bit of advice a beginning artist usually gets is “draw fromlife”. And it is excellent advice! After all, if you can't draw what is rightin front of you, you certainly won't be able to draw what you see inyour imagination either. But the advice is a bit short, and will usuallyleave the artist behind unsure of what to do next. This chapter willhelp you to get started by explaining some different sketchingmethods you can use.Materials? Ah yes. No tutorial would be complete without discussingthe materials first. It's tradition!
Figure 1.1. Materials you'll need
So... a ream of the cheapest copier paper you can find, or in a pinch,the inside of a pizza box. A pencil, a burned match, or anything elsethat leaves a mark. And a pencil sharpener or a knife to keep it sharp.Don't worry about fancy stuff like erasers just yet.
The most important thing to keep in mind is to start with the largestshapes, and gradually work down to the small details. This allows youto regularly check your angles and proportions. The earlier you catcha mistake, the easier it will be to fix it. The idea is to draw imaginarylines through the important points of your subject, and use a couple ofchecks to make sure they are accurate, such as using easy divisions(halves and thirds), and checking against horizontal and vertical lines.