Drawing Foundations: How to Draw for Beginners
In this course you will learn how to draw : by learning the 3 most important skills that you can use to draw anything. From there, you will have a foundation on which to build a lifetime of drawing.
If you’ve never drawn anything before, or if you’d love to get better at drawing, then this course teaches you how to confidently and consistently draw anything.
You will learn how to draw : learn pencil drawing : learn still life : learn figure drawing
This course focuses on a set of 10 drawing exercises. These are divided into 3 sections.
The first section is all about seeing shapes – I teach you how to tune into what’s called a drawing mode, and see complex things in terms of their shape, instead of the way you would normally see them.
The second section is about seeing relationships of size between shapes. You’ll learn about rules of perspective and I teach you how to use the artists’ method of sighting in your drawing.
The last section teaches you about form. For me, form means the whole thing, and the exercises in this section are aimed and giving you an understanding of how to bring your drawing from being flat 2 d rendering to a fully finished drawing of substance.
My approach to teaching drawing doesn’t focus on showing you how to draw one thing really well; you won’t learn how to draw a specific thing like a nose, or eyes, for example. In fact, my main goal isn’t really to teach to draw. Instead I teach you how to observe. “Drawing is Seeing” – Edgar Degas. This is the most important insight to have when it comes to learning how to draw. In order to draw anything, you need to be able to observe correctly. Only then will shapes, edges, size, shading, weight, space all make sense within your understanding of drawing, and what drawing is. With this knowledge you can build your own drawing skill yourself.
And that way, you have the chance to really bring something unique and valuable into the world: your very own vision and expression through drawing.
I’m a figure drawing instructor, artist and animation professional with close to 20 years experience making drawings as a professional, and in my personal drawing practice. Drawing is my passion – it’s something I think about every day and it’s something I’ve been thinking about how to teach other people. This course distills everything I know about how to lay a solid foundation for drawing. I believe that being able to draw in a way that is natural to you and in a way that will prove consistent t no matter what it is that you draw, has the power to completely change things in your life for a very simple and often overlooked reason: the right way to learn how to draw allows you to express yourself. That can’t be undervalued.
If you can draw, then wherever you are no matter what, once you have something to draw with, and something to draw on, then you can be an artist. That is all it takes. You don’t need anything else. But even if you don’t necessarily want to be an artist, learning to draw is a deeply creative endeavour that helps you to see the world differently and naturally feeds into all aspects of your other work.
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Foundation 1: Seeing Shapes and Edges
What you Need for this Drawing:
Pick a simple object to start off with: a mug, a jar, or a bottle.
You want to be able to draw the outer edges easily, so don't choose anything that has a lot of complexity
Use a B or 2B pencil
Give yourself 10 to 15 mins of time.
What you need for this drawing:
Choose one of the images I have left in the resources folder of this lesson.
Either print it out, or view it on your screen, but make sure that it's inverted (turn it upside down!)
Use a B, 2B pencil and your sketchbook.
Give yourself 20 mins