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How to Draw An Anime Girl

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How to Draw An Anime Girl

Anime has become hugely popular lately, bringing so many inquiries about how to draw an anime girl. Please enjoy our free tutorial “How to Draw an Anime Girl,” and don’t forget to sign up to our email list so we can let you know about more high value articles and how to draw tutorials as soon as they are released!

Table of Contents 

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 1 – Draw a Centre Line and a Circle for the Head

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 2 – Capture the Chin By Drawing Two Lines Beyond the Circle of the Head

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 3 – Draw the Neck and Shoulders

How to Draw An Anime Girl Step 4 – How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 4 – Draw the Basic Outline of the Eyes

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 5 – Draw the Eyebrows

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 6 – Draw the Nose

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 7 – Add in the Mouth

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 8 – Draw in your Ears

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 9 – Draw the Hair 

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 10 – Add in the Top of the Hair

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 11 – Draw in the Finer Details

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 12 – Add Colour If You Like

Basic Essentials

You will need nothing more than a pencil and paper. You can add colours through felt tips or crayons if you wish.

When you are considering how to draw an anime girl it’s worth remembering that anime girls are designed to be ‘cute’ so drawing a cute anime girl is going to be the way it’s going to go. Sometimes you may want your character to be a little less generic and obviously cute so that you can have a main character who is less clichéd, with a little more depth. You may also want to have an anime girl who is a villain (dark colours will work here), so you can adapt this tutorial in various ways to suit your preferences. Don’t worry we’ll give you useful suggestions as we go.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 1 – Draw a Centre Line and a Circle for the Head 

Start about roughly halfway across the top of your page, and draw a straight vertical line down the middle of your blank page. Just like any drawing this line allows you to create a sense of symmetry. You need to make sure the line is long enough to include the head, then the neck and also the top of her shoulders. 

You can now draw in a circle which illustrates the head of your ‘cute’ anime girl. Use your vertical line to ensure that the head, neck and shoulders are symmetrical. When you add in the facial features this line will help make your eyes, nose and mouth look more realistic and well positioned. 

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 1

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 2 – Capture the Chin By Drawing Two Lines Beyond the Circle of the Head

Now you are going to draw two lines heading downwards from the lower half of the circle, angling towards the centre line of Step 1. These lines are going to meet in a curve which captures the chin in two angles which sharply meet each other.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 2

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 3 – Draw the Neck and Shoulders

It’s time to draw in the neck using the vertical line to make sure your whole drawing is symmetrical. You want to make sure the neck is thin in comparison to the head, and that it is a decent length. Long slender necks are elegant and ‘cute’ which works well for anime characters. This will also help you to draw thin and prominent shoulder muscles which will translate into appealing shoulders.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 3

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 4 – Draw the Basic Outline of the Eyes

At this point we are going to draw the eyes, and this involves dividing the head in two with a horizontal line. To make your anime girl look extra cute you want to draw the eyes just below the halfway point. Don’t worry if the forehead seems large – this will eventually add to the overall cuteness of your anime girl.

Now you can draw the basic outline of the eyes, making them narrow with thick eyelashes at the top. Make sure you draw the eyes far enough apart so you could fit another eye of the same size between them. See the picture to help.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 4

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 5 – Draw the Eyebrows

The eyebrows will be thicker at the ends pointing towards the centre of the face, and thinner at the ends pointing towards the ears. Eyebrows can give your anime girl a certain personality – for example if you raise one it makes your anime girl more sassy. Have some fun with it.

How to Draw an Anime Girl – Step 5

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 6 – Draw the Nose

At this point you can add in the nose just above the halfway point of the middle of your anime girl’s head. The nose will be slightly oval in shape becoming flatter as it moves towards the centre of the face. In many Anime drawings and cartoons the nose is very small which adds to the beauty and symmetry of the character.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 7 – Add in the Mouth

The mouth will also be quite small, you want to place it roughly halfway between the bottom of your nose and the farthest point of your chin.

Although you could improvise here to make your mouth curve downwards, it’s usually best to curve upwards so your anime character looks happy. 

If you do want to play around with your character’s expression you could make your character unhappy, happy or even confused by the direction of the line of your mouth.

How to Draw An Anime Girl – Step 6 and 7

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 8 – Draw in your Ears

Now it’s time to draw your anime girl’s ears. Make sure that the tops of the ears are just slightly below the highest point of your anime girl’s eyes, and the bottom the ears are just slightly below the bottom of your anime girl’s nose. Don’t worry about adding too much detail because the ears will end up being mostly covered by your character’s hair.

How to Draw An Anime Girl Step 8

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 9 – Draw the Hair 

Now that your facial features are suitably in place you can begin drawing the hair. For the purposes of this tutorial we are going to give her a nice neat hairstyle and add to her beauty by showing that she takes care of her hair. 

The best way to start is to draw the sides of the anime girl’s hair – you want to aim to draw two long clumps beginning from the top of the head and ending just below the shoulders. The hair will end with a pair of splits which are slightly curved, hugging the face of your character but getting a little wider as they progress towards the shoulders. You want to aim to draw the front part of your anime girl’s hair so that it is split down the middle and then tucked down at the sides. See the pictures and video to help you.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 9

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 10 – Add in the Top of the Hair

The top part of the hair will actually be split down the middle, the hair will stick further up at the top and then gradually get closer near the top of the sides of the head. At the final point you need to draw it so that it curves away from the head, as it moves past the middle moving towards the bottom of the head. Again, check out the drawings and the video to help.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 10

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 11 – Draw in the Finer Details

The devil is in the details, as they say but in this case it’s just a matter of adding some small details to improve the features of your anime girl. 

You can add a grey shading to the irises or use a blue, brown or even green colour to make your anime girl stand out. Consult the drawings and the video to help.

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 11

When you have finished the finer details to the eyes you can move on to adding extra hair folds as final flourishes to your drawing. Again, check out the pictures and video to help with this. 

There is also the option to add in a small mole wherever it suits if you like. Many models have a beauty spot or two which adds to their own unique beauty. 

How to Draw an Anime Girl Step 12 – Add Colour If You Like

You can now add colour if you wish, or you can leave your drawing as a pencil sketch – it’s up to you! 

You might like to add in brown, blonde, or red to your anime girl’s hair. You also have the option to make their eyes whatever colour suits you. Examples of unique finishing details would be:

  • A small shadow to either side of the nose
  • Shading in the ears
  • Shadows around the eyelids cast by eyelashes
  • Shadow cast by the chin on the neck.
How to Draw an Anime Girl Time Lapse Video

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Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings In 12 Easy Steps

Angel wings are as popular a subject for drawing as ever, and can be used symbolically for a loved one who has passed on, or in cartoons, anime, graphic novels and the like. Please enjoy our ‘How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step by Step’ tutorial and have fun with it.

