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The most effective way to learn anything is from somebody that has the skills and knows what they're talking about. Above are a few of my favourite digital art tutorials you can complete in your own time at home.

Free Tips on How to Draw

1.Draw from Life
I'm not saying never use your imagination but when youre learning to draw do the research. Before I begin any drawing I'll build up a reference folder on my computer using google images. Too many people skip this stage through laziness and the results always suffer. Drawing from actual life is best although if theres something you want to draw thats not easily available use the internet. Copying can be a great way of learning.

2.Start lightly
Don't begin with dark lines until you've ghosted in the basic outlines and positioned where you want the objects to be on your paper. Imagine the finished drawing on your paper and build up slowly. As you're build confidence in your drawing then you can begin to add darker strokes.

3. Use a decent pencil
(HB ideally) with an eraser on the top. It saves lots of time and you'll never lose your eraser.

4. Learn the basics.
If you can draw four fundermental shapes you can draw anything. These are the cylinder, the cone, the sphere and the cube. If you look around you you'll notice how virtually everything falls into these basic characteristics. If you can break complex objects down into these basic shapes you can begin to build a structure or framework within which to build a foundation.

5. Perspective.
A knowledge of how we visualize objects in space is essential if you want to draw realistic pictures. Its really not a complicated thing to understand and once you've grasped it you'll discover a whole new dimension in your skill.

6. Composition.
Having a well balanced drawing is pleasing on the eye and can be the difference between a poor draawing and a dynamic one. Most images have a focal point, something the viewer imediately looks at then their eye is drawn somewhere else, good composition involves you leading the viewers eye around your picture. If you have a figure or head on the right edge of your picture looking right it will lead the viewers eye off the side of the image. Look at grand masters work for great compositions and you'll notice how everything is balanced and has a flow to it.

7.Image flipping.
This is a fantastic way of balancing your picture and you'll be surprized what you see when you can flip your image. An easy way to do this if you havent a light box is to hold it up against a window in daylight back to front. If you're image looks a little lobsided then you'll need to adjust it so that it looks correct when flipped on both sides.

If you're not totally happy with you're drawing or you've found it to be lobsided then using layout paper is a great way to trace over the previous drawing and make your correction.

Ok, its a fancy name that you may not have heard of but it basically means light and shade. Before you're drawing its helpful to etch a dark to light scale with your pencil on the side of your page. Start really dark and gently fade it off over about an inch until it's barely visible. My Art teacher told us that our drawings needed to encompass every tone from the very dark to the very light. One mistake many people make is a drawing thats very grey without any contrast. If you're struggling to see the contrast in what you're drawing, squint you're eyes.

Buy a sketchbook that you can carry around with you, you can pass the time drawing on public transport or just hang around a coffee shop doodling.