Drawing for Beginners

Beginner drawing tips and techniques found here! This is the place to start if you are just learning how to draw, and it is also a great place to keep coming back for refreshers on drawing techniques and drawing basics that artists use all the time.

Don’t You Want to Draw for Life?

Start Drawing Bodies–And You Will! To find joy and relaxation and fun in drawing bodies, you want to learn just a bit about anatomy. Not too much! This is no medical course, but coming at anatomy from an artistic angle is the best way to go about getting great at drawing figures because you eventually…

Women artists: Judith and Her Maidservant by Artemisia Gentileschi, 1613, oil painting on canvas.

All the Painting Ladies

In honor of 600 women artists gathering for a photo at the Brooklyn Museum on October 23, 2016, here’s an article all about the painting ladies that I revere, respect, and study. Enjoy and add your thoughts on the women artists, painters or otherwise, who inspire you!     Women Artists Present & Past I’m…

Beginner Drawing: Printmaking: An Introduction

Those daunted by the skills and money needed to operate a large, bulky printing press can still explore a variety of printmaking techniques without the use of a press. by Naomi Ekperigin Winged Horse by Gail Ayres, 2003, monotype, 30 x 22. Collection the artist. From etchings to the words of a daily newspaper, for…

Beginner Drawing Logic: The Right Drawing Tools for the Job

Carefully choosing the right drawing tools for a given subject gives a draftsman a tremendous advantage.by Bob Bahr CLOCKWISE FROM TOPA bottle of walnut ink and a bamboo pen, four colors of Conté crayons (bistre, sanguine, black, and white), four colors of colored pencils, a graphite pencil, and a piece of vine charcoal. It's true…

Beginner: Drawing Masters

As one studies drawing, it can be useful to learn from masters that came before in order to gain inspiration and find ways of approaching challenges that arise. For those discovering drawing, there are several master draftsmen one can learn from. by Naomi Ekperigin Portrait of Madame d'Haussonvilleby Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, ca. 1842, graphite, 9 3/16…

Beginner Drawing Logic: Getting Depth Into Your Drawings

Here are some ways to give depth to your drawings. by Bob Bahr A Grove of Pine Trees With a Ruined Towerby Claude Lorrain, 1638â??1639, pen and brown ink with brown, gray, and pink wash on white paper, 12â? x 8¾. Collection the British Museum, London, England. Notice how the contrast in the bark of…

Beginner Drawing: Networking Opportunities for Artists

Many artists work within the confines of their studios or homes, making it difficult to connect with colleagues. Below are different ways beginning artists can enter the social dimension of the art world. by Naomi Ekperigin Art Classes and Workshops Attending art classes and workshops is a great way to access one’s local art scene…

Beginner Drawing Logic: Draw What You Don't See

Faintly draw construction lines to remind yourself of the parts of the form you don't see. by Bob Bahr Contour of a Woman Relaxingby Alex Zwarenstein, 2002, graphite, 20 x 30. All artwork this article collection the artist unless otherwise indicated. Zwarenstein's perspective lines greatly diminish the possibility of distortion in the subject matter. Note…

Beginner Drawing: Linear Perspective: The Basics

It is critical for artists of all levels to understand and feel comfortable using linear perspective.by Stephanie Kaplan Understanding linear perspective is important for all artists, beginners included, regardless of their medium or subject matter, as the concept of linear perspective has revolutionized the way artists perceive and incorporate spatial depth in their work. Established…

Beginner: Drawing Materials, the Basics

by Bob Bahr Here are the basic art materials drawing. Drawing Graphite pencilsA graphite pencil usually consists of a long, thin cylinder of graphite enclosed in a hexagonal wooden sleeve–the standard pencil. But solid graphite is also available in a pencil form that is wrapped in plastic to keep the graphite off the user’s hands.…