A Beginner’s Guide to Drawing

A Beginner’s Guide to Drawing


Anyone can learn to draw and any artist you look up to. Whether it’s your favorite Italian renaissance man Or your favorite Japanese anime man They were not bestowed some great divine gift of talent. No, they worked for it Never really was anyone just born magically knowing how to draw a portrait Knowing how to paint, knowing how to draw. No, they worked for it and they worked really really hard. They studied every single day of their lives. So whether you want to be the next Michelangelo or you want to draw cute anime girls, Let’s get into what it takes to make a good picture Everything has its basis in “The Fundamentals of Art” (What the hell are the fundamentals?) Well, does your art look like this? Then yeah, you need fundamentals. The fundamentals are like the basis to drawing your picture. You could compare it to needing a foundation before you construct a building. And in drawing, your sketch is your foundation The fundamentals are often said to consist out of these things: Construction, perception, perspective, composition, anatomy, gesture, color theory, and rendering. Does that sound like a lot? Well just, sit down and listen because once you have learned this stuff, you don’t have to relearn it. Let’s go through the three most important things as a beginner, and then we can quickly go through the rest Perception: When you draw hands, do they look like this? Well, that’s because you’re not actually drawing what you see in front of you You’re drawing the symbols that you see in your head This is called symbol drawing. It means that you need to let go of what you see in your head when someone tells you to draw a hand, An eye or a human being. Instead draw what you actually see in front of you with your own eyes Next time you draw an eye, try to let go of all preconceived ideas of what an eye looks like because it’s not a ball inside another ball. It’s a…”thing”. Construction: A lot of people start drawing by drawing the outlines but that’s not very helpful. When you instead construct things using shapes, by using construction you will understand the structure of what you are drawing, and it will be easier for you to draw the same thing again from memory. Whether you want to draw a car, or a cool guy with a sword Everything can be built up using construction. If you can draw a square, a ball, and a cylinder then you can basically draw anything that exists Gesture: If you want to draw a character then the gesture will make or break whether the character actually looks alive or not If you draw characters who stand up straight like robots, then it will just look odd. Real people don’t actually stand like this So by practicing gesture and figure drawing, you will be able to, overtime, instinctively capture how humans act or interact with each other. Now a quick summary of the rest! Anatomy: By using what you have previously learned from construction, perception, and gesture, you will be able to draw a human body. Maybe it won’t look good but as long as you push yourself, you will be able to better yourself. Color Theory: Color theory can be quickly summarized as understanding how color combination works. As you started painting or maybe doing master studies of great works of art, you might find that colors are not always how we perceive them to be. You can get better at color theory by observing nature or studying your favorite art, or your favorite photos. Rendering: This is commonly called shading. This is the act of painting and making something look like a form. You can get a bit lost and just start painting things over and over again hoping something will happen. Mindlessly drawing, mindlessly painting. Instead try to think through each stroke you do Perspective: Perspective is being able to represent a three-dimensional object. Everything is perspective and it isn’t just being able to draw the depth of a building or a landscape. Perspective should also be applied to any character in that space as well Composition: Composition is the arrangement of the image. It’s organizing how the viewer sees the painting or drawing. The flow of how the viewers eye moves from object to object or Immediately sees the focal point. The object that is meant to draw attention. Composition is also arranging the image So if things aren’t too close or too far apart, and making sure there aren’t tangents that stick out or are too distracting. Hey, what do you know, you actually know all of the fundamentals of the art now. Isn’t that weird? I understand all of this can be really hard to take in at first. You don’t need to attack everything at the same time And you don’t need to practice all of this stuff at the same time. You can take one by one. One thing, practice one thing And then move on to the next. There’s no hurry. A lot of people just jump into drawing without understanding these fundamentals. A lot of people don’t even know about the fundamentals. I didn’t know for the longest time. Now you are ahead of all of those people Even if you have never picked up a pencil before, now you know better than some people who already have. So while we’re at it. I’m gonna throw in some advice You want to draw a duck? Go ahead, draw a duck. Draw this duck right here. Whoops! Now it’s gone, draw it from imagination. I’m waiting for you to draw the duck. Oh, you’re not doing it? Well, guess what, you failed. You failed at drawing the duck, good job. Wouldn’t it be unreasonable for me to expect you to draw a duck completely from imagination? That’s why you need to use references as much as possible This way, you can draw whatever you feel like. You can put your own spin to it But in order to do that You need to understand the structure of what a real duck looks like. A lot of advanced artists are able to draw ducks completely from imagination but only because they’ve drawn so many before from reference. Also, no, references are not cheating. Don’t draw lines like this It looks very insecure and makes your drawing look chicken scratchy. Take your time and learn how to do confident lines in one stroke Practice just drawing straight lines over and over again because in time, that practice will pay off Don’t get too caught up with details If you start off a drawing and immediately jump into details then you might find later that “Oh no, the rest of the drawing doesn’t work anymore and I’ve spent all this time doing this thing that I now have to erase.” Along with that, detail is probably the least important thing of your drawing A well-constructed drawing with a lot of good fundamentals but no detail is a good drawing nonetheless On the other hand, a bad drawing with a lot of detail is just a polished turd Now you know a good portion of what you need in order to start drawing But maybe you don’t even know what to use to draw so start off with pen and paper. It’s the cheapest option or a basic tablet. Size small, or size medium. I find that large size is often too big. Along with that, getting expensive equipment won’t make you a better artist Art skills transfer from medium to medium but there is no magical thing that will make your art better How long it takes until you get good depends entirely on how much effort you put in. You could sit and draw for an hour every day, And that would be 30 hours of effort that you put in every month. On the other hand this guy over here He is drawing 3 hours a day, and he’s getting 90 hours a month. You can go at your own pace But the time and effort that he put in is what you get You can start drawing at any age. You could be 10 years old, you could be 60 It’s a skill that you learn It’s not a magic age that you start from. If you need a reason to draw then the reason is it’s fun and that is enough. But along with that. It’s also very rewarding and in the long run It’s a bit more meaningful than say, playing a video game and raking up imaginary points to get a level or something. You can make money from art, a lot of people use it as an extra thing to get extra cash as a hobby. Plenty of people make their living from art. If you’re a complete beginner, Then I would recommend that you pick up a pen and paper and draw whatever is on your desk. Draw whatever you feel like You will fail, it will look bad. It’s okay. You will learn from your mistake Once you want to move on from that, you can start with gesture drawings. At least that’s what I would recommend. And I’m going to link a bunch of sites in the description and videos and stuff like that All of what I said might seem like a lot to take in. You might feel confused, you might feel like you already just want to hand yourself in and give up. Well almost everyone who has ever drawn has felt the same way, and all of the great artists you look up to have made thousands and thousands of mistakes, and thousands of bad drawings But because they were able to push themselves and do better, They did better. Don’t get too attached to what you’re drawing right now because you’re still learning and things will get easier the more you try it. You will meet new art friends, you will get critique And it will help you and you will push yourself further. Thank you for watching this video! If you are a beginner with any questions or struggles, or maybe you’re an artist who wants to share his beginner experience, go ahead and comment below. Like, when I was starting drawing, I would take a break every hour just so I could sit for a while and think through if I was wasting my time or not. And then weeks later, I realized, “Hey, I haven’t thought about giving up for like a week!” And that was a big accomplishment for me…[Laughs] Like the video if you found it helpful and if you didn’t then please do leave a comment on why, if maybe you would like to add something. Again, thank you for watching and keep up the good work. Bye bye!

