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Beginner’s Guide to Drawing (Week 1-12)


Release date:2022, September

Author:Bill Perkins

Skill level:Beginner


Exercise files:Yes

Beginner’s Guide to Drawing is a 14-week course designed to empower new students with a structured approach for learning how to draw. Join instructors Steve Huston, Chris Legaspi, Heather Lenefsky, Bill Perkins, Joshua Jacobo, John Asaro, and Mark Westermoe as you learn the fundamentals of perspective, rendering, and composition. After completing this course, you will develop a solid foundation in drawing.

Is this course beginner friendly?
Yes, this course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of drawing to beginners. However, intermediate and advanced students who wish to refresh their drawing foundation are welcome to take it!

What materials do I need to get for this course?
A material PDF list is linked in each lesson under the description. Please check the file to see what you need to prepare. This course introduces you to many new drawing materials, but you can also use alternative options you have at home.

Can I do this course digitally, using Photoshop or Procreate?
Most of the New Masters Academy courses are designed to be done traditionally or digitally. Software changes constantly, but the fundamentals stay the same. It will be up to you to translate the information that you are learning to your software of choice.

Are there any assignments in this course?
This course includes downloadable assignment PDFs, that help you practice the materials taught by instructors Steve Huston, Chris Legaspi, Heather Lenefsky, Bill Perkins, Joshua Jacobo, John Asaro, and Mark Westermoe. Keeping up with these assignments will maximize your learning outcomes.

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01 Introduction and Basic Tools and Materials

01 Course Introduction
02 Learning Recommendation
03 Graphite
04 Charcoal
05 Colored Pencils
06 Pastels
07 Paper Stump
08 Materials and Marks
09 Erasers
10 Pens and Markers
11 Paper Types
12 Recommended Papers
13 Sketchbooks
14 Working Digitally
15 Drawing Bench-Horse
16 Easels
17 Chairs
18 Types of Lights
19 Ideal Working Light Setup
20 Budget Working Light Setup
21 How to Light Your Subject
22 Assignment

02 Drawing Exercises

01 Learning Recommendation
02 How to Sharpen Your Pencil
03 Learning Recommendation
04 Three Ways to Hold Your Pencil
05 How to Measure
06 Point to Point Exercise
07 Ovals and Ellipses Exercise
08 Hatching Exercise
09 Hatching Bars Exercise
10 Hatching Gradients Exercise
11 Assignment Review
12 Value Scales and Gradients
13 Assignment

03 Introduction to Drawing Forms in Perspective

01 Learning Recommendation
02 Introduction to 3D Forms
03 Learning Recommendation
04 Drawing Boxes in Perspective
05 Tilting boxes in Perspective
06 Drawing the Cylinder in Perspective
07 Drawing the Sphere in Perspective
08 Drawing Simple Forms from Imagination
09 Drawing Household Objects
10 Assignment

04 Basic Principles of Light & Shadow

01 Learning Recommendation
02 Introduction to Light & Shadow
03 Learning Recommendation
04 Components of Light and Shadow
05 Rendering Simple Forms in Light and Shadow
06 The Laws of Light
07 Learning Recommendation
08 Rendering the Mug with Light and Shadow
09 Rendering the Hammer in Light and Shadow
10 Rendering the Paint Tube with Light and Shadow
11 Assignment

05 Rendering Techniques

01 Learning Recommendation
02 Using Hatching and Texture to Create Value
03 Using Hatching and Texture to Create Value
04 Using Wet Media and Frottage to Create Texture
05 Learning Recommendation
06 Analyzing the Use of Texture
07 Closing Statements
08 Assignment

06 Understanding and Using Value

01 Learning Recommendation
02 Analyzing the Values of an Image
03 Creating a Value Chart for Your Image
04 Breaking Down Values in an Image
05 Using Value Groups in a Landscape Image
06 Adding Highlights and Refining Your Landscape Drawing
07 Learning Recommendation
08 Major and Minor Key Value Chart
09 Representing Each Major and Minor Key with a Tonal Structure
10 Assignment

07 Setting Up A Still Life

01 Learning Recommendation
02 Setting Up Your Still Life
03 Learning Recommendation
04 Creating 2-Value Still Life Thumbnails
05 Cropping and Adjusting Your Thumbnails
06 Refining the Composition of Your 3-value Thumbnails
07 Assignment

08 Completing Your Still Life Drawing

01 Learning Recommendation
02 Creating 3-Value Still Life Thumbnails
03 Refining your Thumbnails
04 Learning Recommendation
05 Drawing Your Still Life Lay-In
06 Blocking in Shadow Shapes of the Still Life Drawing
07 Apply Darker Values and Softening Edges
08 Assignment

09 Introduction to Gesture and Figure Drawing

01 Learning Recommendation
02 Gesture, Rhythm, and Axis Line
03 Finding the Gesture, Rhythm and Axis of a Figure
04 Finding the Directional Force and Contour of the Figure
05 Looking for Rhythms Within the Forms of the Figure
06 Applying Chiaroscuro to the Figure
07 Drawing the Rhythm and Contours of the Figure
08 Adding Local Color and Shadow to the Figure
09 Assignment

10 Drawing Plaster Casts

01 Introduction to Drawing Plaster Casts
02 Learning Recommendation
03 Lay-in of Brutus
04 Lay-in of Venus de Milo
05 Lay-in of The Rebellious Slave
06 Assignment

11 Refining Your Plaster Cast Drawing

01 Learning Recommendation
02 Filling in the Shadow Shapes and Defining the Planes of the Face
03 Applying the Half-Tones
04 Applying the Core Shadow
05 Adding Contrast and Strengthening the Shadows
06 Pushing the Halftones
07 Refining the Edges and Completing the Drawing
08 Assignment

12 Introduction to Landscape Drawing

01 Learning Recommendation
02 Introduction to composition
03 Composing an Image Using a Matrix
04 Learning Recommendation
05 Using a 3-value Matrix to Break Down the Values in an Image
06 Creating a 3-value Matrix for a Landscape Drawing
07 Creating a Chiaroscuro Matrix
08 Assignment

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