Drawing is the basis of all 2D art making. That’s a bold statement but I believe that if you know how to draw then painting and even sculpture become easier. Mind you I said “easier” not easy! Beause both of those things are still very hard.

So below are some steps to learning how to draw and get good at it.

Step 1 — Find a blank piece of paper and something to draw with.

Step 2 — Think of something you want to draw.

Step 3 — Draw it.

Step 4 — Repeat all the above steps everyday for the rest of your life.

It’s that simple. Right about now you’re thinking that I’m full of it. But ask yourself this, when you were a kid and you drew your heroes, was it any more complicated than that? In all likelihood it really wasn’t. You just drew whatever you wanted and you probably didn’t care what other people thought. You just knew it was cool. So, let’s stop stressing about what you want to draw and just draw cool shit you loved as a kid and the things you love now.

I know what you’re thinking though. You want to draw really well so that it’ll look like the artists that you admire. You want to make art that is as cool as those artist. Right? That’s where the hard work comes in, because it might take a long time to get as good as you think you want to be. Then again maybe you’re in love with a simple art style and it won’t take you that long. But one thing is certain, if you don’t draw or practice you’ll never be any good.

So, how do we learn to draw? The first two steps are true but there’s a few more steps we can put between steps 2 and 3. Step 2a… You should find some reference. When I was a kid and I did copies of my favorite comics, that’s called doing “ Master Studies”. I bet you did master studies as well. There’s no shame in copying. We learn by copying. As we grow up we copy other people whenever we need to do something we’ve never done before. Like brushing your teeth, tying your shoelaces, learning to write, making a latte, hitting a ball, or playing a song. We even learn how to be adults by copying other adults.

Your reference can be in the form of a coffee mug, a pillow, a flower, an actors head shot, an action figure— grown ups call them collectibles— or like I said before, some comics. The idea is to draw your reference. Draw often and never stop drawing. That can sound tedious but the better you get at drawing the more amazing and awesome you’ll be at making cool ass art! That’s a promise.

Below is an example of some reference and my drawing from it.

So, take what I’ve said and go draw. Draw and keep drawing. Draw to get good. Draw your imagination. Draw everything and everywhere. Draw when you’re having a good day and when you’re having a bad day. Mostly, have fun drawing.