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Welcome! In this course, you'll learn how to draw more effectively and confidently by using artistic techniques and drawing methods including
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.
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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.
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|Section 1: Start Here|
A Quick Note on Drawing Materials
Our First Exercise - Drawing from Touch - Follow Along!
|Section 2: Gesture and Contour Drawings|
Gesture Drawing Method
Contour Drawing MethodPreview
Timed Gesture Drawing
Timed Contour Drawing
|Section 3: Chiaroscuro / Four Ways to Show Value|
Four Ways to Show Value
Hatching and Cross-Hatching Methods
|Section 4: More Drawing Methods and Activities|
Exercise Creativity - Respond to Music Drawing Technique
Continuous Line Drawing - Exercise 1
Continuous Line Drawing - Exercise 2
1-Point and 2-Point Linear Perspective
Reductive Charcoal Method
Drawing Ellipses to Show Angle and Depth
|Section 5: Still Life Drawing Practice - Follow Along!|
Still Life Drawing Part 1
Still Life Drawing Part 2
Still Life Drawing Part 3
Still Life Drawing Part 4
|Section 6: Showing Depth and Example Drawings|
Six Ways to Show Depth
Example Students' Drawings Critique Part 1
Example Students' Drawings Critique Part 2
|Section 7: Conclusion|
Thanks for Taking this Course! Congratulations!
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I love seeing students succeed in their designs, writings, productions, 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 write for magazines or web sites? Do you want to learn new skills that are in demand in the new digital economy?
Welcome! I'm passionate about communication, writing, and design education, and I'm currently a full-time professor of graphic design and digital journalism at Southeastern University. I've taught classes on design, photography, and writing for the past eight years. 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!
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About the instructor:
By combining my professional in-the-field experience (both full-time and freelance), formal education, and experience in education, I've been able to produce top-notch courses that maximize learning and enable students to become better graphic designers, logo designers, photo editors, and writers.
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 (Reed Advertising Design, now merged with Brand Madden), 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 publications and designed web sites and other promotional 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).
My combination of professional real world experience, formal education, and experience in teaching have all enabled me to produce quality courses that help students become better graphic designers, photo editors, writers, and illustrators.
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, writing, and new media entrepreneurship, 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 web sites in high school and during my freshman year of college, which brought in about $750 a month in income.
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.