This guide is designed specifically for kids aged 3-5 who are curious about drawing, but who need to learn some basic skills and techniques so they can draw on an actual piece of paper. This is the only guide for this age group that provides an extensive outline of drawing techniques.
For many years I’ve been teaching kids how to draw, but I’ve noticed an odd disconnect between the learning they do for the fun stuff in class, and the skills they really need for work. When you start thinking about how you’re going to draw a character’s arms, your brain immediately thinks about how to draw arms without even thinking about the idea of the arm – or why they draw arms in the first place. But when you learn to draw characters with their arms realistically, you realize that’s a lot of work. Drawing an imaginary arm can take as many as ten minutes, and it’s impossible to draw someone else’s imaginary arm accurately unless you’re drawing it perfectly every time.
But if you want to be a good artist, you need to know what your characters are, and you need to know how they should look as a whole.
To that end, I’ve been doing my best to help kids learn the basic skills that make them a better artist – and I think that this document is the start of a great series of resources for this purpose. I hope that it’s a good starting point for learning to draw the real stuff!
Here you’ll find:
– a series of drawing lessons to help you understand basic drawing techniques from beginner to expert – and the tools you need to draw accurately
– an annotated index of drawings covering almost each subject
– and of course, lots of examples that will give you that “real drawing” feel
It’s best to start out learning all of these in the lesson “How to Draw!” – and then, when you’re ready to move on to something a little more advanced, just skim the rest of the pages or print out a PDF.
Some of these lessons were really written to give the basic overview, but will cover a much broader variety of subjects than you find in other guides. So if you don’t care especially about any particular technique, or would prefer just to skip right to the end, you can skip ahead to the “Practice” page at the end of each individual lesson. If, however, you want to learn more advanced techniques, or are trying to learn basic drawing techniques to learn more advanced techniques, you
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