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Created by Brent Eviston
Last updated 1/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Draw any shape.
  • Observe and analyze any subject.
  • Draw any form by breaking it down into basic shapes before adding dark lines.
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  • This course is for absolute beginners and intermediate level artists seeking to improve their fundamental skills.
  • No previous drawing experience is necessary!

The Art & Science of Drawing is a remarkable new program that will teach you how to draw one day at a time. The program is simple, each day you’ll watch one video lesson that will introduce an essential drawing skill, and then do the recommended practice. The Art & Science of Drawing is overflowing with powerful insights into the drawing process and offers some of the clearest, most accessible drawing instruction available.  Many of the tools and techniques you'll learn here are rarely seen outside of private art academies.

BASIC SKILLS is designed for the absolute beginner, but is recommended for anyone wanting to improve their drawing skills. In this first week you’ll learn:

• How to hold the pencil

• How to draw any shape

• How to analyze any form

• How to use light lines and basic shapes to lay an accurate foundation for finished drawings

BASIC SKILLS is the first entry in what will be an 8-part series designed to take students from the absolute basics to advanced techniques like volumetric drawing and the science of light and shadow. If you're a beginner, we recommend going through the entire series in order.  If you've got some drawing experience, feel free to mix and match The Art & Science of Drawing courses to suit your personal needs as an artist!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone wanting to learn to draw. Recommended for adults and determined teens.
  • Painters! The best way to improve your painting is by learning to draw.
  • Anyone interested in seriously pursuing art. Although this course in particular is designed for absolute beginners, THE ART & SCIENCE OF DRAWING series is designed to teach the fundamentals of master drawing.
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Curriculum For This Course
6 Lectures
Basic Skills
6 Lectures 01:29:22

Day 1 Summary

Drawing is a process that begins with light lines and multiple attempts at the form. Even the greatest drawers who have ever lived, couldn’t get it right the first time! In todays video you’ll learn:

  • How to hold the pencil using the overhand grip.
  • How to make light lines using the side of the pencil.

Day 1 Assignment

Practice drawing lightly for a minimum of 30 minutes or until you can comfortably and consistently draw lightly.

Discover your ideal line weight (light lines that you can comfortably see while your drawing, but no darker. These lines will ideally seem to disappear when viewed from 15 feet away.

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Day 2 Summary

Just like any color can be mixed using the three primary colors, you can figure out how to draw anything by breaking it down into basic shapes. Today we’ll learn how to draw 2 of these basic shapes, circles and ovals, and how artists use these shapes when they draw.

Remember, when you draw circles and ovals you will:

  • Draw from your shoulder.
  • Pantomime multiple revolutions before putting the pencil to paper.
  • Make multiple passes when drawing.

Day 2 Assignment

Using the technique demonstrated, draw 100 Circles at various sizes and 100 ovals at various levels of size and openness.

Day 2: Circles and Ovals

Day 3 Summary

Making straight lines without a ruler is not as hard as most people think. By moving the hand quickly and pantomiming before we draw, we can more easily draw straight lines and the squares, rectangles, triangles and quadrilaterals they make.

Remember, when making straight lines and their shapes you’ll want to:

  • Pantomime, moving your hand quickly back and forth, before drawing to make sure you’re happy with the length, direction and placement of the line.
  • Feel comfortable overshooting the corners of your straight line shapes. That’s what the masters did! 
  • Pay attention to the width to height proportional relationships of each shape.
  • Pay attention to the specific angles and directions the lines are traveling.

Day 3 Assignment

When instructed to do so, pause the video and copy the images you see on your screen three times each. If you want more practice, try copying the multi-sided bonus shape!

Day 3: Straight Lines & the Shapes They Make

Day 4 Summary

Today we’ll learn about curved lines and the shapes they make, and how straight lines and angles can help us analyze and draw them. The three primary strategies we can use to do this are:

  • Axis Lines - which establish the direction a shape such as an oval or egg shape, is oriented.
  • Point to Point Evaluation - by connecting the two ends of a curved line with a straight line, we can figure out the exact relationship between them.
  • Translating Curves into Angles - by breaking down complex curves into the fewest number of straight lines, we can better evaluate and draw them.

Day 4 Assignment

Project #1: On one side of a sheet of paper draw a curved line. Right next to it, on the same sheet of paper, analyze and replicate the curved line you just drew by translating it into straight lines and angles as you saw demonstrated. Remember to start by figuring out the relationship between the starting and stopping points of the line.

Project #2 On one side of a sheet of paper draw a curving shape. Right next to it, on the same sheet of paper, analyze and replicate the shape you just drew by translating it into straight lines and angles as you saw demonstrated.

Project #3 Draw 100 Freestyle forms using light lines. You can draw any shape we’ve drawn so far, and combine them together to create a wide range of various complex shapes. Remember to draw lightly and fluidly while drawing with the entire arm!

Day 4: Charting the Course of Curves

Day 5 Summary

Today you’ll learn how to take everything you’ve practiced and put these skills together to analyze and draw any subject you want. You’ll be introduced to two sets of ideas that will give you a sense of the drawing process as a whole. Here they are:

The Three Principles of Drawing.

Your Drawings Should Go From:

  • Light Lines to Dark Lines.
  • Big Shapes to Small Shapes.
  • General Information to Specifics.

The 5 Questions

Before drawing you will go through these 5 questions:

  • What is the biggest shape?
  • What is its axis?
  • How big should it be?
  • Where on the page should it go?
  • (After making your first attempt) Are there any changes I can make? If the answer is yes, (it almost always is), make any necessary adjustments to the form. 

Don’t criticize yourself for not getting it right the first time! Once you’re satisfied with the shape, repeat the 5 questions with one small change to the first question:

  • What is the next biggest shape?
Day 5: Putting it All Together

Day 5 Assignment

Apply these 5 questions to any subject you’re excited by. I would recommend birds, but it’s important that you choose a subject you’re interested in. Remember, keep it simple! The more experience you get using the concepts you’ve learned this week, the more you can increase the complexity of subjects you attempt to draw.

I hope to see you enrolled in WEEK TWO of the Art & Science of Drawing: DYNAMIC MARK MAKING, where you’ll learn how to darken up your foundation of light lines and shapes using dynamic line work that will truly engage the viewer.

Final Demonstration, Closing Thoughts & Your Final Assignment
About the Instructor
Brent Eviston
4.7 Average rating
366 Reviews
1,440 Students
6 Courses
Artist and Instructor

Drawing has been my lifelong passion.  After studying at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles, I continued to study numerous from of drawing including the timeless traditions of the old masters as well as cutting-edge contemporary practices.

I have been teaching drawing for over 20 years at studios, museums, galleries, and schools throughout California and have recently begun working with Artists Network, one of the largest publishers of art instructional resources in the nation, to develop online figure drawing courses taught to an international student base.

I'm thrilled to bring you a lifetime of drawing and teaching experience to this unique program. I look forward to working with you.  Cheers!