Take your doodle to another level
Do you doodle, sketch, draw already or would you love to learn how? What better time than today! Drawing is good for your brain as it works all its different facets and can even help you improve your hand-eye coordination. You can draw for fun, to relax and relieve stress, to create artwork for framing, to record memories or simply because it soothes your soul.
So do not be afraid, pick up that pencil and put it to paper. Everyone starts somewhere and libraries have plenty of tools available below for you to grow your skills and produce work that you can be proud of.
- Check out these free online drawing classes to unleash your inner artist.
- Take a look at the wealth of drawing information available with Internet Archive. Everything from books, videos, software and more.
- Form your own beginner drawing group on social media and post your efforts to encourage each other.
- Try these simple exercises for complete beginners.
- Love to doodle? Fill a page with interesting patterns then break out the colouring pencils to bring it to life.
- Absorb a little drawing history with the most famous graphite pencil artists and drawings in history.
Remember folks, do not judge your first efforts too harshly. This is supposed to be fun. As Vincent van Gogh once said "I sometimes think there is nothing so delightful as drawing." Now go live it, dive in and get drawing!
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Libraries like these drawing eBooks:
- Basic drawing made amazingly easy by Christopher Hart
- The big book of realistic drawing secrets: easy techniquest for drawing people, animals, flowers and nature by Carrie Stuart Parks
- Botanical line drawing: 200 step-by-step flowers, leaves, cacti, succulents and other items found in nature by Peggy Dean
- Drawing for the absolute beginner: a clear and easy guide to successful drawing by Mark Willenbrink
- Sketch: the non-artist’s guide to inspirational techniques and drawing daily life by Frances Belleville-Van Stone
- The Zentangle workbook: a tangle a day to draw your stress away by Kass Hall
Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started, download the ePlatform by Wheelers, RBDigital and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Check out some art inspired eMagazines:
- Creative Artists
- Artists & Illustrators
- Australian How to paint
To get started using free eMagazines download the RBDigital app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Interested in Digital Drawing? Why not take a look at these online classes:
- Learning Illustrator Draw
- Adobe Draw for Illustration
- Improve your drawing skills
Lynda.com is an online learning platform for students, general community and business to learn or upskill in software, creative and business skills.
Listen on the go with these drawing podcasts:
- Love Lifedrawing: Features interviews with artists about drawing techniques and skills.
- Colored Pencil: Tips, techniques, shortcuts and all the nitty-gritty on the medium of coloured pencils.
All podcasts are free and available to listen on: Android - Google Play, Procast, Downcast, Pocket Casts, Player FM and AntennaPod, iOS - Apple Podcasts app, RadioPublic, Pocket Casts, Castbox, Podbean and Stitcher.
Expand your skills with these drawing themed documentaries from Kanopy:
- Drawing fundamentals and first exercises
- Color: Color drawing projects
- An introduction to drawing
Reserve these physical items and collect from your local library.
- Drawing for the artist: an inspiration guide to drawing the world around you by Sarah Simblet
- Look closer, draw better: expert techniques for realistic drawing by Kateri Ewing
- How to draw: sketch and draw anything, anywhere by Jake Spicer
- Botanical drawing: a step-by-step guide to drawing flowers, vegetables, fruit and other plant life by Penny Brown
- Beginning drawing: a multiimensional approach to learning the art of basic drawing by Alain Picard
Why not combine a love of plants and gardens with a desire to learn to draw? It is called Botanical drawing! And here is how to do it!
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