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Finished Drawing

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 1 – Start with the Main Outline of the Left Wing 

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 2 – Mirror the Same Curved Line on the Other Side

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 3 – Draw the Flight Feathers 

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 4 – Draw the Flight Feathers on the Right Wing as a Mirror Image

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 5 – Add the Flight Feathers on the Bottom Half of the Wings

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 6 – Join up the Start of Your First Line with the Base of the Wing

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 7 – Shade in the Top of the Wings

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 8 – Add Feathery Textures to the Centre of the Wings

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 9 – Draw in Another Curved Line around the Base of the Wings

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 10 – Draw in Another Layer of Feathers  

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 11 – Draw One Final Layer Of Flight Feathers

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 12 – Add Curved Lines to the Outside Feathers For More Detail

You will need a pencil, sketching paper – felt tips or crayons are optional for colour. You can leave it as a pencil sketch if you want to. We have opted for an organic drawing without a ruler or drawing out a background grid. This makes the ‘angel’ look like he/she is standing a little sideways. Think of a bird in real life – one wing rarely aligns perfectly with the other!

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 1 – Start with the Main Outline of the Left Wing

Start at the bottom left of your page and draw a relaxed ‘S’ shape in a curved diagonal line. This will form the main outline of the top of the left wing.  

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 2 – Mirror the Same Curved Line on the Other Side

Now you can draw an exact mirror image of this shape on the right hand side of the page. See the picture of the video to help you with this. Now you have the outline of the tops of the two wings.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Step 1 + 2

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 3 – Draw the Flight Feathers on the Left Wing

Starting at the top of your left wing you are going to draw 3 feather (or finger) shapes which are all roughly equal sizes. Think of them as relaxed ‘n’ shapes. See the picture or video to help with this.

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 4 – Draw the Flight Feathers on the Right Wing as a Mirror Image

Repeat the previous step on the right wing taking care to mirror the feathers on your left wing as closely as possible.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Step 3 + 4

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 5 – Add the Flight Feathers on the Bottom Half of the Wings

How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 5

Starting with the right wing you are going to draw in the feathers for the bottom halves of the two wings. Repeat this on the left wing matching the shapes of the feathers as closely as possible. Again you will be using loose ‘n’ shapes.

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 6 – Join up the Start of Your First Line with the Base of the Wing

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Step 6 – Complete the Base of Each Wing as Shown on the Right

Join up the start of your first line with the bottom of each wing. Use a curved ‘n’ shape and then some smaller tighter ‘n’ shapes. Mirror this process on the other side. Now you have completed the entire outline of the two wings!

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Complete the Base of the Wings on Both Sides

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 7 – Shade in the Top of the Wings

At this point you are going to draw a curved line right across the top of the inside left wing, as shown in the picture and video. This will extend from the tip of the feather right down to the base of the wing, as shown in the picture. Mirror the same curved line on the right wing.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Shade in the Tops of the Wings

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 8 – Add Feathery Textures to the Centre of the Wings

Now you can draw another curved line across the centre of each of the wings, roughly parallel to the top edge of the wings. This will add further feathery textures to the angel’s wings. As usual be careful to make sure the line on the right is as close to a mirror image of the left as you can manage.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Add a Feathery Texture to the Centre of the Wings

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 9 – Draw in Another Curved Line around the Base of the Wings

Draw another curved line to show the small feathers around the base of the left wing, as shown in the picture. Now mirror it exactly on the right wing. This will make up the small feathers around the base of the wings.

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 10 – Draw in Another Layer of Feathers  

The next layer of feathers and will be like a smaller version of the bigger outline extending along the bottom edge of the wing, and will also be like the ‘n’ shapes or finger shapes we used in Step 3. Mirror the shape on the other wing.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings -Draw in Another Layer of Feathers

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 11 – Draw One Final Layer Of Flight Feathers

Now you are going to draw one final layer of feathers which are roughly going to follow the shape of your overall outline, and rise to a point. Again repeat this process on the other wing on the right hand side. See the picture to help.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Draw One Final Layer of Flight Feathers

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Step 12 – Add Curved Lines to the Outside Feathers For More Detail

This is the final step. You can now add in some curved lines around the outside flight feathers near the bottom of the wings for extra detail and sharpness. See the picture to help.

How to Draw Angel’s Wings – Final Step

If you want to draw in a male or female form in the middle of the wings you can. Or you can leave your detailed, beautiful feathered wings as they are. Halos are also optional! 

You could even make your angel a little edgier by colouring in the wings grey, or even black. It’s entirely up to you!

Angel Wings Drawing – How to Draw Angel’s Wings Video

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Watercolour Painting – For Beginners – Our Best Tips 2021

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Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 1 – Make Sure You Have a Decent Watercolour Box Set

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 2 – Make Sure You Have A Good Range of Brushes

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 3 – Be Aware of the Wet-On-Wet Method

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 4 – Be Aware of the Wet-On-Dry Method

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 5 – Have a Paper Towel to Hand

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 6 Make Sure You Master the Flat Wash

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 7 – Use Your Brush to ‘Pull In’ To Distinguish Light From Dark

Watercolour Painting – for Beginners Tip 8 – Take Care to Mix Your Paints Well

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 9 – Be Aware of Dry-Time

Watercolour Tips – For Beginners Tip 10 Create a Watercolour Painting with Bold Contrasts Between Light and Dark

Watercolour Tips – For Beginners Tip 11 – Use the Splatter Technique

We all have our preferences when it comes to paint choices, and there are some brilliant artists who focus on acrylic and oil painting and never bother with watercolour painting. Watercolour painting can feel very different to using other paint mediums, and so some artists avoid it entirely. 

If you are a beginner and have never used acrylic or oils, watercolour painting may be the right medium for you, especially because it will dry more quickly for you than acrylic paints and particularly oil paints which take longer again. 

Many of us gravitate towards watercolour paints as kids and beginners because there is something so magical and appealing about adding water to your brush and then bringing your watercolour paints to life. Watercolour painting can be so playful, fluid, and rewarding much like the ocean itself.

Thankfully you don’t need an awful lot to get started with watercolour painting. You just need a brush, a few paints, and watercolour paper. And of course some water!

Here are our absolute best tips for watercolour painting for beginners.

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 1 – Make Sure You Have a Decent Watercolour Box Set

In terms of colours you actually don’t need many at all – 6 is enough. A basic palette will involve the 6 primary colours : black, white, green, red, yellow and blue. You can see this in the picture below.

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners – An Example of a Basic Watercolour Palette

An artist’s palette (a slightly more advanced palette version) can be seen in this picture.

