Drawing For Painters
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Drawing For Painters

How to accurately draw what you see before you paint it.
4.4 (19 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
81 students enrolled
Last updated 9/2018
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 12 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • This course will give students the fundamentals necessary to draw what they see accurately, before they begin their painting.
  • The skills students will take away from this course are many that will make their artwork joyful, not stressful!
  • one and two point perspective
  • using shapes to create objects
  • placement in space of objects in a group
  • "sight size" using a brush handle or pencil to determine proportions
  • building the drawing using relationships within the subject (using angles to create reference marks)
  • drawing from life or photos
  • No prior knowledge is needed. This is a great starting point for new painters or a valuable reminder and resource for existing painters.
  • You will need a newsprint pad or sketch pad (preferably 11x14 or larger), pencil or vine charcoal stick, marker, eraser, ruler or straight edge. a chamois cloth or paper towel.

Drawing for Painters covers the skills that every painter needs. This course addresses the common problems artists encounter. Your instructor, Desiree Holmes Scherini, is an artist and arts instructor, recognized as a top painting instructor, she has been teaching drawing and painting since 2003. In this course she takes you through lessons just as she would in her classroom, with easygoing presentation full of valuable information. Here you have your private lessons to use whenever needed, with instructional drawings provided in resources to download and use. This course will give you the tools to start right and move quickly to a successful painting!

Who this course is for:
  • Painters who want to improve their painting experience with needed drawing skills.
  • Artists who want to be able to evaluate their drawing or painting to figure out "whats wrong".
  • The artist who wants to avoid the pitfall of having a painting fail because the drawing was at fault.
  • This is an excellent starting point for any new artist. Best to learn these skills before starting to paint.
Course content
Expand all 11 lectures 01:40:43
+ Introduction
2 lectures 02:46

Welcome to Drawing for Painters! Here I describe who this course if for, and how I will be teaching it, and what you will be covered.

(Learn more about your instructor by downloading her artist biography in the resources)

Preview 01:40
+ Understanding and Using Basic Shapes
3 lectures 35:55

In this lesson I discuss how we will be drawing during the course in these lessons, versus, how you will be drawing when you are actually preparing a painting. From here, our next lesson will move right into the drawing lessons with supplies handy!

Preview 03:28

This video shows how the 2 dimensional shapes translate into 3 dimensional representations in your art. Understanding how to create the basic shapes in 3 dimensions and how to draw them is a cornerstone to a successful painting.

Preview 13:11

In this video I will cover how the basic shapes you've learned in the last lesson can be combined to create many objects. We will also cover how to create a proportionally balanced shape using measurement from the center line.

Combining Shapes to Create Forms
+ Drawing Through, Proportions and Spatial Relationships
3 lectures 31:14

Drawing through is a drawing skill that can help you create a believable grouping of objects in your painting. Here I will show you how to "draw through" to have a clear understanding of placing objects accurately.

Drawing Through

In this lesson I will cover the process of using "sight sizing" - that is - how to use a straight tool (skewer, pencil or paintbrush) to look at and measure the subject and recreate the relative size in your painting.

Sight Sizing

In this lesson I cover how to find relationships between objects. By using a straight edged tool, you will learn to line up edges to create angles and lines that connect your subjects and use those lines and marks to place objects realistically.

Spatial Relationships Between Objects
+ Perspective Drawing
2 lectures 27:45

In this lesson I cover One Point Perspective. The core of how to create the illusion of distance in your painting. You will also learn how to create evenly spaced verticals going back in space (ie: fence posts, columns, trees).

One Point Perspective

In this lesson I cover 2 Point Perspective. This lesson helps you to create structures, and more! that appear to go back in space. Such as a house. I will show you how to "build" the house, place the windows in a realistic way following the "rules" of perspective.

Two Point Perspective
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 03:03

Congratulations on completing the course! This conclusion reminds you to practice, practice, practice!