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Drawing Masterclass - 10 Projects For Better Observation

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Lessons in This Class

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      Class overview ok


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      1. Project - Easy Drills


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      2. Project - Blind Drawing


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      3. Project - Quick Sketches


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      4. Project - Contour Lines


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      5. Project - Upside down


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      Coffee Break - The Benefits of Doing Art


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      6. Project - Shapes of the shadows


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      7. Project - Copy Draw


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      8. Basic Geometric Shapes


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      9. Project - Morphing Part 1.


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      Morphing Part 2.


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      10. Project - The Grid Method - Placing The Basic Geometric Shapes


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      The Grid Method Outlines


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      The Grid Method Shadows


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      Final Thoughts


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About This Class

Welcome to the Drawing Masterclass - 10 Project For Better Observation!

This class is part of the whole Drawing Masterclass series, but can stand alone and help you with getting better observational skills.

Drawing is a complex skill and requires not just the ability of putting marks on the paper, but you need to be able to plan an art piece and observe. This class focuses on this last aspect.

Observational drawing is extremely important in getting better at drawing. After we master the technical part - so using a pencil, being able to draw lines, shapes and forms with beginner shading, we need to update our symbols sets we have in our brain and that we use for expression - by observing and drawing things from real life, we learn their characteristics and will be able to express ourselves better in our own creations.

This class is perfect for anyone who wants to get better at drawing and observation. It is great for absolute beginners, however the prerequisite of the class is to have some essential knowledge, like drawing lines, simple shapes and beginner shading  - if you don't have this knowledge, check out the first part of the Drawing Masterclass - The Beginner Level Skills here ---- https://skl.sh/2NxQiDt

I have designed 10 projects which will carefully build up your observational skills to a level where you will be able to do the final project - a drawing of a statue.

These are the 10 projects:

1. Easy Drills - we will copy nonsense lines and shapes on a worksheet I created for you

2. Blind Drawing - we will observe an object and draw its contour lines without looking at your paper.

3. Quick sketches - we will draw 10 images in a 1 minute timeframe to get the most important proportions, angles, lines and the character of the image.

4. Contour Lines - we will observe a real object - your shoe

5. Upside Down - we will draw 2 images upside down

Coffee Break - we will discuss the benefits of doing art

6. Shapes of the Shadows - we will observe 10 images and find the shapes of the shadows in them

7. Copy Draw - we will draw and shade a real object in real proportions - a spoon.

8. Basic Geometric Shapes in Complex Forms - we will observe 10 images and find compositions of basic geometric shapes that build up complex forms

9. Morphing - we will copy the found basic geometric shape compositions and morph them to appropriate outlines

10. The Grid Method - we will draw and shade a sculpture using the grid method

As you can see, this class is packed with useful and fun exercises, so what are you waiting for? Join me in the class now!

I can't wait to see what you create!

