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7 Videos (34m)
    • Doodling Animals Intro

    • Making Marks With A Ballpoint Pen

    • Breaking The Elephant Down Into Simple Shapes

    • Sketching The Outline Of The Elephant

    • Shading In The Elephant

    • Adding The Background

    • Wrapping up & Project

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About This Class

I've been a lifelong doodler - whenever I get the chance I'm doodling on my meeting notes, spare envelopes or any other suitable surface just for the joy of creating something fun.

If you're one of the many people that's been put off the idea of drawing because you don't think you can - think again! Anybody can doodle and the beauty of doodling is that there is no right and wrong way to do it. As long as you enjoy making marks on paper, you're doing fine. :)

Doodling is the gateway to creation.

In this class I will show you how I go about creating something completely randomly with just a ballpoint pen and some paper. Because this is a class, I'll show you, step by step, how to draw a doodle of an elephant from the initial mark on the paper to the final stroke of the background.

Here's what you'll learn:

  1. Making marks - Using nothing but a ballpoint pen and some paper, I'll show you some of the wonderful marks you can make that are the creative force behind a finished doodle.
  2. Start with simple shapes - I'll show you how I'll look at a photograph of an elephant and turn that into simple shapes to form the doodle. Thinking in simple shapes will be your inspiration for creation! Most of my doodles aren't planned like this but I need you to see how an idea in your mind can be turned into the basis for a doodle. If you can think it, you can doodle it!
  3. Sketch it out - I'll show you how I take the simple shapes form the last lesson and turn it into the outline of my elephant doodle.
  4. Shade it in - I'll show you how to use simple shading to turn the outline into a solid elephant without it looking like a mess of scribbles.
  5. Adding a background - I'll show you to give the elephant a home by adding background features.

If you've always wanted to draw but you've feared the result, join me on this short doodling adventure that will hopefully inspire your confidence to start a lifelong habit of fun!

All you'll need is a pen, some paper and the desire to get creative for the rest of your life!

39 of 39 students recommendSee All

Great class full of great tips. Phil's presentation is a joy to listen to. Mature, yet friendly and fun. I enjoyed his teaching style and look forward to more of his classes in the future!
Excellent beginners drawing class.
Suzy Mathews

Dream, create, and inspire

This is a fun class and the simple techniques can be used to sketch anything by doodling. This is a valuable tool that all artists should have in their skill set. I recommend this class to anyone interested in drawing or illustration.





Phil Emerson

Web developer, doodler and maths fan

I've been programming computers since I was twelve years old (maybe earlier, I'm not sure any more) and when I wasn't programming, I was doodling on any old bit of paper that was lying around.

I have a passion for drawing in ink - I love the surprisingly detailed drawings that can be produced with just a ballpoint pen but I'm happy to use any other pen at hand.

I also love photography - particularly portraits and macro photography.

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