Learning to Draw #1

I don’t know how to draw, I always wanted to, but I was never very good at it. Granted I never really tried that hard either so I should’t complain.

No I’m a programmer and game designer so that doesn’t really matter, I have a very talented friend (Alberto) who works with me and does all the art for our games.

But every now and then I get the urge to try somehting myself, if you work with games you probably know what I’m talking about, specially if you’re one of those guys that make everything in your game (developer of Stardew Valley comes to mind).

So a while ago I found this app called Paper, on iOS, and I decided to try it out. The app is really well designed and easy to use, every line I drew seemed like it could become something beautiful.

In order to have goal in mind and to practice I decided to draw a series of images themed around games, so what would be the most common object to appear on video games? The first thing that came to my mind was a wooden crate, it was also easy to draw. And maybe I would do a series of blog posts about it, it took a while but here it is =)


I decided to stick to 2d for the time being, because hey, I told you I don’t know how to draw, bringing perspective in is a whole other beast.

What I really like about the lines in Paper is that they are not even and perfect, they really give you the impression that they were handmade.

In order to give the details to the crate I tried to use a somewhat scrawled trace.


This is what it looked like after I finished.

I tried using some watercolor effects to make it look more like wood but that did not work exactly how I expected. That said I was very satisfied with the results and decided to keep the experiment going.

If you have any tips on how I can improve my poor drawing skills, please let me know! Also if you have any suggestion on what I should draw or even questions regarding the process, get in touch on the comments or via email: robsonsiebel at gmail.com 🙂

I’ll post another one next week!

Tools used:

iPad Mini (1st gen)

Paper (universal app on iOS)


Robson A. Siebel

7 thoughts on “Learning to Draw #1

  1. Awesome idea. I like the fact that the article is not very long and to the point. Also the crate looks great. How about you try a villain next weeks. Maybe a Skeleton or a Ghost? I look forward to your next article.

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