DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT:
Handy Tips and Rules
Drawing Worksheets and Exercises to Download
My Favorite Drawing Books Recommendations
Great Drawing Website Links
“I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever.”
― Beatrix Potter
The common pencil has come a long way since the early discovery of Graphite in the English Hills of Cumbria by Sheep farmers in 1565. However it wouldn't be until 1795 when a scientist called Jacques Conte, who had been serving in the army of Napoleon Bonaparte mixed it with clay, baked it in a kiln and then sealed it in a wooden case, did anyone realize the true potential of the material.
Drawing is portrayed as a strange innate skill, whereby you can either do it or not. I disagree with this ideology - it is just like any other skill and requires only enthusiasm and a will to want to learn to achieve skills which deliver great results most think are impossible.
These pages are dedicated to drawing, there are works sheets and projects along with basic guidance and covers some Q&A's regularly asked by students. However nothing can beat attending a great art class with a passionate tutor and talented students to increase your drawing ability and love of the subject.
Below are a collection of drawing Worksheets and Exercises, they provide a starting point for a skill which has many techniques and components, take your time and enjoy the journey.
Please note the Handy tips to the right, further reading Website links and some fantastic book recommendations all here on this page.
Alignment and Proportion Drawing -
The Work sheet outlines some more advanced ideas used within drawing from proportion measuring to technique used for drawing out and about.
Pencil Drawing Part 1 -
Is a Worksheet exploring basic Pencil skills and knowledge. It explores pressure control, tone and contour and is a great starting point for any budding artist.
MY FAVORITE DRAWING BOOKS:
An Introduction to Art Techniques by DK Art School - Good for beginners covers all art areas uses step by step projects to show how to.
How to Paint and Draw by Hazel Harrison - Another all rounder beginners guide book, with projects and medium information.
Drawing on the right side of the brain by B Edwards- Made famous in the 80's its an usual drawing book full of exercises and theories on how to drawing.
Drawing and Painting: Materials and Techniques for contemporary Artists - information on materials with a gallery of artworks to inspire.
Drawing Projects by Mick Maslen and Jack Southern - a collection of interviews and unsuual drawing projects for any ability (Expressive Drawing)
The Artists Guide by John Wilkinson - If you want to know all there is about Perspective and colour this book covers it like no other I know.
Collins Complete Artists Manual - a dictionary of materials and techniques.
Experimental Drawing by Robert Kaupelis - Alternative drawing exercises and theories by a great art teacher.
100 creative Drawing Ideas by Anna Held Audette - Fun drawing exercises for all, to inspire and use your imagination.
Great Children's Books on Drawing:
Discovering Great Artists by MaryAnn F Kohl - 110 projects which explore an artist work and how to have a go, for the young up to teens.
An Introduction to Drawing by James Horton - early teens upwards, probably suitable for Adult beginners.