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If you can learn to draw a few geometrical shapes like cubes, cylinders, spheres and cones, you can learn to draw almost anything. It's surprising what you can achieve if you set your mind to it. Did you know that learning to draw what you see gives you the joy of achievement in art?


It is said that drawing is logical and the ability to draw what you see is a simple, logical process. You have to develop your observation skills so you can draw two- and three dimensional objects.


Just a tip... when you draw try moving your whole arm not just your fingers or wrist. Most professional artists use their entire arm even when drawing something small. By moving just your fingers and wrist your whole arm will soon begin to ache. It is much better to use your whole arm from the shoulder down with smooth, unrestricted motions.


Begin drawing with big, simple shapes without worrying about precise lines. After you have the general shape and proportions, add those personal details.


But before you can start drawing you'll need the 'basics'.

Draw using these four basic steps.

  • Identify geometric shapes.

  • Create realistic contours.

  • Use shadows.

  • Add all details.

Identify your pencils.

  • When we talk about pencils, we usually mean graphite pencil. Artists' pencils are roughly divided into two groups - Soft & Hard. A soft pencil will make a darker line than a hard pencil. Soft pencils are marked B plus a number to indicate the degree of softness. 3B is softer and blacker than 2B.

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charcoal graphic

  • When trying charcoal for the first time buy hard, medium and soft types. Charcoal is sometimes rated like pencils from HB to 6B. HB is the hardest, 6B the softest. Also try a few sticks of natural charcoal leads which fit into metal or plastic holders. Excellent for experimenting light and dark shades. Also try charcoal from a fire place or burned log. Tribal artists in some countries have used this type of charcoal for many years and produced lovely results. Try charcoal drawing on a different medium besides paper.



Bits and Pieces

Your Work Area

Lesson 1
frottage and
Lesson 2
3D still life
Lesson 3
3D and
Lesson 4
double point
Lesson 5
double point
Lesson 6
still life shadows
Lesson 7
the past
a viewer
Lesson 8
get the right angle
Lesson 9
trees using 
Lesson 10
hats shoes 
Lesson 11
Lesson 12
Lesson 13
ink drawing
ink markings
Lesson 14
review ink
Lesson 15
still life
Lesson 16
fruit and

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