Beginner Sketching Lessons: Read This If You’re New to Drawing


Sketching implies looseness and freedom as opposed to more fully finished or formal drawing practices. Sketching techniques usually focus on hand-eye coordination and observational skills surrounding proportion, light and dark, and gesture. Creating simple pencil sketches or quick studies is an affordable and engaging way to sharpen one’s drawing skills. Freehand sketching can result in marks that aren’t technically correct, but the purpose of sketching is to embrace the “mistakes” and stray marks as signs of an artist’s process and progression through any given drawing.

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Beginner sketches

By mastering shapes drawing, you will have a good foundation on which to build your sketches. Begin by drawing cylinders, and from there you’ll be able to put together much more complicated pencil drawings.

Sketching techniques

Sketching techniques  Download this free sketching tutorial to find out more about how to sketch well!Download this free sketching tutorial to find out more about how to sketch well!

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  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.