Drawing is not easy and it's not hard. It's everything all at once. Some find drawing difficult and in reality they may just be very unsatisfied with their work. Other times they may thinks it's easy, but happen to be a natural and so don't have to labor over a piece of paper.
Aside from giving my girls step-by-step instructions to help get their minds to focus on the process, I always tell them that drawings are not good or bad, they are what they are. I tell them they can only get better the more they draw. It keeps them from being discouraged. Besides, it's true.
So, here are the four steps I have taught them, and so far, they have improved exponentially since we started, and I mean that in the most unbiased way I can...
Step One: Sketch.
Step Two: Darken the final line and erase extra lines.
Step Three: Outline the final line to prepare for color or shading.
Step Four: Color, paint, or shade the final piece.
Step 1: Step One: Sketch
Then, they need to sketch it out.
This was the biggest step that I added to my own children's process of drawing. Most children grab a pencil and start drawing with thick and hard lines that are not erasable, so even if they want to change something, they will have at least a dent in the paper of what they had already done.
Starting to sketch teaches them to be soft with the pencil and to find their entire layout before making anything solid. This will help for those "Ooops, I ran out of room" moments too.
Step 2: Step Two: Darken the Final Line and Erase Extra Lines.
For example, they have a big circle for the head and a line down the middle to show where the eyes are going to go, now that the eyes are sketched, erase that line that he or she no longer need. This brings a solid shape to the picture to get it ready for coloring.
Step 3: Step Three: Outline the Final Line to Prepare for Color or Shading.
Once this step is finished, the drawing should be clean, free of lines, and ready for coloring.
Step 4: Step Four: Color, Paint, or Shade the Final Piece.
Whatever your child wants to do...this is always the most fun part. Coloring it in. There are plenty of ways to do this, and of course always supervise if paints, pastels, charcoal or any other messy mediums are being used.
Step 5: Finally
Have fun, I do every day.
Miscelleana Rhinehart write for Toyota certified dealers when she's not spending time at home with her family.