How to Do Basic Drawing - Art Supplies Australia

Drawing is a great way to express yourself, but it can be hard to know where to start. It doesn't matter if you're an adult or a child, everyone begins somewhere.

Are you ready to draw? Good! The first thing you'll need is a pencil. Almost any kind will try softer lead for dark lines, more complex lead for light bars, and something in between medium lines. You can also use crayons or colored pencils to get started if you don't have pencils. Once you have a subject in mind, you can start to sketch it out on a canvas.


drawing basic shapes


Perceptual Skills of Drawing

Construct basic shapes. When you're first starting, basic shapes like squares and ovals are the easiest to use when drawing. You can draw basic shapes onto paper or use a tool like a circle template to make it easier.


drawing primary lines

Draw primary lines for outlines. Once you've mastered basic drawing using basic shapes, start adding direct lines. Basic, continuous lines are the basic building blocks of drawings-and without them; you won't have enough detail to create a realistic image.


drawing shading

Gradually add light and shading for depth. Remember basic shapes? You can use them to practice adding essential light and shading. For example, start with basic shadows that follow the shape's outline, then add critical light. It doesn't have to be perfect, but it does need to follow the principles of shadows and light.


drawing details

Create basic details and textures for extra depth and interest. After you've mastered the skills outlined above, you can start adding basic information like hair strands or leaves on a branch. Like basic shading and lighting, basic details should follow principles of shading and lighting.


The Basic Skills of Drawing

You now know basic drawing skills and basic shading. Now what? Practice! Draw every day, and you'll get better with shapes, essential lines, primary light and shadows, basic details, and basic textures. A good rule of thumb is ten minutes a day for several months, minimum depending on skill level and natural ability.




Perception is the act of receiving, organizing, and interpreting sensory information. Drawing uses basic perception skills like basic shapes, essential lines, primary light and shadows, basic details, and basic textures to create realistic pictures.

When you're drawing something realistically, it's helpful to use natural objects as references. For example, remove a bare tree in your backyard or draw basic shapes onto an empty plate.

Elements of Perception

Draw basic shapes. Simple basic shapes like ovals, circles, and squares are the basic building blocks of drawing.

Add primary lines for outlines. The basic techniques of basic shapes turn basic drawings into basic objects.

Shade basic areas with basic light and shadows. In basic drawings, essential light and shadows follow basic shapes.




Composition in the basic drawing is more about basic principles than basic rules. However, basic design principles like basic balance and rhythm help you create basic graphics that look good and feel good to the essential eye.

Essential Balance. A fundamental principle of composition where all basic shapes and essential elements on an object are even. For example, a basic drawing with basic balance would have basic conditions that are primary mirrors of each other or basic things that are essential duplicates.

Basic Rhythm. A fundamental principle of composition where essential elements in a critical drawing move from left to right, top to bottom, and diagonally for a basic flow. 




Draw basic shapes that have primary lines and essential light and shadows. For example, if you're drawing a basic cat, use basic circles to construct a basic sphere or a basic oval for the head. Draw basic ovals around the "head" of your primary cat with light coming from the light source. Add basic clines to define basic shapes like ears and paws.

Practice basic shading to give your drawings depth and texture. Basic shading uses basic principles of shadows and basic principles of light in basic drawings. For example, when shading a sphere, use the core shadow technique (core shadow is where the darkest shadows are located on basic objects like spheres).

Basic drawing

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