The first steps in drawing
If you are starting off on your journey to learn how to draw you may want to start with getting yourself a supply of the various kinds of drawing material that you are interested in. Buy a range of pencils ranging from hard ones to soft and dark ones. To familiarize yourself with the stuff that you have bought, you may want to generally scribble around with your supplies. Make different kinds of marks and apply various levels of pressure on to the pencil to get familiar with the specific drawing objects.
The next step that you need to do may seem a bit unexpected and unconventional. But this is one of the best ways in which you can let your hand go and allow it to get flexible and comfortable with the drawing instruments. The idea in the wire drawing exercise is to try and think of a thread or wire in space and try to follow it on paper. There should be no pressure in your mind associated with trying to create something.
While the above mentioned techniques may not seem to get you anywhere, these are extremely helpful in getting you started. In fact these techniques can be the basic benchmark of getting you ready for the tougher things that lie ahead.
Post these exercises you should attempt a blind contour drawing. This is a free flow drawing that you do without any measurement and it is not expected to be exactly the same as the still object that you are trying to replicate. It is only after you have done this that you start to learn the methods involved in measuring and drawing to scale.
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