BASIC SKILLS / Getting Started with Drawing

Brent Eviston, Master Artist & Instructor

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17 Lessons (4h 23m)
    • 1. Basic Skills Trailer

    • 2. Introduction

    • 3. How to Begin

    • 4. Circles & Ovals

    • 5. Straight Lines & the Shapes They Make

    • 6. Charting the Course of Curved Lines

    • 7. Putting it all Together

    • 8. Scrub Jay Part 1: Drawing Demonstration

    • 9. Scrub Jay Part 2: Drawing Demonstration

    • 10. Scrub Jay Part 3: Drawing Demonstration

    • 11. Botanical Part 1: Drawing Demonstration

    • 12. Botanical Part 2: Drawing Demonstration

    • 13. Botanical Part 3: Drawing Demonstration

    • 14. Figure Drawing Part 1: Drawing Demonstration

    • 15. Figure Drawing Part 2: Drawing Demonstration

    • 16. Figure Drawing Part 3: Drawing Demonstration

    • 17. Supplemental Orientation and Materials

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About This Class

Drawing is not a talent. It’s a skill anyone can learn. Designed for aspiring painters, graphic designers, illustrators and artists of all types, The Art & Science of Drawing series will teach you the skill at the foundation of art and design of all kinds: drawing.

BASIC SKILLS is the first course in the series and will teach you the basics of drawing one day at a time. 

Here’s how it works:

Each day you’ll watch one video lesson that will teach you essential drawing skills.  At the end of each lesson you’ll be given a project designed to build your drawing skills quickly and efficiently.  After doing the project, you’re ready for the next day’s lesson and project! 

In this beginning drawing course you’ll learn:

  • How to use the pencil like an artist
  • How to draw any shape
  • How to analyze and draw any subject by simplifying it into basic shapes

BASIC SKILLS is overflowing with powerful insights into the drawing process and offers some of the clearest, most accessible drawing instruction available.  Many of the tools and techniques you'll learn here are rarely seen outside of private art academies.

BASIC SKILLS is the first course in The Art & Science of Drawing  series designed to take students from the absolute basics to advanced drawing techniques like perspective drawing and shading. If you're a beginner, we recommend going through the entire series in the following order:

Basic Skills 

Dynamic Mark Making:

Form & Space 

Measuring & Proportion:


Shading Fundamentals:

Shading Beyond the Basics:

If you've got some drawing experience, feel free to mix and match The Art & Science of Drawing courses to suit your personal needs as an artist!

This course is highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn to paint. Most master painters agree that drawing is a fundamental and essential skill for all painters.