Creating Art at Home

Drawing Basics

A drawing is often the foundational structure of other forms of art, but it can also be a work of art all on its own.  Learn what you need to know to get started or to improve your skills using this guide.


What You'll Need

To get started drawing all you really need is a pencil and some paper, but there are some other tools that can be helpful as you learn:

  • A Good Eraser.  Make sure you have an eraser that won't leave smudges all over when you try to fix a mistake.  Check out this guide from Jet Pens to know what to look for.
  • Art Pencils.  A standard mechanical or number 2 pencil can work just fine, but if you want to take your drawings to the next level, art pencils can create more variation in your shading.  Check out this article on choosing pencils to learn more.
  • Ink Pens.  There are many types of pens out there that can give your drawing different looks, but all will give some permanence to your drawing.  For a run-down of some common pens, check out this article on best pens for drawing.
  • Acid Free Paper:  Investing in some acid free paper will help your art last longer.  Decide what paper will meet your needs with the help of this article.
  • Color (Optional).  Many artists create stunning pieces using only monochrome palettes, however if you want to add color to your drawings, there are many tools to do so.  Colored pencils, markers, inks, pastels, and paint are just some of the colorful mediums that you can experiment with.

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