Drawing for the Absolute Beginner

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner

Gain a solid foundation in the basics of drawing to become the artist you’ve always wanted to be. This course will help you become familiar with paper type, drawing styles, techniques, and basic principles of perspective, layout and design.
6 weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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Details

If you've always been interested in drawing but don't really know how to get started, then this is the course for you. Gain a solid foundation and understanding of the basics of drawing and become the artist you've always dreamed you could be!

You'll become intimately familiar with paper types, drawing styles, rendering techniques, and the basic principles of perspective, layout, design, lighting, volume, and space. If you have an interest in learning what it's like to draw or would love to increase your current knowledge in the field of art and illustrating, then this course aims to fulfill all of your needs.

Enrollment Options:
Instructor-Led
6 weeks Access Course Code: drw
Start Dates*Dec 11 | Jan 15 | Feb 12 | Mar 18
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$89.00

Syllabus

Have you ever wondered what kind of tools you would need to become an artist? Going into an art store can sometimes be overwhelming, so in the first lesson, you're going to take a look at the basic tools and supplies an artist needs for various projects. After you understand the tool set, you'll be prepared to confidently go to your local art store and start experimenting with supplies!

With your art supplies in hand, it's time you get a firm understanding of drawing basics. In this lesson, you'll look at the importance of the silhouette and the outlining shape. When beginning to draw, it's so important that you understand the shapes you look at and how to put them onto paper. You'll also learn an amazingly fun one-eye drawing trick!

This lesson will go over the two major components of drawing for the beginner. You'll find that the first challenge you're faced with is drawing from things you see. This is, after all, how people learn to draw. You'll gain lots of great tips on how to draw what you see, how to set up scenes for photographs, and much more.

Did you know that there are five forms of light? That's right! In this lesson, you'll learn how to illuminate the scene and change the mood all at once. The lesson will go over lighting and shading so that you'll have all the knowledge a beginning artist needs when learning how to sketch (and more). Have you ever drawn a picture and realized that it looked quite flat? Well, that might be because you never added light to your images. The lesson will show you how to add light, and more importantly, shading!

Perspective has always been a necessity for anyone drawing pictures with depth. If you wanted to draw a set of buildings and have the viewer looking down the road, how would you do it? One, two, and even three-point perspective is how! In today's lesson, you'll learn how to find the horizon line, create depth in your page, and even find the vanishing points of your lines.

It's time to make a spoon "feel" like a spoon and a rock "feel" like a rock. When you're drawing objects, it's important to create the sense of realism with line work. So in this lesson, you'll go over some important rendering techniques that will give you a jump start toward understanding gradation, line weight, and stylization, all of which will get you on the road to finding your own style and creative expression.

It's all about telling your story! If you see a drawing of a big arrow pointing to the right, you'd probably look to the right, wouldn't you? In this lesson, you'll look at what it takes to persuade your audience to look at certain spots on your images at particular times without a big arrow. Sounds tough, doesn't it? Don't worry, because the lesson will show you some great methods and proven techniques for controlling everything you draw.

It's time to put your skills to the test! In this lesson, you'll work up an entire scene with thumbnails and then begin working on a first draft. A discussion on creating landscapes will help you gain confidence in your skills that you've been working on up to this point. You'll also look at how to render your scenes with realistic lighting and shading while keeping the flow entertaining and informative.

Do pink and blue go together? Great question! What about the shadow color on an apple? What's the complement to green? Creating images in color requires taking your artistic understanding to a whole new level. Today's lesson on color composition will be one of the most exciting and rewarding lessons in your art education!

This lesson will walk you through the future. That's right—you're going to look at and draw the techno future. You know those cool robots in movies and orbital vehicles flying around in space? Well, after you complete this lesson, you'll have a great understanding of how to create your very own future.

This lesson is a great chance to get up close and personal with animals because it's packed full of measurements, proportions, and basic shapes for many of the animals around you. You'll be using a lot of what you've learned from the previous lessons in this course in order to bring your animal together. You'll also look at step-by-step techniques and sketches you can use to help draw monkeys and other crazy animals. It's time to stop monkeying around and start drawing!

In the final lesson, you'll explore the human brain and how it functions to create art, memorizing and interpreting the world around you and keeping everything slightly straight in the process. You'll take those images and thoughts in your head and put them down on paper for everyone to see and enjoy!

Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Instructor

Chad Walker is the conceptual designer and artist of several award-winning games, including "Age Of Empires, "Age of Kings," and "Age of Conquerors." He attended the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts Inc. and has worked as a computer game artist, comic book illustrator, and instructor. He teaches both traditional art courses and courses in 3D modeling for computer games. Walker co-wrote the popular gaming book "Game Modeling Using Low Polygon Techniques" with his twin brother Eric. They are the co-founders of Walker Boys Studio, which produced the highly acclaimed "Civil War: War Between the States."

Reviews

Hi Chad, I am enjoying your instruction so much! I have been in and out of the world of drawing all my life and it's so good to be doing it again and it's like you have unlocked the secret box.

I thoroughly enjoyed this class- and I will recommend it to others!

I thought this was an excellent course with just the right amount of information and instruction to allow me to continue to pursue my interest in drawing. I felt as if Chad had a good time with it and I did as well. I especially enjoyed his sketches and have a new appreciation for comic book art!

It was a fun course and the instructor's comments were amusing. I improved my drawing skills and learned about some new techniques.

I would like to thank you and your staff for taking the time to assist us with our projects. It helps to be able to use Flikr and MySpace to post work, then get tips and pointers from others as well as the staff. I have been drawing since I could hold a crayon, but never had any formal training. After this class, I understand why I draw certain ways and can now make better progress with my pictures. I truly enjoyed this class. Thank you again for all of your help.

Just wanted to say thanks for the instruction. Your guidance in the past 12 lessons was a great start. I also realize that there is much more study and practice required on my part. I have seen a great improvement in my drawing by simply implementing many of your suggestions. Thanks again for taking the time to transfer your knowlege.

This has been great Chad. I have been working as a commercial Artist for over 30 years and thru the years I have sort of 'lost' the ability to 'see' in order to paint for me and not for some nameless consumer that doesn't care one whit what talent it took to create. I have found my creativity again. Thanks so much for your fresh approach to teaching. You are very down to earth and your lessons were done with great clarity. I haope all beginning artists have a chance to have you as their first instructor. You are very inspirational.

I wanted to thank you for your excellent instruction into the world of drawing! I feel as an artist that I have grown leaps and bounds by this wonderful course--thank you so much, it was a great honor to be your student!

I took this course to learn how to better look at things to enable me to improve my photography. Shadows and lighting in particular have been a problem for me. I am looking at the world differently now and I thank you for all you have taught us. I look forward to trying out a few new techniques when I go to the zoo to photograph animals, which I love doing in the summertime. Thanks again!