Do you dream of being a draftsman but don't know how to draw? Or do you already know how to draw something, but have specific difficulties? Perhaps you are a little lost, thinking that it is impossible because "you don't have the gift". After all, whoever "is born with a gift" already takes the pencil and starts drawing since he was a baby, right?
This is totally wrong! Of course, there are people who can draw well from a very young age, but there are also those who only learn after growing up and become a good artist in the same way. So, forget this “gift” story and go to the fight! Don't know how to draw? Have trouble drawing? Let's try to solve this!
If you live in one of the country's great capitals, you will find drawing courses that teach how to draw step by step. They are not as numerous as language courses, for example, but there are certainly some good quality ones. These establishments also usually offer occasional workshops or short courses for specific difficulties, explaining how to make certain drawings step by step.
With a Google search you can find the most popular drawing courses and, from there, choose the best option. Some examples of good courses in drawing courses are the Quanta Academia de Artes, Área E and Impacto Comics. Take into account the location, price and schedule of the courses and go to the facilities, if possible ask to attend a class.
Now, if where you live there is no drawing school, or if you don't have enough resources to pay for a course, it gets a little more difficult, but not impossible. Don't be discouraged! You can learn to draw well without spending a lot.
Internet Design Tips and Tutorials
The internet is a great source for discovering cheap or even free alternatives to learn. Looking, you can find drawing classes online, step by step drawings, tips for drawing and much more. But be careful: be aware that there is no miracle. It doesn't matter if you found a super cool drawing tutorial, or a video that promises to teach you how to make beautiful and easy drawings, it will only help if you try hard. There is no point in reading a thousand and one drawing tips if you don't take paper and pencils and put these tips into practice. So, first of all, make a commitment to yourself to do your part to make your dream come true. Are you ready? So, let's go ahead!
As we already said, the internet is a great source to discover alternatives, yes, but you also need to pay attention to separate what is and is not for you. A drawing tutorial that was made for those who are already professionals, for example, probably will not help you, as it would be very difficult. Whoever is starting needs more basic information. Look for things like simple drawings step by step, or tutorials with step by step drawings for beginners.
A lot of people use YouTube, and you can really find a lot there. Online drawing class, step by step drawing, tips for drawing or how to draw well, or even videos teaching how to draw step by step, search and find!
A positive point of this medium is that you can see how to make drawings step by step, see how to hold the pencil, and other cool things. There are very good videos, which really teach you how to make step by step drawings for beginners and really “level zero”. And those who do this usually choose as models beautiful drawings and easy to make, as in this video where the designer Ivan Querino teaches on video how to draw Princess Elsa from the movie Frozen, which helps motivate those who are watching. After all, who doesn't get excited about cute and easy drawings? There are also several other videos that give very good tips on how to learn to draw well, just search.
The downside of an online drawing class or drawing tips video is that afterwards you don't have the paper exercises to use as a reference for studying. You would have to rotate the video again, pause, and sometimes the paused image is not good enough to see all the details. To solve this problem, some YouTube channels sell handouts of their activities. It's a good option, if you like the videos enough to invest. But before making a decision, see if there are any complaints from people who bought the handouts and did not receive them. It is always good to be careful when shopping online.
Another problem is that it can happen that great video, which shows how to make drawings step by step the way you wanted, to be in another language. And then, when the professional explains some important detail that does not appear in the video, you cannot understand anything! Unless you are a polyglot or have a friend who is, it can make things a little difficult.
Free Drawing Courses
A good way to facilitate your search for information is to use the comic and manga sites. Some indicate links to good videos and texts on how to make drawings step by step and things like that.
Others have their own drawing tips section. These sites regularly publish texts on tips for drawing, how to learn to draw well, information about materials, and much more.
Some, such as Heroes on Paper, in addition to the tips section also offer a drawing course teaching how to draw step by step. The content varies in level, cost and format. In the case of Heroes on Paper, for example, the course is basic, free and in text, but with illustrations showing the drawings step by step for beginners.
Other Tips and Techniques for Drawing
In case you are starting now in the world of drawings, a great exercise for you to train is to simply make straight lines by hand. Draw two points, one point 'THE' and a point 'B' and trace the straight line between these points. This will make you train your trait much more than you think!
Another great exercise is to simply observe the traits of other designers. Observe how everything was done and also try to research what were the methods and techniques used by that artist.
And, of course, the most valuable tip of all is: train! Always train and train all the time! Only practice and effort make perfect and will make you a great artist!
Anyway, whichever method you choose - take a face-to-face or online course, or study alone through drawing tutorials and tips - what matters is that it works for you. And, above all, that you are aware and committed to doing your part and working hard.
Now take a deep breath and chase your dream!