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Mini Course: How to Doodle when you can't Draw

Pedro Catré, Full-Stack Software Engineer

Mini Course: How to Doodle when you can't Draw

Pedro Catré, Full-Stack Software Engineer

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8 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Welcome to the class

    • 2. Your assignment: start building your doodle vocabulary

    • 3. How to doodle when you can't draw

    • 4. Your doodle vocabulary

    • 5. The importance of the first line

    • 6. Make your practice fun

    • 7. Drawing digitally

    • 8. What I use to draw

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About This Class

Do you want to learn how to doodle but you are terrible at drawing? Do you want to get started right away and see results fast? Do you want to learn to sketch simple images that convey information and not necessarily draw the next mona lisa? Then this course is for you!

There are a handful of techniques that will help you go from a bad doodler to a better one. I'll walk you through the 20% you need learn and practice to get 80% of the benefit.

You'll learn how to:

  • build your own vocabulary of sketches
  • the importance of the first line
  • the advantages of learning and producing digitally and the equipment you need

And more! Let's get started!




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Pedro Catré

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1. Welcome to the class: I've always wanted to learn to do though. But I was terrible at drawing courses on joined in help much because they focus on advanced techniques. I was not so interested in, or they would just have a very slow progression. I wanted to learn to sketch simple images that convey information and not necessarily draw the next Mona Lisa. There are a handful of techniques that will help you go from a bad doodler, do a better one. What I will do in this course is I will walk you through that 20% you need to learn and practice to get 80% of the benefit. You'll learn to build your own vocabulary of doodles. You'll learn techniques that make doodling easier and examples of those techniques being applied. I also show you the advantages of learning in producing digitally and the equipment you need. And more. So let's get started. 2. Your assignment: start building your doodle vocabulary: If you look down below in the projects and resources section, you'll find a place where you can submit a class project. Your challenge is too big for things that would come up often when sketching, practice each and share them. Examples of this could be arrows, containers, stick figures, animals, and so on. Have fun with it. Thank you for watching. I hope you enjoyed the project and I'll see you in the next video. 3. How to doodle when you can't draw: I'm terrible at drawing. Probably the worst you've ever seen. I have no natural inclination for it. And I can make even simple stick figures look awful. I always wanted to be able to convey information to nice-looking sketches. In every course I checked out on drawing, had me learning all sorts of things that are unnecessary for that. Here is what you need to do. Sewer able to doodle when you can't draw. First. Find doodles. Whenever you come across one, save it. You can do this by looking at comics you like googling for sketches. Going to ICANN libraries, whatever. Copy them in your own style. It will be different enough when you try to copy it. So it will become uniquely your own. Good artists copy. Great artists, steal Pablo Picasso. This does not literally mean steal. It means imitate your favorite artist. This is an idea from the book. Still like an artist. When you fail to imitate your favorite artists, is where you'll find your own style. Also, simply drawing things will teach you how to sketch better. Nothing is original. So embrace influence. School yourself through the work of others. Remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. The cartoonist, Scott Adams, who created the comic, Dilbert, started exactly like this. He copied artwork that he admired and is failure to imitate was the start of one of the most popular comics ever produced. So this is the advice from Scott Adams. The best way to learn is to look at other people. Try to copy their style and do it poorly. It will look original. Copy it, then tried to do it when you're not looking at it. Eventually, you will develop your own style just by combining styles from different things and keeping what works. Your quirkiness will be there in the errors you produce will become art. The next step is to repeat these copies so you understand and memorize. You'll need a bit of practice experiments so you see what looks okay. And what doesn't. For example, you find out that varying the distance between a character's eyes and mouth can dramatically change the appearance of a facial expression. Also, watching videos of someone drawing a simple sketch will help you understand where you should start the drawing to make it easier. In the end, what you're doing is creating a visual vocabulary of sketches you're comfortable drawing. Think of this as learning the wars that the later allowing you to build your own unique sentences. When that collection is big enough, you'll be able to pull on it every time you need it to convey information. 4. Your doodle vocabulary: To build your own vocabulary of sketches, start with things that are common that you need a lot. Like containers, arrows, houses, laptops, emotions, stick figures, and so on. Uh, let's start by practicing drawing containers. And where our messages. There are all different kinds of containers from abstract to real world examples like ribbon members, signposts, and so on. I encourage you to stop the video at any point and try to copy some of the doodles that I'm drawing. Another important elements you'll encounter all the time. Our arrows. Emotions will be an important part of your doodle vocabulary. Practice drawing all kinds of emotions from sadness and infuriating to happiness. Then just start drawing random things. Start with a robot. Perhaps. You see how simple it is to draw a robot. It's all made of simple shapes. It's a couple of rectangles, a couple of circles, a few wines. As you continue doodling, you'll see more and more elements that you'll need. You might need a laptop. You might need a house that you can easily convert to a church. You'll need stick figures. Train everyday, learning to draw one new thing. Repeated. Soon. You will have a vast vocabulary of doodles that you can draw from. 5. The importance of the first line: When drawing, you should choose the first line in a way that makes it easier to draw the rest. Take the snail as an example. The shell gives you the base for the rest. It will make everything else easier. So let's see how we got to this. Start with the shell, the neck. Next we do the eyes. We do the tail. Wallah, we sketch the snail. 6. Make your practice fun: You need to practice. So make sure it's fun. For me. Drawing on a piece of paper is not fun. In fact, a hated drawing wife objects is not fun for me. Doing it digitally, however, is a lot of fun. And drawing sketches is fun. So I do it in graphics tablet and I only draw things I like. This is low grain efforts for me and fun. So I can spend a lot of time doing it and I can do it at the end of a working day. After my energy fell off a cliff. It's like playing a game. 7. Drawing digitally: If you want to learn to sketch, you can follow the previous ideas and practice with pencil and paper. However, practicing and producing sketches digitally is better than doing it on paper in it can be affordable. Among other advantages, when sketching digitally, you have all the tools you need at your fingertips. You can use the tools to do things you can't easily accomplish by hand, such as drawing straight lines and perfect circles. You can easily experiment because you can undo an erase. You can zoom in and out. You have layers so you can outline your drawings and then make them better. You have infinite colors. You can reposition. You can easily share. You have infinite pages, you have infinite storage. And you can even screen record. 8. What I use to draw: If you opt to sketch digitally, you have a choice to make with or without a screen. If you can afford it, I recommend you get a screen. It's just more fun and easier to draw. I use the weon Canvas rho 12. So this is it. It works great in comes with this pen that you can use to draw. It also comes with nice trade. I go to €493 on Amazon's. Sometimes you also get these warehouse deals where you get a secondhand one with warranty. So it's, I believe it's very affordable. If you choose a graphics that would get a glove like this one. So you don't dirty the screen and your hand slides more easily. They're very cheap. If I was going without a screen, I would probably go with the Wacom. That's a very good choice. It's one of the best brands in the market. I wasn't not sponsored by either of these brands. They are just the tools I happened to pick. On another note, if you have a newer generation of iPad, you can also use that for drawing. I have an older version of the iPad, so this is actually not good enough for it. I hope this was helpful and helps you get started with your EQIP equipment for drawing. If you choose to go digital.