As far as crafts go, there are a lot of things that books always cover; knitting, crochet, painting, etc. One is usually left out: drawing.
Drawing can be used for a great deal of things in a home. You can use it to design cute characters for a new baby’s wall, make a nice picture to accent your living room (framed, of course!) and other things, like decorating cabinets with sunflowers or place mats for the tots!
The first thing one must learn about drawing is that you must be able to draw neat lines, curves and other shapes (like circles), because a daisy will not look like one with a wavy stem!
You may want to begin by doing what my art teacher from my home school group did; draw a picture of a city with sky scrapers without lifting your pencil off the page. Try adding clouds or cars too. This can be quite a challenge! Most artists are also required to draw without looking, so for challenge #2; draw a picture of outer space (without lifting your pencil), with your eyes closed!!
We must also discuss supplies used for good drawings. Pencils are the first medium we will talk about. I suggest you get yourself a basic box of drawing pencils from an art or craft store. They are usually not too expensive and sometimes come with erasers and a pencil sharpener or two! The pencils all have numbers on them (even basic school pencils). The pencils will have either B or H, or HB.
H pencils are the lightest, while B are the darkest and F and HB are right in the middle. Then there is a number (except in the case of HB or F, which has none) in the B section; the higher the number, the darker the lead. For H, the higher the number, the lighter. So, 6B is very dark and 6H is very, very light. Pencils generally range, in a box, from 6B to 2H. Some have an F pencil, slightly lighter than HB. Pencils can be purchased from 9B to 9H. The best to begin with is the 2B Pencil.
A good sketch book is quite useful, and you can usually get one cheap. As you get better at drawing, you may like a nice hardcover one. Barnes and Noble has nice ones.
Colored pencils are great for adding color and life to your drawings. As a note, you may want to draw your picture with a light pencil (i.e. a 4H pencil) then draw over it with colored pencil, as pencil lead and colored pencils usually do not go too nicely together. You may begin with crayolas but I suggest you get a nice box of Prang pencils sometime in your years of drawing.
I think markers (especially artist grade or sharpies) are great for drawings. You may draw your picture, outline it with black sharpie, then color it in. It would be a nice technique for cards or cartoon drawings. A note about sharpies; they go through the page. You can put a paper behind the page you are drawing to collect the extra ink, so it doesn’t ruin your sketch book or desk!!
So lets begin with a lesson to help you in your drawing. I like to do something I call “copy work”. In copy work, you look at a drawing you like (for example, a character in a book) and copy it, compare it and take notes. I will give you a drawing I drew and you can use it for your copy work. This copy work picture is not the best I have drawn, since I did it on paint shop, but it is simple. Try to copy it the best you can and then take notes like, “I should have drawn this petal bigger” or “I could have made the stem a little straighter”. This will be a good reference to work with in the future.
I hope you enjoyed this lesson! To continue learning about drawing, I would recommend you get a drawing book at a bookstore, on amazon, or from a home school catalog. Also, set up “still lives”, which is a display, such as a bouquet of flowers next to a note on a small table … and draw it.
Have a great day!