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By now, you've already labelled yourself as someone who can, or someone who can't draw. And since you're reading this there's a good chance it's the latter!

Why is it that some people are naturally gifted with a pencil and others aren't?

And why are those gifted few able to turn their hand to any form of visual art quickly and effortlessly?

While no one is born with artistic ability, it is true that for some people drawing comes naturally and for most of us, it doesn't.

But more importantly, it's is also true is that ANYONE can learn how to draw.

Actually, I'll re-phrase that slightly...

Anyone can learn how to draw so long as they are willing to learn some key principles and practice in the right way.

Practice is important part of learning any skill but practice only makes permanent, not perfect.

So if you've spent years trying to learn how to draw to a good standard, without success, it's only because you've been using the wrong strategy NOT because there's something inherently lacking in the way your brain, eyes and hands work.

You're Drawing Blind

If I asked you to draw an object without looking at your paper (an exercise called 'blind drawing') you'd expect the resulting image to be pretty poor.

It's obvious why... without being able to see your hand on the page, all you can do is make a guess as to the shape, size and position of the pencil marks you make.

Yet when you allow yourself to look at your drawing hand and paper, it's not that much easier and the results are only marginally better!

That's because you're still essentially just making guesses. You're still drawing 'blind'.

You look at the object in front of you, pick out a line, look back at your paper and think "that line is about this long and at this angle and curves about this much".

And more often than not your judgement will be off, sometimes by quite a lot.

The marks you make, the shapes you draw and the size and position you draw them won't be what you're actually seeing.

Why is this?

You don't intentionally make inaccurate marks, so what's stopping you from seeing things how they really are?

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Free Drawing Lessons, Tips & Guides

Learn how to draw and observe like an artist - this is a great starting point because it will give you a practical understanding of why some people can draw and why others can't...

Learn to draw whatever you like using basic shapes - what do people, trees, cars, horses and hands all have in common? You can learn how to draw them all by breaking them down into simple geometric shapes...

How to shade your drawings - if you've followed my observation exercise you should be more confident drawing a basic outline. Shading creates form - it makes your drawings look solid and 3-dimensional, and it's where the real fun starts... 

Drawing paper guide - here are the different types of paper available and what you should be using for the type of drawings you want to make...

Drawing implements guide - technically you can draw with anything that makes a mark but let's keep it sensible and talk about graphite, charcoal and ink... 

How to draw faces - learn ho to draw the human face with accurate proportion and realistic features...

How to draw the human figure - nothing is more inspiring to draw than the human figure in an elegant pose. Here's some tips to get you started...

How to draw hands - there's something fascinating about hands and this guide will give you a primer for drawing your own (or someone else's)...

How to draw animals - let's use the basic shapes technique, along with some visual aides to show how you can draw any animal you like...

How to draw a dog - or let's do the above specifically for a dog...

How to draw a cat - or a cat...

How to draw a horse - you get the idea...

How to draw trees - this lesson isn't just about drawing trees, it;s about creating an impression of something (i.e. thousands of leaves) without having to draw every little detail (i.e. thousands of leaves!)...

Perspective drawing - know the difference between 1, 2 and 3-point perspective? Do you need to? Hint: yes you do...

The value of a tonal sketch - creating a thumbnail sketch will help you to create a better composition and, more importantly, forces you to think about lights and darks instead of this colour and that colour...

Drawing tips from visitors to the site - here's a collection of tips that other visitors to the site have offered...

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