Ready, Set, Draw!

All it takes is a piece of paper and a pencil to make a great drawing. Even if you don't think you have any talent, step-by-step guides will have you sketching in no time.

Drawing Cartoons and Drawing Step-by-Step

Amaze your friends by drawing pictures of cartoon characters. Easy Draw Tutorials has step-by-step video instructions for Looney Tunes and other characters. Step-by-step instruction books from the library can give you the confidence to create cars and kittens, dinosaurs and spaceships. The youngest artists may enjoy Ed Emberley's very simple books which turn basic shapes into cool cartoons.

Drawing from Life

Drawing what you see means that you turn off your brain and draw only what your eyes show you. Good beginning subjects for life drawings are still life collections of objects, contour drawings, landscapes, and, yes, even photographs!

Getting Better and Better

One way to become a better artist is to study how the very best artists did their work. The library has books about many of them: Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Monet, Rembrandt, Picasso and others.

Local museums and parks and recreation departments often offer classes designed just for young artists. A little further afield, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Smithsonian Institution also offer chances to learn more. These classes are geared for students and may include other artistic techniques such as photography, pottery, and other fine arts.

Learn more about drawing with great books from the library! Our CRRL Kids: Ready, Set, Draw list can get you started or help you learn new techniques.