learn drawingi want to learn, but I don't know where to start

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Do you draw now?  Most people who want to be good artists already are drawing.  Practice improves one's drawings, for one thing.  Observation of the shapes that compose an object is usually among the first step, as well.  If you can see that people and objects are made of many geometric shapes, you are on the way to being able to draw.  Start by drawing fruit and other objects that already are in such shapes.  As others have mentioned, there are numerous books to assist you. If you can, enroll in an art class at your municipal recreation center or other location.  And, do not forget to be observant all the time.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I don't know if you have an art museum near you, but that it often a place where all kinds of art lessons are given. I've also seen them in community education programs which generally meet at schools and libraries around town. I see that you;re a college student; perhaps you should take an elective art class and just see where it takes you. In any case, first some guidance and then some consistent practice should help you improve your drawing skills. Best of luck!

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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As mentioned in the above post there are books out there that can help get you started. I would also suggest that you ask around, in most communities there are artists that are willing to give lessons for a small fee. There might even be groups that get together and meet to help each other become better artists.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It's hard to do, isn't it?  I'm not much good myself, but I once bought a book called Drawing for Dummies and it really helped me.  I didn't get to be good, but I also sort of didn't practice as much as I should have.  The book has lots of good instructions and exercises.

While I was practicing, I got to be decent at drawing simple things.  I think that this book would be a good start.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Well it's good that you want to start to draw. AT any age drawing is a fun hobby. I would start out with the basics first like look at shapes and contours, later mix into shading and watercolor, you can even add pottery in the list too. An art class would be the best option to learn. 

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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there are many ways,i myself teach myself art off of online tutorials, just kind of try to google drawing step by step of __ a person or thing you admire then once you start feeling comfortable with your pencil start experimenting and exploring the different textures and patterns

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nicole8923 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

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I would definetely seek help from an adult that is a very good artist. You could try attending a art class for beginners or going to a nearby art museum. 

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arrellbelle | Student, College Sophomore | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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I think it's fantastic that you want to learn how to draw and I hope you still want to learn ! For beginners, I always make my students draw from real life. Practicing drawing from what you see with your own eyes helps because there is a comparison of the object you can use with your own drawing. It also helps because you can pick whatever you like to draw and how you want the object to be placed. Personally, get an art teacher or someone you know who is really good at art to critique your artwork and get some pointers from them. I would start with drawing simple things and learn shapes and how to get value to make it look three-dimensional.

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mary123456789101112 | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

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when i first started drawing i just did shapes then when shapes got really easy i started drawing flowers and i kept moving up easy medium hard and now i can draw jungles and big bursting flower gardens and hard stuff like that so suggest I'm not going to force anything that you start small and then go big hope this helps! =)

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