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How to Draw Anything with Basic Shapes

teacher avatar Gabriela Benke, Watercolor With Gaby

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Warm Up Exercise 1

    • 4. Warm Up Exercise 2

    • 5. Basic Shapes

    • 6. Drawing a Bird Step by Step

    • 7. Live Example

    • 8. Playing With Proportions

    • 9. Final Project

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About This Class


In this class, you’ll learn how to draw anything in using basic shapes. Drawing can be hard sometimes, but it doesn’t have to be like this. You can learn how to draw in an easy and fun way.

We’ll do a bunch of exercises together and for your final project you’ll choose an three reference images and draw them using the method you’ve learned in this class. And by the end of this course you’ll have all the tools you need to keep practicing and improving your drawing skills.

You don’t need any prior knowledge. This course is for everyone who want to learn how to draw or want to learn some exercises to improve their drawing skills.

All the exercises can be done using only pencil and paper, so you don’t have to worry about getting fancy materials.

What you’ll learn:

Warm-up exercises: we’ll do some warm-up exercises to improve your linework and make you more confident in drawing; 

Observing: you’ll learn how to observe and break any object into basic shapes, so you can draw it more easily;

Drawing made easy: you’ll learn how to draw step by step by breaking the subject into basic shapes.

Live Example: I'll show you a simple live example that you can follow along with me step by step. 

Playing With Proportions: you're gonna learn how to play with proportions and stylize your drawing.


Music used in this course:

Carefree by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under the license Creative Commons Attribution
Origin: Song
Artist: Incompetech

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Gabriela Benke

Watercolor With Gaby


Hello! My name is Gabriela and I'm an illustrator. I live in Brazil with my husband and our two cats.

I have been drawing since I was a little kid and I'm always studying and improving my art. My goal is to share my knowledge and passion for illustration with you.

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1. Introduction: high ranking skeptic, Ella and I'm an illustrator. Welcome to this course learning how to draw in the creaky sometimes. But in this course, you're gonna learn how to analyze any often break it into basic shapes so we can drive very throughout this course. We're also been into some exercises that will improve your line work, making your drawings look more professional and confident. This courses for beginners. But if you're a more advanced learner and want to review, some fundamentals are throwing. You're very welcome to this course to. Okay, So why are you waiting for Let's get started. 2. Materials: for this course. You don't need any fence materials. All you need is a pencil and paper. I suggest you using a sketchbook instead of sheets of paper because his catch books help you heat track off your progress. Better. If you drying sheets of paper, you will eventually end up losing them or throwing them and fresh. So now that you have all the materials you need but get started. 3. Warm Up Exercise 1: Now we're gonna do some warm up exercises. These exercises will improve the quality of your line work, helping you to draw with more confidence. These exercises work by building muscle memory. It's like her going to a growing June ho Cool. Is that for all exercises? In this course, I'm gonna be using my tablet galaxy. Tab s four in the software East meets painter, but you can draw everything on paper with a pencil. It's up to you. We're going to start by throwing some straight lines using a roller, right the length off the lights. Then we're gonna trace each of these lines three times without a roller. Try different speeds and directions. Repeat until they feel the whole page. 4. Warm Up Exercise 2: Now we're going to draw some random that's on the paper. Draw 6 to 10 thoughts. Then you're gonna dry straight lines to connect to dots. Do this until finish all the dots and then repeat the exercise until they feel the whole page. If you can't drive straight lines right away, well, congratulations. You're not a machine. This exercise is all about muscle memory. The more you practice, the better lines will be. You can repeat these exercises every day. They're so easy. You can do them while we're watching TV or on the bus, for example, part practicing with different mediums to just remember that the more you practice, the better your line work will be and the more professional your work will look. 5. Basic Shapes: the's avocado can simulator complex at first, but if you break it into small circles, it's very easy to draw the same with this too rough Earth is turtle. It doesn't matter how complex their subject is. You can write very easily if you apply this technique, take some reference images and do this exercise. If you don't have a tablet like me, you can use features from old magazines or books and rather shapes with the marker. 6. Drawing a Bird Step by Step: I start by breaking this bird into basic shapes. I don't do this every time. A Drano, Elise, but I did when I was learning. Now that I have broken the feature into basic shapes, I start throwing. If you're drawing on paper, I suggest you using a blue or any light colored pencil to draw the basic shapes. I'm drawing black because it can lower the a past after and rather nexus taps in the other layers. Now there have the structure and the proportions, right? I can start. We're finding my drawing. This is Stop is basically about country and adding some details. It's just to make your sketch clear. The next step would be to add your style. You can add color, texture or shadows if you want. You can use any medium you watch, too. You can also change proportions, were added and removed. Tales. There's no right or wrong on this step. If you haven't figured out your art style yet, don't worry. I decided to ink my throwing. This is not unusual style, but I felt like experimenting today. If you're drawing on paper, this would be the step that you would take your lights tablet and trace the drawing on a new paper. I know that not everyone has a light tablet. I don't have one myself since I work. Mostly teach Italy, but you can make one with cheap materials or even the provides one tracing guest the glass of a window. You could also use tracing paper, but he should consider having a lights tablet or in alternatives to improve the quality of your final drones if you're creating traditional act. 7. Live Example: Now I'm gonna show you a live example. I'm not going to speed up this one. You can even take your sketchbook and draw alongside with me if you want. I start analyzing the shapes in the reference photos. Objects like this teapot tend to be easier to drop because the shapes are more defined. I choose to be pencil for this catch because it makes a more natural look. And they really like this traditional art feel I drew a little face in the teapot because Leo face makes everything extra cute. All those flowers can be a bit overwhelming. Remember, you don't need to draw everything you see in the reference photo. It's your drawing so you can choose what you add into it are not. There's no right or wrong. I'm gonna draw almost some plumbers to make my throwing look simpler and cuter sometimes loses better. - I like to the label, but you can see I designed it smaller. I'm making changes to match my art style. Okay, so this is to find the result 8. Playing With Proportions: growing basic shapes makes very for you to change proportions and stylized. Your art also figured out the basic structure of their subject. You can play with the proportions to create different versions and come up with a very original and interesting growing. I used the teapot we threw previously to play with the proportions. You can see that changing proportions makes a huge difference to the look and feel of the drawing. I draw the teapots with faces. So for me, the air later characters, you can see that changing the proportions give them different personalities. We now have five different teapots, all inspired by the same reference image. This is the best way to use reference, not copy exactly everything you see but playing with proportions in letting your own style shine. 9. Final Project: so your project will be to choose three reference images and draw them using the technique you learn in this class. Good sites to get reference. Images are real splash and pixels, they're free, and you can use the images for commercial and non commercial work. You can also upload to your protects the war mop exercises and any other drawing winded together. Share your work with me and your classmates is a very important part of the learning process. I see all the projects and always give feedback. I can't wait to see what you have done. Well, thank you for taking this class. I hope you liked it. If you have any questions, don't have states to ask me. Please review this class so I can keep improving my next glasses. I hope to see you soon. Bye.