How to Draw and Sketch for Absolute Beginners
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How to Draw and Sketch for Absolute Beginners

Learn the Basics of Sketching and Drawing
4.4 (3,076 ratings)
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16,555 students enrolled
Created by Rich Graysonn
Last updated 11/2019
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This course includes
  • 11 hours on-demand video
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • By the end of this course you will be able to draw almost anything
  • The correct way to use reference
  • Draw what they see and observe
  • Draw basic lines and shapes
  • Understand the basics of volume , light , shadow and composition
  • Feel confident enough to further their artistic learning on any subject.
  • Understand that everything is made of a few basic shapes
  • There is absolutely no prior experience required to take this course
  • No software is needed
  • Only a pencil or pen and paper is needed

Drawing and sketching can seem like magic if you don't know how to do it. It's not magic, it's a skill. that means it can be taught and I will be your instructor. Just like anything and everything you have learned you had to know the very basics. You can't do math without knowing how to count and you can't drive without knowing what the key looks like.

This course is your "key". All drawing starts with lines, some are straight, some are curved and rough but all are lines.  Lines are used to make shapes and shapes become volumes (3d shapes) and everything in the world is made from shapes. 

I will teach you to use those shapes. I will show you how to make lines shapes and volumes. You will learn to hone your observational skills and draw what you see, and even what is in your head if you study and practice enough.

You need no experience in drawing. Absolutely zero ! There is no special software just a regular pencil and some paper. 

If you have always wanted to learn to draw this is the course for you. If you are a graphic artist that knows learning to draw will save you time and money, take this course. If you want to make comics or cartoons then this will be the course that will be your starting point. 

This is the beginner class. Often books tell you to start by making 3d shapes but what if you are having trouble with that? If you are , I got you covered.  


Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to draw using a pencil and paper
  • Anyone who wants to learn drawing in a more "traditional" way.
  • Anyone wanting to increase their drawing skills
  • The absolute beginner with zero ability to draw
  • Graphic artists that want to learn to draw.
  • The hobbyist who has wanted to learn to draw
  • Anyone who wants to make comics or games or express their artistic desires.
  • Everyone who has "How to" art books on their shelves but still couldn't draw
  • Everyone who has watched a drawing video but still couldnt draw.
Course content
Expand all 101 lectures 11:00:26
+ Welcome to Drawing for Beginners
8 lectures 46:18

Please watch this very short video before you decide to enroll.

Preview 03:28
Art as Problem Solving

How should you hold your pencil? I answer that in this video.

How should I hold my Pencil ?

Here are some very common reasons why drawing is hard for most people.

Preview 06:30

There is zero specialized paper appends that you will need for this course. You can use some regular copy paper from any local store and a regular number two pencil. Later on if you want to get more art supplies that's entirely up to you. Later on when I demonstrate adding ink to your drawings you may just want to get a regular pen. We got to keep this nice and simple so that you are not getting bogged down with a bunch of extra art supplies that you may not even use.

Preview 03:29
Getting the Most out of this Course

Worksheets for the later lectures.

Here are the Worksheets

Answering a question for all of yo that are left handed. 

For my Left Handed Students (3/04/18)
+ The Power of Lines
11 lectures 01:03:18
Introduction to lines

In this video I will show you the power of making rough lines. Oftentimes people say that I can't draw straight line with the ruler. And while that might be true for you I don't want you to worry about that since there are no straight lines in nature. It's actually a very good thing if you can't draw straight line right away. I'm going to show you exactly what you can do with lines that are not straight. I encourage you to practice and follow along with me or you can sit back and watch the video.

Preview 07:51

There are many different ways as draw straight line. What I'm gonna show you is how to draw a straight line freehand. You won't need a ruler or straight edge. I do want to say that if you do need to use a ruler or some sort of straight edge then that's perfectly fine professional artist do that all the time. I don't want anyone to feel like they're cheating by using a ruler but I do encourage you to practice this technique as it will save you a lot of time and you're not always been a have a ruler around.

The Straight Line

So this is going to be the practice for drawing straight lines. Just follow along with me to this video and do the exercises often even when you're done watching the videos.

Straight line Practice

This video is a lecture on curved lines. Drawing a curve can be challenging and I'm in a show you a few different ways to draw curves.

Curved lines

This lecture is on C curves. See curves of in a help you add dimension to your drawings later on. See curves can display rhythm and produce form. They're one of the building blocks for organic shapes.

C Curves

This video is gonna be on the S curve. The S-curve is found in several places more notably the human body. The S-curve is all about rhythm and balance.

S Curves

This video is gonna discuss using lines as texture. I just want to give you a sneak preview of some of the things that you will be able to do and why your drawing so many lines. Whether you are adding shadow or crosshatching a simple line is a very powerful tool to have.

Lines as Texture

This video is about line accuracy. Line accuracy is something that I don't think I've ever really seen discussed very much in books. The idea of measuring a line and being very accurate with not only its size but where it intersects another line. This very basic fundamental thing is often the culprit on why drawings look inaccurate.

Line Accuracy

This video is on line weight. Line weight is something that I want you to be very aware of right away. Even if you aren't able to use it this early I still want you to know that it's there. The weight of your line can highlight characters or act as a focal point and even give a basic shape "weight".

Line Weight
IF you are having trouble making Lines (Facebook Group Lesson)
+ Making Simple 2D Hard Shapes
7 lectures 39:49
Intro to creating your first shapes

This video is on drawing a rectangle. A rectangle is often very easy to draw as most people at some point has drawn a rectangle. Whether you're doodling why you're on the phone or sitting at your desk you drawn a rectangle. We are in a practice drawing a rectangle and I'm in a show you just how powerful a rectangle can be.

