Are you thinking about drawing lessons but don't know where to get started? This the perfect article for you. Drawing lessons are for anybody that wants to get better at drawing. Yes, even if you're looking to pick up drawing as a hobby you would benefit from taking drawing lessons. Drawing lessons are the perfect way to learn techniques and skills that can take your drawing to the next level. You could take drawing lessons online, in person, privately or in a group. There are lots of resources to start drawing.

We recommend taking drawing lessons with the help of a tutor. Tutors can offer you freedom and flexibility in your schedule. You won't have to stick with a set class time each week, You can pick a time that's more convenient for you. Tutors can also offer a personal experience. You’ll have their undivided attention. Your drawing tutor will be able to actively access your strengths and weakness. They can then tailor each lesson to better suit your needs to keep you progressing forward. With the help of a tutor, you’ll be able to learn faster and easier compared to someone not using a tutor.

Superprof offers 100s of drawing tutors all over Canada. They have tutors with years of experience and knowledge so you’ll be learning the best way possible. Supeprof offers lessons online and in-person giving you the freedom and flexibility to start learning to draw when you want to learn.

Drawing techniques will help you get better.
Drawing techniques will help you get better. Source: Cottonbro, Pexels

5 Drawing Exercises to Start Drawing

We wanted to offer some assistance before you start your lessons. Benefiting from the help that drawing lessons offer is priceless, but if you wanted to get started in practicing we found some great drawing exercises to get started. One exercise to start getting better at drawing is to simply draw more. We often can overlook things. This means when we're learning new skills we google the best way to do something. This leads you on a path of 100s of articles. At the end up you never find the best way to do something and you never start. Drawing doesn't have to be one of these skills. You can easily pick up the pencil and begin to draw. To get better at something you need to practice and drawing is no different. You need to put in the practice time.

Now let's get to the Exercises.

Shading Exercise

Shading is an important skill any good artist knows how to do well. Shading allows you to add light to your drawing. It also creates depth and brings it to life. Practicing shading will give you the skills of 3 things. The first one being pressure control. This concept sounds simple, but it's another thing to put it to use. The second is to create smooth lines. You want your drawings to look smooth. Everything should blend. The third is understanding light. You need to understand how light behaves when it hits an object. This will bring your objects to life.

To get started in shading you can simply start with an apple. You don't need to draw something detailed and in-depth. An apple is easy and simple to start with. Practice shading the shadow that would be created if the apple was hit by the light. You can pretend the apple is creating multiple shadows. There are lots of references online you can start with.

Keep practicing each exercises to master them.
Keep practicing each exercise to master them. Source: Alena Koval, Pexels

Space Exercise

We've all seen the images of a train tunnel. It starts big and slowly narrows as the page ends. This is creating space in your images. It's done by linear perspectives like the train tunnel, overlapping and size. All 3 if of these space techniques are important to understand. If you want to create realism space helps bring your image to life.

To practice spacing, it doesn't have to be complicated. For linear progression start with the train tunnel. For overlapping, you can inter-lap 2 circles to show the space. Lastly, the size you can show one image big and the other small. These different techniques don't have to be complicated. You need to understand them at their base level. From there you can go more in-depth as you gain more skills.

Edging Exercise

Edging is all about creating lines. You want to be able to correctly see where lines stop and start. You want also want to be able to differentiate between different shapes. If there are a square and circle beside each other you should be able to tell when one starts and the other stops. Creating edges help us understand our drawings better.

You can create edges as an artist in a number of ways. The 3 most common ways are colour, objects and planes. Every good artist is going to need to know how to use these 3 effectively in their drawing. To start practicing first look at other drawings. Try to determine how they used edges to create their images. Your next step would be creating shapes in your drawing. Make your edges clear and known. From there you branch out into realism drawings. For instance, you could draw a hand and by using edges you can make your hand drawing stand out. It takes practice, but it's a skill you can master.

Everybody can get better at drawing with a little practice.
Everybody can get better at drawing with a little practice. Source: Karolina Grabowska, Pexels

Hatching Exercise

Hatching is a very popular drawing technique. Hatching is when you're making ticks on your page that are parallel to each other. The lines that are further apart will be lighter and the lines that are close together will be darker. Hatching is more of a drawing technique than a skill, but it still is something you need to understand. Hatching is used a lot in shadowing and drawing objects.

Cross hatching is another form of hatching. It's used to add texture to your drawing. Again it's a very used technique in the drawing world that you should have an understanding of. To practice hatching or cross-hatching start with shapes. Shapes have clear borders that make it easier to start and stop with. Your hatches should all follow in the same direction and look smooth. Once you've mastered shapes you can move on to other images.

Blending Exercise

Blending is another popular technique that's used by all artists, even if you are a beginner. Blending is going to be used when your drawing with charcoal or pencil. You'll be blending with your finger or cloth. Blending is used to give your drawings a more finished look and you'll be able to use it in any medium. Blending can be tricky to figure out but with a little practice, you'll be able to get a grasp of it.

To start practicing blending by drawing a few lines then using your finger or cloth try to blend the lines together. You can then start to practice blending into your drawings. Blending is going to be different depending on the paper and tools your using, so it's important to try it one a few different things. Once you master blending you'll be able to do it with ease. It's just those first few times you blend that are hard.

Start Practicing Drawing!

Now that you've learned a few basic drawing techniques you can put your pencils to paper and start practicing. Drawing does require a lot of practice to get better. These exercises won't come easy to you at first, but if you stay persistent you'll be able to successfully learn all these exercises. If you want to get better at drawing faster you can always work with a Supeprof drawing tutor. It'll give you the edge compared to learning by yourself. Your tutor will be able to ensure you're properly using each exercise.

For more information about drawing check out these articles:

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