Five Drawing Exercises To Improve Accuracy And Skills
What you'll learn
- Five useful drawing exercises that will improve your ability to see subjects
- Unconventional drawing methods that break away from rigid, traditional techniques
- Blind contour drawing techniques
- Semi-blind contour drawing techniques
- Negative space drawing techniques
- Upside-down drawing techniques
- Opposite hand drawing techniques
- Straight line drawing techniques
- Tips for using alternative drawing mediums
- Must have basic drawing supplies
In this class you will learn a series of unconventional drawing styles exercises that will help you see your subjects more clearly. It's designed for creatives of all levels from the beginner who is just starting out to experienced artists that want to break away from traditional, rigid drawing techniques and try something fresh and exciting.
The exercises are as follows:
Blind-contours - this is the ultimate building block for all other techniques that follow. Drawing your subjects without looking is the key to eliminating habits that are controlled by the logical side of the brain. By not looking you are only focused on what you see in your subject and not what you are actually creating.
Semi-blind contours - similar to blind-contours but you are allowed the occasional look to check your work. Another great tool to connect to your subject with sensitivity to horizontal, vertical and angular lines.
Negative space drawing - this is where you draw your subjects only using the space around them. It has a similar feel to contour drawing but different because you are focused on the space outside the subject.
Opposite-hand drawing - Have you ever tried drawing with the opposite hand? What a learning experience this is! It allows the brain to stop focusing on pre-existing ideas and techniques because you have to re-teach yourself to draw. This is yet another way to stop pretending you know how a subject is supposed to look and pay more attention to the subtleties of what you are drawing. A great tool!
Upside-down drawing - no, you will not hang upside down top do this so put away the inversion boots. Instead we will flip the images upside-down and draw them. An effective exercise that will shut out all previous expectations and experiences because you are seeing subjects in a new perspective. Lots of fun!
Straight line drawing - this is where you drawing your subjects without any curved lines. All curves are expressed with a series of straight lines. This is a great way to change-up your routine and add a twist to your drawing skills.
Included in this course is:
a complete breakdown for each drawing exercise
plenty of demos to help illustrate each drawing technique
assignment reels for each technique where you complete a series of drawings using timed images
I will complete the same assignment reel as you so you have something to compare your work to
Draw with whatever you have. I use a variety of drawing mediums from granite to drawing with watercolors. I encourage you to draw with mediums that you don't ordinarily use. Spice it up!
Who this course is for:
- Beginner and aspiring artists that want to learn fun and easy exercises to improve drawing skills
- Artists that want to break away from rigid, traditional drawing techniques and try something fun and interesting
Hi, I'm Robert Joyner.
I'm a full time paint-slinger from Richmond, Virginia specializing in watercolor, acrylic & mixed media paintings. Best known for my signature loose brushwork and carefree approach to creating abstract style artwork.
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