The Rectangle

This video is on drawing the square. The square is very important because it can act as a really basic unit of measurement to make your drawings more accurate. Believe it or not squares are bit more difficult to draw. In this video ominous show you how to draw a square and make it look accurate.

The Square

Continuing with our basic shapes we are going to draw a triangle. A triangle in understanding it is going to be the basis of two very important shapes. The cone and the pyramid are essential and building so many objects that it is important that you fully understand how to draw a basic triangle. Triangles also become wedges and can be used to measure things like object placement and perspective.

The Triangle

The ellipse is very tricky to draw. The ellipse can do many things it can create cylinders or represent tires on a car or a hole in the ground. The ellipse also has two components that make it different from a circle a major axis and a minor axis.

The Ellipse

In this video you will learn how to draw a circle. In drawing a "perfect" circle is very difficult but it's something you should practice anyway. Obviously the circle is very similar to an ellipse and I was so you how to use the circle effectively when you're drawing.

The Circle

Not withdrawn all of the shapes him initially the concept of a centerline. The centerline is a unit or way of measuring shapes. We get into the 3-D portion of drawing and by 3-D I don't mean with computers, you will see just how important and crucial the centerline is for drawing.

The Center Line
+ Making Simple 2D Soft Organic Shapes
6 lectures 38:59
Intro to Organic Shapes

This video is all about the organic version of the triangle and its importance to creating shapes.

Organic Triangle

This video is about the organic square. 

Organic Square

This video is all about the organic rectangle. The organic rectangle can encompass so many objects and can represent so many things that it's very important for you to fully get how to draw this form.

Organic Rectangle

This video is about drawing an oval which by its nature is organic. But in order to fully understand the "peanut" I want you to practice drawing one part of it. On its own it can represent many things like the shape of faces or even body shapes and when it's combined it becomes even more powerful.

Organic Oval

And finally we look at the peanut. The "peanut" or the "kidney bean" or the many other names that it's used over the years in different books and different lectures. It's all the same basic concept. The concept of putting two organic oval like shapes together to create a complex form. And this is a very exciting turning point for you when you're drawing because this is actually a first complex form.

+ An Introduction to Form
10 lectures 01:09:03
Introduction to Form

This is a big step. We are going to convert all of those 2D shapes into 3D form.


From 2D to 3D

In this video I will explain the concept of "drawing through". it's a very important concept that takes the guesswork out of drawing in many cases.  

Drawing Through

In this video we will create a box. A box is either a series of squares or rectangles. Both of wich you already know how to draw. 

The Box

In this video we will create the cylinder which is 2 circles or ellipses plus 2 lines. 

The Cylinder

In this video I will show you you how to create a pyramid which consists of triangles and a square. 

The Pyramid

The cone is a circle and triangle in its most basic form. Its also a cylinder that closes at one side. It's all in how you look at it.

The Cone

The wedge is so very versatile from shape to measurement. this video will show you how to create one with 2 triangles and lines as well as its variations.

The Wedge

It goes without saying that the sphere is very important. It's basically the world. Literally. 

The Sphere

this video will show you how to begin to see form with contour lines that follow the form. It takes practice. 

Contouring lines
+ Organic 3D Forms
5 lectures 34:09
Intro to Organic Form

this is a variation on the regular cylinder and there are numerous ways to interpret this form.

Organic Cylinder

The "Organic peanut" is well my way of saying the peanut shape. Most peanut shapes are 3D. In this lecture i want to show you how to see it in it's natural 3D form.


Organic Peanut

An organic cone can be very helpful. There are also many ways to do this . The important thing is to understand it's form. 

Organic Cone

The organic box is very easy to draw. Its pretty straightforward. 

Organic Box
+ Perspective Crash Course
5 lectures 21:16
Why Perspective

In this introductory video I will show you the basis of all perspective. It's the horizon line. it determines the first location in space.

The Horizon Line

The vanishing point determines what type of linear perspective you will be drawing. 

The Vanishing Point

This is the basics of one point perspective.

One Point Perspective

This is the basics of two point perspective.

Two Point Perspective
+ Putting Shapes Together
7 lectures 44:10
Intro to Merging

This is about how to put 2 shapes together we will begin with "Hard shapes first as it is easier. 

How to Merge Hard Shapes

In this video I will show some examples of 2 shapes and some common combinations.

2 Shapes

This video builds off of the previous lesson. "3 shapes" can be looked at in several ways. 

3 Shapes

This video show s how easy it is to make those hard shapes organic.  

Merging Organic Shapes

As with the hard shapes we will be looking at 2 organic shapes together. 

2 Shapes

And now we will be expanding to the 3 shapes concept in organic form.

3 Shapes
+ Texturing Objects
6 lectures 47:26
Intro to Texture

Texture is nothing to be afraid of. Almost anything can be a texture. In this lesson I will go over the idea of creating textures. 

What is Texture

In this video I will show you how to create rocky and stone textures.

How to Draw Rocky Texture

This video is all about scales and different types of scales and how to draw them.

How to Draw Scales

this video show the many ways you can turn anything into a texture. 

How to Draw Random Shapes for textures.

In this video i show you how to draw fur. 

How to Draw Fur
+ Drawing light and Shadow
5 lectures 17:09
Intro to Light and Shadow
Light Source

In this video I will discuss the concept of light fall off.Light falloff is better looked at it exactly where the light ends in the shadow begins.

Light Fall Off

This video is all about diffuse light. Diffuse light is one of the more common forms of light and it's the like that most artists draw especially in the beginning.

Diffused Light

In this video I will discuss ambient occlusion which is something most of you are instinctively familiar with. Even though it has a pretty elaborate and fancy name it's a basic Concept.

Ambient Occlusion