Learn How to Draw: Basic Drawing for Beginners
What you'll learn
- How to simplify your subject using basic shapes
- How to place your subject on the paper with angles
- How to draw by observing negative space
- Measuring tricks to help you draw proportionally
- How to find beautiful rhythms in your subject
- How to implement what you've learned in your own drawing projects
- How to observe different subjects and confidently draw them
- Grab your favorite drawing medium to start. I cover examples with both the iPad Pro & Procreate and traditional pencils.
- In this class, we'll walk through basic fundamentals to build your drawing skills. So beginners and intermediate artists should feel right at home.
Learn the drawing fundamentals every artist should know- How to draw for beginner and intermediate artists and illustrators.
What we'll cover in class:
How to draw simple shapes (circles, triangles, squares, etc.)
Breaking your subject down into shapes
How to simplify complex curves into angles
How to draw by looking at negative space
Techniques for drawing
Drawing upside down trick
Using horizontal and vertical lines to check proportions
How to draw forms (spheres, cubes, and cylinders)
Breaking your subject down into forms
Values and creating a value scale
How to shade realistically
How to draw with rhythms/ How to draw lyrically
Experimenting with your drawing materials and brushes
Ideas on how you can practice drawing
Drawing from life example
Drawing from a photo example
Drawing from the masters like John Singer Sargent and Andrew Loomis
How to make quick gesture drawings
Ideas for drawing from your imagination
Tips for beginner artists
Go back to the basics and learn how to draw anything with drawing techniques
About this class:
In this course, I'll walk you through the basic fundamentals of drawing to help you build your drawing skills!
You will learn how to see your subjects as basic shapes, how to confidently place your subject on your paper with simple angles, and how to draw by observing the negative space.
I will share measuring techniques that will help you draw more accurately, exercises that will help you activate your creative right brain, and I'll share how you can find rhythms in your subjects to create beautiful, lyrical compositions.
We'll also go over five project ideas to help you practice the concepts taught in class. I'll share examples of how I approach drawing from life, photos, the masters, and more. You'll see how I apply drawing fundamentals throughout each demonstration.
This class shows examples in both traditional media (pencil and paper) and digital media (the Procreate app and iPad Pro with Apple Pencil.)
Why learn with me:
I've been drawing for over 20 years and I still love it as much as I did on day one! I have a passion for art, but I also have a passion for teaching art.
I've had the pleasure of working with many companies, including Procreate, Clip Studio Paint, XP-Pen, Huion, Ohuhu Markers, and more.
I've taught thousands of students how to improve their drawings and illustrations and I'd love to help you on your art journey too. Let me share with you the essential drawing techniques that have taken me years of study to figure out.
If you've always wanted to learn how to draw, but didn't know where to begin, join in today to learn new ways of seeing (and drawing) the world around you.
What if I am an absolute beginner?
We'll start with the very basics- simple shapes! Think back to kindergarten. You'll get warmed up by drawing circles, squares, and triangles, over and over again. So don't feel intimidated if you're a beginner because we will start small and work from there.
I do share iPad/Procreate examples in class, but you can still apply many of the techniques with pencil and paper. In all cases, there is a traditional pencil and paper work around! I share many pencil examples too if those are the materials you have on hand though. All of these lessons are meant to be built upon. And over time, with practice and learning, you'll get better and better. So don't feel discouraged if you're a beginner. This is a good class to start with to help you begin to see the world around you differently, through an artist's lens.
What materials will I need for class?
Here are my recommended materials. Although, you can use whatever drawing medium you wish.
0.3 3H Lead & 0.3 Draft-Line Pencil
0.5 4B Lead & 0.5 Staedtler Pencil
Other Pencil Options: Pro-Matic MC5 or 2B Pentel Lead & 0.9 Draft-Line Pencil
Smooth white paper is great, I like HP Premium Choice LaserJet Paper
Sakura Electric Eraser
White Gel Pen
Blending Stumps (I like the brand Art Alternatives)
iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, Procreate (You can download Procreate in the App Store on your iPad)
How will this course help me in my life, personally and professionally?
Learning how to draw is a lifelong wish of many, like learning how to play the guitar, or learning how to bake a cake from scratch. As humans, we have a longing to create. So if you have ever found you have that longing to learn how to draw, it just may mean you have a passion for it. This passion will be your fuel to continue when learning has its inevitable bumps in the road. Learning to draw can bring creative fulfillment into your life that you've been seeking and it is a wonderful and rewarding skill that has numerous benefits.
Drawing is a great way to express yourself. Knowing how to draw allows you to create images and illustrations that convey your thoughts and emotions in a unique way. This can be especially beneficial in fields such as graphic design, advertising, and animation, where visual communication is a necessary skill to have.
Drawing can also be a relaxing and meditative activity that can help reduce stress and anxiety and bring creative fulfillment to your life. It allows you to focus your mind on a single task and immerse yourself into the process of creating something beautiful. Art can be therapeutic, helping you forget the stresses of the day.
If you want to be a professional artist one day, you have to start with the basics. This course will walk you through the very basic fundamental techniques every artist should have in their tool belt.
Learning how to draw can positively effect your life in many ways. Whether you are interested in pursuing art professionally, or if you simply want to flex your creative muscles, there is no better time to start learning than today.
How is this course taught?
This course is taught in the English language through top down view tutorials. I've also included screen recordings for when I am drawing on the iPad Pro using the Procreate App.
I typically teach by first sharing the overall idea/concept. After that, I'll demonstrate the ideas through an example or tutorial. And then finally, I'll share how you can put the ideas into action through practice. Often I will share resources and worksheets to help you solidify the information taught.
I'd love to help you on your journey of learning to draw.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner artists interested in sharpening their drawing skills through practice and drawing projects
- Intermediate artists looking to advance their skillset with drawing tips and tricks
Ever since I was a little kid I would always have a sketchbook in hand. Drawing everything from little fashion girls, to my cat, to celebrities... anything and everything. I had a passion for art and I was always encouraged by others to keep practicing. So I did.
I dedicated myself to serious art study, attending more workshops and classes than I can count. I studied with professionals artists, riffled through countless art books, studied the masters, and I've learned from my mistakes and successes through practice. And with all this study and practice, I developed my skills and I grew as an artist.
But I still remember how it felt in the beginning...
Struggling with my art, I remember telling my mom, "When I get this, I'm going to teach everyone how to do it!"
The struggle was REAL. I would get so frustrated with myself in my art because I just couldn’t figure out how to make things look realistic, how to shade, how to blend, which colors to use where, how to paint someone’s likeness, etc. Because of this, I always knew I wanted to teach one day to help others through that struggle too.
I didn't get the opportunity to until 2013 when I made my first online art class. I was hesitant to jump into teaching at first, but I gave it a shot. Sixteen classes later, it's safe to say I have a new passion.
I absolutely love teaching. My approach to teaching is: there are no secret tricks I'll hide from you. If there is something that I have felt has pushed me forward in my art, then you can be sure it will be shared in class and explained to the best of my ability.
In my classes, I try to get into the mind of the beginner. I try to remember how I felt when I was first starting out and all the struggles that came along with learning new ideas. From there, I build upon the basics, so as a more intermediate or advanced artist, you should still feel right at home in class.
I believe beauty is found in simplicity, so often I try to share basic art fundamentals and principles that can help us in making more beautiful art.
The exciting thing is, I know I'll never be finished learning. So there's so much more to come. I’m so excited to learn more about art. And when I do, you can be sure I’ll share what I learn with you.
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