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I want to learn how to draw, what are the best resources?

almost 7 years ago from , Designer

I'm looking for the best resources on learning how to draw. I'm not quite sure yet what to start with, or what I want to become good to draw. I just know that I want to start, but I definitely need some starting resources.

15 comments

  • Jonathan YapJonathan Yap, over 6 years ago

    Drawing could be quite a social experience, I find the best way to learn that is to drop by your local art school for a weekend class. Life drawing will help improve your understanding of light, muscle tone, and structure. It starts with observation, and being a designer, you can leapfrog most people ;)

    Just keep practicing and eventually you'll get better and discover your own style. The next level is story telling, and I recommend Scott Mccloud's Understanding Comics or Making Comics.

    3 points
  • Oskar ZabikOskar Zabik, over 6 years ago

    Check out "You Can Draw in 30 Days" book by Mark Kistler. Fun and short every day practice teaching you the basics. There are people who share results on the internet, I recommend checking them out!

    3 points
  • Jon GoldJon Gold, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is really good

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    • Desmond A.Desmond A., over 6 years ago

      I'm "reading" it now. The way Betty (the author) builds up the process of learning is really great. Make sure you get the latest edition.

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  • Pasquale D'SilvaPasquale D'Silva, over 6 years ago

    Learn to draw from life. The best way to learn to draw is not video tutorials. Drawing from life is about learning to see. Learn to un-trick your eyes into assuming where things sit in space. &field-keywords=andrew+loomis

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  • Shakti DashShakti Dash, over 6 years ago (edited over 6 years ago )

    www.thegnomonworkshop.com has several elaborate tutorials by the industry's best.

    1 point
  • Nathan NNathan N, over 6 years ago

    This is a great selection of resources suggested as an 'art school replacement'.

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  • Matthaeus KrennMatthaeus Krenn, over 6 years ago

    What do you want to draw?

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  • Ray MartinRay Martin, over 6 years ago

    I started drawing as a kid simply by copying comics, cartoons, and anything I could see/get my hands on.

    I think comics are a good way to start (depending on what you get) because they can either be super simple, or extremely intricate with detailed physiques, environments, etc.

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  • Caleb SylvestCaleb Sylvest, over 6 years ago

    Pencil + Paper.

    Start drawing everything around you! Don't get hung up with the right way or wrong way or following instructions. Draw your chair, draw a desk, draw what's on your desk, draw your room, draw your mom, dog, cat. Just start and your skill and style will evolve from there ;)

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  • Account deleted over 6 years ago

    There are some great resources in this post - https://medium.com/p/f5174a2b2c6e

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  • Fabricio Rosa MarquesFabricio Rosa Marques, over 6 years ago

    I can't recommend this enough: How To Draw by Scott Robertson will give you everything you need to start off.

    I've been checking out a lot of (online/video) drawing tutors over the course of the past few years and IMO Scott Robertson is really outstanding.

    He's very skilled (definitely one of the best when it comes to vehicle design and concept art) but moreover an excellent teacher. He's very methodical about drawing and explains every step in detail. His approach towards drawing is quite technical and relies heavily on getting the basics right (understanding basic shapes & perspective). This is really helpful when starting to draw — If you get those foundations right everything else will be easier later on.

    He's also a nice guy and will reply to questions on twitter.

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  • Charlie McCullochCharlie McCulloch, over 6 years ago

    I'd agree with Jonathan. There's no substitute for a good life drawing class if you can attend one near you. Books are good for reference but it can't compare with learning in situ with others.

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  • aras atasayginaras atasaygin, over 6 years ago

    Not a resource but a great platform: http://www.conceptart.org/ You can find book and video reccomandations there. Also open a sketchbook thread and draw as much as you can. People will definitely guide you through.

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