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The Basics of How to Draw Anything

Angie Samblotte, Art is Life is Art

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9 Lessons (29m) View My Notes
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Doodle Time

    • 3. How to Observe Like an Artist

    • 4. How to Choose a Great Reference Photo

    • 5. Drawing Using A Reference

    • 6. Style Techniques

    • 7. Secret Skills of A True Artist

    • 8. Your Final Project

    • 9. Thank You!


About This Class


Have you always wanted to learn how to draw but never knew exactly where to start? 

If you can draw a circle, square, triangle, some lines and want to learn how to draw anything, you are in the right place!

In this beginner course, Angie will show you how easy drawing anything you want actually can be.

By combining basic shapes with simple lines, and adding values with detail, anyone at any age can learn how to draw.

She will demonstrate how to break down complex forms into simples ones and show you how to develop an artist's eye when observing your subjects. She will go over the importance of creating doodle time and warming up before starting a drawing.

We will go over some different drawing styles that you can play with to see which techniques you enjoy finishing your sketches with. Experimenting in finding your own style is always encouraged!

Besides just drawing and observing, there are other extremely important skills that Angie has found in her life of being an artist. She is excited to share these simple secrets that will help take your art to the next level. 

By learning these very fundamental drawing skills, you will gain the necessary and basic beginner tools every artist needs in starting a journey of self expression in visual form. As they say— “A picture is worth a thousand words”!


