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    • 1. Artichoke Drawing

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Drawing basics using a 2B Pencil


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Helen Woodford

Relax, Unwind, Unleash your Creativity


Hello, I'm Helen.

I run Create! Art School in Nottingham, UK. 

A former secondary school art teacher, I am now headteacher of my own tiny school!

I am passionate about helping people take time away from their daily lives to relax, unwind, unleash their creativity and make beautiful art. 

I give you the chance to take the time and space, and provide the expertise so you can find your inner creative. 



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1. Artichoke Drawing: this'd tutorial one off five days of drawing on today we are doing a drawing off on artillery. Were using pencil skills. So this is what we're aiming for. It's a stylized, artistic onda, and there is a template for you to download online. So do that. Please, at the address below. Here on you will need so robo a sharpener if you just keep your area tidy. Just need a little shop sharpened apart to put everything in. So there are things that you need today's tutorial on. I'll see you at the end. So good jaw not check using to be pencil on. It is a beautiful thing to draw because you've got this layering going on on it on it. It's gorgeous way of practising not only line drawing, but also tone or quality. Now, I have got a template for you to download and use if you want to, which looks like this. But I'm going to just take you through how to draw on our Jake if you want to get the shape right. So I'm gonna work on this piece paper on. I'm going to just get myself my pencil ready. Make sure it's nice and sharp. Always have handy. A sharp with a rubber. You probably will need them. At some point during your drawing, I would say sharpen your pencil every few minutes just to keep it nice and pointy. So I'm going to use at my pencil, and I'm gonna create this almost like a stork area. Yeah, so I'm gonna draw. It's like it. Sort of like a squashed self savvy. So on. So circle lips on there from the hat. I'm gonna draw Teoh lines coming down to look a bit stork like then from there to get my shape right. I'm going to just draw this look almost like a club shaped in a pack of cards. Okay, I'm just gonna draw this shame. Now I correct as I go along, drawing tryingto worry too much about shaping because I want to make it right. First on, then when I'm happy to get rid of lines, so just rub them out when I'm happy with the shape. So one of got that shape done, I'm then going to use some the soft triangular shape with a bit of a a bit of a curve in them without makes sense. So you've almost got us like a flame kind of affect flame flame shape. So I'm gonna draw those in just circling the bottom off the artichoke base here. Okay, Some kind of brewing these up here just around pointing. Now all I'm doing is layering them up, almost like they are underneath each other. So structure and art shake. It is very layered, lots of leaves. So all I'm doing is filling in every gap on that. When I get to sign during a sort of half try and go shape just that carts down the edge of that line. So there we go. Hasn't right near the top is Well, I'm just what sorts? Making them a little bit smaller. Just know they converge on the same point. That wasn't very hard was we've done a really nice artichoke shape. I'm gonna take the template away strong here so you can see how to do this from scratch is while it's working from what I'm going to give you. So I'm also gonna bring in a few other colors of pence types of pencil. These are a range of thes on H is now. I might go to use some of these higher pencils. If you've got some of these, that's fine. If you haven't, it doesn't matter. Because she can use, uh, just a to B or even in HB. You know, you really don't have to worry. You could achieve more or less the same effects with the same time for pencil. So I've just got in there in case of feel like using them when I get on with the shading. So what I'm going to do first is start to practice some shading a fact which are the most simple Shania infection can use on. They are really effective. So what I'm gonna dio is just just re familiarize myself with that shade by drawing and little animal. Now, I tend to turn my page quite a lot when I'm working. Just because I don't like to lean over myself or tooth use an obsessed in an uncomfortable position. So I like to make sure I'm quite quickly kind of comfortable. Now all I'm gonna start. Teoh is using my pencil to block in a little section of dark shading There. Now, what I mean by dark shading is the darkest stayed your pencil can make So all I'm gonna do now is then take my shading up a little bit from there But I'm going slightly Take my pencil off the paper All I'm gonna dio each time I draw another little line You see, I'm just working up the shading Drawing a little line at a time Each time I go up a little bit more I'm going to take my pants off the paper Just a little bit more And I'm gonna slightly take it off slightly light in the mark And that's all I'm doing And that's literally all shading is just taking your pencil off the paper on lightening your mark All I'm doing is just following quite consistent line as I get further up. Don't need to quite do so much work to push down on the paper so I can go a little bit quicker. So all I'm doing is taking my pants off the paper, going up. I'm following that shape just going back and forward, back and forward. They can see it's gone a little bit. Line e all I'm gonna do just me over. So you starting to get this really nice shading dark to middle and then the very top It is going to be light because I turned my pencil. Then I got a slightly different mark here. Just looks