How to Draw and Sketch for Absolute Beginners

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11 hours course
Course by Udemy
What will you learn?
By the end of this course you will be able to draw almost anything
The correct way to use reference
Draw what they see and observe
Draw basic lines and shapes
Understand the basics of volume , light , shadow and composition
Feel confident enough to further their artistic learning on any subject.
Understand that everything is made of a few basic shapes
About the course

Drawing and sketching can seem like magic if you don't know how to do it. It's not magic, it's a skill. that means it can be taught and I will be your instructor. Just like anything and everything you have learned you had to know the very basics. You can't do math without knowing how to count and you can't drive without knowing what the key looks like.

This course is your "key". All drawing starts with lines, some are straight, some are curved and rough but all are lines.  Lines are used to make shapes and shapes become volumes (3d shapes) and everything in the world is made from shapes. 

I will teach you to use those shapes. I will show you how to make lines shapes and volumes. You will learn to hone your observational skills and draw what you see, and even what is in your head if you study and practice enough.

You need no experience in drawing. Absolutely zero ! There is no special software just a regular pencil and some paper. 

If you have always wanted to learn to draw this is the course for you. If you are a graphic artist that knows learning to draw will save you time and money, take this course. If you want to make comics or cartoons then this will be the course that will be your starting point. 

This is the beginner class. Often books tell you to start by making 3d shapes but what if you are having trouble with that? If you are , I got you covered.  


Welcome to Drawing for Beginners
IMPORTANT ! Watch this BEFORE you enroll, please.
Please watch this very short video before you decide toenroll.
Drawing Has been Hard for You Because....
Here are some very common reasons why drawing is hard for most people.
What you will need for this course.
There is zero specialized paper appends that you will need for this course. You can use some regular copy paper from any local store and a regular number two pencil. Later on if you want to get more art supplies that's entirely up to you. Later on when I demonstrate adding ink to your drawings you may just want to get a regular pen. We got to keep this nice and simple so that you are not getting bogged down with a bunch of extra art supplies that you may not even use.
Getting the Most out of this Course
Here are the Worksheets
Worksheets for the later lectures.
For my Left Handed Students (3/04/18)
Answering a question for all of yo that are left handed.
The Power of Lines
Introduction to lines
Rough lines
In this video I will show you the power of making rough lines. Oftentimes people say that I can't draw straight line with the ruler. And while that might be true for you I don't want you to worry about that since there are no straight lines in nature. It's actually a very good thing if you can't draw straight line right away. I'm going to show you exactly what you can do with lines that are not straight. I encourage you to practice and follow along with me or you can sit back and watch the video.
The Straight Line
There are many different ways as draw straight line. What I'm gonna show you is how to draw a straight line freehand. You won't need a ruler or straight edge. I do want to say that if you do need to use a ruler or some sort of straight edge then that's perfectly fine professional artist do that all the time. I don't want anyone to feel like they're cheating by using a ruler but I do encourage you to practice this technique as it will save you a lot of time and you're not always been a have a ruler around.
Straight line Practice
So this is going to be the practice for drawing straight lines. Just follow along with me to this video and do the exercises often even when you're done watching the videos.
  • There is absolutely no prior experience required to take this course
  • No software is needed
  • Only a pencil or pen and paper is needed
Rich Graysonn
Rich Graysonn
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