Drawing for Beginners - Follow Along with an Artist!

Learn the fundamentals of drawing and bring your art to the next level. Anyone can draw!
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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 4 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

Welcome! In this course, you'll learn how to draw more effectively and confidently by using artistic techniques and drawing methods including

  • timed gesture drawing
  • timed contour drawing
  • drawing from touch
  • drawing as response to music
  • continuous line drawing
  • 1-point and 2-point linear perspective
  • reductive charcoal method
  • drawing ellipses to show angle and depth
  • still life drawing

You'll understand how to add value or lighting and tonality to your drawings, including using blending, stippling, hatching, and cross-hatching. You'll also learn how to add depth to drawings using various techniques. You can then post photos or scans of your drawings and post them to the discussion forum for critique.

This course is taught by Jon Seals, an accomplished artist who has had work exhibited in various venues, has curated various visual art shows, and has taught visual art at the high school and university levels. Jon Seals has an MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design and an MAR from Yale University.

Enroll now and start improving your drawings!

Basic supplies needed to follow along include pencils for most lessons, as well as charcoal drawing tools for a few lessons. A sample drawing kit is shown and described in the lecture on materials.

What are the requirements?

  • Students need at least some pencils and paper in order to follow along with most of the exercises, and some charcoal and other drawing tools for a few of the lessons. A sample drawing kit is featured near the beginning of the course. Various types of drawing kits would work.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Draw more confidently and effectively.
  • Use various drawing methods to create interesting drawings.
  • Apply creativity and drawing techniques to create interesting drawings.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for beginners who want to learn how to draw more effectively and creatively.
  • This course is not for accomplished artists who have an MFA in drawing or painting, since they presumably already have been guided through the process of effective drawing techniques and principles.

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Start Here
Introduction
Preview
02:07
A Quick Note on Drawing Materials
01:58
Our First Exercise - Drawing from Touch - Follow Along!
08:15
Section 2: Gesture and Contour Drawings
Gesture Drawing Method
08:16
Contour Drawing Method
Preview
16:18
Timed Gesture Drawing
07:39
Timed Contour Drawing
09:24
Section 3: Chiaroscuro / Four Ways to Show Value
Four Ways to Show Value
01:46
Blending Method
18:00
Stippling Method
09:39
Hatching and Cross-Hatching Methods
07:17
Section 4: More Drawing Methods and Activities
Exercise Creativity - Respond to Music Drawing Technique
04:43
Continuous Line Drawing - Exercise 1
13:10
Continuous Line Drawing - Exercise 2
10:42
1-Point and 2-Point Linear Perspective
10:26
Reductive Charcoal Method
11:47
Drawing Ellipses to Show Angle and Depth
07:25
Section 5: Still Life Drawing Practice - Follow Along!
Still Life Drawing Part 1
11:26
Still Life Drawing Part 2
11:37
Still Life Drawing Part 3
09:09
Still Life Drawing Part 4
10:45
Section 6: Showing Depth and Example Drawings
Six Ways to Show Depth
11:49
Example Students' Drawings Critique Part 1
13:48
Example Students' Drawings Critique Part 2
11:44
Section 7: Conclusion
Thanks for Taking this Course! Congratulations!
00:35
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Instructor Biography

Jon Seals, MFA, Artist, Curator, University Professor

Jon Seals is an artist, teacher, and curator. He holds a M.A.R. from Yale Divinity School and Yale Institute of Sacred Music and a M.F.A. in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. His essays, reviews, and works of art have been published in ArtPulse Magazine, Letters Literary Art Journal, Palimpsest Magazine, and Reflections Magazine at Yale Divinity School among others. Jon has exhibited his artwork in solo and group art exhibitions in galleries and at colleges throughout the United States and curated several art exhibitions at Yale's Institute of Sacred Music.

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