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1. Introduction: [MUSIC] Drawing is a complex skill. It requires so much more than just the ability of putting marks on the paper. You need to be good in planning and observing as well. Hi guys, Welcome to the drawing masterclass, 10 projects for better observation. If you are seeing me for the first time, my name is Alexandra Gabor and I'm a professional art teacher, and an artist. In the last year, I was researching the perfect methodology to build up the drawing skill of an absolute beginner from zero to mastery. The whole course is so extensive that I cut it up into comprehensive classes, and here you are in the second part. The first-class, the very beginner skills took the absolute beginner from zero to confident. We learned how to draw lines, shapes, how to create forms with beginner shading. In this class, we are going to take these skills into the next level. If you haven't already taken that class and you are an absolute beginner, I really recommend you to go and check it out. But also don't run away if you haven't checked it out but you have some essentials. This class is perfect for anyone who wants to get better in observation. I have designed ten projects to build up your observational skills from copying nonsense lines to drawing this. Yeah, the Statue of Liberty. [LAUGHTER] Don't be afraid, it is not that hard and I promised that at the end of this class, you will be able to do this. We're going to train your eyes to look for the right shapes, angles, and curves. We're going to try to teach your hands to do what you want. I said want and not see, because drawing is not just about what you see. In the very beginner skills we discussed that most of the times you draw what you know. It is the combination of the two so that you can draw what you want, because that is our ultimate goal. In the beginner level skills we have talked about that you have symbol sets in your heart that you use for visual communication and, that observational drawings help you to learn visual characteristics of objects, scenes, and different things, so that you upgrade your symbols in your heart so that you can use them to express yourself. Yes, observational drawing is really important. Of course, we want to be as accurate as possible, but our priority is to rather to catch the corrector and the feeling and the mood, rather than getting lost in details and perfectionism. Drawing and doing art should be fun and healing. If you are ready to train your eyes and hands to observe, let's jump right into it. Also makes sure to follow me here on Skillshare, check out my social media, on Instagram and Facebook, and my website where you can find me as TheArtsMother, and just check out what I'm up to. See you in class. [MUSIC] 2. Class overview ok: Hi, welcome to the class. In this video, I'm going to talk to you about the projects we are going to do. Let me at first warn you that the first few projects will not be visually appealing. [LAUGHTER] That is absolutely okay. Let me just show you the first project we are going to do, the Easy Drills. The easy drills, you are going to copy nonsense lines and shapes from one square to the other. I have created for you two worksheets. We're going to do one in this class, and the second is optional so that you can practice more. The second project is Blind Drawing, and it is going to result as some interesting and funny things. Something like this. This is really not beautiful, but it's really useful. In the blind drawing, we are going to observe an image and keep our eye on the outlines of the reference image and the objects on the reference image, and just use our hands to draw what we see. It will result as some interesting things, but it is a really useful project. Then we will be going to do the Quick Sketches. The point of this project is to capture the character of these images. We will create ten sketches from ten different reference images in a limited time, let's say at around one minute. You will have one minute to draw the outlines and catch the main shapes and the character of the image. This will train you to look for the most important things. The proportions, the main outlines, and angles and curves so that you don't get lost in the details when you are drawing bigger images, because it is more important to have things right than have that little detail so nice. Then we will do Contour Lines. Yes, this is the sandal of my son. In this project, we are going to do a similar thing that we have done in the blind drawing. We are going to observe but a real object, not just an image, a real object, and here, we are going to be allowed to look at a paper as well. We're going to do a simple observational drawing, but only for contour lines, we're not going to shade. We will only need to learn to do a little bit of measuring, so we are going to try to use the standard units to measure the thing so that we can be proportional without any other help. Great. They're really not nice projects. [LAUGHTER] I'm holding this upside down for a reason because our project is called Upside Down Drawing. The theory behind this is that if you don't know what you are drawing, you don't want to implement what you know about the subject. If you are drawing a deer upside down, you should be more accurate. This theory wasn't proven in my case because even if I'm drawing a deer upside down, I know it is a deer. It didn't really work out for me, but maybe it will for you. This project will be fun and useful. You will observe again, let's do that one as well. After a lot of these projects, we are going to have a coffee break again and discuss the topic of why should we draw or in general, why should we do art. We're going to discuss the benefits of doing art. The next two projects will be a little bit connected. In the sixth project, we're going to take a look on ten different reference photos and we are going to just draw around the shapes of the shadows. Until this project, we are absolutely not dealing with shadows. This is the first one, and we're going to train our eye to look for these shapes again. Not to the highlights, just the shadows in this case. We are going to do ten images from this one, and then move on to the next project which is called Copy Draw. Let me just show you what I mean. Yeah, in this project we are going to draw a spoon. A real spoon, we're going to put it next to it and copy it. In this project, we are going to apply what we have done so far. We are going to be able to copy the contour line, look for the shapes