a little bit out of contacts with the rest of the drawing. But it doesn't matter, because you'll have this happen to you all the time or you have to do is learn the ways to get rid of it. All I'm gonna do is just shade over the top, and then I'm gonna bring that in a little bit with my mom by shading over the top to see Start to get this kind of consistent. See? But I have got bit of line this. I'm going to do some things to corrupt that later I might go over this, be at the bottom on bringing out a little bit, and then I want to get really light at the top so you can use a rubber. If you want to just take away a little bit of what you've done. This is gonna happen to you as you go along. You're gonna find that you have inconsistencies. But don't worry, cause this thing about shading is it's all about practicing. And with this exercise, there are so many chances to practice you're gonna fill in so many of these chunks of shading. So when do another one to show you starting with you, Dartmouth, Just go up mark at the line of the block a little bit I to each time I like to light, right. I did that one year because I want to show you some different ways to do this So you can see there's a bit of a progression, Doctor, like to light. Say I want a little bit more dark, so I'm just gonna go over that a little bit slow. You find when you shake that you start to get into almost like a little bit of a trance cause you're just following a pattern. That's all I say. Every time I talk about drawing to everyone teach, I always say it's all about finding a bit of a pattern on following it. Drawings almost meditative. It's got this kind of quality about it, which you just get into what you're doing and you forget everything else, and that's all I'm doing here. I'm just going up the line to say I'm just slightly curling my mark a little bit, almost a little bit, like drawing little circles over and over again just to fill in that side section. So it's not going to be, you know, like rough edges. Okay, let's go on to the next one. A while I'm doing is filling it up here. I mean, this is your kind of thing is a kind of theoretical drawer, and shall we say it's all about the theoretical putting shapes into a space and making look like something. So this is what this is is a theoretical artistic office. If you draw it out, shake from real life. It's a lot harder because you got all those things to deal with, including space, shape, form. You know, it's quite hard. I think drawing things from life is quite tricky. Some people prefer it. I turned to draw from where I get my students to draw from photographs just because it's a lot easier, you achieve results that you're happy with. You grow in confidence on, then you're able to move on tomorrow. Tricky things, really. It's about confidence building. Just learning how the materials work, learning what you can do with them to hear why I'm on the 4th 1 Now it's gonna use my pencil to just give it up in outline. Yes, well, so when we get to be the sections that going up into the artichoke just do this one here. So this one, I'm gonna give it a little bit more shading just in this section here. Now, the reason for that I want to make things look like they are slightly separate from each other. So if I did exactly the same shading next to that one, which over a little reality, I'm going to make it look pretty much all the same. So I'm doing this shading here a little bit of dark chateau because what I want to do is make that leaf stand out a little bit from the one next to it. Is all that contrast drawing contrasting colors, contrasting shapes, contrasting shades. If you see here now, this element here I've done that dark shading really look quite dramatic against that gray . Okay, so always try and pick out little things that you could enhance a little bit without shading. So should we do a little bit this sign now? Term a case just because I don't want to alienate myself. Just gonna turn it around like that. Let's start with this shading the other little trick you might seen. I've done here This leave a little sliver off white paper showing three because that also helps to really dramatic size, that kind of shading against each other. So just pick up these little tricks of tips just a little bit. It's like a fraction. It's like less than a millimeter. But you've got a really nice of sense of drama, more than going to just shake him here. Now you notice have changed the way my pencils going on. What's going on? Quarrels like this. I'm not going up. I wouldn't say that was particularly deliberate that, but I think what I've done is I'm trying to make the marks looks slightly different from each other. So I'm just using this site. You different strike up here. Now bear in mind that we've got that same kind of that happening quite a bit along here. We've got thes comfort layers of shapes here. I'm going to dio the same again. So I'm going to use that little trick of leaving a tiny bit of light in between, each going really dark with my shaded so light with dark contrast next way. So it's starting to have this slightly made a fact say me. So I'm just picking out my sharpened the pencil. So with the end of your pants, we can get quite precise knife with the side of your friends who you get this slightly more thick shading a line that you can use again. Just taking the lineup. I'm using a vertical line now. Rather, talk should give me a little bit of contrast. Go start leaving a little bit highlighting on that. Even that night now, I'm decided I'm going to show my pencil that's getting a little blonde. - Wait , wait a little bit off. How, Dave, this shading technique and other say, literally just takes practice. Just need to sit and practice every day if you easier. Seven. Done busy lives and all that. But just try to fight time now. I just did a little bit of a