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
How 2 Draw Animals teaches you how to draw a simple tabby cat, which is a great (and totally adorable) beginner sketch for practicing what you learned about animal fur above, as well as shaping a facial structure that isn’t the typical human face.
9. Sketch a spaniel dog
Christopher Hart teaches you how to draw a dog in a cartoon style rather than a life-like method, which we think is fantastic because you can apply what you learned drawing this dog later on when you want to learn how to draw dogs that are more realistic right away.
10. Sketch trees step by step
Okay, we know you’ve been drawing trees since you were old enough to hold a pencil, but now it’s time to make them look real! DragoArt walks you through the shading and angling techniques that will help you create a beautiful wilderness scene like this one.
11. Learn how to sketch a glass of water
If you’re looking for a real challenge when it comes to realistic drawing and reflections, try Circle Line Art School’s method for drawing a glass of water. It takes some practice because it’s a little more complicated than the 2D version you might have drawn in primary school, where the water’s surface was just a straight line, but you’ll feel like your skill has greatly improved.
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. In this super-easy tutorial, you’ll learn how to make one of the cutest Cat in the Hat drawings we’ve ever seen, with only 20 steps. You’ll want to jump right in, just like we did.
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. Of course, you’ll need to color it in properly, but we’re confident you’ll be able to do so after following this How to Draw Funny Cartoons tutorial.
14. Draw a Magnolia
Magnolia flowers are absolutely stunning; not only do they smell divine, but they also look stunning! Easy Drawing Guides will guide you through the entire piece, beginning with the stem and progressing through the leaves and petals to the petals of these magnificent flowers.
15. Draw a Spaceship
We don’t know about you, but we’re fascinated by spaceships. Whether your child has asked for one, or you’re simply interested in space, we need to know how to make one, and YeDraw is here to help with a handy tutorial that’s super simple to follow!
16. Draw a dragon
Okay, this one is definitely more child-like, but when you’re just learning to draw, you’ll want to start with simple projects, and this really cute dragon can be a good place to start, and 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 start pencil drawing for beginners?
How to Draw with a Pencil in Four Simple Steps
- Make an Outline. Draw the basic shape of your object, but don’t worry about realism here.
- Add Tones and Textures.
- Refine Your Drawing. If you’re just getting started, a photograph is a great reference because it won’t move or change on you as you work.
What is the easiest thing to draw for beginners?
Beginners can draw these 10 simple pictures.
- Food is an excellent subject for artwork because it is universal, recognizable, appealing, and, best of all, it will pose for you if you ask it to.
- Faces and expressions.
- Cartoon animals.
- Buildings or architectural structures.
- Paisley designs.
Which drawing pencil is best for beginners?
Artists’ Picks for the Best Drawing Pencils
- General Pencil Charcoal Pencils.
- Faber-Castel 110060 Polychromos Colored Pencil Set In Metal Tin.
- Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils.
- Cretacolor 72 Aqua Monolith Metal Tin Set.
What should I learn to draw first?
After all, any object you see around you can be constructed using one, or a combination of, three different shapes: A circle u2013 a sphere is a circle in three dimensions. A square u2013 a cube is a square in three dimensions.
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.
What is the easiest thing to sketch?
When you’re bored, the easiest things to draw are
- Stick Figures.
- Nature Scene.
- Patterns And Structures.
- Cute Aliens.
- Sketch Your Calligraphy.
- Trees And Flowers.
- Emoticon Drawings.
- Abstract Shapes. You can’t forget about shapes when it comes to drawing something simple.
What is the hardest thing to draw?
The Top 10 Difficult Things To Draw
- The Other Eye.
What pencils should I use for sketching?
The HB pencil is probably the most popular for simple sketching, with artists also favoring the H and B pencils. The lighter 2Hu20134H pencils are ideal for preliminary sketches that will be used as a guide for a painting or illustration.
What is an F pencil used for?
Most pencil manufacturers outside of the United States use this scale, with the letter “H” denoting a hard pencil and the letter “B” denoting the blackness of the pencil’s mark, indicating a softer lead, and the letter “F” denoting that the pencil sharpens to a fine point.
Which is the darkest pencil?
B9 is the softest and darkest graphite pencil, while 9H is the lightest and hardest. A B6 is softer and darker than a B2, while an 6H is harder and lighter than a 2H, and much harder and lighter than a HB or a B pencil.