The focus of this lesson will be to teach you basic exercises that you can do to sharpen your skills. We will draw a cartoon figure at the end to illustrate the purpose of the exercises.
Before you begin, you must get a pencil, an eraser, a sharpener and a plain paper. (any type will do for now). Find a comfortable area with good lighting to work. A little music for some ambience also helps.
So let's begin!
Step 1: Circle Exercise
Lets begin with the circle exercise Yes, circles.
Draw a series of circles as uniform as possible going up and down the page. Don't spend time aiming to make them perfectly round. Instead, draw them at a steady pace.
The purpose of this exercise is to loosen up your hand, to help you get a comfortable grip on your drawing tool (pencil, pen, etc) and to help you get some of that initial drawing rustiness out of your system.
This is a great step to take before you begin drawing anytime. It is also great to do while you're on the phone, watching TV or during any down time.
I know it seems amateur, but it is great practice.
Step 2: Line exercise
This next step is the Line Exercise.
Draw straight lines ranging from 2-3 inches long. Uniform and parallel to each other. Do this by completing a line with one stroke. Do not lift your pencil off the paper. Do as many as you can.
I chose to do mine diagonally, but any direction that you prefer is ok.
This exercise will help you gain good control of your drawing tool, learn to draw in single strokes and once again, get some rusty drawing off your system.
This is another great exercise to try before you begin to draw,when you're on the phone, watching TV or during your downtime.
If you can, try to fill the page or see how much you can do. Sometimes, even if you draw nothing else, these exercises will prove very effective in sharpening your skills.
Below you can see a sample of one of my exercise pages.