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Drawing at home.

On this page you can find ideas, tips and resources to help you start drawing at home

  • Use whatever paper or notebook you have - you don't need an expensive sketchbook.

  • A pencil, pen or even a biro are fine to start with.

  • As you get more confident you can start building up materials

  • Start small - aim to try for at least two minutes a day

  • Start by just making different marks. See how many different kinds of marks you can make with each material.

  • Draw what you see - it can be anything from the view from your window, to a cup or spoon.

Here are some helpful videos:

Drawing rules: watch this great video for some drawing rules here!

If you are interested in drawing from nature have a look at Jack Muir Laws's website and videos

21/03/2020 Exercise of the day:

Draw your hand without looking at the paper! Here is a video to help you. Here's another one.

Remeber: don't look at the paper! Do at least 5 drawings like this. 


  • Your eye will follow the shape of your hand, your drawing hand will follow your eye

  • Don't take your pencil off the page.

  • It doesn't matter what your drawing looks like! You are training your eye to look closely. 


26/03/2020 Exercise of the day:

Draw an egg on a plate.  Find an egg and put it on a plain plate. 


Here is a video to help you. Here is another one. Make 5 of these drawings.

Try our different materials. 


  • Don't worry, it doesn't have to be perfect!

  • Practice practice practice

  • Try a drawing with just light and shade, then another with just line

1/04/2020 Exercise of the day:

Draw some objects from your house

Look closely at things around your house.

You can find some more useful drawing tips including how to use you hand in this very good series part 1 here and part 2 here, part 3 here,  part 4 here. There are some more episodes which we will look at in the coming weeks. 


  • Lots of things that you don't normally notice are interesting when you draw them: shoes, scissors, plants, jugs, glassware, cups and saucers.

  • Remember the exercise where you drew your hand? Keep looking. Look up all the time so you are drawing what you see, not what is in your mind.

  • The more you draw, the more you see.