Posts Tagged ‘how to draw’

Saturday, December 27th, 2014

Drawing – Log Cabins

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Drawing Log Cabins and wood houses

So, most of the time my drawings are pretty clean and they aren’t textured.  However I found a few photos on the web of wooden houses that looked like they were from Norway or one of the Scandinavian countries. I fell in love with the look so I had a shot at sketching them. I left the windows unshaded but everywhere that there are planks of wood, I drew lines.

The plus here is that old wooden houses tend to be a bit warped and uneven so that’s the effect I’ve achieved here – an old rickety style wooden house. Basically the shapes are simple – particularly those below – but the texture really sets them apart from my standard drawing style.

It’s good to mix things up a bit. Until you try a style you won’t know if you like it and if it’s something you want to include in your skill set.

I’m thinking that these might be cute rendered as sketches in Photoshop too – there’s a skill involved in creating pattern fills that are organic like this so they look hand drawn. But, for now, here are some wooden houses for you to enjoy and, perhaps draw yourself too.


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Sunday, December 14th, 2014

Drawing – Balloon House

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Thoughts on how to draw a flying house

I’ve been working on this drawing for a while by drawing houses flying in the air. One problem I had was actually making this feel real. Well, real is a bit of a misnomer here because you don’t see houses flying around too much. But I wanted to give the drawing the feel of being a house actually flying around. The secret is to put the house on an angle so it looks like it is flying – after all, if a house were attached to a ballon that is moving it would be dragging a bit behind and so it would be hanging off its rope.

As soon as my house was at an angle, the entire drawing came together. Adding the washing line and washing was a stroke of genius – I have a total love of laundry in real life and in drawing too. The birds and clouds also reinforce the suggestion the house is on the move!

I finished off with some Tombow markers to add some color. The sky was done with lots of water to get a washed out look. I like the Tombow markers because I can use them full strength and also mix them with water so I can get a second ‘color’ into the drawing and only use one pen.



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Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

How to Draw a Deck Chair in 6 Steps

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Learn to draw a deck chair in 6 easy steps

In this latest installment of my step by step how to draw series you will learn how to draw a deck chair – in 6 easy steps. This was one of the hardest step by steps I have designed as there is just so much going on behind the seat of the chair!

Like all my step by steps, I design them so they don’t have any lines in them which get erased – so you can draw them with ink on paper direct and you don’t have to sketch them first.

When you are drawing this, I suggest you do the first few in pencil and ink them after – it’s a bit tricky to get the lines right so they look correct and that chair seat isn’t easy to make nice and loopy and still leave room for the chair hardware to appear behind it. I hope you enjoy this drawing design!


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Sunday, November 30th, 2014

How to Draw Brogues in 6 Steps

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Learn to draw awesome men’s shoes with this step by step drawing project

I think men’s brogues with their tiny holes and stitched leather uppers are such classy shoes. Here is how to draw a pair of brogues, step by step and in only 6 simple steps.

I hope you enjoy this post and please share and pin it to your hearts content!

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Monday, November 24th, 2014

How to Draw a Sail Boat in 6 Steps

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Learn to draw a Sailing boat step by step

Here is another of my simple step by step instructions for drawing a super cute sail boat. The step by steps can be drawn in ink direct on the paper as there is no need to do any erasing when drawing this sailing boat.


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Thursday, November 20th, 2014

How to Draw a Scroll Style Banner Step-by-Step

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Learn to draw a word filled banner, step by step

A simple scroll banner like this is a fun drawing project. It is also one that you will return to and use time and time again. You might draw it in chalk on a chalkboard or on a page of a flip chart as a topic heading at work.

I also like to draw these using white gel ink (Tip: I love my Ranger Inkessential white opaque pen as it has good color and it doesn’t clog like many other pens do). I draw these on colored card to create a personal greeting card with a message of my choice.

I’m sure that once you familiar with drawing these that you will use them time and time again.


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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

How to Draw a Kawaii Doughnut

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Learn to draw a Kawaii style donut step by step

I don’t want to buy into the donut vs doughnut argument here – I am Australian so, to me, it is a doughnut cause it is made from dough. But here in the US it is typically called a donut! Either way, it’s a great topic for Kawaii style drawing because it is round and cute.

Here is how to draw a Kawaii style donut step by step. You can adapt this by changing the eyes – I’ve used large eyes with highlights but, if you’re drawing a smaller donut you can skip the cheeks and do solid eyes. It will also look so cute if you add color to the icing!

You’ll see I have added some extra thickness to the outside border of the donut – this gives it more shape and it’s an effect I like – so think regular thickness lines on the inside and then go over the outside lines once or twice to make them a little thicker. For the outside shading I use Prismacolor markers – they aren’t cheap – but I bought a few and the 40% Warm Grey and 40% Cool Grey are great choices for adding shadows to your drawings – they go on nice and semi-transparent and they build up as you draw so you get a nice organic shading really easily.

I hope you enjoy this drawing. If you do, look out for my other Kawaii drawing step by steps: Draw a Kawaii Cloud step by step, and Draw a Kawaii Ice cream cone step by step.

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Monday, November 10th, 2014

Learn to draw – Border Doodles

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Learn to draw cute border doodles

Today’s drawing is a cute set of border doodles. You can draw these easily yourself. I suggest you start by drawing, in pencil, some corner guide lines (I use a square of cardboard to get the angle right). Then you can doodle the lines. Some are the same design repeated over and over again and the outside one is a looped line with small elements drawn where the line forms peaks. Make the corner element a one off and then repeat the side ones at the top to balance the design.

I like to use designs like this for photo frames which I package up and sell on my blog.

Border doodles are fun to draw and a great way to practice creating neat corner elements too.

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014

How to Draw a Kawaii Ice Cream in 6 steps

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Step by step learn to draw a Kawaii ice cream cone

One of my most popular posts from this blog is my post on drawing a Kawaii cloud. In the spirit of creating more wonderful Kawaii style drawings here is how to draw an icecream cone, step by step.

If you want to take all this one step further beyond ink and paper then I have a great video tutorial on my Youtube channel on drawing the same ice cream cone in Adobe Illustrator.


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Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Drawing Houses on Stilts

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Learn to draw cute houses on stilts

Once you’ve mastered drawing simple houses why not draw houses on stilts. Draw your regular houses and then, below them draw the trunks of trees. You’ll want a couple of trunks per house so they don’t topple over. Of course, when you’ve drawn the trees you will have plenty of room to draw other elements. I’ve added a washing line, a ladder, a cat, water, a  jetty and a boat. Then, just so we realize that this is all about fantasy, I’ve added some flying fish.

As always, I’ll sketch the basics using a 2B pencil then ink over it with a Sakura Micron pen. Finish off, when the ink is nice and dry with a white eraser to remove any remaining visible pencil lines.



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