thing with my hand here. I lent. I was trying to do this bit without meeting the paper leant over, and I smudged my so just to make sure that you know it's fine. You can just rub it out. But just be careful, cause when you're using us to be pencil or something softer than that, you will smudging little send up with the hand that looks a little bit silver. This because you'll end up with graphite from the pencil on you So you will end up looking a little thin. The end SAS fight apart. Withdrawing experience. Is that so? Now I need to figure out how I'm gonna turn my paper to, uh I mean this much, so just keep that in mind. Nothing can do Skeletal piece paper. I'm going underneath your you know. So you are resting on as you go more to the center of the drawing. You could have something just to stop you from smudging. But, um, you just turned That's find ways. Just get to the top. Was gonna leave a mark a light among a little highlight. I'm gonna meet. So it's it's one of those things that just this is what I mean about giving yourself the time to sit away from normal. I get away from the boring stuff day today, staff just sitting drawer meditate with it because it does take you away. I often have people learn to draw with me. Say I cannot think about anything else when I'm doing this, which is so nice because lives are so fun busy. There's always things going on at once that naturally giving yourself time to just get away from it and give your head a bit of a break from life is always helpful. I think way. See, when we start layering up here, it really starts to come together. Now what's really important thing to remember when you're drawing like this, us that you don't do too much of each tone, you have a nice balance. So perhaps if you're really dominating, you're drawing with lots of dark shading. That is a bit of something to look out for, really, because you want to provide these really good contrast between Shane's. Just have Teoh give yourself a little bit discipline. I've got quite dark with this story is quite dominating with the dark shade, so I'm just going a little bit light now, perhaps, is to get near the top. I'm gonna go a little bit lighter on, then I've got this lovely contrast of dark medium in line. Remember I said it doesn't matter if it's shading is not perfect straight away, it's It's fine because what you're doing, she almost put in the building blocks down the foundation stone signs of a drawing When you stop the shading and turn around again, just don't want to snatch that side when you're shading, you're putting these foundation stones down. You can't build a house without foundations, the same withdrawing you can't draw unless you've got these kind of basic building blocks of some really good. Every use of shading in Andi Thistle's kind of the hard work bit is putting all the shading it on. Then almost at the end, when this bits done, you can kind of go back and reevaluate how you want this drawing to finally look so once you put with a kind of hard graft assed much is this is not really hard. Go after in space, a relaxing a nice, but this is kind of the hard graft bit of the drawing, which is getting this basic stuff done on. Then after that, you can have a play with it. You can even out your tones, you can smooth that. You can have little 20 bet some to it, which I'm sure you have to dio popular belief on its way keeping the texture very basic today because we want Teoh. I just think it's on time shading you'll find when you pencil gets with love, which minus now he started Almost get a bit scratchy quality on the paper. You want to keep it nice And that way you get appointment down at the wood of pencil and you've got scratches. Whatever you paid feels horrible. It can really see with this quality of pencil. I mean, this is I need really a basic pencil. I used to use them in schools with kids, so I know that they're hardware on. They are really good. Get good results from just one pencil. But you can say that the level of quality that you can get from just one pencil it is quite amazing. I have not touched days off the ones. Yeah, e may not even take up, so the end is nearly in sight. This troll ring, we're nearly on top of the Artoo shading activity exercise when if you'd like to call it that anyone couldn't do this. I really do believe that anyone can do this, but you got to give yourself the time in the space head space to do it. Don't be trying to do drawing when you've got a load of other things going because you just don't set. Still do it. So we're getting over the top. You might do choose to use a little, lose a little bit more deep shading in favor of something about life. Getting a little bit more sketches. I'm going along just because I'm feeling a bit more confident. It's almost like Walmart. You forgive for around you should never walk. Go for a run that you've done a bit of a warm up. What's the safe? Withdrawing? You've got to do the same sort of thing. You kind of get into it by doing a warmer on what I teach my classes. I always get them to do something like this. It's almost mindless because you don't really have to think about it. You just almost getting a little bit warmed up into the activity or to the skill that we're doing in the lesson. So you know, just draw some shapes on a piece paper on you can just cause shape them in. So I mean, you can see from this. It's kind looking quite three day. It's got a little bit depth to it. I'm so thinking the ones at the beginning, a little bit more clinical than these one, so I might do something to those in a minute. Now what going to do now is take thes ones. Thes first believes I did just shave them down into the store area. To do that. I'm just gonna bring this leaf down. Morris doing it like it's like a little tornado shape, bringing down into that bringing down. Now there's a point in a