Beginner Drawing | Linda Celestian | Skillshare

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5 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Beginner Drawing Introduction

    • 2. Beginner Drawing Setting Up

    • 3. Exercise One Blind Contour

    • 4. Exercise Two Negative Space Drawing

    • 5. Beginner Drawing Wrap up

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In this class I introduce you to 2 exercises that facilitate the switch to right brain thinking used in drawing. Practicing blind contour and negative space drawing will train your eye to see and greatly improve your


 drawing skills.

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Linda Celestian

Learning to paint is fun


I'm a fine artist and a teacher. I've been painting for 30 years and teaching for 15 years. Life is short but you can keep it fun by trying new things.

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1. Beginner Drawing Introduction: Hi, I'm Linda Celestine. Thank you for joining my beginner drawing class in this class. I'm going to introduce you to two exercises from the book Drawing On the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. I've used these exercises for years. When I teach beginners how to draw, the first exercise is blind contour. The reason this exercise works is because you're looking at your subject and not looking at your paper. It sounds completely bizarre to beginners, and kids think I'm nuts when I tell them that they're not allowed to look at their paper to see what they're dry. But the exercise definitely facilitates the shift to the right side of the brain and really helps you relax. It's so important because it teaches the student to really look at the subject that they're drawing, and because they're not looking at their paper, they can't critique their work while they're working. The second exercise is called negative shapes or negative space. This is an exercise that is definitely taught in drawing classes and is taught to Children . But I feel that it's not emphasizes, not as much as it could be. This exercise also facilitates the shift to the right side of the brain. You're trying to draw the spaces in between the objects, not the objects. I think it's a really important exercise, and whenever I'm drawing, I'm always checking my negative spaces against my subject. And the reason this works is because the negative shapes are abstract, so it lets you start to look at all of your subject matter. And everything you're drawing is being abstract shapes that fit together. So in this class, I'm going to show you how to set up a subject matter. I use cuttings from the garden, or you could use branches or silk flowers, and I set it up on a board that is the same size is my paper. So I'm going to show you how to do this and how to create negative shapes for yourself so that you can learn to draw them these air to exercises That will really help you as a beginner and also as an intermediate artist to go back to the basics and really pay attention to the subject matter that you're drawing. They're also really relaxing, and I hope you'll enjoy them. Thanks for joining me 2. Beginner Drawing Setting Up: Okay, so I'm gonna show you how to make a board to put something on that we're going to draw. So this one I made just from a piece of cardboard from the back of a pad of paper. This is an old pad of paper, and that's when I use, um, interfacing That allows me to kind of stick pins into. If you don't have that canvas or some kind of fabric, you can just use a piece of paper. But what I usually dio on these boards I lost my pins is I can use this piece of ribbon to kind of secure something against the board. So if you don't have fabric, you can just use a piece of paper just gonna tape that on there, and then we want to make some sort of easel back that will let the board stand out, period, just to have a piece of cardboard that spent there's another way you can do it. Here's a piece of really pretty flimsy posterboard, but I'm gonna bend it into a circle and tape it like that and tape it to the back of the board. - Okay , Although we're gonna start the first exercise we're going to do is a blind contour. We're gonna go ahead and set up something that works for negative shapes as well. And for that, we want something that goes off the edges of our board. So I'm using pens to hold this. It's okay if things flopped down, but I also might want to take things out, um, to create more shapes in between the leaves. There's our hopes, broke the wrong one off. There we go. But I can move this around with some pins. Kind of like that. Now that ribbon away, this going off the edge. These are the negative shapes, the shapes in between the, um, leaves in the stem. So I kind of like that. I could pin this out here. Maybe I don't want to flatten all the leaves, but it's okay to flatten some of them. So this a simple branch would leaves, Works nice 3. Exercise One Blind Contour: Like I said, first we're gonna start with the blind Contour. So for this one, it doesn't matter that your paper is the same size, but I am using the same size paper as the board, and that's just helps me get used to drawing things to scale. So I'm not drawing it smaller. I'm not drawing at larger, but just to get started for a blind contour drawing, I I'm going to be looking at the subject and not looking at my paper. I'm gonna pick a spot that I pretend my pencil is touching. I'm going to keep my eyes on this the entire time, and I'm just gonna follow the edges. Now, if I find myself somewhere in here and I need to get out, I could just follow the edges out, but and I'm like, maybe not gonna draw everything. I'm just going to draw, set a timer, Let's say for 10 minutes and we're just gonna draw starting at the top of the paper, just gonna follow one of the leaves very slowly. Now, this exercise is supposed to be done slowly pretending your pencil is touching that edge. And remember, you're not looking at your paper. You're just looking at the subject on board. Oh, and I forgot to mention that it's best to not pick up your pencil and move it to another part of the drawing. Just keep your eye flowing along the edges. And like I said, just finding your way to the next edge. Pretend you're pencil is touching the edge of form and just keep slowly following the edges . In the beginning, it's hard to remember to not look down at your paper, but just keep concentrating on the subject. You also can take an index card or square of posterboard and poke a hole through it and set it on top of the pencil on top of your hand. That way, when you look down won't be able to see your work. Thank you 4. Exercise Two Negative Space Drawing: so for a negative space trying The paper is the same size as the board. So we're going to start on one negative shape. Could be this one. Could be. This one could be something over here. You also can break up negative shapes by having imaginary lines going like this. This pin kind of works is one. But say the point of this leave over to there. But I look at the where the object goes off the page as a place to start, so that would be a place to start right there. And I'm drawing the white space, not the leaf. - So now I might be looking at where that leaf goes off the page there. And I'm trying to find that on the on my paper, so that would be one negative shape right there. So here I've drawn this one shape negative shape here, and I'm going to go on to the next negative shape, trying my best to look at this white space and not look at the leaf trying my best to look at this white space and not look at the leaf. I don't think that's quite right. So I'm looking at the distance between the leaf and the stem and trying to get it right of the ribbon of the ribbon there and then the stem. And then I'm also looking at the bottom of the the bottom of the board to see where the stem is going to go off. - This is another shape, negative shape. Here's where that blind contour comes in. If I'm following edges, what happens on the edges following the ribbon? No. Following this leaf belief now I have a few more negative shapes to deal with these air the spaces in between the leaves really look at shapes and draw them as you see them. Definitely a little confused in here, because I've started to look at the objects and not the white spaces. 5. Beginner Drawing Wrap up: So there you have it to exercises that I really hope will help your drawing skills. And you can leave me questions or comments in the comments section and please upload your work. I would love to see it. Thanks for joining.