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners – Example of An Artist’s Palette

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 2 – Make Sure You Have A Good Range of Brushes

It’s so important to have good paint brushes for watercolour painting. You want to aim for at least 3 brushes – a large one for broad brushstrokes, a medium one, and a more accurate small one that has a pointed tip to help with accurate brushstrokes. For greater flexibility 6 is best overall – see the picture above. It’s a good rule of thumb for painting or drawing that you start with more general broad strokes and then slowly move towards more specific detail.

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners – Examples of Brushes

Expensive brushes are usually made of natural hair but for beginners it’s wise to get brushes which have a mix of synthetic and natural hair because these brushes are much more affordable and for the most part just as useful.

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 3 – Be Aware of the Wet-On-Wet Method

There are two basic methods for painting with watercolours: Wet-On-Wet and Wet-On-Dry. Wet-On-Wet is very much like it suggests – it means painting onto a surface that is already wet. This works really well for the first layer of paint for a sky or landscape, making the paint flow in soft washes. All you have to do is dip the brush in plain water and then use it to ‘paint’ in a shape of your choice, a rectangle or a circle with the watery brush. Next paint over it slowly using a colour that suits. Notice how the Wet-On-Wet method works for you, paying close attention to how much colour and water you need to achieve the effects that you want.

As your painting dries it will change considerably, watercolour paints dry differently on different occasions which is part of their mysterious beauty.

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 4 – Be Aware of the Wet-On-Dry Method

Wet-On-Dry is most commonly used to add more detail and accuracy. It means applying wet paint over the dry surface of the watercolour paper. The effect achieved is much more precise than the previous method.

Use a large brush with a little paint on it at first, until you get a sense of how much paint you will need. It’s best to use paint that is a dry as possible, and apply it onto the dry paper. The paint will be more or less ‘see through,’ depending on how much water you use.

Again as you watch it dry you will see a real change in the paint.

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 5 – Have a Paper Towel to Hand

This is probably the most inexpensive tip after the water! A paper towel is extremely useful for erasing any mistakes and keeping things precise and neat in general. Think of it as the equivalent of having a rubber for your pencil drawings. You will probably find some of your layers don’t go exactly to plan. Use your paper towel to lighten the wash a little of to erase it enough to paint over

completely. Paper towels are also a great way to add layers slowly and carefully in order to help you paint more accurately.

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 6 Make Sure You Master the Flat Wash

A flat wash is a very simple thing to master but so useful for improving watercolour painting. It is an even wash across the page without any variations, and as such it is so useful for adding beginning layers to your watercolour painting. You can use a flat wash on either dry or wet watercolour paper, but for beginners it’s best to practise on dry paper. Try to use a 50:50 ratio of paint and water for the best outcome.

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 7 – Use Your Brush to ‘Pull In’ To Distinguish Light From Dark

This is a really useful technique, and it is best used to show where the light source and the shadows are in your painting.

Dip your brush in the paint of your choice and paint a long dark line (for example the side of the trunk of a tree using brown). From this line you want to ‘pull in’ with less paint on your brush and more water to make gradually lighter brown lines which are moving in from the bolder outline of the tree’s trunk you started with. The outline of the tree’s trunk will be darker in this example because it is further away from the light source (mostly likely the sun) and the rest of the trunk will be lighter in shade because it will be closer to the light source.

Watercolour Painting – for Beginners Tip 8 – Take Care to Mix Your Paints Well

In order to make sure that you don’t run out of a particular colour always make sure you mix more paint than you think you are going to need. Think the opposite of what you should do with your dinner plate where your eyes are often bigger than your belly!

The reason you need to do this is because if you run out of paint for your watercolour painting, it’s going to be very difficult to get the exact colour again if you have to start again. In this case at least bigger is better.

Watercolour Painting – For Beginners Tip 9 – Be Aware of Dry-Time

Depending on what you are trying to achieve you are going to have to consider your dry-time. If you are happy to have your colours bleed and eventually blend into one another that you can apply your layers on top of paint that is still wet.

If you are aiming to add completely new layers and colour washes over the top of paint, you will need to let it dry first. You can of course use a hair dryer on a low setting (so you don’t make a complete mess!) but you will also have to be a little patient. If you don’t do this the layers will simply run into each other, and your shapes will not come out as clearly as you would like.

Watercolour Tips – For Beginners Tip 10 Create a Watercolour Painting with Bold Contrasts Between Light and Dark

If you want a really dynamic painting that will stand out with powerful colours try to paint strong dark areas contrasting with strong light areas. Light and shadow is so important in any painting but it is particularly important when using the medium of watercolour. It will really create a powerful impression on whoever is viewing your painting.

Watercolour Tips – For Beginners Tip 11 – Use the Splatter Technique

A really interesting and fun way to make your watercolour painting stand out is to use the splatter technique. Pull back the bristles on your brush with your finger and release the splatter onto your watercolour paper. This takes a little practice but when used correctly it is well worth the effort. This will give you a lovely effect for water spray, stars in the sky, flowers or grass in a field. If you don’t get it right first time you can erase the splatter with your towel and try again.

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How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial- Complete Drawing

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial

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How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial Step 1
How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial Step 2
How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial Step 3
How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial Step 4
How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial Step 5
How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial Step 6
How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial Step 7

One of the most common questions beginner artists ask is ‘Can You Show Me How to Draw a Tree?’ This is a much more complicated question than it first appears because there are obviously lots of different species of trees, and they often look very different according to the seasons. We are going to break down how to draw a tree step by step, but please keep in mind this is only one way to draw a tree, there are other options.

This is a basic tree with spring/summer foliage which is tall but not too wide – similar to a beech tree which doesn’t have as thick a trunk as an oak tree for example. It’s the perfect place to begin because it isn’t too difficult to draw.

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial Step 1


Start off with a thin line for the trunk and a very general outline of where the outer edge of the leaves will extend to. See the shape in the picture.

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial – Step 1 Drawing

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial Step 2

Next you want to draw in the main branches of the tree, as the picture shows. Don’t worry about the smaller branches at this stage just draw in the bigger ones.

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial – Step 2 Drawing

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial Step 3


Now you can make the trunk of the tree thicker and wider. Remember that the trunk will be widest at the bottom where the roots are, and it will get gradually narrower as you move towards the top of the tree. The same is true of the branches of the tree. The closer the branch is to the trunk the wider it will be, the branches will extend outwards getting narrower and narrower towards the ends.

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial – Step 3 and 4 Drawing

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial Step 4


At this point you can go ahead and add more branches to the main branches you drew in Step 2. These will obviously be smaller branches which won’t extend as far as the main ones. You can also add some grass to the bottom of your tree during this step as well.

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial Step 5


Using long, thick straight lines shade in the trunk of the tree. Imagine where the light source would be coming from, and then have the part of the tree that the light is shining on shaded in lighter lines. There is no right or wrong answer because the sun will be in various places at different points of the day, however thinking about the light helps you be consistent and produce a better drawing.

