Drawing exercises: Basics of line making
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Get good at creating drawings that your friends and family would love to see on their walls
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Created by Milan Glozic
Last updated 9/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Create a strong foundation for drawing process and from there make art that their friends and family would love to see on their walls.
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  • You should be able to use drawing material at a beginner level

Learn the basics of drawing and how to use drawing materials to enhance the look of your work. This course aims to help you to overcome the challenge of drawing and prepare you for creating beautiful lines.

Create a strong foundation for your drawing process and from there make art that your friends and family would love to see on their walls.

  • Gather up materials such as pencils, charcoal, erasers and ink. Set up your workplace and start practicing.
  • Make simple exercises to master your lines
  • Learn new things about line divisions and how it is helpful in order to understand construction of a human face
  • Experiment with one point perspective
  • See how to use overall shape to put all the elements of your drawing on the format of your paper.
  • Use simple lines to create a basic shape of a human body.
  • Enjoy the bonus material lessons

Start making drawings with confidence of a professional draughtsman.

Learning the basics of drawing is a great way to improve artistic toolbox. Works you crate can become a great part of your creative career or a passionate hobby. They can be sold as originals or as prints. Also, they can be excellent choice for a present or a decoration for your home. Finally, you can use them as a reference for a painting done in some other medium like you see in the bonus material. The choice is up to you.

Creating something out of nothing is a very satisfying and in time you’ll achieve more and more confidence in your artistic process. In this course we’ll cover much of it and split it up to easy to follow steps that can only benefit your work, whether it's in graphic design, illustration or painting.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for beginner level students looking to advance their skills in freehand drawing and sketching.
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
4 Lectures 26:20

Welcome to the class. :) Topic of this lecture is to get to know yourself with the course, exercises that I'll be showing and projects that you'll be making.

Preview 03:06

Get familiar with the pencils that you'll be using for drawing. Try them out on a piece of paper, get the feel of the material that you'll be using. 

Preview 08:34

Along with graphite, charcoal is among the most common drawing materials. In this lecture we'll take a look at his material and see how and when it is used.

Some artists avoid erasing; they want a pristine surface, and heavy erasing can modify the surface of the paper. Many other artists embrace erasure. Still, no matter what is your take on this subject, knowing all the materials can only a plus in a process of line creation.  

Charcoal and erasers

Here we'll talk about various brushes, pens and how to use them with ink. We'll try making different lines and experiment with other materials like brush pens, lines, artist pens and so on.

Exercise 1 - construction lines
1 Lecture 10:27

Exercise drawing straight lines and divide them to equal parts without a ruler or any other measuring tools. See how to use construction lines and their divisions to create a basic form of a human face.  

measuring and dividing construction lines
Exercise 2 - drawing of a hallway
1 Lecture 12:00

Follow the steps from the video and complete the second exercise. Use dots connecting method of creating simple shapes, then connect these shapes and with the help of vanishing point make a drawing in one point perspective. 

drawing a hallway
Exercise 3 - drawing simple objects
3 Lectures 38:32

At the beginning of a third exercise let's take a look how to create your own viewfinder and how to use it in process of drawing. Set few objects on a flat surface in front of you and arrange them in a way that it will be interesting for you to draw. Think about the visual composition and the framing of objects within the paper format you're drawing on. Now you're ready to start. Measure, measure, measure. Create construction lines and divide the drawing into smaller sections and of course, measure, train your eye, not just to watch but to see and understand the things that you wand to draw. This part of your work is very important so take your time to make a good foundation for everything that comes later on in a drawing process. 

exercise 3 part 1

Continue the work on your drawing. Create the imagined aggregate shape in which you'll put all real objects. Consider negative shapes on your paper and consider how they can help you in the process of getting the accurate representation of positive shapes. Look and observe the shapes that create objects on your drawing. See how they interact with each other, measure their size and understand how they relate to one. The aim of all this is to make a drawing that will have all the objects in the same proportions of the objects in front of you but the main goal is to actually understand how to draw anything that you see in front of you. Also, to use your eyes as a greatest tool not just to see but to truly understand things that you see in 3d and translate that onto a 2d surface. 

exercise 3 part 2

In this final segment we'll use lines of different weight to indicate the volume and direction of light that shines on them. We'll go from using harder to softer pencils and erase the unnecessary construction lines. You'll also see me use kneaded eraser to further define the final lines and add finishing touches. 

exercise 3 part 3
Exercise 4 - human figure
1 Lecture 10:51

In this lecture we'll go over drawing the human figure. Our objective will be to draw a basic shape of a human body using just the construction lines. Goal of this drawing is to get a better understanding of the body and all of it's parts in a drawing sense and to see how they are all connected. See how the change in posture or stance effects the whole figure and what are the movements involved. 

constructing the human figure
Bonus material - from a drawing to a watercolor
3 Lectures 32:17

Based on all the previous lectures in this one you'll see me create a drawing of a castle. In this example I'll be using a photo from a vacation to recreate it on a piece of watercolor paper. I'll start slow to measure all the main elements of a drawing and translate it to paper proportional to it's size. 

time lapse drawing of a castle - part 1

This drawing has a lot of details so I'm taking my time to connect them all in one big shape. The key is to move around the drawing and slowly build it all at the same time. Don't overdo it on one side and neglect the other. Patience and exercise are the greatest tool to improve on your drawing skills so find a photo that you would like to work from and start creating.  

time lapse drawing of a castle - part 2

This final lecture has less to do with drawing and more with painting but I included it anyway so that you can see how to go about using a drawing as a base for work in some other medium, this time in watercolors. Also, this kind of painting has a lot of similarity to drawing as in many cases I'll be using brush as a sort of pencil to recreate architectural elements of the castle. 

time lapse painting of a castle
In the end
1 Lecture 00:33

Thank you for watching the course and just to help you in your projects check a PDF from this section for more tips on drawing called 6 pillars of line making. Have a great day and see you soon.

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About the Instructor
Milan Glozic
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Milan Glozic was born in Pozarevac, Serbia in 1979. He works predominantly in the medium of traditional painting, but his art includes digital illustrations and book covers. Milan graduated on University of Fine and Applied Arts in Belgrade in 2002.

He has had solo and group shows in Belgrade at Progress Gallery, National Gallery in Pozarevac, “In the face labyrinth” exhibition in Amsterdam at Arps and Co Gallery and many more. Also, he is a Platinum designer at 99Design platform where he made various book cover and illustrations for publishers and clients across the world.

He is represented in private collection in Serbia, Austria, Denmark and Netherlands. For his art, Milan received numerous rewards. At the moment he lives and works as an Art teacher in Kucevo, Serbia.