of the shadows, and it will be in a real proportion so you don't need to deal with that one. We are going to copy-draw for real. It will be fun as well. In the ninth project, this will be extensive as well, we are going to do ten images again. We're going to find the basic geometric shapes in complex forms and do ten of these images, and we're going to just look for the circle, the triangles, the ovals, how to build up that complex shape, and then we're going to copy these shapes to a paper. We are going to morph these compositions to real sketches that will help us to be more accurate and proportional. Let me just show you, this is this sketch with that data composition and this is without it, and it will be really helpful. We're going to do ten of these, it will be extensive, but it will really teach you a lot. Then we will move to the final project, which will be the Statue of Liberty. You might think now that this is really complex for this stage, but it really isn't. I'm going to show you the grid method, which basically means that you draw a grid onto your reference image and onto the paper, you are drawing on, and with the help of these reference lines, you are placing the basic geometric shapes, we have done in the previous project, and then morph these to the outlines. Then we will do again, a beginner-level shading and just get a really nice statue drawing. Let me just take a minute to talk about your project in this class. In this final project, your task will be to draw any statue for real, so you don't need to do the Statue of Liberty if you find it too hard. It can be a really easy Budha or any statue you find online and you will love to draw. You can just do a little detail form of statue. The main point is to use the grid method, observe the outlines, and apply beginner shading again. We'll leave them more variation because I'm just going to use three pencils in it, but mainly one. But our point is to get more in-depth and really into this observational thing and do a complex project at the end of these lots of exercises we do before that one. I would love to invite you to the exclusive community I'm leading on Facebook, we have an Artmothers Online Artroom Facebook group. I would love you to join it, share your progress there. When you do the first project, the second, the fifth, I don't know the 17th, just share it there and get feedback. Of course, don't forget to create your project here on Skillshare and it is obligatory. The final statue drawing is obligatory, but you are free to post any project you do in this class in the process. You can post the first one with the worksheets, you can post the copy draw or anything I have just mentioned we will do. I think it's enough talk, let's get into it. 3. 1. Project - Easy Drills: [MUSIC] Welcome to the first project and it's just called, easy drills. Now, I will do this project on my iPad Pro because it will be just easier for me. But I will include these worksheets I have created for you in the Resources section. The best would be if you would just print it out, get a marker and do the exercises with me. This exercise is about building your observations. Your task will be to copy these lines and shapes exactly into this square that is next to it. At the end, we will have 10 images observed and copied. It will really train our eyes to look for reference points. Now I will take a different color for my pencil, I love this magenta so that you can see in more contrast what I am doing, now to the first one. Where would I start here? At first, I'm looking for the first reference point that is here and here, I look for the curves. I already missed that. Approximately like this. [LAUGHTER] The great thing about iPad throw is that I can make any mistakes. These lines don't necessarily need to be extremely precise. But to train your eye and hand to follow lines, you can see it is hard even for me. But let's keep it like this. Now, I can see that approximately this circle is here. Again, not perfect. Now, this one starts at this curve and end approximately here. Now I have a square. I will not start to draw the square at this side because I might not end far enough from the end of these rectangles. What I'm doing is start with this line and I can make it an approximate size. I can get this distance a bit more precise like this and like this. Let us move on to the next one. I will do the exact same thing. I start with this and the points. This here. Now, I'll continue with this dot and it is above this curve. Now I will do this line. It is approximately here and approximately here. Here is this dot. I can see that if I would draw this straight line here, in my imagination, I can see that this triangle starts approximately here. This is the line I'm drawing in my imagination and comes down tear here and like here. Great. Let's move on to the next one. Now, I will start with this thick line. Not perfect, but okay. Now I will again find these points and join them. I have this line straightening tool in Procreate that we don't have in real life. It would be useful. But doesn't matter if your lines are not perfect, it would be great to find this crossing point as well. Good enough. Here is the big circle. Let's move on. Now this will be fun. I can see a dot here when it starts in here, where it ends. I will go down and up, great. I have a dot here, I have a star here, and another one here. This is all a little house, I guess. I don't know. I created this in absolute random. I will try not to use that line straightening tool too much. We have one line here and here and the middle. Now, again, I will start with the smaller ones so that I can guess the distance from the edge. Great. Now I have this dot above this line. I can see I made a mistake. This is too short, like this. Great. Let's move on to the next one. I will start with the spiral. Great. Again, I will find these points approximately. This is just an amazing exercise to train your eyes. As you can see, I have troubles with it. It is good even for advanced artists to practice, and it is just fun. Let's do this next one. We have this one here, we have it here. Let's connect it. Great. Wonderful. This one is tricky. I will start with this circle. I will make the circle here and connect it to the edges. Then I will make this second circle like this and again connect it to the edges. Now I can see that this line is a continuation of this one. It is the same with this. This is here. Where should I start? I will start with this rectangle shape. I want to guess it's position. I will be curious, where