How To Learn Drawing? The Beginner’s Guide

The best thing to do is to draw simple, perspective objects. It is necessary to know what a perspective is?

You’ve always wanted to take more time to draw, but for some time you’ve decided to take it a little more seriously: Finished the scraps, finished to stay in his corner. So it’s decided; You have finally taken your courage with both hands, and you are ready to move up a gear. What may have slowed you down is that somewhere you never believed it. You may have always said that talent is innate, that it is favored by genetics, that it is reserved for others (yes you know, your little comrades whom you watched desiring to draw in college or high school) . Perhaps you think you have no talent and that the drawing is reserved for the elite. It’s nothing, just go ahead.

How To Learn Drawing? Step By Step Guide

The Tools You Need to Use

How many times I had to wonder what was the technique of my favorite artists, what tools they used, what paper, what table, what ambient temperature they worked, what cereals they ate in the morning, what was the color of their cat black? Blah blah blah blah. I now know one thing that was repeated to me often but which I did not want to hear for very long:

The tool does not make the artist.

A small sentence that says a lot. Believe me on my word. You only need three tools to start:

  • A wooden HB pencil (and pencil sharpener)
  • A sheet of A4 paper
  • A spacious, solid and comfortable support

Consider that this advice is valid for the next 2 years. If you really want to learn how to draw correctly and without veiling your face, it is only real. Obviously, it is not very serious if from time to time you change media during this period. The main thing is that you take pleasure in doing it, but keep in mind that the pencil is the tool of choice to improve in drawing.

For amateurs, I have a list of drawing materials that I use or have used for a long time.

The first 2 years it is best to draw 90% of the time with a HB pencil.

I already see some asking me: “and gum?” “. I advise you to use the eraser only if you spend a lot of time on a drawing, and just to erase some small details. Do not erase your entire drawing. Instead, take a new sheet and try again. I know what some will say to me: “we must think of our friends the trees”;

However, trust me on this: it is all the more harmful for the environment to consume gums.

Prefer thin sheets when you first start.

The paper machine (printer sheet), will do very well at the very beginning. Concerning your drawing table: if it is your desk, make a maximum of space on it, even more than is necessary at first:

To be comfortable on your drawing table, leave an empty surface corresponding to 8 sheets A4, minimum.

This space will allow you to put your elbows and turn the sheet whenever you like. Not to mention that the more space we have, the more motivated we are to work (note that it is not only worth drawing).

The environment of Your Drawing Time

If you are at home, pause your mobile phone, isolate yourself if you are not alone. Close the door, and if you are still at Daddy’s and Mom’s, put a small sign: “Do not disturb please: I draw great stuff! “Or” do not disturb SVP, artist in training “, or whatever you like 🙂 Better to have a maximum of light: a desk lamp (minimum 25W) + a ceiling lamp (minimum 100W). Turn your desk lamp so that it does not project the shadow of your hand on the drawing. The color of the light does not matter if you draw in pencil (it will have more to use colors).

And if you want to use direct sunlight, try to pass it through a white curtain to diffuse it lightly (a white sheet will do the trick). Prefer to work with the sun coming from opposite, especially if you have nothing to diffuse it. If the weather is cloudy but bright, it is an ideal time to draw: no need for artificial light! Invest in a good office chair with wheels. We can not imagine the repercussions that this may have on our drawings. Hence the expression I have just invented:

“A well established buttocks, wealthy designer”

What to draw first?

You don’t know what to draw, and of course, you have a HUGE urge to start with complex objects to get the full view. Stop it! This is a very bad idea.

The best thing to do is to draw simple, perspective objects. It is necessary to know what a perspective is, therefore:

Before you draw anything, you need to know how to draw a cube in perspective.

It’s pretty, Pit, but I already know how to draw a cube in perspective … Oh yes? If so you should know:

  • Draw a line of horizon (line of the level of the eye).
  • Correctly place your leak point (s).
  • Build a cube in diving and low-diving.
  • Place a sphere in this cube (and any other simple geometric form).
  • Draw a curve on a plane in any perspective.

After reading this mini-guide and after practicing a minimum you can move on to more complex objects.

Do not skip steps or you will get discouraged in no time. (In the space of 7 years, I almost gave up at least a good twenty times)

Top 5 best affordable drawing tablet 2017

Drawing tablets are an absolutely essential piece of kit these days for anyone looking to do animation

Yes, style pills are an important part of equipment these times for anyone looking to do movement or style work (when was the last time you tried to attract something with a mouse?

Best graphics tablets less than $100

Add to this the proven reality that they also come with some awesome functions and allow for stress level of sensitivity, and you can see why they are taking over. The problem is, how do you select from all of the ones that are on the market? Sure, we’d all really like a Wacom Cintiq, but at several of money they are out of most people’s cost variety. Therefore, I’d like to go through what I consider to be the 5 best style pills that you can make up for less than $100…and most of them are quite a bit under that.

Top 5 best affordable drawing tablets:

  1. Wacom Intuos Draw CTL490DW

Wacom Intuos Draw CTL490DW

For performers of all stages who want to take their abilities into electronic world without emptying your bank account, the Intuos Draw CTL490DW electronic illustrating and style product by Wacom just may be the way to go. The Intuos Draw performs with many well-known style and movement applications and the product can be set up for either remaining or right-handed use. Here you can know how to learn draw step by step.

  1. Huion H610 Pro

Huion H610 Pro

With a large (10 by 6.25 inch) illustrating surface area and a cost-effective cost ($72.99), the Huion H610 Pro is a cost-effective substitute for performers of every level of encounter.  It is relatively easy to set up via the associated with CD and on-screen guidelines, and performs with with most style application such as Color, Photoshop and others.  The pen is standard rechargeable and allows for accurate management of the pointer so that you can get a clear line for specific illustrating.

  1. Wacom ONE CTL471

Wacom ONE CTL471

The Wacom ONE CTL471 is entering substitute for those performers who have only a little room. At only a 8.3 x 5.8 inches extensive, this product provides all the quality and management you want in searching for pen within a smaller surface area. Despite the small monitor dimension, a wide-format effective area still allows for more time pen swings and a relaxed illustrating encounter.

  1. Ugee M708 Graphics Tablet

Ugee M708 Graphics Tablet

From Ugee comes the M708 Visual Drawing Tablet. This product, at just $59.98 retail store, is quite cost-effective and provides all of the options you’d anticipate. The product can also be designed for both left- and right-handed use.

  1. Turcom TS6610

Turcom TS6610

The product comes with 8 show important factors and 16 personalized operate important factors that put the most popular guidelines of most style applications at your convenience and allow you to change from one system to another quickly.

How to Use A Graphics Tablet? A Step By Step Guide

Here we are for the second part of this folder on retouching, we go with this article and the next we focus on the hardware tools essential to photo editing.

I am not going to make a special ticket on computers in this folder, the reason is simple, the hardware changes a bit too often to write an article, which can stay on the length without having to be updated regularly.

I will concentrate on the two elements that I think are essential for working properly.

  • Computer screens
  • Graphic tablets

Maybe you’re wondering why I did not start with the screen?

The answer is simple, the screen, everyone has one, although not all are necessarily adapted to retouching, everyone has a screen.

We can, therefore, consider the change of screen over the long term, according to his budget and his vision of things.

The graphic tablet is something rarer and not necessarily found in all households.

There are three types of people:

  • The one that does not have a graphics tablet
  • The one that has one and that it never uses
  • She who has one and cannot do without.

There are no other alternatives, no one has a graphic tablet that he simply uses from time to time, either we adore or we hate.

Which graphics tablet to choose?

You should know that there are several brands on the market of the tablet and that in fact, the choice is really vast.

The following manufacturers are among others:

  • Aiptek
  • Genius
  • Hanvon
  • Trust
  • Wacom

As each brand offers several models, we find not far from a hundred different products, from the simple tablet to 30 € to the professional versions to more than 4’000 €.

This huge choice is an advantage, which quickly turns into a handicap, which tablet to choose from among the impressive number that is offered to us.

By the time I write these lines, almost everyone agrees that the best brand, the one that stands out is Wacom .

It displays an incredible statistic as 85% of the tablet market is owned by this Japanese firm born in 1993.

This success is not due to chance, but it is the consequence of quality products.

My first advice will be to orient you towards this brand, which in addition to a very good quality offers a very wide range of products.

The choice of the tablet:

As explained above, it is difficult to find oneself in the midst of many different models.

I will try to guide you with a very tight selection of three shelves which, in my opinion, are ideal in their price range.

These are only examples I recommend, but it is in no way a definite and stopped choice that I invite you to follow absolutely. Instead, it is a simple proposition to help you follow a certain logic for your final choice.

We will begin this selection with …

The entry-level:

If you’re not sure about the tablet, if you’re not sure and you’re still asking questions, it’s best to invest in a simple tablet, but it’s good quality and you will not regret the price if We do not “cling” to the concept.

wacom bamboo tablet

In the worst case and if you become addicted, you can keep it as a rescue or travel shelf if you switch to a higher model.

For that, I can only advise the Wacom Bamboo , which besides being excellent tablets compact and easy to use, have a very good value for money that makes them particularly interesting.

There are cheaper alternatives to competition, but we are far from the quality offered by the Wacom Bamboo.