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial Step 5 Drawing

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial Step 6


Now you are ready to progress to shading in the leaves all around your tree. You want to use the side of your pencil here, or even another softer pencil which is not as dark. You can extend the outline of your leaves as far as you feel comfortable with – the further into summer your tree is, the further the growth will be. You could use a pattern of peaks and valleys here but just remember you don’t want it to look too regular because leaves don’t grow in a regular pattern in real life.

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial – Step 6 Drawing

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial Step 7

You are almost finished! Now you can draw an outline round the outside of the crown of your tree to show the outline of your foliage. You can also use your rubber to erase the original basic outline of the crown you drew in Step 1. If you want to use a rubber to show space and light between the branches you could do it now. Finishing touches could include shading in more grass beneath the tree or even shading in part of the sky. It’s up to you!

How to Draw a Tree – Easy Step by Step Tutorial – Step 7 Drawing
‘How to Draw A Tree’ Easy Step by Step Tutorial – Time Lapse Video

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How to Draw A Bullet – Easy Bullet Drawing in 7 Steps

Bullet Drawing Completed

You’d be amazed how many people want to create a bullet drawing. Here’s tutorial on how to draw a bullet using a pencil to produce a cool bullet drawing.

Bullets are used all the time in various art contexts from album covers to graphic designs, gaming designs, T-shirt designs, Anime, graphic novels, book covers, and film artworks to name just a few. They are great to draw for beginners especially but depending on the detail included can be done by more advanced artists too. 

We are going to be looking at how to draw a bullet with the point facing to the right, but it’s really up to you which way it faces – just follow our instructions but point it in the opposite direction. You could also adjust the angle of your bullet so that you can see the circular butt at the blunt end if you wish also.

1 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 1

The best place to start drawing a bullet is with the actual body of the bullet which is a long narrow rectangle. Try to make sure that the top and bottom lines of the rectangle are straight and symmetrical, and of equal length. It’s best to use a ruler here. When it comes to drawing the two ends of the rectangle remember that they are slightly curved because a bullet is basically a cylindrical shape with a point at one end.

2 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 2 

Now it’s time to add the shoulders of the bullet which are in the form of a trapezium shape.

3 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 3 

The next thing to do is to draw the neck of the bullet. Your drawing will now look a little like a flask or canister lying on its side.

4 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 4  

 Now you want to go ahead and add the head of the bullet which is shaped like a tall triangle which is slightly curved (rather than completely pointy) at the top. Note that your drawing will now look something like a marker on its side or a lipstick holder with the lipstick exposed.

5 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 5

Now you can start to work on the other end of the bullet at the rim or butt. This consists of three thin slightly curved rectangles in a row. The first rectangle fits in with the top and the bottom lines of your very first rectangle (the main body of the bullet) and then the second rectangle extends a little upward beyond the lines of the main body of the bullet to stick out a little. 

6 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 6 

Now the magic happens. Use the side of your pencil to shade in the bottom of the main body of the bullet so that it has a shadow which is not as a thick and dark as the bolder outlines of the bullet. Now do the same thing for the shoulders, neck and finally the head of the bullet so there is a line of shadow across the whole bottom of the bullet.

7 Bullet Drawing Tutorial – How to Draw a Bullet – Step 7 

If you would like a lighter shade along the top of the bullet. Try to imagine where the light might fall on the top of the bullet to make it as realistic as possible. This line will be lighter again than the bottom which will be in a deeper shadow.

You can now take the opportunity to rub out any lines that you don’t need with an eraser.

Done!

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Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas To Start You Off

Beginner Aesthetic Ideas Easy Ideas to Start You Off – Man with Muscled Arms Drawn Behind Him

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1 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – An Open Book 

2 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – An Arrangement of Eggs On a Table Or in a Bowl

3 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Pieces of a Chess Board

4 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Black and White Sketch of a UFO

5 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Various Fruits

6 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – A Piece of Furniture

7 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – A Coffee Mug 

8 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Mountains

9 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – a Tree or Trees

10 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Birds

11 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Flowers

12 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Moon Shapes

13 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Candles 

14 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – A Hot Air Balloon

15 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Simple Images From Nature

We have thoroughly researched, explored and gathered some of the best beginner aesthetic drawings easy ideas we can find to provide a comprehensive list of the best ideas for drawing when you are just starting out.

There is no particular order of which ones are best just plenty of easy ideas for beginner aesthetic drawings. It might also be worth writing a caption underneath your drawing for extra effect, such as ‘journey,’ ‘wanderlust,’ ‘all who wander are not lost,’ or ‘stairway to heaven.’ You choose.

1 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – An Open Book 

For the best results see if you can find one that is quite old and interesting-looking. Open it up at a page that suits you, arrange it so that it sits at a really attention-grabbing angle and draw away.

 2 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – An Arrangement of Eggs On a Table Or in a Bowl

Try and find eggs that vary in tone and colour. If you can find duck eggs for contrast (they are usually a brilliant blue) that will really add to your drawing. Try to use coloured pencils or even watercolour brush pens to capture the different tones of the shells.

3 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Pieces of a Chess Board

These could be done in charcoal or as a pencil sketch to produce a really interesting black and white contrast. You could include part of the board underneath as an extra touch.

4 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Black and White Sketch of a UFO

It’s always good for beginners to try cartoonish drawings which are fun but great practice for symmetry and dimensions. Have fun with this one in particular!

5 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Various Fruits

You could draw an apple, an orange, a banana or a grapefruit – whatever works for you! To make it more interesting slice the fruit open. You could try drawing the same piece of fruit using a variety of different mediums such as pastels, coloured pencils, graphite or perhaps watercolour brush pens (you would need to use watercolour paper here). The various shadows, tones and reflections of your chosen fruit will definitely stretch your skills!

6 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – A Piece of Furniture

This could be a bed, an antique chair or even an armchair. Nothing says human comfort like a well chosen chair, and older chairs could tell many stories.   

7 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – A Coffee Mug 

A coffee mug is as good an example of human touch and interaction as you could possibly think of. You could draw it with steam coming out to show its heat and appeal or with a hand or hands holding it. Ah, blissful.

8 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Mountains

There is nothing that says adventure quite like a picture or drawing of a mountain. Don’t aim for perfection here draw your own interpretation of a mountain in a medium of your choice – watercolour, pencil, charcoal or coloured pencil. Have fun with it. 

9 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – a Tree or Trees

Something about trees and forests calls to us and makes us think of new experiences and journeys. We all love to see paintings and drawings of trees. Sometimes it doesn’t hurt to give people what they want. Including yourself. Go wild with brown, green, and enjoy the detail that can be found in Nature. Pick up a leaf or two on your way home if you like.

