I am learning to draw, I say, when what I am really doing is indulging in the joy of an activity that we all used to do when we were young children. It doesn’t take much time or resources. You need about half an hour. You need a pencil, an eraser, a pen (with ink that does not dissolve in water), and watercolour pencils. If you are the kind to worry about what or how to color, you can skip the coloring altogether.
You might ask me what to draw. I admit, it might be hard, if you are just starting out, to gather all your instruments and a sketchbook, go to the park and have a good result in that day. So, to solve that problem, I suggest that you start with a photograph. Pick one that has several bigger elements so that it is easier to get your perspective right during sketching. Pick one that has some smaller details too, so that you have an interesting drawing.
Don’t worry too much about getting it “correct”! If it doesn’t quite work out, just remember not to show people the photograph. Once you have drawn a few, I am sure your confidence will grow. If you’d like to, search the internet for techniques on drawing or learn how to do simple hatching.
The picture above is my drawing of a scene from a train, while I was heading to Matsue, Japan. From a photo in my iPhone, I used a pencil to sketch first before doing the pen work. I tried to not get too excited about how much shading/ hatching to do. I fretted about how to depict trees, before finding much amusement in using ^ to represent some of them. Below, you can see the end result, when the pencil marks had been erased, and I had my fun with some Staedtler watercolour pencils.
I hope this inspires you to find some time with your pencils and pens, and sketch away!