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  05 May 2015
How to start learning to draw

Hello, I've recently started getting ready to learn how to draw -- with a Wacom Intuos Pro Small -- but unfortunately I don't know where to start. I go to some tutorials that start out nice, explaining very simple things such as practices to loosen up your hand and forming smoother-than-jagged circles and lines; then all of a sudden it goes full throttle and says something like "now let's draw a portrait using what you've learned." Of course it's not that extreme, but having no experience whatsoever with drawing, all I want to do is just put down the tablet and stop -- especially when 9.5/10 of tutorials are always like this.

This video quickly sums up what I feel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFrV-TdBICY&hd=1 - Start out doing simple stretches and then out of no where it expects me to know where and when to place shapes to form something. It is endlessly irritating when I just want something to, not necessarily walk me from here to there with baby steps, but at least explain what I need to be doing to understand why I'm placing shapes where I'm placing them...

I see a lot of people say things such as "this book is really good" or "and this book is also really good," but that doesn't help me in my situation because it always turns out to be the same as above, and it also is quite overwhelming when apparently every book is "good." It doesn't help me with where I need to start at all.

Classes aside, as they aren't an option, are there any resources that explain very simple beginner practices, and ones that gradually increase instead of ones that involve jumping off a cliff? I mean how-to-hold-a-pencil type stuff! As I said above, I'm using a Wacom tablet through this process. I've read in many places including here, that it's more about what you're learning than what you're learning on. Any resources or info will be appreciated thanks!
 
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