1. Intro: Hi, everyone. I'm Angie, and I'm going to teach you the basics of how to draw anything you want. Have you always wanted to learn how to draw but never knew exactly where to start? You have visions for drawings, but don't quite have the tools to translate them. If you can draw a circle square, triangle some lines and want to learn how to draw anything, you are in the right place from animals, plants, landscapes, people or even monsters. We start them all using basic shapes, a little about meat. I'm an illustrator who started just as a kid who left a draw and just never stopped. I received my BF a an illustration and have been an art teacher for the past several years . This is where I learned that teaching is my passion. In this beginning, of course, I will show you how easy drawing anything actually can be. By combining basic shapes with simple lines and adding values with detail, anyone at any age can really brought anything they want by using not just good but a great reference image. I will demonstrate how to break down complex forms into simple ones and show you how to develop an artist. I been observing your subjects. We will have time to doodle, and I'll dive into why it's important how it will help your drawing skills. I will go over some different drawing style that you can play with to see which techniques you enjoy. Finishing your sketches with experimenting and finding your own style is always encouraged . By learning these fundamental drawing skills, you will gain the necessary and basic beginner tools every artist needs in starting a journey of self expression and visual form. So grab a pencil and let's get started. 2. Doodle Time: Welcome to Doodle Time. This is an important time to warm up your drawing skills. It helps to keep your wrist and hands loose. Regular sketching will improve muscle memory, and in time you're drawing confidence. Feel free to use pencil pen, marker of brush pin or any drawing utensil that you like. It's always fun to experiment with new materials to get you out of your comfort zone and possibly find something new that you like. We're going to start with the basic shapes Circle, Square, triangle, oval and rectangle. Warm up, however, feels comfortable and most fun to you. Repetition is the mother of all learning. So get comfortable with sketching these shapes at all different sizes and at different angles, even try overlapping or combining them to create a new shape. You can also practice shading values from light to dark or a doctor light, focusing on controlling the pressure on your pen or pencil. Making time to doodle is an important habit to create in order to keep your skills intact. Not only will help you improve, but it's really fun and relaxing. It helps to get into the flow state, which really helps calm the mind and let your imagination shine through almost always bringing in surprises. Let your mind experiment on paper and let your pendants around. Ultimately, little time is about what feels good to you and exploring what you like or don't like to draw. 3. How to Observe Like an Artist: as artists were perceptive to our surroundings, and this allows us to see more by connecting to our environment. We become very present. Being president and observing allows us to see more details that would otherwise get overlooked by busy mind. When we start to draw from photos or objects from life, we have a tendency to drop what we think we see and not what we are actually looking at here. I'm drawing just based on barely looking at the reference. It's simplified and worker to me than realistic because it's just what my mind thinks the hand looks like just out a quick glance. Now I'm taking more time to slowly look at shapes, angles and how the hand actually looks just by slowing down and really observing every detail, I'm able to capture the hand right in front of me rather than draw the idea of the hand. One really great tip that my still life teacher told us was that there really know perfectly straight lines in a drawing. This is right and also implies that there is much more detail around. We just need to be able to see it any time before you start sketching. Just take a couple minutes to really look at what you're drawing. Our eyes are also our tool, so we need to learn how to see properly. That means looking for shaves, angles of lines and smaller details later on. 4. How to Choose a Great Reference Photo: So what's the difference between a good and great reference photo in this? Listen, I will explain the three things I look for when choosing references. Thes air, simple tips that will help make observing and drawing a lot easier. The first thing I look for is the shape of what I'm drawing. There are two things that I checked. The first is framing. We want to see the entire subject in the frame. We don't want a large portion of whatever we're drawing to be covered by anything. If some of it is covered, then it's up to you the artist, to determine if it's enough to take away from your drawing or if you can fill in the rest with your imagination. The second is perspective. Make sure the subject isn't not a complicated angle that is challenging for your skill level for beginning practice. A good perspective would be high level, not from way above or far below, as it would be too confusing this early on. The second thing I look for is good Biting. The lighting in the photo shouldn't be too bright or too dark. Also note the angle of the lighting. Is it coming from directly above to the right or the left, is it? Creating a nice broad range of values? Are the shadow shapes helping the image to create it, look more like the object? Or is it creating strange shapes that make the drawing look weird? Good lighting will usually mean that there is a good range of values that is the lights, mediums and darks that create a three dimensional drawing. The third thing I look for is quality and details. Your photo isn't blurry. Your subject is in focus. If you're searching via Google under tools, there's a sigh setting recon search on Lee All large, medium or small sized images I usually pick large or medium. Ah, higher quality image will give you more detail on this. More information for you to interpret and translate into your drawing photos with less quality will leave you guessing and having to fill in parts with your imagination. This might be OK later on when you've had plenty of practice, but for now you want to give yourself a better image to pull from than giving yourself extra unnecessary thinking now that you know how to pick out a great reference image. I'm going to have you pick out three reference