Learn How to Sketch & Draw: 50 Free Basic Drawing for Beginners
Even if you think you can’t draw or sketch, we’re here to tell you that you’re probably wrong; any creative activity, whether it’s drawing, painting, crafting, writing, or whatever, requires practice. At the very least, try.
1. Learn to draw curly hair
Starting with just a squiggly line, Creative Bloq shows you how to add dimension and depth to each curl by adding another slightly staggered wigglely line and building the strand from there.
2. Drawing for beginners lesson: sky and clouds
Smudging is the process of applying a smoky, smudged effect to your paper in order to create a sketched-out sky with depth that looks just like the real thing. Smudging with a cloth allows you to control how evenly you rub that portion of the drawing.
3. Learn to sketch animal fur
Drawing animal fur isn’t always the same as drawing human hair: fur coats have thick, uneven layers of hair, whereas human hair flows and moves more freely, and these differences can be reflected in how you draw each strand.
4. Draw & sketch fruit
While the object of your study sits still, using fruit as a practice for still life drawing can help you perfect your shapes, strokes, shadows, and highlights. If you really want to practice, try drawing the same fruit from different angles – or have fun experimenting with different angles!
5. Sketch an eye exercises
It won’t look lifelike or have any emotion if you draw an un-angled sketch of an eye shape without paying attention to reflections and depth.
6. Sketch a mouth
Step-by-step lessons on how to sketch features are the most effective way to piece together an entire face for the first time – and it pays off!
7. Draw straight hair lesson
Even the straightest hair sits at angles and moves in different directions, rather than laying straight and flat against a person’s head and face as you might see in a quick sketch. The main task for beginners is to learn how to draw strands in which individual hairs can be discerned.
8. Learn how to sketch a tabby cat
You’ll learn how to draw a simple tabby cat and practice shaping a facial structure that isn’t the typical human face in How 2 Draw Animals.
9. Sketch a spaniel dog
Christopher Hart demonstrates how to draw a dog in a cartoon style rather than the life-like method in this video, and you can adapt what you learn for later when you want to learn how to draw dogs that look more immediate and realistic.
10. Sketch trees step by step
DragoArt’s DragoArt will walk you through the shading and angling processes to help you create a stunning wilderness scene.
12. Learn How to Draw Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss has long been a favorite among children, and Cat in the Hat is one of his most well-known characters. There are only about 20 steps to this drawing, and you’ll want to get started right away.
13. How to Draw a Robot
If you want to learn how to draw a cartoonish robot, this is the tutorial for you. It’s all about geometric shapes and creating a really cute character, followed by coloring it in properly – which we’re confident you’ll be able to do.
14. Draw a Magnolia
Magnolia flowers are absolutely stunning, not only in scent but also in appearance. The folks at Easy Drawing Guides will walk you through the entire piece, starting with the stem and working your way up through the leaves and petals.
15. Draw a Spaceship
We need to know how to make an awesome spaceship, whether it’s for your kid or because you’re just passionate about space yourself, and YeDraw is helping us out with a handy tutorial that’s super easy to follow.
16. Draw a dragon
When you’re first learning to draw, you’ll want to start with simple projects, and this really cute dragon can be a good place to start. Art Projects for Kids has a guide on how to make one.
17. Cartoon Penguin
Making a cartoon penguin is a fun project to do with your kids, especially if they’ve been asking for one. Plus, you can learn together by following the How 2 Draw Animals tutorial, which features a cute little penguin tucked under a warm scarf.
18. Draw Cherry Blossoms
Cherry blossoms are absolutely stunning, and we can’t wait to see them again, but they’re not easy to draw. Thankfully, the folks at Easy Drawing Guides can assist you every step of the way, and if you follow the instructions, you’ll be able to create a really cute drawing.
Butterflies are beautiful creatures, and drawing them isn’t always easy, especially if you want to create a realistic drawing. So, this cool tutorial from Monika Zagrobelna will help you understand the anatomy of the butterfly and its wing patterns, so you can create a beautiful drawing. We love how detailed this tutorial is and how well it explains everything, so you should definitely check it out.
20. The Human Body
Let’s try something a little more serious, like drawing the human body. The human body is extremely complex, but the features are roughly the same. The first thing you need to know when drawing a body is proportions, so check out this tutorial from Improve Your Drawings to learn everything you need to know.
The next project we recommend is learning how to make leaves! Yes, leaf doodles are super cute, and they can be super useful later on, when you’re drawing larger pieces, because you get to practice while also figuring out which shapes you prefer. This cute tutorial from Smiling Colors will help you out, and we’re sure you’ll get some good ideas from it.
