Essential Drawing

The information you need to get better at drawing.
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  • Lectures 18
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

Essential Drawing is an eighteen video drawing course meant to give students a foundational understanding of drawing practices. The two main goals of Essential Drawing are to teach drawing skills through the elements-of-art and to cover the major approaches to drawing that have stood the test of time. You don't need a lot of expensive art supplies to get better at drawing - just paper, a pencil and an eraser. If you have a brush and black watercolor paint you can use that too. If you want to improve your drawing skills, or if you draw well but want to learn a variety of methods to add to your bag of tricks, then this course is for you. A reference image accompanies many of the video lessons so that you'll have no trouble following along.

What are the requirements?

  • The only required materials are a pencil, drawing paper and an eraser. Optional materials include a pen, india ink and block printing ink.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Draw realistically from observation. These skills are applicable in illustration, design and artmaking.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for beginners with limited formal instruction. If your drawings are often mistaken for photographs this course may not be for you.

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Section 1: Drawing with the Elements of Art

This video outlines the course lessons and their respective topics.


This video outlines the course lessons and their respective topics.


Learn to use simple shapes like rectangles and triangles to draw complex subject matter.


Learn to use a single light source to describe forms such as cubes, pyramids, cones and cylinders.


Learn to see and use five different, but interrelated, way of creating space and depth in a drawing.


Learn to use a value scale to accurately and efficiently add light-and-shadow to your drawings.

Section 2: Drawing Techniques and Processess

Learn to use stroke direction and pressure changes to create a smooth gradation with graphite. Also, learn what reflected can do for your drawings.


Learn to shade with lines. These techniques are especially useful when drawing with a pen.


Learn to use a grid and breakdown a complex subject into smaller, digestible bites of information. Use this method to rescale a drawing or photograph.


Learn to use you drawing tool to capture proportion and measure angles. These methods are the bedrock of how artist have drawn without photos over the centuries.


Learn to use the empty space between and around your subject to double-check your drawing.


Learn the difference between 1, 2 and 3-point perspective. Differentiate between horizon and eye-level.


Learn to see the skull as two parts joined together. Build anatomical awareness.


Learn to use implied lines and parallell relationships to strengthen your drawing skills.


Learn to create detail with shading.

Section 3: Drawing Expanded

Learn to make a monoprint by drawing into block-printing ink. Monoprinting is a subtractive drawing process.


Learn to make an ink wash by building up values in successive layers. This process is adaptable to graphite as well.

Section 4: Conclusion

Last minute advice.

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Instructor Biography

Ashley Bane Hurst, Artist and Educator

Ashley Bane Hurst is the Visual Art Department Chair at a public arts magnet school. He received his B.F.A. in 2002. Since that time Ashley has participated in numerous shows, executed figure paintings and portrait commissions in oil paint, pastel, charcoal and sepia and been recognized in the national Arts for the Parks contest for landscape painting. Ashley has also completed freelance illustrations and designs for production. Ashley enjoys creating a variety of art but he enjoys seeing others grow in their own art just as much. He has been teaching drawing and painting for ten years in the classroom and is excited about sharing his instruction through He currently resides in North Carolina, USA with his wife Nicole, two children, Ruby and Roman, and their dog's Chloe and Bear

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