Drawing and Sketching for Beginners
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Drawing and Sketching for Beginners

Learn the art of sketching and drawing with easy to follow videos and exercises. No experience required!
4.5 (337 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.
2,755 students enrolled
Created by Robin Slee
Last updated 2/2017
Price: $20
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 3 mins on-demand audio
  • 1 Article
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Draw simple objects with confidence and ease!
  • Learn the 5 elements of shading
  • How to sketch complicated object using simple shapes
  • Understand the role of sketching in creativity and notetaking
  • Learn both traditional and digital sketching techniques
  • How to use sketching as a means of communication
  • How to practice sketching
  • Develop a sketching language that is personal to the sketcher
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  • No previous experience or knowledge is required
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Sketchbook or Paper
  • If you intend to produce digital sketches then you will need a computer, a digital tablet and some photo-editing software (free software recommendations included)

-- Updated 4th June 2016 -- (Now with closed captions too!)

Have you ever wanted to learn to Draw? Perhaps you tried, but did not have the guidance necessary to progress your artwork? Maybe, you used to sketch a long time ago and now want to rebuild your skills? Or, if you want to capture notes more effectively? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then come join me to learn the skills you need to become an effective sketcher!

Sketching for Beginners is a course designed to guide novice students how to get started sketching and drawing. This course starts at the beginning, with understanding the role sketching can play, before leading on to practical applications and demonstration lectures.

You will not only learn how to sketch using traditional materials, but also how to incorporate this into the modern digital world. You will also see how to develop your own sketching language, how to practice sketching, how to use drawing as a means of communication and more.

Modules build gradually, with practical exercises and advice supplied in illustrated, downloadable eBooks, designed to give you a clear path to follow.

The course consists of 4 hours of video content segmented into 25+ modules, additional lectures are being added constantly. Plus, as a lifetime student you have the opportunity to request topics and lectures you would like to see added to the course, at no additional cost.

Want some feedback on your work? No problem. This course has a dedicated Q&A section where you can post your questions, ask for some feedback, or simply share your results from the course. I am active most days of the week and ALWAYS reply to questions within this course.

So, if you have ever wanted to learn to draw, but did not know where to begin. This course is for you. Together we will recapture your natural ability to draw.

Who is the target audience?
  • This drawing course is ideal for anyone who wishes to learn how to draw.
  • This course is intended for anyone who wishes to get better at sketching and recording information graphically.
  • Even if you have never picked up a pencil before, this highly structured course, can teach you the fundamentals to developing your sketching skills and developing your own sketching language
  • This course may NOT be suitable for someone already versed in traditional sketching skills, or someone who has an art degree!
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 37 Lectures Collapse All 37 Lectures 03:37:15
8 Lectures 31:17

Start with this Quiz, it is designed to help reinforce the course content. You can use this quiz to gauge your current understanding of the topic.

Introductory Quiz
3 questions

This lecture introduces the course and a brief overview of the areas of content. It will introduce how the student can use the course, the objectives covered and contact details.

Preview 03:59

A short discussion and your first objective...

Preview 02:01

A list of materials, you will need to sketch...

Preview 11:46

Explains what will be covered in the course.

What Will I Learn?

An explanation of how to go about using this course most effectively

How Do I Use This Course? [Please note this lecture refers to the old interface]

A brief note on expected time needed to complete this course

How Long Will This Course Take To Complete?

A look at why sketching can help you in both your personal and professional life

The benefits of being able to sketch

In this lecture we develop an understanding for the differences between traditional and digital, We Also look how integrate the two ways of working. This lecture also covers the materials needed, including software suggestions and hardware advice.

Traditional vs Digital

A simple quiz to reinforce the basics covered in section 1.

Basic Concepts
4 questions
Getting Started
11 Lectures 56:59

Learn three different ways to hold the pencil. Also, learn the six foundation shading techniques that will add interest to your images.

Holding A Pencil And Basic Mark Making

Learn three ways to make your line work more appealing and how to add emphasis to the important edges within your images.

Line Quality - Making your lines more appealing!

Learn how to use contour and cross-contour lines to depict form. 

Contour Lines - Using Contour and Cross-Contour lines to describe objects

This lecture covers the most basic steps in getting started. It includes example exercises to build confidence, getting used to sketching, the different marks a pencil can make and discusses the importance of practicing a little every day, including what to practice first.