10 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Birds

Birds are the ultimate symbol of freedom, especially in a clear blue sky. If you find it difficult to draw a bird in flight, capture one in stillness as it’s easier. A quirky and arresting cartoonish bird can also go a long way and takes a degree of skill. This is definitely one of our favourite things to capture on paper. 

11 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Flowers

You could see this one coming a mile off – flowers are aesthetically stunning and it’s possible to produce something really decent as a beginner. Use really interesting colours – it might be worth thinking about spring or summer flowers with beautiful reds, golds, purples and greens.

12 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Moon Shapes

As we all know the moon goes through various different phases throughout the month allowing for different moods and renderings. So many different effects can be achieved allowing for all sorts of mediums. 

13 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Candles 

A candle casts such lovely shadows and provides a beautiful opportunity for light and shade. As such it’s an amazing thing to draw for beginners (as well as more advanced artists) to make a dramatic, bold and arresting drawing. 

14 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – A Hot Air Balloon

The Hot Air Balloon is such an artistic, historic and appealing symbol of a quest or worthy journey that we had to include it here. If you have ever been in a hot air balloon you will know that it is simply one of the smoothest rides you could have which is why you will find this symbol in art, fiction and film. You can create outstanding colours for your balloon, and have it float against a sunrise or sunset, or even a night sky. Beautiful. 

12 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Creatures of the Sea

So much of the sea is still unexplored and new sea creatures are being discovered frequently. Drawings of the sea and its creatures are undeniably heart-warming and they make great subjects for beginners. Think whales, dolphins, fish, seas, sunsets and sunrises and you’re halfway to stunning art creations. 

13 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – The Sea Itself 

The sea and its constant change can be difficult to approximate but as a beginner it is possible to try to capture a simple moment, for example a wave against a beautiful sky. The sea is one of the most inspirational and enduring symbols of beauty, power and change that we know of. You could start with just one wave, and build on that.

14 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With  – Homes

Few places capture a sense of sanctuary and peace like the idea of home. Why not draw your own home, or go a little further and describe your perfect home through a drawing? Although this requires an imaginative stretch you could come up with a unique and inspirational drawing.  

15 Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start With – Simple Images From Nature

Drawing an acorn, a fern leaf, even a blade of grass is such a great practice for beginners and more advanced artists. It teaches you to really see what is around you, and consider the variety, fragility and beauty of the many lives that cross our path. Drawing a leaf is more intricate and rewarding than it first appears, the same is true of an acorn which is the seed of an incredible tree.  A true artist learns to be aware of such things technically and emotionally. 

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Scandi Style – Top 5 Items for Hygge Happiness

We’ve all heard of the Danish word Hygge, haven’t we? It’s a word that is heard to translate into English but generally it means happiness, contentment and a sense of being serene and comfortable. Feeling you are right where you should be. We could all do with a little of that Scandi Style right now, especially during a global pandemic.

Scandi ideas have made a huge impact on us in the last few years from architecture to fashion and back again. Characterised by a minimalist and functional approach with few frills and fussiness, these ideas really give you space for what matters – serenity and purposefulness, and bringing out the artist in you.

Here are few ideas that might just get you headed in the right direction towards that impressive Scandi Style.

1 The Little Book Of Hygge – The Essence of Scandi Style

Let’s get straight to it. This is a really fantastic little book about happiness. With 5270 reviews on Amazon and just under 5 star rating it’s difficult to argue with. It’s an international, New York Times and Sunday Bestseller, having sold well over a million copies. Written by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, it’s a small book with some profound insights. Properly digested it could bring much needed coziness to your soul in these uncertain times.

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2 An Icelandic Jumper – Scandi Style Clothing

Surely a hand knit Icelandic wool sweater with protective wool fibres is about as soul-hugging as clothing could be? They are traditionally knitted provided windproof warmth all year round. Icelandic jumpers are incredibly popular and suitable for indoor or outdoor comfort. A variety of designs are available and they come with or without zips. This beautiful Nordic design is a particular favourite for comfort and contentment anywhere.

Hygge, happiness and confidence to suit your way of living.

Make sure you take time to find your best fit and design – you’ll being wearing it for years to come!

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3 A Scandinavian Rug – Interior Design Done Scandi Style

A beautiful and minimalist rug can set off your whole home, bringing a real sense of Hygge to any room or studio. There is a long history of different styles of Scandinavian rugs, some influenced by Oriental and Turkish ideas. 

A big part of Hygge style is being free from clutter and the emphasis of simple, clean lines so you can see why excess carpeting is replaced by the use of beautifully designed rugs. These days the best styles seem to be minimalistic geometric black and white or neutral grey designs which fit any room, often making the perfect centrepiece to build your room or studio around.

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4 Scandi Lighting – The Ultimate in Scandi Style

If you lived in a country that had so little light for much of the year you would value lighting very highly indeed. You only need to look at the sheer variety of Scandinavian lights to verify this. Scandi decor is still a dominant style for many of us and your choice of lighting is a huge part of the mood, atmosphere and potential inspiration of any room. One single source of light can be a little conventional for many of us, and most interior designers recommend a variety of different light sources on a dimmer rather than one overarching one. An industrial, minimalistic Scandi style is still the go to, and we would particularly recommend the use of pipes, natural fibres like hemp ropes with your lamps and especially steampunk chandeliers for that heartwarming Hygge experience. 

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5 Scandi Style Armchair

While Hygge is minimalistic in approach there is still room for a slightly pared back beauty. It wouldn’t be out of place for one expensive piece of furniture to take pride of place as the focal point of a room. Sometimes a whole months wages could be spent on an armchair, sideboard or a lovely writing desk. When the rest of the room is simplistically elegant it can make the statement piece really stand out.

Sloane and Sloane Armchair Amazon

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Best of luck finding your artistic, Hygge soul-warming Scandi style in 2021!

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5 Habits to Free Your Inner Artist

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For many of us creative pursuits are a luxury, something to be done on the weekend or at the end of the day when all the ‘important’ things are finished. Unfortunately that means we seldom get around to accessing our inner artist because we are too tired and burnt out by the time we get some headspace. 

The true beauty of it is that we can help ourselves by building habits into our day to coax the artist within to give us a fresh passion and perspective. Now that the pace of life has slowed for many of us because of the global pandemic, there has never been a better time to release your inner artist.

1 Be Intentionally Open to Your Inner Artist

Many of us have been hardwired to believe artistic pursuits do not pay your bills and are a symptom of having your ‘head in the clouds.’ We tell ourselves and others that to live in the ‘real world,’ we have to be practically minded and if we really must indulge such activities we should do it outside of a job we don’t really like. This means we need to be intentional about being creative, to give ourselves permission to let the artist within out for a little air. 

