Drawing is...yes, complicated and somewhat frustrating at times, but that's why I made this. The steps here are:
2. Gather supplies and inspiration
3. Draw It and Improve It!
4. Tracing and Erasing
6. Background (optional)
7. Fancy Stuff (optional)
Hope you enjoy this guide! And remember, take your time on each step. Rushing yourself isn't a good idea!
Step 1: Thinking
First, you gotta figure out what you want to draw.
Then, figure out the details:
-The mood you wanna convey
-Techniques you want to test out beforehand
-Modifications to your inspiration
-And more! The picture included and this list is only to get you started. Get crazy, but don't be afraid to think of some alternatives or scrap an idea later. Just think everything through first.
Now that you've figured out your plan, you can move on to the next step!
Step 2: Gather Supplies and Inspiration
The first picture there is a pile of stuff that I labelled that are examples of things you could use (which I did, in fact use for the drawing used as an example here).
The next two pictures are the inspiration listed in my brainstorming list.
The last piece of inspiration I wanted (a picture of dusk) can be easily grabbed off Google Images with the hit of a key. No need for that picture here, right?
It doesn't have to be an object, and you DO NOT need to copy it completely. You can use bits and parts, or no inspiration at all, but do NOT copy something (especially another piece of artwork) detail to detail, unless you're still learning the basics of art, where you may have to start out by copying.
And finally, the moment you've been waiting for, you can move on to the actual art now that the prep work is finished!
Step 3: Draw It and Improve It!
Tip: Make guidelines! If drawing a human face, some examples of guidelines would be splitting the face in sections to make it more proportionate.
Tip: Draw lightly! It'll be easier to erase your mistakes and guidelines later.
Step 4: Trace and Erase!
Of course, you do not have to trace at all. If you prefer a fuzzier feeling to your picture. Or, you may prefer hard outlines (like in my picture), where you would use a marker or pen, as suggested. OR, if you prefer fuzzy, but with outlines, use a pencil-crayon, crayon, etc. to trace.
And now, for the fun part!
Step 5: Colouring
Step 6: Background (Optional)
Step 7: Fancy Stuff (Optional)
What I've done here are just some techniques that are possible with Pixlr. Remember, this is just for fun, so don't push yourself all around the internet just to find Photoshop tutorials or something!