Trace pictures, Tracing pictures from your computer, PC.
Image search just incase you don't know.
Trace pictures and learn to draw faster and easier. Zeitgeist spirit of the times.
How do you start drawing is a question of first having the tools to be able to draw.
I would suggest a soft 2B, 3B or 4B graphite pencil and some paper. A good paper for starting out with would be cheap computer printing paper and probably the easiest to get hold of.
Now if you have these tools then you next need a desire to want to draw and also something interesting that you want to draw. You might not know what to draw so my advice would be to think of the things you like and then find related pictures by doing a Google image search.
If you go to a Google search page and type in your subject it could be anything, it could be anything you desire like for example robots. On the Google search page in the top right hand corner of the page you will see the word images. Click on the images word and you will get an image search page so this will enable you to do searches for images with Google and you will find many images that will hopefully inspire you to want to draw them.
Grab your image.
When you find an image right click on it to open it in a new window or tab then go to the open window or tab, then in the top left hand corner you will see the text (See full size image) and click on that, it will open in the browser with just the image. Now you can right click the image and then click (Save image as) to save it in a chosen folder, on your desk top, or in my documents then go to the folder, find the image, right click and select Preview. This will open the image for preview which will mean you can center it on the screen and enlarge it if you want to, this will help you, giving you more choice of size.
Cartoon yourself easy for fun.
There is no link below this video it is on YouTube to Cartoon Yourself on Hubpages.
As was seen in the video above this is very easy and please find a more detailed video below to give you more information about doing this.
Trace pictures grab them off the web.
Trace from your monitor screen.
Flat 2 dimensional images are easier to recreate than real objects because they are already 2 dimensional so you do not have to translate movement or changing light conditions you are copying a fixed image.
The easiest and quickest way to start drawing that I know is to trace the outlines directly from your computer screen by holding the paper onto it with one hand and drawing round the image with your pencil in the other hand. You could also fasten the image to the screen with blue tack if you have some (blue tack is that stuff they use to hang pictures and posters on the wall just in case you don’t know) this makes it a little easier.
The light from the monitor will enable you to see the image through the paper just well enough to draw the outline if you are using very think paper or card this will not happen so it is best to use thin paper or computer printing paper as it is thin.
A word of WARNING if you are using a flat TFT monitor screen, if you are not sure what type of monitor screen you are using ask somebody and find out first.
If you are using a flat TFT screen then be careful because they are soft and if you press too hard with a hard sharp pencil you will damage the screen for ever. If you are using a glass vacuum tube screen and press too hard you will damage the paper and perhaps brake the pencil it is always best to draw very lightly to create a very light outline because you can later make it darker if you want to.
Doing this will enable you to understand how drawings work in an easy way, how shapes fit together and it will give you the opportunity to practice using the tools used for drawing, experiential learning is the best learning there is. It will give accurate construction drawings that will enable you to work these further using free hand methods to turn them from simple line drawings into 3D drawings with shape and form.
Now you can also use these accurate construction drawings to help you find out where all the other shaded areas go by starting out with the lightest areas first and working to the darkest areas later as you progress. If you are using a 2B, 3B or 4B graphite pencil or lead pencil as they are often called then you will be able to produce all the tones, you will need to create a good variation. You can make your tones darker by pressing harder but this should never be done on the computer screen because you cannot see the tone through the paper and (WARNING) if it is a flat screen TFT monitor you will ruin the screen for ever.
Work from dark to light making the darkest areas black and the lightest white do not overdo the shading and try to leave as much of the paper showing as possible this will mean that you do less work but also not overwork your drawing making it flat.
Keep looking at the picture you are trying to draw finding out where the shading goes on your drawing comparing them often, working your pencil from light to dark always so any mistakes can be noticed early on and hidden more easily.
If you do this a few times with different pictures that you like you will learn from experience, you will learn by doing and will improve your confidence, and your drawing skills at the same time. You will learn to understand how to look at lines and recognize when they are not correct so as to improve your accuracy.
There is no substitute for practice as Pablo Picasso was quoted saying “I do the things I can’t do in order to learn to do them right” and that’s what you need to do to start drawing.