Drawing Basics For Kids

Drawing Basics For Kids

A skull drawing with added colour, get some drawing ideas from some of the tutorials listed in this hubpage article. Drawing by Wayne Tully Copyright  2010
A skull drawing with added colour, get some drawing ideas from some of the tutorials listed in this hubpage article. Drawing by Wayne Tully Copyright 2010

Basic Drawing For Kids

The basics of drawing for kids is quite easy to get going, because kids already want to explore, it's just the process of getting started that they may need help with, as that classic phrase comes to mind with kids, What to draw? and you'll find that they will start drawing after a few prompts from you, all they need is a few ideas and away they go.

But first to start, you will need a few good quality pencils, some paper and even art markers to draw with, sounds obvious, but sometimes kids want to get started straight away so it's best to have all of your drawing equipment all in one place so you don't have to stop and go on a pencil hunt or a paper finding safari.

Children like anything that they can recognize such as animals, so suggest these first, but from then on it's best to try and have a few more suggestions under your belt, just in case they either get bored of drawing animals or they say they can't draw an animal right, so here are a few more suggestions:-

  • Space Rockets or spaceships
  • Boats
  • Birds
  • Trees
  • Cars, buses, trains aeroplanes and helicopters
  • Imaginary stuff like Castles, Goblins and Trolls
  • Spiderman
  • Peppa pig
  • Princesses
  • Warriors and Knights

What you really want though is to be there for your kids when they need a little bit of help drawing, I set some time away at the weekends and on holidays to do some drawing and craft work with my kids as they really seem to appreciate the time and some of the drawings that you help them with.

The basics of drawing could include faces, objects such as swords or tools of some kind and so the focus could be on how to draw this stuff from the ground up, the foundations of drawing are an important thing if your child is serious about drawing and they want to develop, but even if they do it for fun, then that's ok, also encourage your child to observe real life stuff too to draw from as there is lots to see in the world and to try and draw interesting things like rocks and tree branches that you may find on your travels, helps children develop their artistic nature if they decide to pursue it in the future.

Kids drawings can be as complex as they want them to be, some kids get frustrated that they can't draw that well, but I tell them that to be an artist it's about learning and growing as there is lots to learn and practice so keep at it and some see my drawings and they think wow!, but then I tell them that when I try to draw cars or some realistic stuff they don't believe me, but I say yes it's true because I've avoided drawing that sort of stuff for years.

All that kids really need is a good imagination and from there they can draw whatever they want.

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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers now!

Getting the kids to draw something is the first step, but having something to do for the kids is the next as they do get bored quite quick!!


starreviewer 6 years ago from CT, USA

Interesting hub! and a great way to keep the kids interested in drawing. Will pass this to my kids. thanks.


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Rock$tarant 6 years ago

I like that picture!! Nice hub. :)


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers! hope you get them set up!


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rvsource 6 years ago

thanks Waynet


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

You go and sign up an account with them, but be warned about ebay, some new hubbers say it's hard to sign up for it now as it might not accept you.

Once you have your account id's you enter them on your affiliate settings on your hubpages dashboard.

Hope that helps somewhat!


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rvsource 6 years ago

I will have to go back through my hubs and update them. I am good at writing my hubs, but never really got onto the adsense part of it.

I don't have an ebay or amazon account, how do I get those set up?


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Er..if you've signed up for an ebay affiliate account and an amazon one, you can then add the amazon and ebay capsules to your hubpage anyway you want, have you got an ebay or amazon affiliate account?

On some of your hubpages I've noticed there are no adsense ads, is that because they don't appear or have you switched some of them off?


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rvsource 6 years ago

I dont have any ebay ads of my own, all of the advertisers on my hubs are what pops up when i finish the hub. I don't have any control of what goes on there, also I don't know how to source ones that pay


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

My ebay ads do show up and click throughs and earnings too, can't see what the problem could be! are you not getting any clicks through ebay?


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rvsource 6 years ago

So do you have your OWN Ebay stuff that shows on your ads? I was looking to get click thrus, that is my main concern to generate a steady flow each month


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Oh I see....!

