How to Master Easy Sketches for Beginners

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Easy sketches a necessity for beginning artists because they bolster your foundational abilities and help build your portfolio. It also can feel nice to have a finished drawing to show off, even if you know it was relatively straightforward to complete. Easy sketches are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to art, but they are essential for building more sketching skills.

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For some artists, the easiest sketches are fruits and vegetables. Others find flowers and animals fairly straightforward. Picking the right sketch to start out with ultimately comes down to personal preference.

Find a Simple Reference Object to Sketch

A beginner-level sketch is not meant to be time-consuming. Pick simplistic subjects to help you master the fundamentals. This will aid you in future, more complicated sketches.​

When starting out, it’s essential to have a reference object to look at while you sketch. Household objects often make easy sketches for beginners. For instance, eggs can be a stellar item to sketch. With their uncomplicated shape, they offer artists a simple lesson on using light and shadow.

In addition, three-dimensional basic shapes are typically easy for beginners to draw. Cones, pyramids, and cubes all teach artists about shape, shadow, and space.

Look for Subjects in Nature

When picking subjects to sketch, plants and animals are a favorite of many beginners. For example, snails make good studies when it comes to shape. Plus, certain reptiles and even tree bark are great for working on texture.

If you need a stationary reference subject, flowers are a good choice. But don’t start out with complex flowers, such as irises. Instead, look for simple blooms, such as daisies and black-eyed Susans, and work up to flowers with more intricate petal arrangements.

Start With a Pencil (or a Pen)

Easy pencil drawings are one of the best ways to start sketching. The pencil is inexpensive and versatile. It can be used to outline, fill in, and shade. Moreover, pencils travel well, so they can be taken to various locations as you search for easy-to-sketch reference material.

Don’t be tempted to erase your pencil sketches. Leave your mistakes on the paper, so you can learn from them.

If you find yourself tempted to erase a pencil drawing, switch to a pen. While some of your work might look messy, you’ll thank yourself later for the permanent reminder of your growth as an artist.

Practice the Fundamentals

Just because a sketch is easy, that doesn’t mean you only have to do one before you can advance to more complex sketch work. These easy sketches are your foundation. They’re meant to be practiced over and over until they're perfected. Although it might seem relatively dull, sketching simple objects, such as cones, globes, and cubes, will ultimately help you build to larger subjects, including buildings, people, and animals.

Keep with your easy subjects until you can draw them flawlessly without the reference material. Once you can do that, then it’s time to move on to more complicated subjects to sketch.