How should you start learning to draw?

Drawing is one of the oldest arts and people who do it are mostly very passionate about it. The ability to express yourself and your thoughts in a way that everybody can see it and relate to it is very attractive and compelling so many people would like to start drawing although they haven’t been doing it before or thought about it. If you are one of them, you should take some baby steps and think of how to start learning and what to think about at the very beginning.

  1. Motivation

You may already have scribbled a bit and you have arisen draw concern, consider what your motivation for drawing is, what is your aspiration? To get to work in the field of illustration, fashion, animation? If you are clear what your aspirations, you’ll want to follow that path.

This is your first thought. Forget the “I can or I cannot do it’’ etc. These are all myths, the reality is, it depends on you and your effort to get it, and if you want, you can.

If you do not have a clear answer to why draw, then it is likely to draw because you like it and that’s it, this is just as well, just might find you more in the experimental phase in which you try a little of everything in of your efforts to target a specific area.

  1. Start drawing

Once you have more or less clear the idea about your motivations and aspirations, next step undoubtedly is learning to take confidence with the pencil, some of the people draw directly in digital format, but for now it would be the best to focus on the traditional look, since this can be passed to digital more easily, and cannot find it and the vice versa.

You could try watching the videos of first steps and drawing techniques, which can be very useful and give you some tips and ideas on how to start getting comfortable with the pencil and let your hand be lead by your thoughts.

  1. Make small and quick sketches

Draw a lot, take the habit of discarding your drawings, although it may seem strange, the sooner you learn to let go of them, the more easily you will be able to advance. This is because you avoid committing to the drawing, spending hours trying to finish it, instead of working quickly and trying different exercises to practice more and improve your skills.

  1. The problem often occurs when you think too much

Do not focus on details, but to capture the essence of the poses you want to convey, drawing details is the time you invest in beautifying your drawing, but if you start from a poorly constructed foundation, what you do is try to dress the monkey in pestle place.

  1. Practicing creativity

That being said, you should find a place to play with your imagination, not only practice the theory but also have fun drawing what you want and when you want, so you will go to develop your own views about things and get out of that world cliché, plus you’ll use more your wits and creativity to apply what they learn in your own way of expression. This is very important if you want to cultivate your own style.

  1. A healthy mix between theory and game implementing your creativity will suit to go forward

An important note, do not look for your style, let it find you. Do not worry if you do not have a style clearly marked right now, is completely normal, although there are people who immediately start from a style, it also comes to you with practice and time.

  1. Get inspired, observe and learn from other artists

You learn a lot out there from the work of other artists. Look at the pictures of artists that appeal to you, study them because you will not only learn about how they came to draw their pieces but also their ways of thinking and expressing themselves, that helps a lot to develop yourself as an artist.

These should be your first steps and after taking them, you will always have more time to learn and go back to them if you miss something out. Being passionate and loving this art is the most important thing about it so if you have those emotions, you should just start finding a way to express them.

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Famous artists from the UK

Being an urban artist is way more difficult than it seems. Apart from the talent that is crucial, this passion can bring a lot of trouble to young artists. The society seems to still be skeptical and conservative when it comes to this field of art and the jail penalties that the painters might face are very serious, if they get caught of course. However, the risk hasn’t stopped them from doing what they love so today; there are many artists from the UK who’ve become famous outside the country as well.

  • Banksy

There are many categories that we could mention Banksy in, from graffiti artist, political activist, painter and filmmaker, all in one – he has an unique way to get attention by criticizing things from daily life and society that we all get reminded of when someone tells us to and in this case that’s Banksy.

  • Roid

This urban artist created his own unique signature style that makes him recognizable and distinguished from the rest. He brings the creativity to a whole new level with the experimental abstractions and designs in his paintings.


  • Word to Mother

Just like all the urban artists, Word to Mother started his career on the local walls by spraying graffiti and expressing himself. His pieces, just like most of other urban artists’, have a deep meaning and in this case, they portray emotionally hurt people with some dose of hope and humor.

  • Jago

This artist from Bristol is a true expert of urban art and his pieces are different from any other artist we’ve come across. They are mostly colorful spray paintings of chaotic imagination. Vivid colors and abstractions are one way to express the emotions towards violence and some of the most frequent problems today for Mr. Jago. Hip-hop, comics, and B-Boy culture were his former inspirations and today he improved his techniques significantly and turned them into more sophisticated and serious.


  • Carrie Reichardt

The first woman on our list, Carrie is best known for her original ceramics and mosaics. She spent years experimenting and developing herself as an artist and today the technique of layering images with different materials is completely in her domain.

  • Phlegm

Coming from Sheffield, Phlegm is the master of eye-catching monochromatic paintings. Formerly an illustrator with a significant number of fanzines and comic books at the beginning of his career, he started practicing urban art on the walls of abandoned factories and buildings all over the world. Since he didn’t limit himself to stay and gain popularity only in the UK, he is famous worldwide and one of the most skilled urban artists today.

Hugo and Sholto Brown – brothers from London with pure talent without any art education, make this duo of graffiti experts. Their career started with T-shirt prints and expanded on the murals, which they found themselves better at. Their pieces are humorous and witty and subjects are of every kind you could think about. From music to politics, they always have their own way to make a comment.


What are Banksy’s most popular pieces?

At this point, we do not need to present Banksy too much. He is considered the best urban artist by many and a simple overrated graffiti artist for the skeptical individuals, the fact is that he leaves no one indifferent. Whether for that reason, the mystery surrounding his identity or the controversy generated with each of its parts, we can say it is that it is the richest land urban artist. His both, urban works on that we can see on the street and the ones in the gallery are being sold for hundreds of thousands of Euros.

The funny thing is that he enriched with his work (which is normal), it might be worth mentioning that many have used their urban works to raise cash. However, Banksy does not sell his street works, many have died where they were born, others have been sabotaged by other artists (Robbo, Grey Ghost), but others have been removed from their urban environment and sold by obscene amounts of money under the guise of protection and dissemination but with the sole purpose of extract the most money possible.

Banksy is surely going to stay remembered for a long time as a genius of urban art. He has so many pieces all over the world that make people admire his talent.

We decided to point out few of them that are also his best-known works:

  • Dismaland, bemusment park

Dismaland, as the name implies, reminds of Disneyland with the spin-off in a mockery way. This park shows the characters from famous movies portrayed in different situations or completely different image than the original one. It is the art exhibition and true art lovers highly appreciate this project.

  • Sweep it under the carpet

This might be one of the most famous Banky’s pieces hence the pictures of it flew worldwide and can still be seen on many occasions. It represents the problems of the country and society being pushed and covered under the carpet without being discussed or shared with the audience.

  • East London’s warehouse exhibition

Back in 2003, Banksy surprised people of this city with an exhibition in a warehouse. Due explicit insinuations, tagline ‘’every picture tells a lie’’ and harsh critique it represents directed at government and society, it was closed after two days.

  • West Bank wall

He painted a large piece of art on a high wall which represents the border between Palestine and Israel. It is one of his controversial pieces and the painting itself portrays a blue sky and peaceful environment on the other side. It was painted in 2005.

  • Charles Manson as a hitchhiker

Banksy painted Charles Manson with the sign ‘’anywhere’’ on a wall building across McDonald’s in London back in 2005. It stood there for 6 years until getting removed.

  • Naked man

The painting showing a man in formal suit and his wife looking outside their balcony with her (we assume) lover hanging naked under them and hiding from the husband was considered by the council in Bristol city and 97% of the residents responded positively to the question of whether this piece should be kept or not back in 2006.