The Art & Science of Drawing / Dynamic Mark Making
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The Art & Science of Drawing / Dynamic Mark Making

Create compelling drawings using expressive mark making.
4.7 (51 ratings)
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523 students enrolled
Created by Brent Eviston
Last updated 8/2017
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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?
  • Express a wide range of emotions through lines and mark making.
  • Draw in a way that communicates tactile sensations to the viewer.
  • Use atmospheric perspective to make objects appear closer or further away.
  • Create compelling drawings that engage the viewer emotionally.
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  • This course is for the beginners and anyone looking to develop solid fundamental drawing skills. It is recommended that true beginners enroll in the Basic Skills section of The Art & Science of Drawing prior to taking this course.

How you draw says just as much about you as what you draw. In this second course in the Art & Science of Drawing series, you’ll learn to bring your drawings to life with dynamic and engaging mark making. You’ll learn to truly express yourself through drawing from the most delicate of marks to lines that jump off the page with passionate intensity.

You’ll learn:

• How to use the pencil to create a wide range of expressive and engaging lines marks.

• How to infuse your line work with emotion that truly connect with a viewer.

• How to draw objects in a way that give the viewer a sense of what it feels like to the touch.

• How to make objects appear to recede in space using atmospheric perspective.

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. 

This course is the second installment of an 8-part series.  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?
  • This course is highly recommended to anyone interested in expressing themselves through art.
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Curriculum For This Course
7 Lectures
An Introduction to DYNAMIC MARK MAKING
1 Lecture 05:12
6 Lectures 01:28:52

Week 2 Day 1 Summary

A drawing is made up of hundreds, if not thousands of individual lines and marks. Every line in a drawing should serve at least 2 purposes. The first is to communicate what the literal form is. The second purpose is to express an idea or an emotion with your line work.


Using 18x24” Paper, make 3 Ever-Changing Line pages

Select between 3 and 6 of your lines and practice replicating them on the page

Preview 17:12

Week 2 Day 2 Summary

Lines and marks can begin to communicate distinct emotions to a viewer through the way they are drawn. By understanding the similarities of how people express specific emotions through lines, we can better communicate the emotions we choose.


For the first part of your project you will participate in an emotional line drawing project while the video is running. Next, you can repeat the exercise and experiment with ways to intensify the emotions. You can also have family or friends participate in the project to get a sense of how other people express these emotions through lines.

Day 2: The Emotional Line

Week 2 Day 3 Summary

Today you’ll learn how to take your light foundational drawings (that you learned to create in WEEK ONE) and darken them with dynamic lines and marks.

If you haven’t gone through WEEK ONE of THE ART & SCIENCE OF DRAWING, a brief recap will be given of the relevant tools and techniques. 


Using the teacup diagram PROVIDED in the video, lightly draw the teacup 3 times. Over each of the three teacup drawings, explore a different method of dynamic mark making. You’re welcome to try out the methods you saw Brent use in the demonstration or you’re welcome to experiment with some of your own.

Day 3: Bringing Form to Life

Week 2 Day 4 Summary

Today you’ll explore how to use lines and marks that give the viewer a sense of what your subject feels like to the touch. The heaviness or lightness, hardness or softness, and many other tactile sensations can be communicated to a viewer by the kinds of lines and marks you use in your drawings. 


Choose a pair of objects with opposing tactile sensations. Draw each of them beginning with a light foundation of basic shapes and then explore lines and marks that will communicate the different tactile sensations of each of these objects.

Day 4: The Tactile Line

Week 2 Day 5 Summary

Atmosphere can be use in drawing in 2 different ways. We can use atmospheric perspective to make objects appear closer by increasing their contrast, or further away by decreasing their contrast. We an also create an atmosphere, or mood, by activating the air around the subject.

Day 5: Atmospherics


Observe atmospheric perspective out in the world and, if possible, do a drawing on location that captures the atmospheric perspective you observe.

Closing Thoughts / Your Final Project
About the Instructor
Brent Eviston
4.8 Average rating
244 Reviews
1,002 Students
5 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!