The Complete Drawing Masterclass: From Beginner to Advanced
What you'll learn
- Draw everyday objects, people, animals, and scenes, using effective techniques.
- Draw realistic and conceptual content, with appropriate light or value, shadow, texture, and form.
- Learn gesture drawing, line and contour drawing, structural drawing, perspective drawing, portrait drawing, and more.
- Apply specific drawing techniques such as cross contour, wipeout/reductive, block-in, and much more.
- Learn and apply industry-standard drawing techniques.
- Draw from imagination.
- You can follow along with just a pencil, paper, and eraser, but drawing tools such as vine and compressed charcoal, conté, kneaded eraser, chamois, blending stump, and ruler can be helpful. (Materials are explained near the beginning of course)
- A willing attitude to learn and practice drawing!
Welcome to the complete drawing masterclass! In this online drawing course, you will go from beginner to advanced, by learning in various drawing projects.
You will learn new drawing techniques, and build upon your drawing skills, to produce beautiful, amazing drawings.
This course is your opportunity to advance in your career, whether you work in animation, logo design, graphic design, architecture, fashion design, video game character design, or ANY field that uses visual storytelling, such as marketing, public speaking, and more.
Or, you simply want to draw for fun!
By the time you complete this drawing course, you will have produced a portfolio of amazing drawings, including professional landscape drawings, accurate portrait drawings, artistic still life drawings, and much, much more.
Once you enroll in this course, you get:
Lifetime access to all of the content, including over 19 hours of on-demand, helpful video demonstrations and instruction.
Various PDF handouts and support files.
Access to our exclusive Drawing Club forum, for helpful feedback and critique from peers and me, the instructor of this course, Jonathan Simon.
The sections in this drawing course build upon each other, to help you master the art of drawing:
Gesture Drawing - You will quickly and easily learn the useful technique of gesture drawing, where we aim to capture the essence of subjects. Projects include drawing various objects, animals, and landscapes.
Drawing Materials - Next, after you get started drawing, we go into more detail to explain various mark making, erasing, and blending techniques, as well as various drawing tools. However, if you only have a pencil and paper, that is fine for the projects in this course.
Line and Contour Drawing - Learn various line drawing techniques, including contour, cross contour, and line drawing, as well as various exercises to practice hand-eye coordination and the portrayal of form and outline.
Structural Drawing - Learn how to produce various shapes (e.g., cylinder, cone, cube) that can be used to build more complicated structures. Draw organic objects using structural drawing, in order to draw a still life.
Tone or Value in Drawing - Learn how to add accurate lighting and shadows in drawings, including various techniques, including hatching, cross-hatching, and reductive or wipe out techniques, to add form and depth in drawings.
Drawing in Perspective - Learn various ways to show depth in drawings, such as chiaroscuro method, atmospheric perspective technique, and many more. Learn how to draw in one-point, two-point, and three-point perspective, for realistic perspective, so you can draw city scenes or other scenes from your imagination.
Block-In Drawing Method - This is the drawing method that I learned after my BFA and MFA, from another artist. It's the most requested drawing method I get from students. In this course, you will learn how to produce a detailed, rendered drawing of a still life, by using this technique.
Art and Science of Drawing Portraits - You will learn about the anatomy and structure of the eye and mouth before learning how to accurately draw them, either from imagination or from a subject. You will also learn how to draw a realistic nose, hair, and ears, before producing the final project in this course, a portrait. As you draw the portrait, you will apply various methods you have learned throughout the course, including gesture, line, block-in, structural drawing, and applying tone or value.
Enroll now and get started producing amazing, beautiful drawings! We'll see you in the course. There is a 30-day money-back guarantee, so if you don't like the course, you can get a refund. But we know you'll love this course, as you produce awesome drawings in this complete drawing course.
Who this course is for:
- Anyone wanting to learn to draw and get better at drawing!
- Artists wanting to improve their drawing skills.
- Graphic designers, logo designers, and other design professionals wanting to improve their sketching and drawing abilities.
- People who want to draw for fun or people who want to add it to their work skills portfolio.
- People who want to convey ideas quickly and easily, using visual communication.
I love seeing students succeed in their designs, photos, productions, artistic work, and careers.
Do you want to learn become a better designer or communicator? Do you want to learn industry-standard editing and effects in Photoshop? Do you want to create logos for your brand or for clients? Do you want to learn new skills that are in demand in the new digital economy?
I'm passionate about communication, writing, art, and design education, and I'm currently a full-time professor of communication and digital media. I've developed curriculum and taught classes on design, photography, and writing for over a decade. My university students have become full-time, award-winning photographers, web designers, creative specialists, reporters, and layout designers. And now, you can learn from me as well!
Get started by enrolling in my courses, learning new skills and knowledge, and asking me questions in the courses and forums.
My Three-Part Qualifications to Teach You (Professional Experience, Education, and Experience Teaching):
By combining my professional in-the-field experience (both full-time and freelance), formal education, and experience teaching these topics, I've been able to produce top-notch courses that maximize learning and enable students to become better graphic designers, logo designers, photo editors, artists, and digital media producers.
Real World, Professional Experience:
I've worked as Webmaster and Advertising Designer at a regional newspaper (The News Chief), Internet Development Director at an award-winning advertising design firm, Technology Librarian at a city library system, and Managing Editor at two international graphic design magazines at Kelby Media Group. I've also written for print and online publications and designed websites and other promotional design work for clients on an on-going basis for the past 20 years.
Besides relevant marketplace experience, I also have a B.A. in Communication from Southeastern University, an M.A. in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, and a Ph.D. in Communication from Regent University. My Ph.D. dissertation focuses on the mythic branding of Apple's Macintosh/Mac in their primary commercial campaigns (1984, Think Different, Switch/Real People, and Get a Mac). Example graduate courses such as Creative Approaches to Digital Media and Visual Storytelling have helped me when developing my own courses.
Teaching these topics in the classroom and online has helped me figure out the best ways to explain concepts and guide students in the designs and productions. Besides being a full-time professor, I've developed curriculum and taught design, photography, and digital media courses for years at the university level for various schools in Florida, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Sorrento (Italy).
I'm the founder of Good Creative Academy, the premiere online school for learning and creating. If you're looking to learn more about graphic design, photo retouching, visual art, Adobe software, and digital media production, you have arrived at the right place.
Fun tech-related facts about me:
I taught myself QBasic when I was 13, and later used that programming language to write a program that simulated the DOS prompt, to fool my high school graphic design teacher into thinking the computers had been hacked.
I used web banner advertising on my websites in high school and during my freshman year of college, which brought in about $750 a month in income.
Jonathan Simon is a fine artist, illustrator and university professor. He holds a B.F.A in illustration from Memphis College of Art and a M.F.A. in painting from the New York Academy of Art. He has studied with a variety of talented artists in both accredited programs and private apprenticeships, including Tony Ryder, author of The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing, Jacob Collins and Michael Grimaldi of Water Street Atelier / The Grand Central Atelier, and Frank Porcu at the Art Students League of New York.
Jonathan prefers to work from life, as opposed to photographs. "Using live models and setups affords me the opportunity to study, interact, and change course in real time," he says. "I enjoy this careful examination of my subjects, as much for the artistic process itself as for the end result."
A studio artist for more than 26 years, Jonathan is also an experienced art educator who has held full-time faculty positions teaching intermediate- to advanced-level drawing, figure drawing, painting and illustration classes at colleges such as the New Hampshire Institute of Art. He believes in sound, proven methods, materials and approaches and offers both private and group instruction on everything from basic drawing skills to more advanced concepts.