Introduction

If you've got draw-o-phobia, you're not alone. Millions of Americans (including, until this book, one of its coauthors) are afraid to pick up a pencil to try to represent an image on a page. You drew as a child—we all did—but maybe you were laughed at by your peers or siblings early on, or maybe a " well-meaning" art teacher discouraged your earliest efforts. Suddenly, you felt critical of your drawings, unhappy with your attempts, worried that you would fail, and unwilling or afraid to try.

Drawing is thought of as magic by some, and an inherited trait by others, but neither of those ideas is true. The good news is it's never too late to learn to draw or learn to draw more confidently and sensitively. The first step, in fact, is as simple as picking up a pencil and some paper and just drawing a simple image on the page.

Pick a single flower, leaf, or branch, and sit and see it for the first time, then make a simple line drawing.

Give yourself a little time to draw. Try it now, here:

How did you feel while you were drawing? Did you relax and enjoy it? Did you feel nervous about how you would do? Working through the exercises in this book will help you get past those fears and the tendency to be too critical. You will have fun drawing and experience your own creativity. See? It won't be so hard. The rest of learning to draw will be a breeze, too.

Pencil Drawing Beginners Guide

Pencil Drawing Beginners Guide

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