Drawing From Photographs
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Drawing From Photographs

How to make amazing pencil drawings by hand. No drawing experience needed!
4.4 (19 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
304 students enrolled
Created by Robin Slee
Last updated 12/2016
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Draw Amazing pencil drawings by hand!
  • Use Photographs as a source of inspiration
  • Develop your basic drawing skills
  • Enjoy this rewarding hobby without any barriers!
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  • No prior experience is needed.
  • You will need a photograph, either real or an image online.
  • A Pencil or two and some paper.

Being able to draw is one of the most rewarding hobbies available. It is extemely cheap, can be started and stopped at a moments notice, and you can get some terrific results in a matter of minutes.

But beginners and new artists are faced with a challenge, "How can I create good looking images, if I have never learned to draw?" Well, the answer my friend, is waiting for you in this course.

'Drawing from Photographs' is your guide to creating hand-drawn images by using photos as your reference. In this course, I will be your 'drawing-guide' as I walk you through the entire process from choosing the right image, to mapping out your framework and finally in to the shading process. I will also share with you have to add those final enhancements using the computer.

There is no special terminology or advanced concepts to grasp. Everything I did to create the main project, I share with you in simple terms. There is also no time constraint. One of the joys of creating pencil drawings is that you can start and stop when you have the time. So if you can only do 20-30minutes a day. You can draw, stop, put away your image and come back to it later. Great for those of us with a busy life!

The course is broken down into short lectures. Each focusing on a single step in the process. As you complete each step, you will have laid the foundation for the next lecture. This is very much a follow-along course. And once you have completed this process a couple of times, you will be able to adapt the work-flow to suit your own style.

This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to draw and have their images look professional and well crafted. Even if you have not drawn for years, do not consider yourself creative or have always put-off learning because of the time investment then this course is for you. 

Come join me and start drawing your image today!

Who is the target audience?
  • You should take this course if you want to create pencil drawings by hand.
  • You should take this course if you want to learn to draw from photographs.
  • You should take this course if you are held back from drawing because it 'looks' hard!
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
1 Lecture 04:02

Welcome to "Drawing From Photographs" your guide to creating amazing pencil drawings by hand. In this short lecture we will cover how the course is organised and what you can expect to learn.

Preview 04:02
Getting Started With The Process
4 Lectures 16:26

In this first step we are going to select our reference image and enhance it, to better suit our needs.

Preview 04:43

In this second step we are going to prepare our drawing surface to make mapping-out a breeze!

Preview 02:25

In this third step we are going to perform the 'mapping-out' and draw the important lines on the paper.

Step 3 – Drawing the major lines

In this fourth step we are going to learn how to hold the pencil and begin the shading process.

Step 4 – Starting to shade
The Fun Part!
4 Lectures 29:08

In this lecture we are going to continue establishing our pencil values. Plus, we will take a few moments to dispell some myths about why this is a bad technique!

Strengthening The Darks (and the reputation of this technique)

In this lecture we are going to begin to tighten up our drawing. Establishing tone and form. Plus, we discuss some of the other drawing skills you have been learning, without even knowing it!

First Tightening Up (and drawing basics)

In this lecture, the image really starts to look good as we focus on elevating the rest of the image. Plus, we discuss that all important question "How true do I have to stay to the reference image?".

Second Tightening Up (and diverging away from reference photographs)

In this lecture, we add detailing to the face region and begin the final uniifaction of the image. Plus, we discuss how to achieve constant improvement as beginner artists.

Adding Details To The Face (and how to improve as an artist)
The Home Stretch!
4 Lectures 27:54

In this lecture, we begin to add the icing to the cake, as we render the eyes, wrinkles and fur.

Rendering the Eyes, Wrinkles and Fur

In this lecture, we finalize the darkest darks and hone in on the final details.

Rendering the Shadows in the face and ears

In this lecture, we conclude this lesson by adding our final details to the whole image.

Rendering the 'Final Details'

In this lecture, we look at some important tips when digitizing your pencil drawings and preparing them for sharing online.

Bonus - Getting your images into the computer
About the Instructor
Robin Slee
4.5 Average rating
532 Reviews
5,396 Students
5 Courses
Freelance Digital Artist

Hi, I’m Robin. I’m a self-taught Freelance Digital Artist and Illustrator.

I have published drawing courses, ran google hangout sketching sessions and shared tutorials through social media but what I’m best known for is running a Youtube channel where I talk about and create Concept Art, Fantasy Art and more Specifically Creature Design.

I believe drawing and illustration is a skill not a gift! Which means that anyone can learn a skill it simply takes guidance, perseverance and a little patience. We are all artists with our own visions to share. And as we go through life we are touched and shaped by many experiences. It is this unique path that each of us follows which makes creating unique and original art so compelling.

It’s never to late to pick up a pencil and start learning, so I invite you to check out my YouTube Channel, my Website and my Courses here on Udemy to learn more about me and the art that I create.

I look forwards to helping you realize the visions in your imagination!