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Learn to draw: 5 tips to get you started

People who can draw are often admired. Especially because the movement often looks playful and the result is very impressive. But they also started out very small. How you can quickly have your first successes in drawing, there are 5 tips for beginners here.

Learning to draw: practice beats talent

Drawing is an art. But talent is not the only thing that enables you to draw beautiful pictures or, for example, a comic. Often it only takes a little practice and imagination to put the first pictures on paper in a semi-professional manner and with a nice result. If you dare to approach the subject step by step, you will quickly achieve good results. In the following you will find a few useful tips on how you can and should approach this task, so that the first pictures succeed quickly and you are not immediately frustrated.

Learn the material for drawing

Of course, in order to draw properly, you need suitable material. It doesn't have to be expensive, but it should still have a certain quality so that you don't get annoyed all the time and the drawing process is easier by hand. When buying it, deal with the material and make it clear what you need the individual utensils for. Here is a list of common equipment with which you can basically draw anything in the field of black and white art.


Without a pen, the paper stays white

Since this is about black and white drawing, the pens to get you started are pencils. There are many ways to do this. The only really important thing is that you have pencils in different degrees of hardness.

  • H3: This degree of hardness has a relatively hard lead that does not wear as much. The mine digs into the paper relatively easily. These types of pencils are particularly suitable for drawing fine lines and slight contours.
  • HB: Everyone has probably heard of this degree of hardness. This is the absolute standard for pencils and belongs in every pencil case. The lead is the elegant middle ground and neither too hard nor too soft. For example, an HB pencil is particularly suitable for writing.
  • H5: An H5 pencil is one of the very soft pencils and is a very important utensil when drawing. It blurs easily and is particularly suitable for areas that are to be hatched or shaded. But a soft pencil is also particularly suitable for creating different shades of gray.


Learning to draw is just as important as learning to use a pen: the eraser

The eraser is a very important utensil in your drawing equipment. The following applies here: not all erasers are created equal. Even if it is tempting at first to take the eraser that you still have at home, you can save yourself a lot of trouble with a suitable quality eraser. Here are three types of rubbers that are recommended for any draftsman.

  • Standard eraser: This eraser should have a hard and a soft side. Such an eraser is particularly suitable for surfaces. Make sure the eraser has a good rub off. This way you can also get rid of deep lines or very dark lines.
  • Knead eraser: A kneaded eraser is for all other tasks. With such a rubber you can work in great detail and erase even very small subtleties. A kneaded eraser is particularly suitable for lines and areas of soft pencils. You can also use it to work out small details.
  • Eraser pen: An eraser pen is a very good addition to the solutions mentioned. Just like the kneaded eraser, eraser pens are particularly suitable for small details. You can use it to completely erase an already drawn line.


The two most important points with paper are the thickness or sheet thickness and the roughness. The thicker the paper, the more comfortable you can draw on it, as the pen doesn't push through too much. How rough the paper should be for you should depend on what you want characters. Rough paper is particularly suitable for rough drawings and sketches. If, on the other hand, you want to make fine drawings, you should rather use a slightly finer surface.

Workplace for drawing

A drawing table is of course best suited for a good and clear drawing. Professionals work at such tables because they can be straightened up and so work is very easy on the back. For the beginner, however, it is somewhat unrealistic and unnecessary to buy an expensive drawing table straight away. In the beginning, a normal desk is sufficient. But make sure that the space has enough light. It's best to get the light source from the side you're not drawing with. This helps to avoid shadows. This means that the light should come from the left for a right-hander and from the right for a left-hander.

Warm up

Get to know the material

As with any activity, it is important to warm up while drawing. This is especially necessary for beginners, because the feeling for pens and paper is not yet available. To get a first impression, you can start to bring very different shapes onto the paper. That means lines, waves, squares and anything you can think of. Try to draw in different thicknesses as well. Press more and less on the paper. Use all of your pens for this.

Draw circles

The next step is to draw circles with your free hand. Circles and curves are particularly important shapes in many pictures. To do this, draw all possible sizes of circles, from coins to plate sizes. In the beginning you will not succeed in drawing the circles very well, as it often takes years before you can draw a good circle from your free hand. But this is a suitable exercise for warming up and for the future.

The movement

As a beginner, you may often make the mistake of drawing from your wrist or by hand yourself. With professional drawing, however, it is different, because you draw with your hand as well as with your whole arm. Try out the movement sequences with a wide variety of shapes, such as squares, circles and lines.

Different techniques

In order to make a picture appear alive and real, there are very different basic techniques that every draftsman should master. In the following you will learn the three most important techniques to get started. With these you can achieve beautiful effects very quickly.



Hatching is the absolute standard among drawing techniques. In principle, the hatching is nothing more than many lines that are drawn parallel to each other. This can be used to make a certain area appear darker or lighter. In other words, you use it to determine the tone value or the gray level of your drawing. In addition, you can give areas a good spatial effect with hatching. When drawing, a distinction is made between different hatchings such as simple hatching and cross-hatching. The cross hatching can be drawn in either two or three directions. By hatching multiple times you can achieve a darker gray effect.



The shading is also intended for areas and various shades of gray. However, you do not use the pointed side of your pencil but lay it down so that the lead lies flat on the drawing paper. This way you get a much softer surface and you can design the gray levels with smoother transitions.


With blurring you go one step further than with the previous techniques. You are blurring a hatched or shaded area with your finger. In this way you achieve a uniform image and, above all, you can get the transitions between the grayscale very good. By the way, you don't have to smudge your finger, you can also use utensils such as cotton wool or towels. The effect that you achieve by blurring is to make lines unrecognizable. The picture then looks less like a drawing.

Raster drawing

In order to learn from these exercises and drawing techniques to your first picture, you can use a technique that every great artist has already used to approach a large subject. Take a picture that you would like to draw and paint a grid on this picture. Make sure that the lines of the grid are very fine in order to cover as little of the image as possible. Now draw the same grid on a white sheet. It is now much easier to draw the small individual grids than the complete picture. Your head is so much less distracted from the big picture. To support this, you could also cover all the other windows of the grid and only leave the grid window free that you are currently drawing.

Of course, it takes a lot of practice to draw the first really good pictures. But with these tips you can achieve small successes very quickly, with little effort and little financial investment and find out for yourself whether drawing will be your next big hobby.

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