100 thoughts on “A Beginner’s Guide to Drawing

  1. 0:08 thank you sniffle for saying that. My friends always act like I was born drawing anime girls perfectly but they don’t realize how much time I put into drawing anime girls…..12 years. You know how cringey my art looked 12 years ago???????

  2. Me every time I watch this : ok yes I have my phone reminder to draw and this will really help meh
    30 minutes late
    Me : I can not do this I'm mean look what what the heck is that that's not a coat hanger

  3. Me: Why tf can’t I draw good? Ugggh I’m so stupid!”
    Also Me: Goes and checks youtube for BTS videos to cheer her up
    YouTube: shows this

    Me: “wooooaaaah, this shit scary!”

  4. I haven’t heard of Gesture, it looks difficult to get what’s in my head onto paper. Is gesture basically a stick figure and construction is giving it a body? Is that how that works? Sorry, I’m new

  5. While it is certainly true that practice is everything, some people are just born with a higher spacial and muscular intelligence than others. Making them more coordinates than others, and have an inherent better ability to see shapes for what they are. So Talent can be a thing. What people need to learn is that these intelligences can be refined and techniques can be taught with enough practice, so that you can be good at drawing, if not better than an artist with the inherent talent.

  6. Thaaank you. 🙂 It's really a big help for me as a beginner who's trying to start practicing but don't know how. Ahaha!

  7. The fundamentals are not this complicated. Perspective, Gesture and Light. Sure you can maybe tack Composition somewhere at the end there, but this is it. You only have to learn these 3 things.

    Perspective is required for E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. and construction is just a small part of it. As is perception.

    Gesture is required for every form, unless you want everything to look super stiff, but gesture is not really hard to learn, just hard to understand, may advice: Draw as fast as you can until you figure it out.

