Anybody can draw. I realize that is not the common view but I stick by it. If you want to learn how to draw, you can. You just have to practice and have some confidence in yourself. Here are seven “lessons” that will help you get there. I’ve been drawing since I was a kid and had art lessons in high school. I’ve also read a few books on drawing. I’m taking ideas from all my experiences and reading to help you learn how to start drawing. I recommend doing no more than one lesson a day. It takes some time to learn to draw. Just like anything else, you have to practice on a regular basis to get there.
Hold up your hand, close it a little bit, and point it toward yourself. (I’m right handed, so I drew my left hand. If you are left handed, draw your right hand.) I will tell you the point of this lesson right up front: let go of what you think something is “supposed” to look like. Honestly, that is one of the keys to learning how to draw. You have to practice so that you draw exactly what you see, no matter what.
Draw the outline of your hand. Now draw the lines between your fingers and the lines in your palm. These lines might seem off to you at first. Just keep drawing. Try not to think about it too much. Next draw the fingernails. If there is any light being cast on your hand, draw the shapes you see. Makes sure to use the point of your pencil to add any small details, like cracks in the skin.
The last thing is to fill in all the spaces that darker. Remember that all things have varying degrees of light and dark, so you will want to capture that. Close one eye. You will notice that the lines between your fingers are the darkest area. Start adding shade to those areas with the side of your pencil.
Editor’s Note: We are now accepting submissions by anyone that has attempted these lessons. Go here to see how to submit your drawings.
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