ART! Drawing part 2

This is a schedule for a creative mind.  This is a simple schedule of ideas. Graduate through a progression of lessons for art & drawing with a little bit of guidance.

Learn drawing basics, 3D forms, shading, color theory, portraits, and more one lesson at a time.

I might suggest to study one section a week: drawing basics, portraits the next, shading…on down the list.

AGE- I think that it is all determined by interest and how much you make of it. I don’t see any reason a 3rd grader and a high school junior couldn’t do the same assignment. It depends on the child which one has more trouble with it or how much time they spend on it. 😉

Here is a list of lessons… well maybe ideas, pictures and prompts to spark imagination- just starters I’ve collected on my own Pinterest boards here, here and here. I’ve selected these to be drawing lessons that should require only a pencil and paper and tried to assemble them into some kind of order (I hope 😉 )  Follow rabbit holes, find inspiration. Enjoy!


Tutorials and Books on drawing:

Inspire My Artist guest post on drawing for Starts at Eight

 ART! drawing part 1

the book Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

the book Line Upon Line by Janice Arduini


Drawing exercises and prompts:

upside down drawing upside down drawing allow your right brain to work without your left brain trying to take over. (read about it in either of the above blog posts)

symmetry sketches  take a newspaper, comic, magazine picture… use part of the picture and fill in the rest with our pencil.

Draw a tree

drawing hands

using a grid to recreate a picture- more on this in Art! drawing part 1

Organic Shapes

draw waves


overlapping rings

doodling lines

draw a bowl of eggs. draw an apple. draw a vase of flowers. draw bones- particularly cattle bones if you can come up with them.

it may help to draw the negative space only


Portraits– portraits become a lot easier when you understand the proportions are not what you think you see. If you drew an oval for a head, where do you think the eyes would be? At the top? Try putting the eyes in the middle! I’ll be you find you are much happier with your portrait when you are done. Try these tutorials to improve your portrait drawing. Draw a friend, look in the mirror.

tutorial at Inspire My Artist

tutorial and proportions

portrait proportions on one sheet girl , boy

portraits in different view boxes

an eye – eyes have a very specific shape. learn the to draw them!

how to draw lips- lips have a very specific shape. learn to draw them!

practice drawing ears

hair, hair, and more hair

Perspective– if you have the opportunity to watch “Brain Games” Particularly Season 1 Episode 1 it is all about how your eyes and your brain make assumptions, and how it sees things so when it doesn’t look quite right on paper it is because it isn’t the way your brain thinks it should be. Things closer to you look bigger and things farther away look smaller. If you drawing is the opposite of that you will create optical illusions- even if you didn’t mean to. Learn to draw in perspective and you will be able to convince your brain that it is looking at something in 3D!

good tuturioal here draw a train in perspective– this has instructions for 1 point perspective

perspective tutorial this site also has a great worksheet on basic 3D shapes (basic shapes later)

garden in 1 point perspective

cityscape perspective

perspective drawing

row of trees

2 point perspective

basic shapes project in perspective

 lots of examples of perspective

Life drawing – with any life drawing please preview as human bodies are often drawn nude- because truly drawing clothing and fabric is a whole other matter to study. I believe I have chosen tutorials that do this without genitalia, and are not obscene- but you should check to be sure! Some do show drawn nude behinds. Tutorials can range from drawings of ears and hands to full body torso. Life drawing is generally considered drawing human life.

life drawing examples and lessons here , here , here

proportions of hands, feet, head

neck and shoulders

a leg

a few more here on my life drawing pinterest board.

Shapes & Shading- there are a few basic shapes that help us understand all others for drawing and particularly for shading. The sphere, cylinder, cube, cone and pyramid. Understanding how light plays on these can help draw all things in 3D accurately. A leg for instance is a cylinder.

this is and elementary worksheet to identify 3D basic shapes, in art we need to learn to draw these shapes and shade them to so use this to practice drawing basic shapes.

more 3D shapes

Shade techniques- mimic these lessons to learn how to shade in different ways

stippling (a way of shading) examples

basic shapes and shading

how to shade a sphere

how to shade a cylinder (with links to other 3d shapes!)

basic shapes project in perspective

shading in perspective

shading and drawing things of one color- here I suggest we recreate some of the organic shapes section. Organic shapes are unpredictable. Your left brain doesn’t already know it’s shape exactly. Solid colors similarly show only the shades changing in the light so that you are not so concerned about what color but what value.

draw a bowl of eggs. draw an apple.  draw bones- particularly cattle bones if you can come up with them.

reflections of glass

more reflections of glass

ice cubes

shading fabrics

shading folds and fabric – these examples could keep you busy for a week 😉 the book Line Upon Line by Janice Arduini has tutorials in fabric and glass.

 try drawing textures

Abstract drawings and doodles- it’s all about the creativity!

cursive name art

longest line

Graphic design (part of graphic design is learning to see pieces, symbols, icons, simple shapes…) try some of these exercises.

doodle fish or what do you see in this

fun trees


portraits in different view boxes

Elements of design

trees (or something else) from another perspective

elements of design wheel

composition do’s and don’ts

Try math art projects from What Do We Do All Day

Word Art

website to help you put words into a shape. Create your own word art. Inspire 😉

scripture art- inspiration

Calligraphy (this involves specific tools. I plan to do more with this in a later post, but I leave the idea here if you are so inclined as to tackle it yourself.)

3D words

3D art

ribbon lettering

graffiti lettering


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