Now I’ll show you how to make cool patterns – all starting with a single dot!
Learn how to create a mandala! This drawing tutorial shows you how to create your own mandalas, step by step. Although it looks complicated, it’s quite easy!
In between each circular shape, on the top draw 2 upside-down raindrop shapes
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Learn how to create a mind map! Mind maps are useful for organizing your thoughts and visualizing your goals. This mind map lesson demonstrates one technique for mind mapping.
For instance, take a look at the colorful painting to the right. This painting is basically row after row of different patterns!
Learn how to keep a daily visual diary in this easy sketchbook assignment!If you normally draw with pencil but you would like to start using other drawing media, expand your horizons by checking out these sections on colored pencil art and pen and ink drawings!
In between each flower, draw 2 raindrop shapes. One raindrop shape will veer left and the other will veer right.
Drawing Realistic Pets from Photographs: Learn how to turn your pet photos into fabulous art, in this 128-page book by Lee Hammond. Read my detailed review and get a glimpse at the art and lessons in Lee’s book!
Learn how to draw cool doodle tattoos in The Everything Girls Ultimate Body Art Book by Thaneeya McArdle (that’s me!), which features over 50 step-by-step lessons! Use tattoo markers or pens, or makeup such as eyeliner, to create awesome temporary tattoos on yourself or your friends.
Learn how to draw an owl in this fun, easy step-by-step drawing lesson! Draw a cute owl filled with colorful shapes and patterns.
Colored Pencil Instruction: Learn about 5 basic colored pencil techniques that will be useful when creating colored pencil art.
Next, add another raindrop shape around the raindrop shapes you just drew:
First, let’s take a look at several examples of very basic patterns:
When you look at patterns, like the ones in the painting on the right, you may (falsely) assume they are so complex that you could never draw them on your own – let alone come up with your own similar designs… Well, get out your pencil cause I’m gonna show you how to do it!
Draw three flower petal shapes sprouting from the bottom of each circle:
Learn how to draw cute doodle monsters! This fun easy lesson show you how to turn simple doodles into whimsical monsters.
Voila! You’ve just drawn a pattern! That wasn’t so hard, was it?
For more abstract designs, check out my printable Mandala Coloring Book, with 23 pages of mandalas that you can color!
Learn how to draw a photorealistic marble in this step by step colored pencil drawing lesson! I’ll walk you through step-by-step instructions on how to create a realistic drawing of a marble in colored pencils.
Learn how to draw a cat! This drawing lesson shows you how to draw cute cosmic cats that are filled with colorful psychedelic designs. There are no rules, so let your imagination run wild!
Sketchbook Confidential takes you inside the private sketchbooks of 40 different artists. Get a peek inside this 176-page book in my detailed review, and read some of the quotes from the featured artists!
Once you learn how to make patterns, you can use them in your art in all kinds of ways.
Patterns show up in all kinds of art, from contemporary abstract art to tribal folk arts from various cultures around the world. You can see more examples of patterns in art here.
You can even draw each shape in a different color, or color them all in when you’re done.
For inspiration, look at books that contain different patterns, such as Mayan, Japanese, Indian, African… every culture around the world incorporates its own set of distinct patterns in some way or other – in their architecture, textiles, artwork, etc. Let them be a springboard for your own unique patterns!
Now let’s do one more pattern that starts out as a single dot. This is what you’re going to draw:
I bet you’re starting to really get the hang of how to make a pattern now, so let’s try something different. Instead of starting with a row of dots, we’ll start with a wave to draw this pattern:
Personal Geographies is a fun 144-page book by Jill K. Berry that is full of inspiration and instruction. In this book you’ll learn to make mixed media maps that explore both your inner world and your outer experiences.
Just remember that a pattern is simply a repetition of shapes, and to make complex patterns, you just go step by step, one shape at a time.
Learn how to draw skulls. These easy drawing tutorials demonstrate 9 different wants to draw skulls! These skull drawing tutorials are perfect for Halloween or Day of the Dead.
It’s more complicated than the previous pattern, but remember: it all starts with a single dot!
Learn how to create a unique self-portrait by drawing detailed patterns on an outline of your hand! This fun Henna Hand Designs drawing lesson is based on a form of temporary body art in India and the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Draw a curve connecting each small top circle to the one next to it:
My It’s All Good 2018 Calendar features 13 vibrantly colored positive phrases that are designed to inspire, encourage and motivate. This calendar also includes an exclusive 12 x 12 inch coloring page illustrating the phrase “Stand tall even when you feel small”. You won’t find this coloring page anywhere else! Check out this video flip-through to get a preview of every page.
Painting Light with Colored Pencil shows you how to use colored pencils to create beautifully realistic still lifes. Learn more about this 128-page book by Cecile Baird in this review!
Learn about 5 basic techniques for creating value in pen and ink drawings.
Now that you know how to make patterns, try this fun Henna Hand Designs Art Project where you’ll make a self-portrait of your hands using abstract patterns and designs!
Any of the above patterns can be the starting point for creating more detailed patterns – all you have to do is add onto it!
Learn how to draw a puppy! This drawing tutorial shows you how to draw puppies based on your own photographs, with techniques that are helpful when creating realistic drawings.
Draw a very small circle at the top and bottom and left and right of each circle:
Even the most complex patterns start out easy. In this drawing tutorial, you’ll find out how patterns are made, so that you can add them to your own art.
Brush up your drawing skills with these drawing lessons that explain specific drawing techniques:
As you can see, drawing patterns is simply a matter of drawing basic shapes, one after the other, all in a row.
If you need help keeping your dots in a straight line, use lined paper, graph paper, or a ruler.
After you’ve mastered how to make a pattern by starting with a single dot, learn how to make a pattern using other starting shapes – such as the pattern below, which began as a single wave!
Draw a series of vertical lines connecting the bottom wave and the straight line:
In between each circular shape, on the top draw 2 upside-down raindrop shapes: 1 leaning left and 1 leaning right:
Learn how to draw patterns step by step! This easy drawing tutorial shows you how to make 4 different abstract patterns, and tells you how to draw your own patterns off the top of your head.
Learn how to draw a rose in this step by step drawing tutorial, using materials you can find around your house. This tutorial includes tips and techniques for making you own realistic rose pencil drawings.
How to Make a Patternlearn how to draw patterns step by step
Draw a little curl sprouting from the top of each circle, twisting to the left:
Learn how to draw paisley in this easy step-by-step lesson! Explore your creativity to fill your paisley with unique patterns and designs. Get inspired!
Now that you know how to make a pattern, you can create all kinds of patterns off the top of your head.
If you like my abstract art, check out my printable Abstract Coloring Book with 20 pages of intricate abstract line art to fill in with COLOR!
Learn how to Draw Groovy in this fun book filled with easy step-by-step drawing lessons by Thaneeya McArdle (that’s me)! You’ll learn how to draw cute whimsical images like flowers, owls, butterflies, hot air balloons, paisleys, vines and more!
By the end of this lesson, you’ll be able to draw a pattern like this in no time:
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These fun drawing lessons will teach you how to draw step-by-step! Here you’ll find drawing tutorials for every skill level, from beginner to advanced.
Draw a curve connecting each small bottom circle to the one next to it:
In between each circular shape, on the bottom draw 2 raindrop shapes: 1 leaning left and 1 leaning right: