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!"
Course Code: drw
You’ll start by looking at the basic tools and supplies an artist needs for various projects to prepare you to confidently go to your local art store and start experimenting with supplies. Then, you’ll look at the importance of the silhouette and the outlining shape as well as an amazingly fun one-eye drawing trick!
Learn two major components of drawing for the beginner and gain lots of great tips on how to draw what you see, how to set up scenes for photographs, and much more. Then, you’ll discover everything you need to know about lighting and shading so you'll have all the knowledge a beginning artist needs when learning how to sketch (and more).
Perspective is a necessity for any artist and in this lesson, you’ll learn how to find the horizon line, create depth in your page, and even find the vanishing points of your lines. Then discover important rendering techniques that will give you a jump start toward understanding gradation, line weight, and stylization.
Gain an understanding of what it takes to persuade your audience to look at certain spots on your images at particular times. Then, it’s time to put your skills to the test! Gain confidence in your skills that you've been working on up to this point, and look at how to render your scenes with realistic lighting and shading.
Learn everything you need to know about color composition and take your artistic understanding to the next level by creating images in color. Then, take a look at and learn to create techno future drawings.
Receive and introduction to drawing animals with a lesson that’s packed full of measurements, proportions, and basic shapes for many of the animals around you. Finally, 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.
Chad Walker has been actively involved as a computer game artist, comic book illustrator, and instructor, teaching both traditional art courses and courses in 3D modeling for computer games. Chad attended the exclusive Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Arts Inc. in New Jersey. He is the conceptual designer and artist of several award-winning games, including Age Of Empires/Age Of Kings and Age of Conquerors. Chad also laid the groundwork for Microsoft's Age of Mythology, created the artwork for three strategy guides, and works with Rob Liefeld, a legendary comic artist and writer. Chad joined forces with his twin brother Eric to write the popular gaming book Game Modeling Using Low Polygon Techniques. Chad and Eric are the co-founders of Walker Boys Studio, which produced the highly acclaimed game Civil War: War Between the States.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.