Pencil Drawing for Beginners
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Pencil Drawing for Beginners

Learn the basics of pencil techniques, that will allow you to draw and shade beautifully
4.5 (14 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.
60 students enrolled
Created by Liron Yanconsky
Last updated 1/2017
Price: $45
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Draw basic lines and shapes using pencil, shade their drawings and begin drawing from observation
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  • All you need is a pencil and paper!

Liron here! How are you doing?

Thank you for checking out my course!

Pencil drawing is the most basic way to start drawing, and is the perfect gateway for pen and ink, painting and more. There's no setup required, and you can start right away.

If you are a complete beginner to drawing, or are interested in drawing using pencil, this is the place for you.

In this course I do not assume you know anything, and explain everything in as many details as possible. I want EVERY STUDENT to be able to learn how to draw beautifully using pencil.

I also tried making this course as PRACTICAL as possible. I believe you'll be able to immediately implement what you learn here.

Inside you'll learn:

  • The basic pencil grips
  • How to produce different types of lines
  • How to draw simple shapes
  • How to shade
  • Practical exercises for getting started
  • And more!

I'll also present two demos of me working on two complete drawings, from start to finish.

If you are ready - let's get started! (:

- Liron

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone interested in starting to draw with pencil
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
1 Lecture 00:58

Hi there!

I want to welcome you to my course.

This is the beginning of our adventure together, and I want to assure you it's going to be a great one.

We will start from scratch, and slowly build our skill set. I'm sure this course will help you whether you are a beginner or an advanced artist.

Let's get to it!

Preview 00:58
1 Lecture 09:34

In this lesson we'll learn about the (very few!) tools you'll need to get started.

This is why I love pencil drawing so much, you need very few tools to get started, and there's no setup required!

Preview 09:34
Basic Pencil Drawing Techniques
2 Lectures 13:09

In this lesson you'll learn the basic ways of holding the pencil. You'll soon understand how useful it is to understand these.

With practice, you'll be able to intuitively move between the different grips to your advantage.

Holding the Pencil

In this lesson you'll learn how to produce different lines, using the grips we learned earlier.

I believe this is one of the most useful skills to have, as it allows you to draw anything

Drawing isn't a magical skill that you are either born with, or doomed to fail. It's the simple, basic skills that are used to produce even the greatest pieces of art. 

This are some of those simple, basic skills.

Producing Different Lines
3 Lectures 16:32

In this lesson we'll look at three awesome warm up exercises.

These exercises are great to do before a sketching session, but can also be used as a stand-alone sketching session.

Here they are:

  1. Rays / Suns
  2. Ovals and Circles
  3. Parallel lines

I have a feeling you'll love those (;

Preview 06:24

In this lesson we'll look at one phenomenal exercise for improving your visual perception and ability to draw what you see.

You'll be surprised at how useful this exercise is, and how quick your results will follow.

Isolating Lines and Shapes

In this lesson you'll learn how to draw simple three-dimensional shapes. 

This is a little more advanced, but I want you to start practicing this, so that you can start developing a better perception of volume and depth when drawing or sketching.

Simple Three-Dimensional Shapes
Step-by-step Demo #1 - Drawing a Stalk of Bananas
2 Lectures 11:55

In this lesson we'll start working on a complete drawing. 

Attached to this lesson is the reference image used for this drawing. Feel free to save it and draw along!

Drawing the Bananas

In this lesson we will continue working on our drawing by adding some details and shading the stalk of bananas.

Adding Details and Finishing Touches to the Bananas
Pencil Shading
2 Lectures 12:03

In this lesson we'll learn how light and shadow work, and how we can utilize them in our drawings.

This is a major first step towards being able to give our drawings more of a three-dimensional look and feeling.

How Light and Shadows Work

In this lesson we'll look at some practical ways to shade and practice shading.

Shading Techniques and Tips
Step-by-step Demo #2 - A Watering Can
4 Lectures 26:44

In this first part of the demo, we'll draw the watering can.

As in the previous demo, attached is the reference image. Save the file and draw along with me.

Drawing the Watering Can

In this second part of the demo, we'll begin shading the watering can. 

The main takeaway from this one is that you want to plan where light is coming from, and then keep the shading congruent all throughout the drawing.

Shading the Watering Can

In this third part of the demo, we'll learn how to add the cast shadow of the watering can. 

The cast shadow is an important ingredient in anchoring an object to the surface on which it rests. In fact, many times the cast shadow is more important than the object itself.

Adding the Cast Shadow

In this fourth and final part of the demo, we'll shade the background and environment of the watering can.

You'll see how this step will give the can its pop, better conveying the depth of the scene. 

In addition. I'll demonstrate how to blend in large shaded areas, giving them a softer look and feeling.

Background and Finishing Touches
Some More Tips and Guidance
1 Lecture 07:33

In this lesson, I want to give you some additional tips and guidance, that will help you in the future, and improve your learning curve.

Some More Tips and Guidance
1 Lecture 01:01

In this video we will conclude our journey together.

I want to thank you for much for the opportunity to become your teacher.

I also want to wish you good luck in your future with drawing! (:

- Liron

About the Instructor
Liron Yanconsky
4.6 Average rating
36 Reviews
409 Students
3 Courses
Published How-to-Draw Author

I am a self-published author, art teacher and graphic designer based in Israel.

Being self-taught, I have been drawing ever since I was born. I have constantly worked on polishing my skills in art, and specifically in drawing.

As I enjoy writing as well, I have published 7 books so far, on a wide array of topics such as perspective drawing, folds and clothes, sketching techniques and drawing for kids.

My biggest strength is topics that require strong understanding and great visual perception.

My biggest goal is to prove that ANYONE can learn how to draw. My passions are art, writing, traveling and self-development.

I hope I can help you reach your goals, and perhaps learn something new in the process.