Sketching people is not always easy if you don't know where to begin! This simple step-by-step tutorial will give you some easy tips to help you achieve your goal of sketching a simple character!
In this example, you only need a pencil and a piece of paper. You can ink your drawing if you wish, but it's not the goal of this exercise!
The first step is to create the head of your character. Try to make an oval shape (not too irregular, if possible) and add two lines on the face to help you determine where the nose, the eyes and the mouth will be located. You can also sketch the shoulders and the upper part of the body.
Once the first step is completed, add the neck and the arms to your character. You can also start to refine the outline of your character and add some darker lines.
Now it's time to add some details like the ears, the nose, the mouth and the eyes. You can also sketch a shirt on your character's body.
Finally, add the remaining details like the pupils, the hair and the eyebrows. By now, your character should be partially complete and ready to receive shadows and textures.
Add these shadows and textures on your character. For this exercise, remember that you don't need to ink your drawing. The goal is to work with your pencil and master all the aspect of this important tool.
Don't hesitate to repeat the steps above using different characters in order to practice yourself! Have fun!