How to Draw: A college kid's crash course By Ethan Teague

This presentation is to teach the viewer a few things on how to improve their skills in drawing. The fundamentals discussed below include Measuring, perspective, human anatomy, and rendering.

1. Measuring

If you are drawing from reference, you need to know how to measure things with your eyes


Pencil, paper, and reference.

Using your thumb, you measure on the pencil how long or short the image should be, which creates a completely new perspective of the original reference image.

2. Perspective

Parallel lines appear to come together on a horizon line at a vanishing point.

1-point perspective

1-point perspective has one vanishing point

2-point perspective

2-point perspective has two vanishing points

3-point perspective

3-point perspective has 3 vanishing points

3. Human Anatomy proportions

The human body is about 7.5-8 heads tall. The shoulders on both male and female are three heads wide.

The eyes should be evenly spaced, so that one could fit a third eye in between them.

For more information on the human body:

4. Rendering

When the initial sketching is complete, there are final touch-ups that need to be done. For example, if you are drawing a black-and-white still life sketch, smooth toning is the best and most professional-looking option. If you are creating an ornate piece of artwork to hang on your wall quilling is also an option.


Smooth toning is a delicate and time consuming process.

Multiple levels of graphite pencils are needed for smooth toning

You begin with HB graphite for the lightest effect. To begin smooth toning, make an extremely small circular motion. Pick the slightly darker graphite pencil and repeat the process until your entire drawing is complete.

For more information on Smooth toning:


Quilling is the more graphic design side of drawing, with more color scheming and added flair.


Crimper (top left), stencils and self-healing board(second top left), curling tool(top third), quilling paper(top right), tweezers(bottom left), and glue dispenser(bottom left)

The crimper, stencils, and the curling tool are used to manipulate the shape of the quilling paper, while the glue dispenser and the tweezers are used to place the paper on the canvas.

For more information on quilling:


Art is an expression of the creative mind. One should not use the crutch of the excuse, "I can't draw", but rather, "I don't want to learn how to draw." If a person wants to express himself or herself, they need the proper guidance to begin their artistic journey. Hopefully, this presentation gives the viewer the tools necessary to do so.

A motivational message by DC Animation artist, Bruce Timm.
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Ethan Teague

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