Drawing is hard. Even after a lesson with a New Yorker cartoonist, I get spooked by the simplest drawing exercises.
If you’re also easily scared off, but you want to get better, try these basic drawing exercises at Envato. They address issues such as “I can’t draw a circle” or “my proportions are all off”.
These are exercises you can do while watching TV or sitting in a meeting or waiting room. They’re doodles. They’re just engaging enough that you can do them over and over while doing something else, until you’ve improved at drawing a straight line, or loosened up your wrist for smoother curves.
Personally, I hope building up these basic skills makes “real” drawing feel less intimidating. So if you try these out, tell me if they give you more confidence and make your hand and your brain feel a little more connected.
That site offers a load of other drawing tutorials. You can follow a multi-part lesson set, or start wherever you want. I like the lessons on drawing the energy of a human figure, cartoon faces, and a banana. There are also higher-level articles on mistaken approaches that beginners take, or what “cheating” means in art.
I Want to Draw: Simple Exercises for Complete Beginners | Envato Tuts+ via Useful Interweb