How To Draw Real Stuff

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Not everyone is gifted like Michelangelo or da Vinci when it comes to drawing. Many have to be content with sketching stick figures to depict human bodies. But with practice and some pointers, you should be able to draw pictures of real items, living things and scenery.

You will need:

  • Pencils
  • Paper or sketch pad
  • Eraser


  • Research on drawing techniques. There are many books and online resources that can help you learn how to draw real stuff. Read these materials and learn about shapes, perspectives, and drawing techniques.
  • Assemble your drawing materials. You basically need only a piece of paper and a pencil with an eraser. However, if you want to practice, you should use a sketch pad to keep your drawings together and see the evolution of your technique.
  • Select a designated drawing area. If you are the type of person who needs a quiet spot to work, then look for an area of the house where you think you can do your best drawings. Set up your materials in that area. Drawing on a sturdy, level table is best.
  • Choose a real thing that you want to draw. Living things are harder to draw so begin with an inanimate object. Select an item found in your room or around the house. It is best to choose an item that you can see right in front of you instead of something that exists in your memory. Seeing the item up close and personal gives you a chance to see all the details. If you can move the item to your drawing area, so much the better. Otherwise, take a picture of the item and use this as your guide when sketching.
  • Start drawing. Given your current drawing skills, start sketching the item. Do your best to come up with a realistic rendering of the item. Draw the overall shape first. The silhouette should come before any details or shadows. Remember to use basic shapes like rectangles, circles, squares, triangles and oval shapes. Since you are only sketching, you can erase unnecessary parts of these shapes later on.
  • Draw in the details. After drawing the overall shape of the object, start adding details. You should still use the basic shapes when sketching details. Erase any hard outlines later on.
  • Add shading. Notice the way the light affects the object. Look at the shadows. Use shading as a means of enhancing your drawing. Shading gives the object depth.


  • Draw something you like. The lines will flow better if you like what you are sketching. Drawing should be a fun and relaxing activity; not a chore.
  • Draw the object based on what you see and not what your image of that object is. Remember that you are drawing something real and not an image in your brain.
  • Remember that it is okay to make many mistakes. That’s what an eraser is for. However, pay attention to your mistakes and try not to repeat them in your next sketches.

Drawing is supposed to be a fun way to express your creativity. But it does not come easy for people who do not have the natural ability to draw real things. You need to practice, practice, and practice more if you want to be able to draw real stuff. In time, with enough patience, patience and determination, you should be able to draw pictures of real stuff like people, plants, animals, places and things.


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