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How to Draw 101: Basic Drawing Skills & Sketching Exercises

Tamas Benko via Udemy

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Overview

This is the first episode of my How to Draw Series. This course is about Basic Drawing Skills and Sketching.

If you are an absolute beginner at drawing, this session can be a perfect choice for your very first drawing course. Or if you are not a beginner, but you are having difficulties with your drawings, you are just probably missing some of the basic puzzles which can be easily fixed in these lessons.

This course requires no previous drawing knowledge or special drawing equipment.
We'll be drawing with simple traditional graphite pencil on ordinary paper.

The first section is kind of an introduction to drawing.
I will show you

  • the drawing tools you need

  • optional tools for the future

  • how to hold the pencil to get a better drawing experience

  • how to see the world with the eyes of the artist

In the second section we will go through the basic building blocks of drawing. We will develop your basic drawing skills making a lot of fundamental drawing exercises.

You will learn how to draw

  • straight lines

  • parallel lines

  • simple 2D shapes like triangles, rectangles, and squares

  • curves

  • circles, ovoid shapes, and ellipses

  • simple 3D objects like cubes and cylinders

We will also develop your hand coordination by connecting dots with straight and curved lines.

The goal of these lessons is to gain confidence at drawing these simple elements that we will use to build more complex objects.

I will give you an introduction to perspective drawing discussing the most frequently used 2-point and 3-point perspective. I will also explain an important drawing principle called foreshortening. With this knowledge you'll be able to draw subjects convincingly in the 3D space.

In the third section we'll put the drawing skills you've learned into practice. We will make all sorts of sketches on real life subjects based on reference photos. We will draw

  • a chess pawn built from simple 2D shapes

  • a chair by drawing straight lines using the rules of perspective

  • a fish using a bunch of S-curves

  • a profile portrait to practice proportions

  • a chess pawn with simple shading

  • a pair of glasses

  • a dancing human figure for an introduction to gesture drawing

  • and an astronaut just for fun

At the end of the course you can check if your drawing skills have improved. You can compare your sketches made at the beginning and at the end of the course. If you make all the exercises with me, I'm sure you will make a difference.

I hope you will enjoy this course as much as I did during its creation.

See you in my Basic Drawing Skills & Sketching course!


Who this course is for:

  • absolute beginners at drawing
  • beginners who need more confidence at drawing

Course Content

3 sections - 32 lectures - 03:27:03 total length

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Instructor

Tamas Benko

  • 4 Instructor Rating
  • 1024 Reviews
  • 91934 Students

I liked to draw when I was a kid, but unfortunately there was no good art teacher around me at that time, so my life took another direction - I graduated as an IT engineer. But in my 30’s my attention turned to art again. Science is a great thing to get to know the world, but art is another wonderful aspect of life. So I started to learn drawing on my own finding the best teachers and resources. Through creation you can make connection to something greater than us as I realized later in the learning process. I've decided to share this knowledge with other people. I encourage you to believe that you don't need to be born for creating great artworks. Learn to draw with me , have some fun and become a more creative person.