    Then there is light, which includes values (both light and shadows) controlling your light sources (light, shadow and perspective) and colors (yes, colors are light). Rendering is just the process of applying light to a drawing.

    As for composition and anatomy, those aren't really fundamentals, I mean composition maybe (learn it last, learn it when you can already draw well!), but not anatomy. These old master painters didn't learn the human body like the backs of their hands, they weren't doctors and they knew it. They used references, and learning anatomy only teaches you the ins and outs of either humans or one specific animal. What if you want to learn to draw a robot? What's the anatomy of a robot with 6 legs, a humanoid torso, a square shaped head and a gun for an arm? You're not gonna learn that by reading about it. Learning the anatomy of the human body and perhaps some animals over time will help with that, but is not necessary, you can just gather up a few references, say of a spider, a human, a gun, a robot someone else drew maybe, for references for the head and the details of a robot (or you can go the hard way and find references of various machinery to do it instead) and then you can draw it, without learning any anatomy.

    Anatomy is definitely not fundamental, and it only helps oyu if you've learned perspective and gesture first. And I don't just mean know what it is, I mean borderline mastered it.

  8. I’m super glad this was recommended to me. I was looking for a start and this video showed me the path 😍♥️♥️

  9. I have wayy too good percpection and understanding of the laws of physics, I end up not finishing any drawing at all

  10. I draw during school (I'm not the best but it kinda looks good not gonna lie) and everyone asks how am I so good at art and reply by saying that i actually spend time on it and I sit in my eoom alone for hours just improving and its always funny to see the reaction from the truth amd not what every othwr shy art kids says

  11. Your first drawings are beautiful.

    They are the very first steps on your hopefully long and wonderous journey as an artist.

    I would give almost anything to have my first drawings back.

  12. Любой дурак может научится рисовать! Надо всего лишь…

  13. Omg thank you! People keep asking me for tips to improve.. I keep telling them they need to understand the fundamental but no one seems to understand 🤦‍♂️
    Soo I'll just send them this video hahah

  14. no but seriously, thanks for this video. so glad to have found your channel. I'm one of those "artsy" kids who was always expected to be creative from within without thinking about it too much. and its pressuring and its just a recipe for burning out and hating everything i create.
    but now that I've learned about it more and studied why some things work and why some techniques have different results, I've rediscovered my love for art.

  15. I am a beginner artist, and this video was beneficial to me. I try to share my art on Instagram and also here on youtube! 🙂

  16. Thank you for videos like these. I'm glad I found your channel. I started drawing yesterday and I am glad that I have finally started.

  17. overall not very good advice and you kind of sound like a douche. Like that little remark "DURR do something meaningful not like a videogame" who are you to say what should or shouldn't be meaningful to someone. Games are art that have inspired people to create more art not even just video games but books, music, comics, etc. And the whole purpose of sketching and not just doing solid lines is because not everyone has hands like a surgeon (especially not you by the looks of it) and can draw perfect straight lines off the bat even with a ton of practice. Not like any of that matters though because that's what OUTLINING is for.

  18. Your video is the most helpful of all videos i have seen on yt about drawing. Beyond you, nobody is telling about the basics, like gestures, color theory, rendering. Thank you for it, and for giving mi motivation💖💖💖

  19. My friend destroy every fundament she need to now to draw ,so i send this video for her

    She crying
    And she dont talk with me a long time

  20. This video is absolutely amazing because, before this, I didn’t pay any attention to the fundamentals of art and I’d just draw characters from bases off the internet or using Gacha (Gacha studio, life, etc.) so, thank you.

    I need to work on tons of things but I think starting at perspective will be the best for now at least.

  21. Man i sure hope that any idiot can draw is true because i am a idiot….no really i have high functioning autism and i can do most things but i have a few things i am truly bad at. But what worries me the most is my bad hand eye coordination. So we will see how this goes i will fill you guys in a few years.

  22. I actually learned all of these things and I made a checklist, I started on perspective first, I studied everything about perspective and know things like one point, two point, atmospheric perspective, vanishing point, horizon etc. Right now I am currently practicing perspective and trying to learn a little bit of anatomy at the same time. ✌

  23. I'm 22, been drawing since I was 5. My art varies. I can be really good, especially if I use references. But most of the time it's just caetoony doodles.

  24. My grandpa is a very good drawer, he said “I was born with a pencil in my hand.” When I asked him how he drew cartoons so good. When he said that, that had me in the mindset of “oh, so he was a very good artist from the beginning, and if I’m not like him when I’m just starting out, then I’ll never be that good….” so my point is, don’t say “I was good from the very beginning!” If someone asks how you draw well. Just simply say: practice makes perfect! 👌

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