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Here are a few simple drawing lessons. You really can learn to draw with confidence! Read through the entire exercise, and then go play!

Some simple warm up exercises you can do.  Just copy the below pictures.  First, do a few loops attempting to make a uniform circle. 

Try different things like keeping the height uniform, or the spacing between each circle the same.  This will help with warming up the finger, hand and wrist muscles and helping your eye hand coordination.

Pictures of simple drawing lessons exercises below:

basic drawing warmup exercises

You might think doing the above is abit simple and dull. Trust me, it does work in helping you get started.  Sometimes, this is all I do when contemplating my next painting. 

Then drawing pencil sketches of my subject, I check out a small thumbnail to determine if the subject is right.  This is why a few drawing lessons now are so important to your future painting.

Drawing is a skill that can be re-learned fairly quickly, and these drawing lessons are the place to be.  Why do I say re-learned?  Because, we all have this ability.

As a child, we all have learned these exercises in Kindergarten and First Grade.  We were taught in order to Write!  We learned how to draw all sorts of things. 

Somewhere, however, in that process, we received either positive or negative reinforcement.  You either continued to draw, or began to look at other things you were good at in order to receive that positive reinforcement. 

Your drawing skills may have began to wain from that point on.  We can get them BACK! Start with these simple easy drawing lessons!

Simple shading exercises below:

drawing simple shapes

Shading or Modeling is one of the keys to making realistic paintings and drawings.

As discussed in greater detail for the dead layer, when you get this right, your paintings will be extraordinary!

Picture of barrel to tree example:

how to draw a tree

Then below, a picture of an easy apple:

how to draw an apple

We will talk a little about perspective.  This is difficult for some to understand, but it is explained here in a very simple manner.

This is more of something you need to think about, or a bit of head knowledge that explains what you see in nature.  If when drawing and painting you draw and paint exactly what you see, this will not be a stumbling block for you.  The key here is "observation". 

I repeat myself here because it is something that needs to be remembered throughout your art travels.  You must paint and draw exactly what you SEE! Not what you think should be there, or what your brain tells you should be there, but only what your EYES show you to be there! 

Below pictures of perspective:

single point perspective

two point perspective

What your head knows is that the road is equal distance from either side of you (parallel), but what you see when you stand there are 2 lines that converge onto a point way down the road in front of you. 

This point is called the vanishing point.  To make convincing drawings, this needs to be drawn as you see it.  You will notice things further away from you are smaller.  Colors that are bright up close become faded and gray the farther away they are from you.<br><br>Don't get to caught up in perspective right now.  Still life pictures will have a certain amount of perspective to worry about, but if you draw and paint what you see, you will not have any trouble! 

Hey! Before you check out, take a few moments to relax, and enjoy a great cartoon site.  (He also has some phenomenal teaching methods that will improve your drawing techniques!)
It's here at How to draw funny cartoons!

Not into cartoons?  Are you interested more in just drawing and sketching?  Here's a new site that is full of great tutorials and information on drawing that I  think you'll enjoy!  Sketching in pencil is a great past time and a great learning tool to improve your painting! Check out Drawing Pencil Sketches.

Below are some cool video's on the subject.  Enjoy!

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