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Some people have a natural talent which allows them to draw almost any image that enters their mind perfectly, others may be able to see the image that they want to draw but are unable to draw it on paper as they lack technical skill but the majority of people aren’t creative enough to be able to visualise a drawing before they put pen or pencil to paper.

Think about where you would place yourself on a chart of 1 to 10 for aspects such as technical ability, creativity and motivation. By analysing these skills you can see where you really need to improve and in what order you should learn – start with your weakest point and when you feel you adequate enough in that move on. Then look at how you feel you learn best – do you prefer watching a demonstration and then copying or maybe you prefer to jump in and try for yourself. By finding out which method works best for yourself, you can speed up the learning process and find ways to learn which will suit you and make you feel comfortable.

There are a lot of different learning materials that can be used to teach you new techniques, these range from videos to websites and the majority can be used for free. Some of my favourite websites for tips and demonstrations are as follows:

* Learn To Draw – Here you can learn to draw people and caricatures. The website is written by a professional artist and contains a lot of useful tips. The website also lists what equipment and stationary you should use and is a great place to start for a beginner, however there are many tips which are also useful to an amateur, such as light and shading and portion and perspective. If you are a visual learner then this may not be the best website for you as it contains a lot of text which requires you to pick up the key points.

* Manga University – This is a great website for drawing Manga and Anime (Japanese cartoon/animated style). The website contains a lot of tutorials which are split into sections, such as drawing eyes, ears, hair or males for example. By using different categories it allows you to work on one particular area at a time, which is great because you can then piece it all together and make a full drawing. There are videos as well as illustrated and written walkthroughs to help you understand each step – this makes it great for each type of learning style. Manga University also offers a short drawing course to help you work on your style; they also offer many different How To books and stationary.

* Cartoon Critters – This website is aimed more towards visual learners as the step by step guides are normally in illustration format only. Cartoon Critters gives you an illustrated guide on how to draw different things such as aliens or a cat – the website focuses on a more cartoony style so if you are looking for realism then this isn’t the website for you. It is a great website for people who like to see what they should be drawing in a step by step stage and try to copy the image that they see, however there isn’t really any detailed information to help you out – what you see is what you get. They also have videos showing them drawing different things which some learners may find useful.

* How To Draw – How To Draw is a great website for tutorials and tips. The tutorials are informative and easy to follow; they are also in a range of formats such as illustrations, text and video. There is quite a lot of content on this website and the range is very broad – there are some ultra realistic tutorials such as how to draw a skull which looks very realistic, as well as a more animated approach such as cartoon style dog. This is one of my favourite resources for tutorials because it covers the majority of areas which I need; animals, anime, cars, cartoon, fantasy, plants and characters. I would definitely use this website however I do feel that some of the tutorials are aimed at the more experienced artist and a beginner may find it a little difficult without visiting some of the other websites first.

* DrawSpace – DrawSpace is a great resource for tips and techniques which aren’t just limited to a beginner. There tutorials are split into three ability levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced – from here there are different categories which are listed alphabetically and include crosshatching, perspective, faces and figures, animals and 3D cartoons. The creators of the website also offer online classes and are all professional artists, each with their own published book. This website will also help you visualise images before you begin to draw, as well as help you to see values and objects in images that you may not have recognised before. Overall DrawSpace is a really useful website for any artist and contains some great tutorials and tips to help you expand your technique and ability.

You will also be able to find books related to the area that you want to draw in your local library or online. On top of this you could also attend a short college course or gain a full qualification in fine art or design.

Always remember that each artist is unique and will have their own style – so don’t just copy other people’s, use something that works for you and that you are comfortable with. It is best to look at what other people do and adapt to a style which suits you. Without knowing it you will have your own style and which will develop as your technical ability grows. Adapt to your own style – a good way to practice this is to copy an image that you like but change it into your own style – this includes changing the scenery, colours and the style in which it is drawn. Try to carry a small notepad around with you and when an image enters your mind try to draw it – if you aren’t very creative you could use something simple like an apple but give it a different approach, make it unique.

Although some people are born with a natural talent art is most certainly a skill which can be acquired by anyone as long as they have motivation and are willing to learn. The hardest part of learning anything is having the patience to stick with it even when things don’t go as well as you may have planned. They key to being good at anything is to practice, practice, practice – so never feel disheartened because even professional artists make mistakes!