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This is a simple drawing lesson.

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.

I like your emphasis on exercises. They really help you get used to using your drawing tools. It's much easier to put what's in your mind's eye onto paper when your hands aren't getting in the way.
<p>These days drawing teachers are not going to teach you these kind of practices. They start with the short cuts.</p>
<p>Thank you brunnjon! I agree =)</p>
Im am also left handed and enjoy doodling, great instructable and im loving the complete dredlock guy!
Thanks Kiwi! Lefties rule!
I like your doodles - plus, they add authenticity to the instructable...proves you've got some talent and aren't just giving us tips you found off the internet. And the video does a good job of explaining the entire process. Good job.
Thanks a bunch! This was my first instructable ever and I had a lot of fun makin it ;)
Here is my forum topic with my doodles/cartoons, scanned and imported, then vectorised &amp; coloured using inkscape. Hope you like them. <a href="http://www.instructables.com/community/Cartoons/">http://www.instructables.com/community/Cartoons/</a><br/>
really nice i'ble. i like how you even included how to practice. its looks so simple but when i try to draw cartoons, they always turn out to be not very good. thanks. if you have any other tips, please tell me about them :-) you should also post more i'bles, your good at explaining things with words
Thanks! :)
<p>It is really awesome that you shared basic tips of drawing skill. Like drawing circle and lines. My drawing teacher used to teach us these kind of techniques for the first few months.</p>
omg, I did it! Thank you, great tuto &lt;3 But the video quality was pretty low for me (like 240p), but I'm still in love with your tutorial !!
<p>i had made it but then my German Shepard Max pooped right on it. :(</p>
<p>Thx for the tutorial! :)</p>
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<p>Dear Carolina</p><p>Thanks for sharing on how to draw which was described very simple yet very professional and I've enjoyed it very much but I think that drawing or Visual Arts doesn't require tutorials because I believe that Drawing is up to you and you don't have to learn art. You just have to express art from your feelings and emotion and express that into a 2 dimensional work and it doesn't matter if you're bad or not! Art is up to your style so go for it whether your crappy at art or your amazing at art.</p><p>It's all up to you. :)</p>
Thanks for your feedback Spec! <br>I agree with you, every artist wether new or pro develops their own style as they acquire and learn technique along the way.<br><br>My tutorial is an approach to practice-based drawing that teaches what I have learned about the importance of warming up with basics prior to drawing or doodling =)<br><br>Doodle on my friend! =) <br>
It's cool thanx
<p>thank you! =)</p>
Very good helped me loads thanx! X
Cool!
Cool
This is a great instructable, Carolina.
it's rustiness,dear
CLEAR.I'm halftrained and will take some leaves from this book
U are good at cartooning Great!! :)
Thanks for the tutorial.
You're welcome! Thanks for checking it out ;)
&quot;whoops...&quot; LOL great video thanks for the 'ible!
LoL! Thanks ;)
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for stopping in!
The step 1, pic 2 is <em><strong>PRETTY</strong></em> scary! <br/>
Hey! I like your pic. There is no pic 2 in step 1 though. lol.
Hey this is just a question. Would it be adequate to use a blue fine tipped pen?<br />
Hi! <br /> thanks for the nice compliments. =) Practice makes us artists happy with our drawings, keep up your chops with any exercise that you notice works for you.<br /> I love to draw with pens. Fine Tip Blue Ink pens work just fine, just be cautious to not over work any lines bc those pens may bleed excess ink and ruin your drawings. <br /> Keep up the good work!<br /> =)<br />
You Should really put your drawing skills to the test and create one HUGE drawing/doodle and put an instructable up about it<br /> <br />
That's a great suggestion!!!i might just try it out :)
i meant step 3 pic 2, no offense
no worries. That's the Jumping Lady, she is pretty freaky looking.
WHY IS SOMEBODY ASKING YOU WHAT YOUR DRAWING IN THE VIDEO?
it's my son, he walked into the room when I was filming and started talking up a storm.<br />
酷哦~It's like a ghost on the right,so cool~~
hey, nice drawing. i am a great drawer too. do you like my drawing of the original mario?
hey, your left handed just like me! I think that makes people more creative, something vauge to do with right/left brain. You can look it up if you want. I also enjoy doodling but I never thought of any kind of exersize (!!!???) to warm up. Thanks, this is a good idea because my are always slightly off and it's aggravating. Good videos, only slightly bad thing is that they were at 1x speed, and watching someone draw that slow is really dull. what kind of pen was that? I dont mean specific model, but just like.. sharpie fine tipped,etc etc.
the right brain is the artistic side, but the left side of the body controls the right brain. weird, isn't it.
other way around, the brain controls the left side of the body. Not the body controlling the brain. Also, for a fun fact, the left side of the brain is dominant over the right so that's why most people are right handed.
interesting...

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