photos on an animal, a plant and any object that you want. Practicing different subjects will strengthen your observation skills to find the basic shapes within anything you want to draw. I chose thes three because they're good starting point and usually subjects that we tend to draw most. You can look up reference images in a simple Google search or pinches has a lot of great quality photography if you put the tag photography, plus whatever you're searching for. And photo books and magazines like National Geographic have really high quality images. After you have researched and found all three of your references, which takes about 15 minutes or so, you can upload and share them to the gallery. The more awesome references we have, the more everyone has to practice sketching different subjects from 5. Drawing Using A Reference: Now that you're warmed up with doodle time and have your references, we are ready to draw. Here are some helpful tips for you When you start drawing, I like to air draw. It's helpful with coordinating your eye and hand together. Basically, it's a tool that will help you see where you want to draw your shape before you actually dropped. The second is sketching lightly. We're human, and we make mistakes sketching lightly. It makes it easier to your race and won't leave any pencil marks as pressing hard will. The next helpful tip is ice squinting. This is the most helpful tool in learning how to observe. Liken artist. When our eyes were focused on the entire subject of what we're drawing, we see all the details. If we take a step back and squint our eyes just a little, we begin to blur all the little details that we don't really need When starting just to see the basic shapes, save all your details for later. I want to break down my drawing into the most simplified shapes and lines. Less shapes is easier to work with, rather than many little ones. I use more geometric lines in the beginning rather than organic and curvy ones because it helps to find the angles were the curves will be and makes it a lot easier to sketch Caribbean Airlines later on. Placement is really important when it comes to building a drawing. I use constructive lines to help me see where I need to draw the shapes in the right place . We can use them as a visual aid for landmarks such as joints in the leg or for a line of symmetry to create a symmetrical drawing such as a face. Before you move on double check that the proportions are fairly close and that nothing is too small or big. Stay loose and have fun now that I've practiced once over the photo, which you can do if you have a printed reference or using a digital tablet, he can practice sketching these shapes next to it, just like you did before, drawing the shapes over. The reference makes a second time so much easier now that I've finished blocking in the main foundational on basic shapes. I want to find the smaller shapes within them, such as knee joints, features in the face and overlap increases practice this process of breaking down many different types of images into the simple shapes until it becomes second nature. Next, we will refine our sketch. If you are drawing digitally, make another layer on top and lower the opacity of the layer you did the sketch on. If you are drawing on paper, your sketch can be light and your refining lines can be darker. Now we can focus on details of the shapes. I like to think of it as two dimensional sculpting, and I'm carving away small bits that I don't need any more. This is where we get to exercise our artist observation. ALS skills look closely at shapes, lines and curves. Sometimes they appear to look one way but actually are another. Pay close attention to small shifts in the angles of mines. Is the angled tilting slightly to the left right? Or maybe up or down? Now it's time to look at all the details. This is my favorite part. I look for textures, patterned smaller creases and smaller, overlapping folds that bring the drawing toe life. If there are separations and value, I like toe lightly skits. The separations of lights and darks. Everyone perceives the world differently. Some aspects of an animal might be so attractive, while others might miss those details completely. What about your subject? Do you like and want to emphasize? Drawing the details becomes a celebration of the things we get to see when we slow down and take the time to observe. The last thing to add is the values. There's no right or wrong way to approach this. You can go from light to dark or dark to light. I always make a mini value scale to keep it simple at first. Then I break it down further into a broader range of values. I like to work doctor light because usually my paper is white, so I want to find the other end of the spectrum of the value scale working my way towards Ah highlight white or I start with a mid tone value and then add darker values and then save the highlights and lightest values For last. You can use this method of blocking and values for pencil for ink markers and water color. You would want to work your way from light to dark, since it's more difficult to make darker values lighter 6. Style Techniques: I'm going to show you three simple style techniques. You can experiment with your drawings. The first is pencil. I'm using a black Prisma color pencil. Here, using pencil allows for more refined Grady INTs in shading lights and darks, showing a wider range of value, which creates more depth and you're drawing. You can achieve more of a realistic style, capturing small details and textures like the feathers. Here I'm staying pretty loose, just focusing mostly on bigger contrast of lights and darks and having fun with hinting at the textures in the feathers rather than trying to draw each one. The second is using a brush pen. You can also use a fine tip paintbrush if you don't have one. This is for a boulder, simplified and graphic look. I like to warm up by making thin to thick lines. Fresh prints take a little bit of practice to get used to. The tips are very fine and can be a little challenging to control the pressure, but one to get the hang of it. They are really fun and can make your drawing stand. Oh, the last one is characterizing. This just means to describe the distinctive features with this one. It's really all about what part of the subject that attracts you. And how do you like to play with it? By exaggerating features making them bigger, smaller, simplifying shapes, moving parts of the drawing around or adding your own pattern. This is where you can let your imagination fly. There really are no rules when it comes to creating your own unique