This is a really fun and liberating way of living. All the human made objects you see around you started as an idea or vision in someone’s mind – from architecture to sports cars someone had to live in the world of ideas, with their head in the clouds for a while at least. It’s part of the process. Give yourself permission to begin. Tell yourself the right kind of story. Be intentionally open to being creative. Start to really see things instead of just looking at them. Get a sense of what Frederick Franck meant when he wrote, “Merely looking at the world around us is immensely different from seeing it.”

You are effectively telling your brain that it needs to be more aware, to see a bigger picture. You are giving your brain permission to be creative, and unconsciously it will be processing ideas which later come out as ‘inspiration.’ 

2 Stop Working so Hard! Let Your Inner Artist Out for Air

For artists (aspiring or otherwise) creativity often knocks at the door when you aren’t trying. The American artist Barnett Newman complained that his wife didn’t understand that he was working while sitting in an armchair smoking and staring out of the window. Einstein apparently had his best ideas while shaving. Other people have their best ideas while driving or running a familiar route, or like Newman sitting in a favourite armchair. While you may not be trying to compute cosmic calculations you can definitely be open to solutions about your improving painting techniques, and rendering your subjects in novel ways. 

3 Create a Physical and Mental Workspace 

Find a physical space where you can paint. It doesn’t have to be a huge studio or even a whole room. Clear a corner somewhere you feel comfortable and set up an easel. If you love the outdoors and have the right weather go into nature or your back garden, even your shed. As long as it’s a place you’ll want to go back to time and again. Somewhere you associate with enjoyment and peace of mind. If necessary get some cheap plastic sheeting to keep the paint off walls and furniture to eliminate possible worry. 

Creating a pleasant physical place will help your mind associate making art with pleasure and keep you free from distractions. 

As the great Sufi poet Hafiz wrote, it will help you “Change rooms in your mind for a day.” Hopefully a lot longer.

Not only will you clear out a physical space you could find that you also experience something of what the highly successful businessman Dee Hock writes, “Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it.”

4 Feed Your Inner Artist the Right Diet

While it’s important at times to stop trying to force creativity it’s also true that we need to intentionally feed our inner artist. Read books and poetry, watch films that give your brain material to work on. Draw your inner artist out by paying attention to artworks, and various art forms. Daytime TV is probably not going to help much here. Neither is Social Media overload so choose carefully what you feed your artist with.

One of the funny things about our minds is that when you stop focusing on something, for you it all but disappears. You really do get more of what you focus on. If you just focus on paying the bills you forget about finding creative ways to help you pay those very bills. If you shut down your inner artist and close your mind to creative possibilities, you get more and more shutdown of creative possibilities. If we focus on creativity we get more creativity.

5 Build Mindfulness into your Day

We all know that mindfulness is good for us, but spending long periods of time meditating isn’t for everyone. 

It is possible to build mindfulness into our daily routine in various ways however. Intentionally slow down. Think of how each morsel you eat tastes. Consider how the light behaves in your surroundings. Take a few moments to pick an inspirational quotation and really break it down, asking yourself how you might apply it to your life. Artists do these things naturally while creating, but try to practise these things when you aren’t making art too for maximum impact. Adopting an approach of reverence and gratitude for the world around us can only lead to greater creativity. As well as aiding your digestion. 

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Gifts For Young Artists – What to Buy Creative Kids for Christmas or Anytime

Get Your Kids Painting Like Only Kids Can

“All children are born artists, the problem is to remain an artist as we grow up.” Pablo Picasso

Got creative kids? More often than not that means having to be pretty creative yourself to choose the right gifts for young artists this Christmas. Fortunately help is on hand to get you moving in the right festive direction.

1 Gifts For Young ArtistsArts and Crafts Supplies Kits for Kids

You really can’t beat these for the hours and hours of fun that can be had from them. We’ve all had the bad experience of buying kids really expensive presents that they lose interest in within a few days, if not before. That’s not the case with these kits though – they have 1500+ pieces including; pipe cleaners, pom poms, googly eyes, feathers, and beads. There are so many creative possibilities here to keep kids from 4 right up to 12 amused that these kits border on free childcare. See for yourself here:

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2 Gifts For Young Artists – An Acrylic Paint Set

Why not get them started on the good stuff early? These quick-drying non-toxic paints are perfect for kids who love to paint or want to start painting. They aren’t too bad for adult beginners either. They are for using on canvas, cardboard, wood, paper to mention but a few. They are easy to mix and have a very wide spectrum of colours to keep the boredom of creative kids at bay. 

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3 Gifts For Young ArtistsKids Draw’ Big Book of Everything Manga

Manga has never been so popular with kids, and this book is an all-in-one collection of how-to-draw manga lessons. Your kids can learn to draw manga heads, faces, eyes, and bodies. There are also detailed lessons teaching them how to draw manga fantasy characters and monsters. There are over 1000 illustrations in this book, providing plenty of inspiration. This will keep them amused and off their phones for hours and hours.

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4 Gifts For Young ArtistsWacom Intuos S, Bluetooth Pen Tablet, Wireless Graphic Tablet for Painting, Sketching and Photo Retouching

For older kids who have proved themselves to be super interested in art, and likely to stay the course you could invest in a wireless Graphic Tablet. It’s perfect for home, school or on the go. This tablet is among the best in its class for digital drawing and the 4096 pressure level stylus included allows for impressive precision. The bluetooth connectivity really takes things to a new level. You really can achieve an authentic looking hand-painted effect, as well as enhance existing photographs with the creative software which comes with it. For kids or teens interested in comic book art you can download Clip Studio Paint Pro which has everything that a young comic book or manga artist could need at this stage.

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5 Gifts For Young Artists3D Printing Pens for kids 6-12

We’ll leave you with a particularly creative and fascinating idea – the 3D Printing Pen. You’d be forgiven for not having heard of these but they really do create physical entities using plastic filament which is shaped by using the pen. Then you leave it to dry, and you have a 3D representation straight from your mind into reality. 

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Deep Doodle – A Powerful Way to Unlock Hidden Creativity?

Deep Doodle – Unlock Your Hidden Creativity

Table of Contents

Deep Doodle – Definition

Deep Doodle – What are the Benefits?

A Deep Doodle Produces Unexpected Results

A Deep Doodle Can Show the Inner Workings of Your Mind

A Deep Doodle Gives You A Sense of the Whole Without Using Words

Deep Doodle – Definition

What is a deep doodle we hear you ask? Well, it is a sketch or drawing that comes from your unconscious mind without your conscious mind interfering. Think of it as what doodles usually are but in an extended way and coming from a deeper place.

A useful comparison is the idea of automatic writing where writers just start scribbling down ideas in a kind of flow state without thinking intentionally about what they are writing. Deep doodling is the artist’s version, allowing for a spontaneous flow of art free of organisation and forethought. Does that sound weird or fun to you? Perhaps both!

