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Crafting Art With Your Family: A Full Guide to Fun Drawing Techniques

Art is everywhere. It’s in the buildings we live in, the clothes that we wear, and even the food that we eat (if you ever look at a cereal box of fruit loops, chances are there is some sort of art on it). 

Art has been phenomenal in teaching people about perspective, color coordination, and geometry. But did you know that you can also learn this kind of art at home with your family? Of course, there are certain tools to use when crafting your artistic vision – pencils, markers, paints, and even clay for sculpting – but the best way to get started is to focus on simple drawing techniques.

1) Basic Facial Proportions

Learning facial proportions is a good place to start when learning how to draw. It’s easy to get an understanding of, easy enough for young kids, and you can use it across characters from one person with a large nose to ten people that all have the same nose.

It will give you a leg up on drawing realistic-looking faces instead of rounded blobs. For instance, if you want to know an easy way to draw Mario from the popular Nintendo game, you will do great with this easy trick. It helps to start from the simple basics.

2) Linear Perspective

Don’t let the name scare you away. Linear perspective is an essential part of a drawing that allows your drawings to look three-dimensional – as if they are popping right off the paper! Not only does it help with getting your proportions correct, but it also helps your mind perceive depth in a much more specific way. Learning linear perspective makes you better at drawing, period.

3) Light and Shadows

The next step to improving your drawings is to learn about light and shadows! This is actually more of a sub-category under the umbrella of linear perspective, but it’s so essential to know all about it. Light helps things look 3D, while shadows help define the 3D qualities of an object.

4) Negative Space

Negative space is basically just what it sounds like – the areas around your objects that aren’t part of the object itself. These are just as important to consider while you’re drawing because they also impact how we perceive different shapes and objects, so be sure to have some fun with them!

5) What are the Basic Shapes?

Now that you’re familiar with linear perspective, light & shadows, and negative space, it’s time for the most important step – learning about the basic shapes. This is where all of our knowledge up until now comes together. The five basic shapes are the foundation of all drawings, and they are circles, ovals, triangles, rectangles, and squares.

6) Learn The Grid Technique

By teaching your children to draw through The Grid technique, you’ll be helping them drill their craft and broaden their horizons. Here’s how it works:

Draw a series of small squares on a large piece of paper (or even the walls), using different sizes, if you like. Your kids can then turn each square into any shape or item they want, or add a number to it.

The next stage involves connecting the squares, so each side of the rectangle is drawn from one square to another on either side of it. It’s far more detailed than you think. But your child can continue drawing this way until the whole paper is covered with lines that branch out from a central point (the center of the paper).

That’s The Grid technique. If you want to make it more fun, tell stories about the objects your kids have drawn or just create characters for them with outlines that are created along the grid lines. It’s a great way to help children learn how to use straight lines and curves within their drawings.

7) Sighting and Measuring

This is another easy method. If you have a drawing already done on paper, this is an easy way to reproduce it onto your material of choice easily. Sighting involves holding up the drawing against your material and marking where certain things are on your material, whether it be angles or specific points along with objects or scenes; Measuring involves using pencils or rulers to measure the spacing of specific points along with drawings or scenes, then using that information to reproduce them on your material.

It’s a great method for beginner artists or children because it can be used instead of more advanced techniques, or as a stepping stone towards learning them. It doesn’t require much artistic talent, either, so anyone can use it.

You don’t need to set your kids out on a journey of hours and hours of drawing without knowing what they’re doing or why they’re doing it. It’s perfectly fine if you want to start easy, so go with the basic drawing techniques shared above. It will stretch your abilities further, so go for it.

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