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The Real Secret To Easy Drawings

Cartoon Seal Drawing

Did you know if you copy easy drawings that you are on your way to becoming a competent artist?

The images you see here are the same ones that I copied in order to teach myself to draw.

Whenever you are reading a magazine, look for simple pictures like these to copy. Keep your pencils close by and draw the outline of any picture that appeals to you.

Too many details can make you feel overwhelmed so stay away from images that look complicated.

Also, keep a look out for easy pencil drawings by another artist. If you are drawn to the style of that artist, it doesn't hurt you to copy their artwork and learn from them. It all works in your favor to becoming a very capable artist.

Hat Drawing

Endless practice is the best single thing you can do.

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 just don't show them.

If you have the desire to draw and it is something you really want to do, then you can do it!

Bell Drawing

It is the same as learning to print and proceeding to learning to write. At school, it should have progressed on to learning to draw because it's really the same process.

Printing and writing are unique to you. None of us print and write exactly the same way and this applies to our artwork, too.

Every artist has their own personal style.

Look, really, I don't care that my drawings aren't perfect. I'm still just absolutely amazed that I can draw at all. All you have to do is give it a go by copying any simple drawing that you see, that's it. When you see your results, it is that moment when you realize you can actually draw that provides the catalyst for your artistic future.

Where Should You Focus Your Initial Effort?

Cartoon Elephant Drawing

Think simple.

Look to copy easy drawings with very simple lines and lots of white space.

These are called line or contour drawings.

Definitely try different subjects to draw because you may discover you have a special flair in one particular area that you never imagined.

You see artists everywhere specializing in one particular subject so don't be put off by following and dedicating your time to a topic you love.

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Dog Drawing

I try to draw anything, so long as it looks simple enough for me to accomplish my task.

When something proves to be too difficult - like portraits - don't give up, just know that the day will come when you can draw whatever you want.

I can't wait to draw portraits but I know I'm not ready yet so I keep trying and learning. I want it so badly that no amount of disasters is going to stop me.

You'll know when you are ready to try something more complicated.

3 Things You Can Do

  1. Start with graphite pencils - you might be thinking that using colors is more fun but they are too distracting because you don't focus on the actual drawing, you think about colors to use.

    Learn how to draw in pencil first, then you can move on to different mediums.

    Of course, this is only a suggestion, I've read about artists who declare they can't draw and they started off with oils! Everyone is different so go with your heart. Whatever you do, don't give up.
  2. Copy line drawings - you can keep practicing the same subject until you are happy with the results or you can skip from one subject to the next.

    It doesn't matter, it is all practice. You won't notice it, but you'll be improving each time.
  3. Don't criticize yourself or your drawings - you'll spoil your own fun!
Drawing Of A Book

It's fine to use other people's work while you are learning to draw, but remember not to claim it as your own creation.

All art is copied but it is recommended to get into the habit of copying from real life or your own photos to save any copyright worries.

Learn to draw by copying easy drawings and you learn to see life through new eyes.

Rabbit Drawing

Discover a new world, it's just there, within reach and waiting for you!

There are numerous easy drawings on this site for your practice purposes so please make yourself at home and go ahead with copying everything to your heart's content.

Life is meant to be fun so let's make it happen by starting with a pencil and paper.

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