We are going to look at the idea of drawing a deep doodle, as well as what certain aspects of your doodle might show about how your own mind is working. As a creative exercise it really can unlock a freedom of expression from your unconscious mind.

Deep Doodle – Example of A Leaf Doodle

Deep Doodle – What are the Benefits?

If you think about your experience in the classroom (whether present or in the fading past!) you probably remember people who were always doodling, and getting told off for it. 

While it may look like such people aren’t listening (and some may not be!) and wasting their time, research suggests doodling may help you focus better, assist with problem solving, bring memories to the surface that aid in giving a sense of better perspective, lead to positive processing, and even relieve stress.

A deep doodle can leave you feeling relaxed and therefore more able to concentrate. 

A Deep Doodle Produces Unexpected Results 

As a creative exercise deep doodling produces unique and interesting results. The doodler looks down and wonders how they have produced such lovely patterns and begins to think about how those patterns could be used more intentionally in their drawing, painting and sketching. At its best deep doodling can bring about fascinating spirals, swirls, and shapes that can quite stunning. Unexpected and awesome designs can be accessed in an indirect way. The unconscious mind is often problem-solving and being creative in ways that the conscious mind can’t always activate.

Deep doodling can work in a similar way to what our minds do when we are asleep – sifting through our deeper desires and wishes and helping us integrate them into our ‘waking’ life. This can help us be aware of what is really important to us – not just constantly paying attention to paying the bills or maintaining a surface routine which may not be helpful for us in the longterm.

A Deep Doodle can Show the Inner Workings of Your Mind

Have you ever been struck by inspiration when you were doing something that you have become really used to and don’t need to think about? Perhaps you have been driving up a familiar road, brushing up, or washing the dishes and you have come up with a really good idea. 

Einstein said he had his best ideas while shaving, but perhaps as artists we could have our best ideas while doodling? It’s probably obvious to most of us that when we doodle luscious lips or attractive portrayals of body forms that we are highlighting latent sexual desires but equally the doodles we engage in could be highlighting forgotten dreams, wishes and desires that we have not yet explored or fulfilled. 

This is the beauty of doodling – we are unconsciously accessing the inner workings of our minds. We need to give ourselves permission to go and create, or at least begin the search to find our next creation. A deep doodle could be our starting point.

This approach could apply to a tattoo we would like to have done, or a tribal, political or social symbol we would like to explore in a painting, pencil sketch or a logo in graphic design. The possibilities are endless.

Deep Doodle With a Floral Theme

A Deep Doodle Gives You A Sense of the Whole Without Using Words

It’s an old cliche that a picture is worth a thousand words, but there is a certain truth to it. A deep doodle allows you to experience a sense of the whole story without having to use any words. This is always a useful thing for artists to do – to convey or suggest something without having to use the limitation of words. There are some things that are so profound that putting them into words is actually detrimental. The sense of the mystical whole, the mystery of life, even of love itself is sometimes cheapened by using words. Use your deep doodle access this wordless place to suggest a language beyond words, and beyond art itself.

A Deep Doodle Can Become A Painting

The only question left to ask is ‘When will you begin your next deep doodle?’

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How to Make Gold Paint – 5 Easy Ways

How to Make Gold Paint – Slowly Add Brown to Yellow to Make Gold Paint

Have you ever found yourself wondering how to make gold paint, instead of having to buy it? Making good quality gold paint at home isn’t as difficult as it may sound. In fact there are a few options, depending on what colours you have at home. As ever, we’re on hand to help you learn how.

Gold is such a luxurious colour and it symbolises power, wealth and beauty like no other colour. For painters it has many applications including helping to render the sun, light, beaches, sunrises and sunsets.

Table of Contents 

How to Make Gold Paint – Option 1 – Use White, Black and Yellow

How to Make Gold Paint – Option 2 – Use Orange, Yellow and Brown

How to Make Gold Paint – Option 3 – Blue, Yellow and Red

How to Make Gold Paint – Option 4 – Start with Yellow and Slowly Add Brown

How to Make Gold Paint – Option 5 – Black, Red and Yellow

How to Make Gold Paint – Brown and Yellow Acrylic Acrylic Paint Tubes

How to Make Gold Paint – Option 1 – Use White, Black and Yellow

A very simple way to make gold paint is to start by mixing white and black to give yourself a grey. From there you can add yellow to the grey to finish with gold. Play around with the amounts of paint that you use and have fun experimenting. You probably won’t get the exact shade that you want first time, so have fun with it. Obviously you will get a darker shade of gold if you have more black, and a lighter one if you add more white. 

How to Make Gold Paint – Option 2 – Use Orange, Yellow and Brown

This is another option which can be really effective. Mix together orange and brown to get an earthy terracotta shade. Now you can add in your yellow to give you an earthy gold colour. Again have fun with it and experiment with different amounts of paint to get the shade you like. 

How to Make Gold Paint – Option 3 – Blue, Yellow and Red

Another good option for making gold paint is to mix yellow and blue together to make green. Now mix in your red to make a brown colour. At this point you can mix in more yellow to make your gold paint. 

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How to Make Gold Paint – Option 4 – Start with Yellow and Slowly Add Brown

This is the easiest way to make gold paint, but you do need to be careful. Make sure you start with yellow (not the other way round) and make sure you add a little brown carefully until you get the colour that you want. It is far too easy to add too much brown, and then you will end wasting yellow paint to bring it back to a more golden colour. Don’t let the darker brown colour overwhelm your yellow colour.

How to Make Gold Paint – Mix a little Brown Paint Slowly into a Larger Amount of Yellow
How to Make Gold Paint – Time Lapse Video

How to Make Gold Paint – Option 5 – Black, Red and Yellow

Add the black and red paint together to make maroon. You will need roughly equal amounts of both paints. Now you can pour the yellow paint out separately, and then begin to add the maroon paint slowly and carefully until you get the desired shade of gold. As in the previous step don’t add too much too quickly or your yellow will be overwhelmed and wasted.

If you really want to go all out you could add gold sparkles to any of the options above. This will really give your gold paint a metallic shimmer. 

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Among Us Character – How to Draw Step by Step

How to Draw ‘Among Us Characters – Finished Picture

Since its release in 2018, the online multiplayer game, ‘Among Us’ has gathered a very large online following and had huge success especially during lockdown and the global pandemic. It’s an interesting cross between the party game Mafia, and the classic sci-fi film ‘The Thing.’ A lot of kids (and not a few adults too!) are keen to learn how to draw ‘Among Us’ characters, so here is our easy step by step tutorial showing you how to draw the iconic crew mates from the game. You can customise your drawing in various ways – just like the game itself! 