style. I really enjoyed drawing way be in curly lines, so I incorporated that into the feathers, creating a whimsical field play. With these styles, a nun experiment with mixing them together. You never know what you will come up with. Finding your own style isn't something that you think of. It just develops over time and from drawing a lot. Experimenting with all kinds of materials is a fun way to find out what feels good to you and what doesn't. There is no right or wrong way when it comes to your style. After all, it is subjective. All that matters is the way it makes you feel, hopefully bringing you lots of joy and fulfillment. Here are some examples of some of my favorite artists and illustrators. They're drawing styles inspired me to explore the limitless imagination and possibilities that drawing in playing on paper offers 7. Secret Skills of A True Artist: what makes a true artist their technical skills. We need to learn about drawing like shading and values and whatnot. But the most important tool of an artist is a mine. The very thing that we used to perceive the world, being able to refine our mind as their sharpest tool will really help us take our work to the next level. Here are some skills I've realized that have naturally turned in the habits that helped me progress throughout my life and dive deep into my creativity. Learning how to tap into the flow stay is like having the key to infinite possibilities. It all comes back to finding your happy place in your mind. Anywhere you are. There's always access to creativity. Your mind is the key, and the door is there in each moment waiting to be opened. And, yes, thinking too much can stop the flow. One way to practice getting into the flow state is to doodle. Just start sketching whatever feels good to you. It could be abstract lines and shapes, weird faces, strange animals or even alien plans by not trying to reach any goal. In particular, the idea or image will usually come to naturally and without force. Practicing this free sketching allows the mind to become calm and invites a creative juice to flow. I'm always surprised at what I draw when I free sketch. There's no way I could ever imagine why I ended up drawing before I drew it. Being receptive and allowing each step to reveal itself to you is also a good practice. Interesting. Your intuitive nudges. Let's see what you come up with. There will be parts of our art that we like and we don't like. Like anything in life. Nothing will be absolutely perfect, like we imagine it. So why not celebrate what's working and put our attention on our favorite parts of each piece of art that we make? It could be a small skitch or master painting, but there's always something we learned or maybe tried within that piece, learning to acknowledge our mistakes, but always keeping our focus on the successful parts of our art and progress will keep us motivated to create more and progressively better work. With each sketch drawing, painting or anything you create, ask yourself what parts of this piece isn't really working. Then ask yourself which parts of it. Am I proud of? What did I try? New? That was successful? The next one is enjoying the process and just going with the flow. Good things take time. It's important to learn how to enjoy the process and not get to cut up in focusing on what we think the outcome should be. Just staying president and in the creative flow will always bring about great artwork. Not only do we build patients for creating artwork itself, but we also learn how to be patient with our own progress. Everyone learns and works at different speeds, and that's okay, finder speed and allow yourself the time to learn new skills. A your own comfortable pace. Also just know that learning anything new at first is really challenging and can be slow at first. Persistence and enjoying every step of the way is what makes all art fun. While there is no way to really teacher directly learn how to be patient, all we can do is practice. So with each art piece we make of any kind, we can give ourselves a realistic time frame to complete it and to also see our progress and each success aren't really is a wonderful journey without unknown destination. My mantra for patients is it will happen when the time is right, so keeping a sketchbook with you this one isn't much of a skill as it is a habit. Having a sketchbook and drawing pencils and pens with you prepares you for when a moment of inspiration pits. A sketchbook is your safe place where you can do absolutely anything you want. There's no right or wrong. Try all sizes and different papers. Everything gives a little bit of a different feel, and it may inspire you to create something new. Practice, practice, practice and your sketchbook will soon become your new best friend. Whether it's sketching, doodling, experimenting with new mediums, writing collage ing, saving photos or materials, A sketchbook is where all your ideas get to safely grow. It is your mind on paper, so be free and express yourself 8. Your Final Project: All right, everyone, you are ready for your final project. I hope you're excited and ready to start drawing. You will create three finalized drawings, but only need to submit one that is your favorite. They could be in any medium you want. You are totally welcome to submit all three drawings, and I hope that you do. Also. It is optional but encouraged to submit the reference image with the basic shapes inside of them. This will help me give more and detailed feedback. Here is our simple process to get started. Number one, find three great reference images. Oven Animal Planet. Object of your choice. Don't overthink it. They should be quick and easy to pick out number two. Next. Break down each reference image by finding the basic shapes within them. Remember less and simpler shapes make it easy to start with user constructive lines to help you find the angles and the right positioning of the shapes. Three Re Skechers shapes. Keep your drawing simple and light at first. Check your proportions before you start refining and number four. Pick a different style technique to render each drawing. Then snap a photo of your drawing in good lighting or you can scan it. Upload your drying to the class gallery and you are done 9. Thank You!: able to learn a lot about how to start drawing anything you want. Feel free to post any questions you have in the community section of the cloth. No question is too little toe ask. I'm so grateful to be able to share my knowledge with you. I can't wait to see what you create. Thank you so much for watching and keep on drawing and being awesome and