I love finding easy pencil drawings that I can copy - and then I marvel at how clever I am, because I drew them!
I draw what I know I'm capable of producing and when I move on to more complex subjects, it amazes me that I can achieve a remote likeness! This obviously comes about because I continuously draw (which is the same as pratice) and it all works towards encouraging me to push boundaries.
A lot of my drawings don't work out but I remind myself that the next one will be an improvement on the last because that is the way it works. In the meantime, I keep copying simple drawings and loving every minute of it.
To begin, look for the type of easy pencil drawings like this lotus flower here - that is, ones with lots of white space inside and around them.
I think that the greatest benefit of this pastime is the basic tools that are needed to start.
All you need is a 2B pencil, an eraser and paper.
I use photocopy paper a lot because I find it easy to erase on that surface.
I also have a cheap sketch pad that I carry around with me.
I don't worry so much about the quality of the paper, these easy pencil drawings are for my practice purposes only. An extra benefit is that I don't worry about ruining the book and wasting money.
My favorite is a mechanical pencil with a 2B lead. It saves me time because I don't have to sharpen it and lose concentration.
They work by clicking the end of the pencil which pushes the graphite lead through the tip. The graphite leads come in different sizes, it doesn't really matter which one you use at the start - I use .5mm.
I consistently use 2 erasers. One is a good brand and the other is a kneadable eraser - neither of these is expensive.
I use the ordinary eraser to rub out large amounts of the drawing and I use the kneadable one to get at the finer parts without disturbing too much of the drawing.
The kneadable eraser is very soft and pliable. You can shape it into a fine point to get at finnicky bits. It doesn't leave a residue like the ordinary eraser, so it's cleaner to work with.
Later on, you will use an eraser to create features in your artwork - it's a very handy little tool!
I wrote more about drawing supplies and the different tools you can use.
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Drawing is a skill that anyone can learn, all you need to do is try it.
Once you start, your skills develop at a rate that will surprise you. Before you know it, you'll be experimenting with all different mediums and each day becomes an adventure.
I love to wake up and look at the images that I created the day before. I feel a sense of wonder and it's such an exciting experience. I desperately want you to experience these emotions, too.
Just as you learn to walk before you run, well, you need to start with easy pencil drawings before you progress on to more complex sketches.
This drawing below looks complicated but if you look carefully, you will notice the only thing that has an outline is the building. All the rest of the picture was created with small strokes. I love to see the trees emerge out of those little lines.
When you learn to sketch, these types of strokes emerge effortlessly from your pencil. It doesn't cease to amaze me as I stare at the image that evolves from such carefree marks.
As you study this illustration more, you begin to see a wide variety of different things and it really gets your imagination working. I find this type of artwork so intriguing -- no skill is required, but there's lots of fun to be had.
These are the type of easy pencil drawings that I'd love you to explore with me. Let's do this together!
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