Table of Contents

Among Us Character – Step 1 – Start with an Upside Down U

Among Us Character – Step 2 – Add in the Legs

Among Us Character – Step 3 – Draw the Visor

Among Us Character – Step 4 – Draw the Pack on the Crew Mate’s Back

Among Us Character – Step 5 – Draw Round the Outline and Add in the Shadows

Among Us Character – Step 6 – Colour in Your Among Us Crew Mate

Basic Essentials

Drawing paper, pencil, black marker, crayons or felt tips.

Among Us Character – Step 1 –Start with an Upside Down U

Using a pencil to begin with, draw a U (or a stretched out n) on the top half of your page for the round shape of the ‘Among Us,’ crew mate’s head.

Among Us Character – Step 2 – Add in the Legs

Add in the legs to the bottom half of your page to complete the main body of the character. You can now extend the line across the leg on the right to make it look like the body is turning.

How to Draw Among Us Characters – Step 2 Draw in the Legs

Among Us Character – Step 3– Draw the Visor

Now it’s time to draw in the oval-shaped visor. The bottom of the visor should run roughly halfway down the body of the character. You’ll also need to rub out the part of the outline which is underneath the visor, as it won’t be visible. 

How to Draw Among Us Characters – Add the Visor

Among Us Character – Step 4 – Draw the Pack on the Crew Mate’s Back

You can now add the pack to the character – it is shaped like a stretched out n or upside down u. The pack should be level with the middle of the visor to start with, and finish level with the tops of the legs.

How to Draw Among Us Characters – Step 4 – Add the Backpack

Among Us Character – Step 5 – Draw Round the Outline and Add in the Lines of the Shadows

Use a thick, black marker or felt tip to draw round the whole crew mate. Use your pencil to add in the shadows as shown in the picture.

How to Draw Among Us Characters Step 5 – Draw Round the Outline and Add in the Lines of the Shadows

Among Us Character – Step 6 – Colour in Your Among Us Crew Mate

Now you can use your crayon or felt tip to colour in your character’s body and visor. Use a lighter shade for the shadowed areas you marked in during the last step. You can colour in your crew mate in any colour you choose, or you can match the different colours in the game! Customisation is the name of the game!

How to Draw Among Us Characters – No Background
How to Draw Among Us Characters – With Green Background
How to Draw Among Us Characters – Time Lapse Video Complete Method

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Things to Paint – 10 Good Things To Paint – From Beginners to Advanced

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Table of Contents

1 Good Things to Paint – A Lovely Leafy Tree

2 Good Things to Paint – A Peaceful Seascape

3 Good Things to Paint – A Wave Collapsing

4 Good Things to Paint – The Home You Grew Up In

5 Good Things to Paint – A Self Portrait of You as a Kid

6 Good Things to Paint – Your Own Eye and Eyebrow

7 Good Things to Paint – Your Own Bedroom

8 Good Things to Paint – A Night Sky

9 Good Things to Paint – Still Life

10 Good Things to Paint – Cherry Blossoms

Sometimes we all get a block about things to paint. We want to start right with good things to paint but it’s easy to go blank. Here are our best tips for dealing with painter’s block by giving you multiple ideas for things to paint. Not just things to paint, really good things to paint, and super fun things to paint.

Good Things to Paint – Cherry Blossoms in Spring

1 Good Things to Paint – A Lovely Leafy Tree

First up we have a lovely summery leafy tree. What better symbol of growth and beauty than a tree in the spring or summer time? If you would like a specific set by step tutorial on how to draw a tree, have a look at our blogpost here:

As Mary Oliver says about trees in the famous poem, ’When I Am Among the Trees,’ ‘they give off such hints of gladness,/ I would almost say they save me, and daily.’ Trees are well worth painting for your own sense of wellbeing if nothing else. 

2 Good Things to Paint – A Peaceful Seascape

It’s much easier to paint a seascape which is a calm mass of blue than to paint one where the waves are more prominent. It takes some technical skill to capture all those crests and oceanic folds. Also it makes for a more peaceful picture to bring a calming element to any room. Seascape art is a particular favourite of this blog, and a peaceful seascape is a winner for artists at all levels.

Good Things to Paint – A Peaceful Seascape

3 Good Things to Paint – A Wave Collapsing

If you focus in on one wave rather than multiple ones you can really have fun painting it. Use some surfing pictures for inspiration if necessary, and try to paint a wave which is in a state of motion, collapsing beautifully over itself. 

4 Good Things to Paint – The Home You Grew Up In

A little nostalgic for sure, but still such a lovely creative exercise in painting. It may be that your parents still live in the home you grew up in, or that your family has moved on from your early days, but either way it’s a fantastic subject for a painting. It’s always best to paint what you know and love, and few places have the resonance of your childhood home. Tissues on standby. 

5 Good Things to Paint – A Self Portrait of You as a Kid

Although you might have to go on a hunt for a picture like this, it’s well worth the effort because it’s such a good exercise for artists at all levels. Portraiture is a real skill and an important rite of passage for artists. 

6 Good Things to Paint – Your Own Eye and Eyebrow

Number 5 leads naturally on to Number 6 – Focus in on your eye and then your own eyebrow. The eye is a beautiful and complex subject, and the contrast between a black pupil and the colour of your iris can be stunning. 

Good Things to Paint – Your Own Eye

7 Good Things to Paint – Your Own Bedroom

We are definitely in Van Gogh territory here, but there is good reason to capture your own private spaces. Your bedroom is the place you feel safe enough to rest in and spend so many hours in, so it is a wonderful subject for painting.

8 Good Things to Paint – A Night Sky

While we are in Van Gogh territory, painting a starry night is very much worth mentioning. The night sky is a worthy subject because it allows you to paint as many stars and clouds as suits. The moon can be in whatever phase suits you best at the stage of painting that you are at: half moon, full moon, quarter moon there are no rules. 

9 Good Things to Paint – Still Life

You can’t lose with still life – it’s a classic subject which has been rendered by some of the greatest artists. The most obvious subjects that come to mind are fruit in a bowl, but you can get creative with this. There are other options – an autumn leaf displayed in a way that illustrates its 3D nature, an acorn, flowers in various poses, and vegetables. The key thing is that your objects are inanimate, or more accurately they can’t move.

10 Good Things to Paint – Cherry Blossoms

One of our favourite things to capture in a painting would have to be cherry blossoms. These beautiful flowers are only visible for a short time, usually around March and April, and this makes them seem so much more valuable and beautiful. Artists love ephemeral subjects. The lovely quote from Frida Kahlo rings true here; “I paint flowers so they will not die.’ Capturing cherry blossoms feels like giving a little bit of long life to these stunning but short-lived blossoms that are so arresting.

You might also enjoy our tutorial ‘Angel Wings Drawing,’ here:

If you enjoyed this blogpost please check out our tutorial on ‘How to Draw a Bullet,’ here:

Or you could read our article on ‘Beginner Aesthetic Drawings Easy Ideas to Start You Off;’

Awfully beautiful

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