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How to Draw From Beginner to Master

Drawing and Shading From Fundamentals to Photorealism
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 8h 12m
Language: English
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I designed this course to work for everyone, even students who claim they can barely draw a stick figure! I believe anyone can draw, it is a learned skill, not just something you’re born knowing how to do! You have to be taught, like playing an instrument. I created this course for Both beginners and experienced artists who want to master a traditional drawing technique. It’s made to help you to progress quickly and get to enjoy drawing.
You’ll learn time honored drawing techniques combined with contemporary approaches, delivered to you in a no nonsense, no fluff video edited to match anyones pace perfectly! You’ll learn techniques I’ve adapted by masters like Leonardo Da Vinci, William Adolphe Bougereau and John singer sergeant as well as lighting techniques by Rebrandt Van Rijn.
This is an interactive, guided course, so I don’t just want you to watch
my demonstrations , it’s designed for you to work along with it.
You control the pace and we do each lesson in tandem. I don’t just explain how to draw each line, I explain why I drew it and how I placed it.
By the end of this course you will have learned and applied a step by step approach to drawing. And with practice, you should be able to produce academic quality drawings of any subject your heart desires
The lesson plan consists of over 8 Hours of clear professionally filmed and edited content. And I’m available throughout the day and evening for support and to answer any of your questions. Just a friendly reminder, you will need access to a 8.5×11 (letter) printer for this course.

You will learn

✓ You’ll learn the fundamentals of drawing
✓ You’ll learn about materials Like the different pencil lead weights and what each one is best used for
✓ Shading techniques
✓ How to manage line weight
✓ A process and structure to creating a drawing from start to finish, that’s easy for anyone to manage!
✓ How to simplify objects to make them easy to draw!
✓ How to recognize and draw using planes
✓ How to light (and even photograph) a subject to make drawing easier (And how to light a portrait)
✓ Different approaches to drawing to see what works best for you
✓ An approach to preliminary shading and how to easily shade to create realism in your drawings!
✓ How to use mistakes to your advantage
✓ How to get more energetic, dynamic drawings and keep them from looking stagnant
✓ A system to draw hands, eyes, portraits and any object imaginable!
✓ How to create and use axis lines to make getting proportions easy
✓ Techniques to draw a viewers attention to desired focal points in your drawings
✓ Visualization and simplification techniques
✓ A quick easy trick to making sure you get perfect values and shading every time!
✓ An easy system for drawing hair
✓ How to draw a portrait from scratch!


• No previous experience is necessary
• You’ll need a short list of supplies like paper, a ruler and pencils, etc. (See the supply list video for specific instructions on materials)

This course is for

• Anyone from absolute beginners to experienced artists who want to learn or master a traditional drawing technique.
• Anyone who wants to learn a creative skill that’s built on drawing, like digital animation, painting, architecture or design
Artist, Author, Teacher
I’ve made a living as fine artist and illustrator based in NYC for over 20 years,  exhibited internationally and won awards for painting. I studied at the School of Visual Arts among other institutions, where I learned most of these techniques. 
During that time, I worked for artists like Tom Weselmann, (now considered one of the greatest pop artists who ever lived) Marjorie Stryder, and Kevin Barrett, whom I helped fabricate large scale metal sculptures for. Since then, I’ve gone on to show from Galleries in Manhattan like Joseph Nahmad, to international shows like Art Basel.
I write and teach under a under a pseudonym because of a teacher I had back when I was studying in college. He taught at the School Of Visual Arts for decades and throughout that time he had a strict policy of never showing his students his own work. (This was all the way back in 1995, so it wasn’t as simple as googling his name to see a list of his paintings). His philosophy, which I have chosen to adopt, was that showing your students your work stifles them creatively and they’ll likely just end up making paintings that look like yours. And let me tell you, he was right. I saw plenty of students coming out of very expensive classrooms producing carbon copies of their teachers work- and that’s the last thing I want to achieve from creating this class. I want to give you the tools to have complete creative freedom to paint and express yourself, without giving up from frustration like so many before us. What I teach you in this class can be applied to EVERY painting style, not just realism. The techniques, palettes, brushes, color theories, etc are universal and can be applied to achieve whatever painting style you desire- and I urge you to find your own!
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Platform: Udemy
Video: 8h 12m
Language: English
Next start: On Demand

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