You mean with Ebay and Amazon?! or Adsense too?

You may need to see if you've set them up properly....if you could explain how you are currently set up, I may then know what the problem might be.....I know when I first joined here, I had trouble connecting my ebay and adsense accounts and when I thought my ebay account was all set up, it well...wasn't!.


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rvsource 6 years ago

I might not have phrased my question correctly. I noticed in the middle of your blog you have all kinds of advertisers IE "pencils for kids" and stuff. When I write a hub the advertisers come to my hub automatically, but I never get any money as a result of click through. I do get a lot of traffic to my hubs however, I think it's the way I am set up with advertisers, or NOT setup?


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

You can do some keyword research on relevant keywords or tags with the adwords tool which is a good one to use to find out some great keywords to use and also typing in a sentence like how to draw something in the google browser bar will come up with the top 10 most searched terms related to that how to draw phrase.

Try to mix commercial keywords with the types of keywords that people would type in a search engine.

And maybe optimize some of your hubpage titles too, just rejig the title and add some good keywords, because there is nothing wrong with your hubpage content as I've read quite a few, just needs to be optimized slightly for adsense related contextual ads.

Hope that helps!

Cheers now!


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rvsource 6 years ago

Nice Hub Wayne

How do you get the advertisers you have on your hubs? I've never figured that out yet. I've written so many hubs but want to go to the next level


artist (>")> 6 years ago

demand as a demon? and ill like some heads up to draw demons =]


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers artist and smiley!

The best thing in the world is to focus on drawing many different things and then you can build up a portfolio of stuff you can draw on demand!


Smiley74 6 years ago

I have a daughter who is into drawing. This kind of stuff is really helpful


artist (>")> 6 years ago

lol hey nice thank i was kinda mad cuz i had a day without drawing nuthing and this helped me my dad never spents time with me and my mom the same and im alone trying to draw things trying to inpress them and i cant just do nuthing =\


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Neil Ashworth 6 years ago from Ireland

Interesting article. Some good stuff there! I'll drop back in later to re-read in detail.


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Let me know how they get on...cheers!


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swosugrad09 6 years ago from Oklahoma

Very interesting, I work with a kid who loves art. I will definately have to try some of these.


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Well I hope she enjoys drawing some good stuff as you never know where art will lead her!!


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mhuze 6 years ago from USA

My Daughter enjoys drawing very much. My son, not so much.

I am hoping this will help him.

Thanks.


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Yep no horror, but they may draw it anyway!!


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miteshnaik 6 years ago from Mumbai

no horror for kids +


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers Debs!

I'll more than likely follow up this article with some examples and other crafty ideas....


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Great ideas. My kids are all artist wanna be's and this will certainly give us something to work on.


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Thanks Mike!

That's one drawing technique that really helps alot, a similar one is creasing paper slightly and seeing the light create some shadow on the papers surface and then you can pick out shapes and things to try and draw too...

Yep round up some kids and get them to draw superheroes, my kids love that!!


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

I always enjoyed asking kids to draw a scribble on a piece of paper, taking no more than a second to do it. Then I help them pick shapes out of the scribbles and turn it into a drawing. I found this works to help kids conceptualize how similar shapes can be found in many objects. It also helps them to loosen up and not be intimidated by a stark white piece of paper.

Encouragement goes a long way, also.

Thanks, Wayne. Guess I'll go round up some kids and teach 'em how to draw later!

Mike


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Ok....how about faking it and encouraging young artists with words of encouragement, that may work!

Cheers now!


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lender3212000 6 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

Wish I had the talent to do that but I don't think it's ever going to happen!


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waynet 6 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom Author

Cheers Tony and Bad Co!

Over the weekend I just had the idea for this hub cos my kids were nagging me what to draw, so I told them to draw some stuff and watch me how I do it too, so drawing ideas work very well when they like what you draw for them usually.


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for this interesting Hub. My eight-year-old daughter is becoming quite an artist and so I will show her this page. Hope she gets some new ideas from it.

Love and peace

Tony

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