Drawing Fundamentals Pt 1: Basic Sketching Skills & Drawing Accurately | Ethan Nguyen | Skillshare

Drawing Fundamentals Pt 1: Basic Sketching Skills & Drawing Accurately

Ethan Nguyen, Professional Artist and Instructor

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30 Lessons (3h 6m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Setting Up Your Workspace

    • 3. How to Sharpen Your Pencil

    • 4. How to Hold Your Pencil

    • 5. How to Control Your Pencil

    • 6. Circle & Ellipse Exercise

    • 7. Run the Track Exercise

    • 8. Line Quality Exercise

    • 9. Connect the Dots Exercise

    • 10. Observational & Constructive Drawing

    • 11. Sight Size & Comparative Measurement

    • 12. How to See & Draw Accurately

    • 13. Measuring Angles

    • 14. Triangle Drawing Exercise

    • 15. Measuring Distances & Proportions

    • 16. Polygon Drawing Exercise

    • 17. 3D Shape Exercise 1

    • 18. 3D Shape Exercise 2

    • 19. 3D Shape Exercise 3

    • 20. 3D Shape Exercise 4

    • 21. Bargue Drawings & Grid Method

    • 22. Eye Drawing Exercise 1

    • 23. Eye Drawing Exercise 2

    • 24. Eye Drawing Exercise 3

    • 25. Nose & Mouth Drawing Exercise 1

    • 26. Nose & Mouth Drawing Exercise 2

    • 27. Nose & Mouth Drawing Exercise 3

    • 28. Face Drawing Exercise 1

    • 29. Face Drawing Exercise 2

    • 30. How Important is Accuracy?

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About This Class

Do you want to learn how to draw but don't know where to begin?

In this 1st course of the Drawing Fundamentals Made Simple series, you going to learn all the foundational skills you'll need to be successful at drawing.

Here are some of the things you'll learn in this course:

- How to set up your workspace for optimal drawing success.

- How to hold and control your pencil to create smooth, clean lines.

- The most common mistakes beginning artists make and how to avoid them.

- How to measure angles and use them to draw anything accurately!

- How to spot proportional errors in your drawing and fix them.

- How to use a variety of lines and marks to create dynamic drawings!

- And a whole lot more!

We'll begin with showing you how to properly set up your workspace. This will not only make it easier and fun for you to practice, but it'll also help you avoid postural problems as well as make your artworks better…

Next, you'll learn how to properly hold and control your pencil. This might seem really simple, but many of the most common problems plaguing new artist stem from not knowing how to properly control the pencil.

By mastering this aspect from the beginning, you'll be able to improve much more quickly.

Then you'll be given simple, fun exercises with printable worksheets that will help you draw smooth, clean lines and curves.

Once your hand dexterity has improved, you'll learn the measuring skills that every artist need. You'll discover how to measure angles and distances to make your drawings accurate and proportional.

Then we'll go through step-by-step exercises that will help you master these concepts. We'll begin with drawing simple 2D shapes and then progress to 3D objects.

By the end of this course, you'll have a firm grasp of how to measure what you see in order to draw anything accurately.

This course is designed for the complete beginner, so even if you've never picked up a pencil before, you'll be able to follow along without being overwhelmed.

If you're a beginner who wants to learn the fundamentals skills of drawing so you can jump-start your artistic career the right way, then this course is for you!

This course is part of the Drawing Fundamentals Made Simple Series.

Be sure to check out the other courses in the series so you don't miss out on any important skills:

Special Thanks

Everything I know I’ve learned from someone else. And this course is a product of a combination of my own personal experience, the things I’ve learned from all my teachers, and the many, many hours of research I’ve done in preparation of making it.

I’ve tried to combine all the best elements from many different sources and put my own take on it wherever I can.

So, before we begin, I’d like to give a special "Thank you!" to all the amazing artists whose works and teachings help made this course possible.

The list (in no particular order) includes, but is not limited to:

Charles Bargue
David Jamieson
Brent Eviston
Scott Robertson
Stan Prokopenko
Jeff Watts
And many more…