The medium/high-end:

If you are sure of yourself, you want a tablet of very high quality that offers everything you can expect from such a tool without reaching stratospheric prices, do not hesitate, Is the Wacom Intuos5 Touch s you need.

Wacom Intuos5

Personally, I have version M, because I also use it for graphics.

This tablet is tactile multi-touch, it takes into account the pressure on 2,048 levels and the inclination of the stylus to have an even more precise and fluid work.

This is, in my opinion, the best choice for a photographer, who does not risk to regret the investment, although this one is a little more consistent than the Bamboo.

The high-end:

Here, we arrive in the very high-end, the absolute dream for any retoucher and other lovers of the image, the Wacom Cintiq 22HD touch!

Get all the benefits of the Intuos 5 touch, but instead of working on the tablet, you’re working right here on a very high-quality 22 “HD screen.

It is the absolute tool, but this one costs more than 2’000 €, the dream at a price!

Personally, I’m looking more and more at the 13HD version of Cintiq, which has the advantage of being compact, offering good feeling and having a price that is realistic, since in Switzerland it is found for less Of 800.- CHF.

Basic settings:

To begin with, I will advise you a basic setting, which is going to be there only to leave on a work base adapted to the photo and more particularly to the localized retouching and this, whatever the program.

I will take as an example the settings for a Wacom , but they will be easily transferable to other tablets.

Here is the tricky point of this basic setting, because there are really two schools, as I explained a bit to you earlier.

Indeed, one can either decide that the left click is done when one touches the tablet with the stylus, the standard setting, or when one presses the front button of the stylus.

I think at first, for a simpler ergonomics, I would disable the left click at the contact and I would leave it only on the front main button.

This has the advantage of being a way of doing pretty close to the mouse and therefore more intuitive, some will claim that it is a pity because we lose a configuration button on the stylus.

In fact, many people put the right-click on the front button of the stylus and the “maj + ctrl / cmd + z” – which is the shortcut to go back – on the back button of the stylus:

If you were using my configuration, I would advise you to put the right click on the back button of the stylus.

Since most editing programs do not have double click utility, it is advisable to simply disable it:

Pressure monitoring:

We will see in the chapter of this file on retouching programs that they do not all take into account the pressure of the pen.

The pressure, if recognized on the retouching program, will serve several purposes, control the thickness of the line or even the opacity and even both at once.

There are many other possibilities depending on the program used, Photoshop is clearly the one that allows going further in the management of the pressure.

To settle it, no advice other than to do according to your needs and way of working.

It is necessary to test with the panel of the configuration of the tablet what is for you the most pleasant, for my part, I recommend a setting little sensitive, which in my opinion allows a little better control in photo editing.

Test and see what suits you best.

Programming buttons:

The tablet allows you to program different buttons for specific actions such as keyboard shortcuts.

Depending on the tablet you choose, you will have more or fewer programmable buttons, usually between 4 and 8.

In a photo setup, it is rare to use these shortcuts, yet some can be enjoyable depending on how you work.

For example, one of the keys I programmed allows the shortcut “maj + alt / ctrl + cmd / alt + N” to open a new empty layer on Photoshop.

Feel free to look at what may be useful to you and if this shortcut really saves you time because the trap is that sometimes releasing the stylus to press the button takes longer than doing the gesture in a traditional way.

Useful surface:

As explained above, the surface of the tablet represents the surface of your screen.

If for the drawing we need to make ample gestures, the photo editing is most often subtle and requires short and precise gestures.

This is why I recommend you reduce the useful surface of the tablet.

You can see the surface that I use on my Wacom Intuos5 touch size M.

Different configurations:

Depending on your programs, specific needs and ways to work, you can configure your tablet in several different ways.

For example, my tablet is not set in the same way for LightRoom as for Photoshop, I even have several different configurations for Photoshop depending on the type of work I have to perform.

So do not hesitate to use this possibility to be as comfortable as possible.

Refining the settings?

As explained a little before, one has to get used to its tablet and in fact, for a while, a little forced to use it so that it becomes natural.

The basic settings I recommend may not suit you, so it’s important – not to say capital – to change the settings to see which ones fit us best.

The more you try, the more you get used to using your tablet and the more enjoyable it will be for you to use it, until you cannot do without it!


The graphic tablet is an important instrument, one quickly becomes addicted as soon as one makes the right gestures and the right adjustments.

Whatever your retouching program, from the moment you go to do localized development that requires precision, the graphics tablet will be a real asset for you.

Both for accuracy, ergonomics and time-saving.

I can only recommend you very strongly to get started, I think you will not regret a single second!

I will give you an appointment for the next part of this file that will tell you about screens!

Good luck and good photos!