to try something more complicated.

What are 3 Easy Things You Can Do
To See Results In Drawing?

Start with graphite pencils - You might be thinking that using colors would be more fun but they are too distracting. You wouldn't focus on the actual drawing, you would be wondering what color to use.

Learn how to draw in pencil first, then you can move on to different mediums. This is only a suggestion of course, I've read about artist's who declare they couldn't draw and they started off with oils.

Everyone is different. Go with your heart. Whatever you do, don't give up. 

Copy line drawings - You can keep doing the same one until you are happy with the drawing or you can skip from one drawing to the next. It doesn't matter, it is all practice. You won't notice it, but you'll be improving each time. 

Don't criticize yourself or your drawings - You'll spoil your own fun!

It's fine to copy other people's work while you are learning to draw, but don't claim it as your own. All art is copied but it is recommended you copy from real life or your own photos. This saves you any copyright worries.

Learn to draw by copying easy drawings, and you learn to see life through new eyes. Discover a new world, it's just there, waiting for you!

About The Author - Author Kerry Godsall is the webmaster at www.AllAboutDrawings.com where you'll find lots of easy drawings to copy. Join the free newsletter at www.AllAboutDrawings.com/sketchy-news.html to get more drawing tips and techniques.