22. Hole Optical Illusion
This one is a little more advanced than the others so far, but it’s still fairly simple once you understand how it all works; it’s a game of proportions and shapes, so get all the details from My Drawing Tutorials and we’re confident you’ll enjoy the end result as much as we do.
23. Angel Wings
Wings are always cool, and we especially enjoy doodling them; however, if you really want to learn how to make some nice angel wings, you can follow the tutorial from Easy Drawing Guides, which will walk you through every step of the process, teaching you how to get the shape right, how to add in the feathers, and more; then you can adapt it for your own projects.
24. Easy Roses
Roses have a lot of petals, which makes them more difficult to draw, but if you don’t need a super realistic drawing, MyLifeinaBullet shared an easy guide on how to make some, which is simple to follow and will teach you yet another cool drawing.
If you want to draw a cool sunflower, Felt Magnet has the instructions for you: when to go soft, when to press your pencil in harder, and how to sketch it all out before adding color. It’s a cute project, and you can even follow it to make a field of sunflowers.
Do we have any Naruto fans here? If you want to learn how to draw Naruto, follow this tutorial from Easy Drawing Guides and you’ll be able to figure out how to put it all together. It’ll also help you draw other characters, so it’ll be useful even if you’re not a big fan of this character.
If you want to learn how to draw a snowflake, we have a tutorial for you from Monica Zagrobelna. It’s a simple tutorial that’s great for beginners, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to expand it to make your own snowflake shapes. After all, no two snowflakes are alike, right?
Drawing people may appear difficult, but we have a really cute and easy-to-follow tutorial from Mukta on YouTube that takes you step by step through the entire process, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy it as much as we did. It’s such a cute drawing to make, and once you have the basics down, you can definitely expand and experiment.
Let’s face it, knowing how to draw a dinosaur can be extremely useful when you want to impress someone with your doodles, especially if you have children who are dinosaur fans. So, this super cute tutorial from Design Tutsplus can help you create your own dinosaur u2013 a T-Rex u2013 whether you believe they had scales or feathers.
How about learning how to draw a bear? These creatures are absolutely fantastic, and we’d love to learn how to make one from scratch, so the folks at Creative Bloq have come to our rescue with a step-by-step guide on how to make our own lovely bear.
31. How to Draw Teeth
If you want to learn how to draw teeth, go to RapidFireArt for a detailed tutorial that will teach you everything you need to know, from the initial sketch to shading and blending the crayon. It’s a detailed tutorial, and even if it’s a more advanced drawing, we’re confident you’ll be able to master it with practice.
32. Draw Hair Underwater
If you want to draw someone underwater, such as a siren, you’ll need to know how to draw hair underwater. We found this exact tutorial on Jey Ram’s blog, and it’s stunning! It’s also not that difficult to draw once you know how. So, dive right in!
Mandalas may appear to be difficult to draw, but with a little patience, you can make your own, and they’re not only fun to color in. So, we found this cute tutorial on Art Is Fun (which it is!) and if you follow it, you’ll learn more about the basics of drawing mandalas.
The beach isn’t the most difficult thing to draw, but the sea waves do require some practice. We found this great tutorial by Mukta on YouTube that explains exactly what needs to be done and how to accomplish it.
35. Anime Hair
If you like anime, learning how to draw anime hair is a no-brainer. Of course, anime drawing is a specific genre, so it has its own set of rules. Thankfully, here’s a tutorial on how to draw multiple hairstyles so you can have a diverse collection in your arsenal.
36. Draw Male and Female Faces
When it comes to drawing, you’ll need to understand both male and female anatomy, so this time we’re focusing on drawing male and female faces. This helpful tutorial from Improve Your Drawings will help you with the details, as well as understanding the differences.
37. Grown-up Dragon
We’ve already seen how to draw a simple dragon that’s more appropriate for kids than adults, and now we’re going to see how to draw a proper dragon that you might be afraid of. Toni Justamante Jacobs shares this tutorial, and we’re very impressed. Let’s try it together!
38. Draw a Dog
We want to be able to draw anything, so let’s draw a dog! Do It Before Me has some really cool step-by-step tutorials on how to draw dogs that are very instructive and will help you figure out a lot of things about how to construct your drawing.
39. Draw Nature Scenery
Next, you might want to learn how to draw a beautiful nature scene. BABAs art on YouTube is teaching us how to draw a nice drawing with a lake and some trees reflecting in the water. It’s a really cute and easy tutorial that you’ll follow and create your own scenery. Once you’ve mastered it, you can try another scene.
40. Draw a Bird
On YouTube, Sayataru Creation shows us how to draw a bird in crayon. It’s a pretty picture, and the video makes it fairly easy to follow, so draw your own and see how they turn out. Keep in mind that since you’re just starting out, it’ll take a while to get the exact same result.
