Sharpen your pencils, grab your best eraser — and maybe even round up a few new materials to try! These projects have our hearts for sheer fun factor, and because each one has something valuable to teach a budding (or already blossoming!) artist.
1. Lay Out a Leaf
Spoiler alert: You don’t start drawing with an outline. In this beginner-level project, you’ll learn how to really see objects like an artist. Knowing just a few tricks changes everything.
2. A Simple Still Life
The traditional still life is a classic for good reason: it’s a great exercise in value, light and form. (Plus, so pretty when it’s done!!)
3. Still Life: Take 2!
Once you master the basic graphite still life, kick it to the next level. This mixed media project uses pen, ink and watercolor to make a drawing that POPS. Rule number one for sketching this out? Put away your eraser.
4. Goodbye Graphite, Hellooooo Charcoal
If you’ve steered clear of charcoal in the past, nows the time to give it another try! These techniques make the medium easily manageable for newbies, and these pears are the perfect project for exploring a new method: reductive drawings.
5. Chickadee Deets
The secret to adding fine detail: Keep those pencils sharp and use itty bitty erasers. It’s not so hard! And let’s say it together: this bird is so. stinkin. cute.