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1. Begin with the End in Mind
Drawing with Intention
When you first learn to draw, you are just beginning your art practice. It’s important to see the big picture
Bonus: the First Page of Your Sketchbook
In case you still haven’t drawn a thing in that sketchbook of yours, here’s a great way to start the adventure. Choose a quote to set the tone and inspire you when you look back on it.
Contour Drawing: 30 seconds x 2
Join me for two 30 second contour drawings of the hand, and some reflection on good practices.
1 minute Contour Drawing
The contour drawing quest continues. Feel free to come back to this lesson as you like to do the timed drills before a drawing session.
Contour and the Left and Right Side of the Brain.
We explore the metaphor of the left and right side of the brain as it applies to drawing. “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain,” the iconic book by Betty Edwards, teaches essential practices, although now we understand that the brain never acts in isolation. Still the idea of left vs. right brain ways of thinking and looking is extremely valuable in drawing.
2. Edge-ucate yourself
Stay on the edge of your comfort zone by drawing a mystery subject along with me. You COULD skip ahead and see what we are going to draw…but you would miss out on getting to see how you draw in a vacuum.
Postcard from Italy 3: Piazza Santa Croce
We start off our sketching with the story of why the Dante sculpture in Piazza Santa Croce is a symbol of a turning point in my drawing career, and a lil’ historia
Postcard from Italy 4: Contour Drawings and a surprise
Have a pen and sketchbook ready to apply contour drawing to the complex shape of Dante’s sculpture
Create spheres using a full value range
Check out this demo for examples of how to shade with pen, step by step. If you’re using pencil, try blending with a rag or finger for even more subtle shading.
Contrast using line, texture, value
What a schmorchasborg of art elements! In the 30 minute lesson we use line to create texture and value.
Tuesday Market Art Adventure
We take a ride on the 4-wheeler to the weekly market in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Introduction to Relationships
How to judge and use the relationships between lines, values, and angles.
Mask Museum Adventure
Some relationships are regular enough to become rules, like the proportions of the face. Before we learn the facial proportions, let’s take a quick visit to the mask museum in San Miguel, Otra Cara de Mexico. We’ll see see some expressive representations of the face and learn a bit more about the culture here in Mexico.
Proportions of the Face
When relationships are always the same, we call them proportions. Before we go crazy drawing masks, let’s learn how to draw the proportions of the human face.
5. Every day, Draw!
I see a lot of growth looking back over my old sketchbooks. Join me in a quick tour of my sketchbooks for some daily drawing inspiration!
Playing with Features: Drawing the mask
Let’s have some fun drawing the exaggerated features of a mask from the mask museum.
6. Add variety
Using a variety of media
Your ‘media’ is the material you are using to make art. Let’s try to make various line types in a few different drawing media.
7. Toolkit of Tricks
A look inside your toolkit
We’ve already learn some great tools for seeing, but let’s see how we can add to the collection
Your tools: Strategies & Ways of Seeing
The tools we use are not just different media, but also different ways of creatively problem solving our way through a drawing.
8. Interior shape and spaces
Intro to Interior Shapes and Space
Drawing shapes instead of line and using new media will transform your drawings
1 Point Perspective
Things used to look funny in western art before artists began to use the rules of perspective. Here are the basics.
Worm’s Eye View
Learn to draw from a worm’s point of view, looking waaaay up at your subject from below.