41. Sketch a Horse
Horses are notoriously difficult to draw, so we have a really cute project for you. It’s not overly detailed, so it’s simple to do on your first try. It’s also fun to do, and you can always build on it and add more details as your skills improve. Watch this video from QWE Art.
We couldn’t have a list of beginner drawing ideas without including some superheroes, so how about Deadpool? We adore this character, and Ryan Reynolds is absolutely perfect in the role. So, we found a great tutorial on Cartooning Club How to Draw on YouTube, and we think you should watch it and try to follow the steps.
43. Girl Portrait
Portrait work is difficult, but once you know the basics, it should be simple to follow. This YouTube tutorial we found is fairly easy to follow, and it’s so beautiful. While it may be more difficult to get exactly like this, it’s a nice goal to have. Check out the Farjana Drawing Academy tutorial.
44. Drawing Technique – Shading
If you want to draw realistic pieces in any capacity, you’ll need to know how to properly build shade. The light source, the depth of color in dark places, the lightness in lit areas, and so on are all things you’ll need to know. Get the guide from Rapid Fire Art.
45. Avoid Smudging When Drawing
Wiki How demonstrates the best drawing technique for avoiding smudges on your drawings, which is especially important for left-handed artists. People who draw with their right hand may smudge their work if the piece is large enough that they must reach across it, but left-handed people reach at an angle that sets their hand at an angle that sets their hand at an angle that sets their hand at an angle that sets their hand at an angle that sets their hand at an angle that sets their hand at an angle that sets their
46. How to Hold and Control Your Pencil
Proko will remind you that holding your pencil correctly is critical for controlling it and getting it to perform the way you want it to; the more control you have, the more precise your lines and details will be, and they’ll even give you beginner tips on when and where to apply pressure while drawing.
47. Drawing Techniques – Shapes
We came across this really cool guide on how to draw basic shapes. Why is it important to learn this? Because those shapes will help you build anything you want, whether it’s humans, machines, or flowers. Once you’re familiar with the basics, you’ll be able to work on more advanced projects.
48 . Draw & sketch techniques: light and shadow
Idiot’s Guide shows you how to show distance and perspective in a drawing by highlighting how shadows and light change depending on how you want the object you’re sketching to be positioned using simple, easily mimicked shapes.
49. Drawing for Beginners: Sketch a Face
Have you been practicing your facial features like crazy and now feel ready to put them all together? Well, you’ll need to learn how to draw basic face shapes first before attempting to construct a whole person, so check out DragoArt and learn how to draw basic face shapes before attempting to construct a whole person!
50. Drawing Techniques – Break Down the Shape
Breaking down the shape you want to create into smaller geometrical shapes, especially for beginners, is one of the secrets to a cool drawing. This will make it easier to maintain proportions. The folks at Improve Drawing explain how this works, so read their guide.
Simple Drawings: CONCLUSION
Even if you’ll never be able to draw at an expert level, it’s a lovely hobby to have and you should keep doing it as long as it makes you happy. We hope you enjoyed these 50 easy drawings for beginners and we hope to see some of your creations, which you can share with us on social media.
Which of these easy drawings for beginners did you do?
Please leave a comment below letting us know which tutorial you enjoyed the most; we’d love to hear from you.
How do you draw realistic Girls easy?
Drawing a Realistic Girl’s Face (Method 1 of 2)
- To make the head, draw an oval and divide it into three sections.
- Draw the eyes on the top horizontal line.
- Add pupils and eyelashes to the eyes.
- Draw an arched eyebrow above each eye.
- Draw the nose tip along the bottom horizontal line.
What are the 5 basic skills of drawing?
The ability to recognize edges, understand proportions, draw from a perspective, use different color schemes, and put thoughts together are among the five basic skills.
Is drawing a talent or a skill?
So, is drawing a talent or a skill? Drawing is a skill, which means you can learn to draw even if you aren’t talented; it will take more time and effort, but in the long run, non-talented artists usually outperform talented artists.
What should I learn first in drawing?
Most drawing tutorials teach you to draw shapes first, starting with a sphere, because any object you see around you can be built using one or a combination of three different shapes: a circle u2013 a sphere is a circle in three dimensions.
How can I learn sketching at home?
Let’s make a drawing together!
- Step 1: Draw a loose circle
- Step 2: Refine the shape
- After your initial sketch, find areas that need improvement and sketch over them until you get closer to your desired result.
- Step 3: Continue refining.
- Step 4: Define the shape.
Why is drawing hair so hard?
Hair is difficult to draw because what we see differs from what we know; you can’t just draw all the hairs as lines because that’s not what we see when we look at hair; instead, what we see must be simplified to lines and shades, which can be done in a variety of ways.