Your First Sketch

This lecture covers, why you don't need to be able to draw to be able to sketch. We look at how sketching can simplify both objects, scenes and ideas. Practical examples are given of sketching techniques. Further resources are also made available.

Simplifying Objects

This lecture explains shading, form and lighting to a level the beginner sketcher will be comfortable reproducing.

Understanding Shading Using 5 Tones

In this step by step, we practice creating a range of tonal values, in step-wise value.

Preview 3 pages

Print out and practice shading these spheres using tonal patterns.

Understanding Shading - Sphere Exercise File
3 pages

Follow along in this exercise as you learn how to start 'seeing' objects as abstract patterns of shape and tone. This is an important exercise to practice, and will help take your drawing to the next level.

Demonstration - Seeing Shapes and Tones

Sketching should be quick. Being loose and gestural is a great way to start an image. The tighter lines and correct tones can come at a later stage. In this lecture we take a quick look at how to be loose!

Scribble Sketching

A wrap-up and re-cap lecture, covering the main points from section 2.

Conclusion To Section 2

Getting Started

Getting Started
4 questions
Drawing Lessons
15 Lectures 01:36:35

Learn how to draw a simple scene from your imagination. Also understand how we can use counter-change when contrasting light objects against darker backgrounds.

Preview 06:50

Follow along and draw an old row-boat tethered to a mooring post.

Demonstration - Drawing A Row-Boat

Learn how to use Construction lines as a way to layout your drawings and provide a framework for good proportions.

What Are Construction Lines and How to use them?

Learn how to draw a simple Rose. Apply shading techniques to emphasize the form.

Demonstration - How To Draw A Rose

A practical demonstration, showing how to start sketching. Including, pencil grips, shading, layering tones and adding details.

Demonstration - How To Draw A Leaf

Follow along with this step by step exercise file for: Getting started - leaf.

How To Draw A Leaf - Exercise File
6 pages

In this lecture, we see how we can simplify the complex into 5 tones.

Demonstration - Working With Tone

Follow along with this Step by Step exercise file for: Working with Tone - Swatches

Working With Tone - Exercise File
4 pages

A look at how we can perceive our subject matter as patches of light and dark.

Demonstration - Learning To See By Drawing A Spoon

Follow along with this step by step for: Learning to see - spoon

Learning To See By Drawing A Spoon - Exercise File
5 pages

This lecture covers a powerful concept of sketching in 3 dimensions.

Drawing in 3 dimensions

Try out this challenging exercise. Learning to rotate an object in your head, will enable you to produce drawings that dont require a reference image to. This is an important skill for the beginning artist. If you find the exercise easy, try combining a few other primitive shapes and draw them also from different angles.

Drawing in 3 dimensions - Exercise File
6 pages

A Demonstration of drawing a Feather using Pencil

Demonstration - Sketching A Feather

Recreating proportions is a key skill in sketching to scale. This lecture covers the theory and practice.

Recreating Proportions

Learning some important aspects of sketching skills

Sketching Skills
3 questions

A wrap-up and re-cap lecture, covering the main points from section 3.

Conclusion To Section 3
Sketching For Communication
2 Lectures 04:48

This lecture covers the value of sketching in capturing information. It explains how you can start thinking in terms of information capture and sketching as a tool to effective communication.

Capturing Information

Closing thoughts on how you can start to incorporate sketching into your daily routine, how to start thinking graphically, and the next steps you can take.

Thinking Graphically
1 Lecture 00:42

The time to say thank you and how to keep in touch with future updates, instructor feedback, discussions and resource updates.

Thank You
About the Instructor
Robin Slee
4.5 Average rating
380 Reviews
4,433 Students
6 Courses
Freelance Artist + Professional Developer

A freelance artist, digital media creator and online Instructor, with over ten years experience using both traditional media and digital graphics applications, Robin has created hundreds of images and tutorial videos for personal and commercial applications.

Also a professional programmer, Robin has been involved in the entire software development life cycle for over a dozen years. He has worked on client applications, connected services & agents and built a number of web-based solutions. He is also the Author and Creator of a creature design website, sharing Photoshop tips and tutorials plus much, much more.