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10 Videos (18m)
    • Basic Shapes Beautiful Designs

      0:56
    • Getting Started

      2:55
    • Lines & Curves

      1:37
    • Circles, Petals, Leaves

      2:24
    • Insets & Outsets

      1:29
    • Combining Shapes

      1:31
    • Freeform Drawing

      1:22
    • Containers

      2:09
    • The Mandala Framework

      2:45
    • Final Thoughts

      0:40

About This Class

Have you always wanted to enjoy drawing as a fun way to pass the time and relax?

Have you admired the wonderful designs you see people draw and wish you could draw them too?

In this class, I will show you how to draw a few basic shapes and then we will experiment with ways to use them to create a multitude of simple and beautiful designs. We will play with filling a page with our creations and make drawing a daily habit. The more you draw the more you will find ways to add design and creativity into your life.

In the second part of the class I will show you how I use containers and frameworks to create more ideas with the shapes we learned and then we will walk through the process of creating a mandala design with these techniques.

What you will need:

  • pencil
  • felt tip pen or marker
  • paper, drawing pad or sketchbook
  • eraser 

No drawing experience is required.  The purpose of this class is to inspire you to just pick up the pencil and draw.  The more we just allow ourselves to play on the paper, without judging our designs, the better we will become at drawing and the more open we will become to our own creative style.

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Fantastic! Theses drawings look so complex and overwhelming until watching them evolve from simple lines and shapes. Thank you for this class. I never would have thought I could do this until now. Will be watching all of your classes.
I've thoroughly enjoyed taking this class and found it not only helpful to boost my creativity but really educational and informative. It had a great flow and I look forward to taking more classes with Jane soon.
Nice class for developing creativity!

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Jane Snedden Peever

Illustration & Design, Making Creativity Simple

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Illustrator and Pattern Designer - The most beautiful designs start with the simplest ideas.

Through my years of working as a professional pattern designer, textile artist and illustrator, I have experienced the greatest joy from sharing my passion for creativity and encouraging others to explore creativity through simple drawing and design, both by hand and digitally.

I believe the first step to accomplishing your goals and dreams is to just start.  Jump in and learn as you go.  Allow yourself to make mistakes for those are the best lessons.  Don't judge your work, just do and then do it again and do it some more.  Watch it evolve and look back with awe in how far you have come because you chose to just start!  

My goal in my classes is to break the process down into simple techniques that everyone can try and then encourage and inspire students to keep experimenting and building on the ideas they have learned in my classes.

Remember the most beautiful and detailed designs start with the simplest ideas.

Visit me at my website and blog to see more of my creative process www.jspcreate.com

Follow me on Instagram and on my Facebook Page Circular Expressions

Keep in touch with me by sharing your class inspired designs with me @jspcreate or #jspcreate.  I love seeing your creations and sharing in your daily creativity