Drawing is a handy hobby for all Makers.

If you don’t draw, but think it would be fun, cool or useful to be able to draw.
I did this for you.

If you draw a little or even a lot, I hope you take a look and enjoy this.

First and foremost I consider myself a Maker. However, the first things I started making were pictures. As a kid pencils and paper were all I could get my hands on. By the time I was a teenager I was making sometimes breaking anything and everything.

Anyone can learn to draw simple characters and that is how a lot of people start a life long love of drawing.  If you ever utter the words "wish I could draw" I encourage you to try this. Of course you probably thinking "I wish I could draw...but not that" Point here is, with a sound approach and knowing the reason for each step, anyone, any age can begin to enjoy some success in drawing or painting in any medium.

For this demo I used Sketchbook Pro 6.
as a side note :
I have recently upgraded and have been having a lot of fun with V6. I have had a copy of Sketchbook since version 1 but haven't really used it until the 2011 update came out. Been loving it since. I have always liked Sketchbook over other drawing software because it seemed to be smoothest transition from traditional to digital drawing and painting. It took a few updates for Sketchbook to get some of the brushes/textures and features I was looking for but it's all there now. So if you haven't tried it, download the free trial and give it a go.
As for my input device I am using a rather old Graphire 4 tablet....I am very interested to see what all the fuss is about with the in the newer Intuos5 touch Medium Pen Tablet is! ;)

Thanks for taking a look.

Music by:  Michael Chapman & The Woodpiles

Enough of the random thoughts, lets get started.

Learning to draw from text, pictures or video is still like trying to learn how to swim from your couch.

I have included a video and would like to challenge all you “Wish I could drawers” to get pencil and paper and draw along. Of course you can pause and replay. Be warned, you will show no signs of improvement by just watching it. Either way I hope you enjoy it.

For instructional purposes and in the beginning I recommend keeping these steps separate and finishing each one before moving on to the next one. As you become more familiar with each step  you may choose to bounce in and out of steps in various parts of the drawing for a variety of reasons.
  1. Rough Sketch
  2. Line drawing
  3. Blocking in base colours
  4. Shadows and Highlights
  5. Detailing,Tinting and Toning.

Step 1: Rough Sketch or Construct Drawing

I have also heard this called “layout” or an older term, “scaffolding”. I use to think this was merely a way instructional art books taught students how to draw, this is not the case. True, it may be a good way to show an object in a simplified form but it is not the sole purpose. Roughs can be useful in laying out multiple objects a composition, making sure the big picture is kept in mind right from the start. They can also be used to simply make sure the drawing will fit on the page.
In truth, here are many reason to make a rough but for this demonstration the rough sketch is used more to get out a loose idea for the purposes of discovering the character, placing facial feature and simply laying a foundation to build on. Try to avoid “undo” or erasing at this stage of the drawing, the idea here is to keep moving forward and lay down something to work with. Be as loose or as sketchy as you are comfortable.  Keep the lines light so you are able to build them up if necessary to define alterations.
If you watched the video you may have noticed that all of the characters were started with a head shape boundary. When I am playing around with ideas like in this demo, I sometimes challenge myself with some random shape and try to make some character that come to mind from looking at that shape. Other times I will draw a grouping of shapes to make up the features and then draw the head shape based on the feeling I get from the features. I recommend trying out both and even come up with other ways to brainstorm ideas.
Great instructable! It is really helpful, thanks for posting. Why is your werewolf so sad, poor guy?
Thank you for taking a look and your comment. <br>As for the werewolf...I wish I had an answer....hey, come to think of it Frankie isn't too happy either. Wonder if that says something about me. <br>Glad it helped.

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