This instructable is your basic guideline to how to draw a tonal (shaded drawing) with pencils, draw a simple pen outline character and simplified cross hatching of shapes.

Before you start I would like to say that there is no definitive guide for drawing, it is something very personal down to the way you hold your pencils and pens.

Step 1: Materials You Will Need

Today class, we will be using pencils, pens and paper.

For now the drawing is kept simple and yes if I get good feedback I will add more instructables as follow ups that as the pictures below show will take you up as far as the level I am at. Unfortunately I will have to become a better artist when that point in time comes along. I would be able to give better examples and plan to add them when my art coursework finally comes back to me from moderation as I was under special circumstances this year due to my fathers passing away.

In the meantime these two images will have to suffice, the first being a caricature of Angus Young, or was it Bon I did too many caricature in one night and the second is from my coursework that shows a good example of shaped cross-hatching on the lighter's body (best ignore the rest I was firing out a page a minute for a deadline)
<p>I'm sorry. Did you explain HOW you shade, or did I just overlook it? Seems my children have been drawing since the day they were born, at least that's what all the paper around the house makes me feel like. Anyway, they both make their own tortillions as one of several different shading tools. My son has also done lots of ink work and has used the side of the pen tip as a shading tool also, sometimes shading with ink &quot;dots.&quot;</p>
<br> &quot;As far as artistic talent goes you have it or you don't&quot;<br> <br> I disagree with this, at least within the context of drawing what you see.&nbsp; It's true that some people understand how to draw more intuitively than others, but drawing is a skill that anyone can learn to do well, and isn't even a particularly difficult one.&nbsp; Knowing what to draw is the difficult part, but that isn't what you are are talking about here.<br> <br> I think you are doing a great disservice when you gloss over things like how to hold a pencil and what basic movements to use to make the strokes you want.&nbsp; Yes there is a lot of variation in how exactly people hold and move their pencils, but there are also fundamentals that all good drawers use.&nbsp; No doubt you take for granted that you grasped these techniques when you were doodling instead of listening to the teacher in your younger years, but those who weren't doodlers (like myself) must learn these things first if they are to draw well.&nbsp; You could at least mention them (and focusing on those fundamentals would help you recover your drawing skills more quickly, but you broke your arm three years ago so I'm sure it doesn't matter now).<br>
Excuse me, five years ago, not three.
Nice 'ible. Just one question, evergoing to post a part 2? (oh, and btw, I'm having trouble drawing my charecter the same way consistantly, if you have any advice, it would be appriciated!)
don't worry about acting teacherly; you are teacherly because you ARE our teacher! Nice Instructable my man, hope to hear you did well with your course work and all. thanks very much Iain
wait, is this part 1 of "How to draw well"? Or just How to draw?
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well it's a basic, but It's all about the artist so that makes it ten times as hard, must get on to doing number 2 and yes i'll stick up some of my art soon enough
what paper do you use?
wow youre good
This is really cool! I wonder how long it took you to draw that well!!!
Wow, thanks... Umm every time I break something in my arm or hand it takes three or four months to learn to draw and paint again, writing isn't hard to re-learn it's just the drawing... Learning in the first place isn't all that hard, most people can do amazing technical sketches with a little practice, it's depicting something the way you want it to look that's hard...
Yeah my bro takes art class and he was using textures with acrylics and he wrote his name big like graffiti, kinda like your intro pic!
If you like this, check out my forum topic with some of my doodles/cartoons, scanned and imported, then vectorised &amp; coloured using inkscape. Hope you like them. <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.instructables.com/community/Cartoons/">https://www.instructables.com/community/Cartoons/</a><br/>Thanks<br/>
Ha cool, I've been doing some vector cartoons at the minute, I'll have to get them up, most of them are just from random drawings...
Do you mean drawing them in a vector program or scanning then importing into vector program? Yes please upload
Yeah I'll get a few of them finished up, I usually just do the vector stuff in photoshop and make a Jpeg of the image, then save the actual vectors to a file in imageready aswell as shapes so I can quickly reproduce the image...
i like ur drawings ur the next picasso
wait thats not leo lopez is it?
uh no
There used to be in my art class called that... never mind...
Thank you so much for this Instructable! Very well done. Don't listen to those others. Everybody's a critic. You have inspired me to give it drawing another try and I can't thank you enough! Pleas post more.
Im getting my art back this week, give me a bit to get into the swing of things, to be honest this isn't very good, I think you're the only praiser anyway... lol
worst ball in world ever
quite probably, yes...
Formula based drawing is stiff. Drawing is more natural and free with gestural underlays, and rhythm in line work in both thickness and directional flow.
It's a simple basic start point for the idea of a learn to draw series and if you're any way good at art a collaborator would be really helpful because as far as technical side goes I'm not great, I calls 'em hows I sees 'em. A line is a line whether it has variations in thickness or not. On monday I get photos of some of my art from school to give an idea of how mine end up. Thanks for the idea for a next part, I will put up my best example of art that literally flowed from one side of a page to the other end.
Shading comes over as more natural if you allow for -- what I call -- "backlighting". This means that the darkest part of the shade is not where the object touches the floor, but a little bit higher; some light will almost always reflect off the floor onto the object, so leaving a small band of slightly less darker shadow on that edge makes it look better.
yeah I know but I didn't even think about it at the time. My object was drawn from the side where it's shadow was cast on a fairly unreflective and dark surface so I forgot but that's really why this is just a part one instructable.
Very well made instructable!! I'd to try to draw something... when I was children I was good at! PS:first! :)

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