drawing. Everyone hasn't even me. Lots of people dio professionals and people who draw the time have this point, and it's the point way it's awful on. Actually, everyone go through that pain area. It is the point where you think I want to screw this up and put it in the bin, but actually you've got to go through it. It's a massive point in a drawing where you have that point where you think it's no working , but actually that point is probably halfway through when you've got half a page filled on half a page not filled. And, you know, you got a lot of work to do before you get to that point. So I'm just shaving down this side a little bit darker. Now, what I'm gonna do here is going around this stalk with a curved line. So you see how we've created this kind of a little bit here with box that we made, We're gonna curve the line around. We're gonna make it look like a store. Like something you could pick up. So keep your car quite a bit bigger than you think it has to pay. You want to make it look like it's got a structure, OK, Starts to become like a shape. Okay, I could pick it up, keep see how much that's curved. That's almost a circle isn't 1/2 circle, semi circular type of curve. They just keep curving it and keep your lines going round the stork like this, they almost get down a little bit further circle. Just keep going round. You need a bit of light on it. You do some half what quarter circles I suppose they are these lines, cause I'm not feeling the stop it, and it'll I'm gonna go to my favorite again the other way. I'm just gonna increase in the debt just a little bit this scientist. So the point of the drawing when you hate it? I was just saying, If you get to that point, you just best advice. I think if you just keep going, please keep going. What's the worst that can happen? You produce a drawing you don't like. I mean, that is the worst thing is, but really it's not life or death is literally just appointment drawing when you don't like it, That's it. Get on with it. Get on with it will come good, I promise. Actually, most people who want to stop and scree their work from put it in the bin. If they persist, most of them say 99% come out at the end of it. So I just keep going. My advice. So really have done a little trick that much Do some finishing touches to it here. I think this airy here looks pretty consistent with the rest of it. This scruffy a little bit of kind of shading just to appease some of these areas that look a little bit out of place. So I'm gonna just use my pencil and draw around the edges of them, submit them in little any sort score fee edges. I'm gonna soften them a little bit. It just brings it all together. That looks a little bit like drawing. Sometimes you get bits of drawing that look like they belong. You just need to figure out ways of making them become one. I think this bottom but here looks a bit too needs compared to the rest of it. If I did, I could go and neat in the rest of it up if I want to do. But I kind of like this texture, textural quality of being a little bit rougher because it is not a joke after all. I'm going to just do a little bit of cross shading over the top of that on all. That student is just giving that little bit of roughness I don't want to give. I could eat a whole drumming up with It just doesn't seem right to me. I want it to be a little bit more rough. A little bit more scruffy, but more a bit more rustic, Shall we say So? I got a little bit more of a rough quality going on there, and that sort of pulls the whole thing together a little bit more. Now, I was gonna popular leaf on here, just drawer myself. A little slip of relief. Maybe a couple just give it a little bit more interest. Just going to shave him in using again the same technique. Talk night, medium light. And you could do more to wreck go study artistic formations and add a few more scruffy bets on if you want to. You know, you're so getting that feel of being a natural for So I hope you've enjoyed the drawer on by now. You should be an expert and shading. So we're gonna move on Day two off the course to another material. So I hope you've enjoyed today on Uh, yeah. Just don't be put off by half way through the drawing. Just keep going and you'll get so well done. You've got to the end of the first during tutorial drawing. The artist takes a fantastic I really hate Enjoyed it gonna just recap the skills that you for land. So we've done a little bit flying, drawing, building up the surfaces on creating these layered effects of the leaves. We've used a lot of tone to draw in the detail on the leaves. So we've used a really high to low tonal exercise trying Teoh, get your confidence up with building up these layers off tone on. As I've said in the tutorial, this is the most essential thing you can learn when you're drawing is to get this dark to light tonal effects. And this is why this exercise was really important to Dio. So we built up areas have time. We built up a little bit of texture. And then we did a little bit of three D drawing down here on the stork while we built up this sort sense of it being around object. It's rounded using those high areas of tone, and we did a little bit of drawing just during in these little leaves here on the on the altar check. So we've actually covered quite a lot, and it was all about giving yourself a bit of time to just practice one scale over and over again. And that's all drawing is. It's just fining. Practicing those skills and just getting that confidence just get started dies. So important is getting started on persisting so well done. You've done it. So the next tutorial is all about pen, and we're using a little bit of water with it as well. So, man a little Mr Wash, we're gonna be drawing some mushrooms. So will carry on our vegetable drawing adventure in the next installment. See you see? Way, way, - way .