would you start these images? Maybe I can draw them more easily because I have created the originals. Maybe you will have different strategy. If you do, would you please share it with us in the discussion so that we can learn from you what is your strategy? Now again, I will start here. I didn't do it well, so let's do it like this. Now we have a dot here. Let's connect it here. Then we have this rectangle here. I should again, at first count this distance from the edge of the square. This is my filled in worksheet. Find it in the Resources section, and I will just show you that we have another one. This is a second one, so you will have 20 squares to copy. Practice as much as you want. Do approximately one sheet. You can share it in a Facebook group with us or you can also upload into the project gallery so that we can see how you were doing. It would be fun to see it in different colors so that we can really differentiate between the black original and the things you have done. I hope you liked this exercise and these easy drills. Let's move on to the next one. It will be fun as well. I also can wait to see how well you do in this exercise. [MUSIC] 4. 2. Project - Blind Drawing: [MUSIC] Welcome to the second project, which is called blind drawing. We are going to do exactly what its name says. We are going to draw blindly. Basically, it means that we are going to look on the reference photo and we are going to copy the outlines without looking at our paper. At first, I'm going to find a reference photo and search for images named still life. I want objects now like this one right now. I have my reference photo here. I'm just going to observe its contour lines here. I'm going to start somewhere at the top and try to follow the movement of my eyes with my hands. In this exercise, we are going to focus only on outlines, so we are not going to shade it or put highlights on it, we are just simply going to follow the outlines. I need to warn you [LAUGHTER] this might not look perfect. You might loose proportions, et cetera, but this exercise is really great to train your hands to follow what your eyes do. Now I am following this line. I am not looking at the paper. [LAUGHTER] This is going to be surprise for me how did it turn out. Now I am slowly looking at the outlines. Here I see the flowers, so I'm going to draw them. Here is the fruits. Great. Then somewhere here there is this fruit. Above that there should continue. [LAUGHTER] I wonder how does it look like? I think it might be funny. [LAUGHTER] Wow, I just looked at it and it does not look exactly how it should, but it is just practice. This training your eyes. I will just add this right here. Great, beautiful. [LAUGHTER] Let us find another picture. This looks easy for me. I don't want even to download it, just put it like this. I'm going to choose this part of the paper to do it. I'm looking at the reference photo and following the outlines with my eyes and try to put these movements together. Here is going to be this flower. Let us do this. I know I went through this line, but I think I made it bigger. Let's approximately find this flower. Then it has these leaves here. Then here is the another one. [LAUGHTER] Looks great. I think this is better than this one was. However, I really didn't get the proportions right. As you can see, I tried to follow these shapes here and then I just suddenly made it a lot bigger. Then placed this, so I forgot the cap so I just add it there. Here is the cup. [LAUGHTER] Really not great. Anyways, this is a wonderful exercise to train your eyes to follow the outlines, and to train your hands to do the same what your eyes are doing. It is absolutely not bad if you didn't get it right. I think nobody can replicate an image without looking at the paper, but this will improve your observational skill. Let's go to the next project, which is called quick sketches. It will again not give us some beautiful drawings, but our point now in this part is you level up your observation. It is just great again to do that. Let's move on to the next video. 5. 3. Project - Quick Sketches: [MUSIC] Welcome to the quick sketches. As you can see, I have divided an A4 sheet paper to 10 even parts, so it is not perfect, but doesn't matter. You don't even need to do this on one paper because we're going to create 10 sketches. You can use separate papers for each of them. But what we are going to do is so-called gesture sketch. We are going to take a look at 10 reference photos I have chosen from stock photo site. I'm going to just move them. I will have approximately one minute to sketch them. Get the shapes right, etc. I don't need to start shading, or something like that, but to get the main lines and approximate proportions, you can check the reference photo now and look at the paper, so this is not blind drawing, but little sketches. I'm going to start with this fries. You can use your own images, or follow me with these. You really don't need to go into detail with them. [NOISE] I'm trying to get these lines. I don't even see them because it is not full. It doesn't really matter. I have these lines here, and then I have this paper which has something like disk curve that is then hidden with the fry up here. I'm observing the image a lot, so I'm not blind drawing. But I don't even need to be too precise. Now, I have this fry here, and here was this next one [NOISE]. There is one here, one here. I've gone through my area, but doesn't matter. Great. I will move on to the next image. I have this small bowel [NOISE] This is bigger. As you can see, I'm using a lot of short lines. This looks bigger in the glass. I have this giant dandelion here. Won't go into detail because I need to move on. The next one, I will start with the leaf at the front, it has a shape like this. I have one thing here, then here is another one following this curve. Now I can see what mistakes I made, I put this too close to this one, and this is not long enough. We are always learning when we are looking for it reference points to place this objects. I don't even see what is here, some shape like this, maybe this is cinnamon, I'm not sure. Here is another one. Here is something like this. I need to move on to the next one. I have three pairs. Here is the first one. It is not easy to not go into too much detail at first, but this will teach us also that we need to plan. We need to spend time getting these shapes right, before we start to add details and shadows, and it is just hard even for professionals, I guess. I have problems with this. Not perfect, it doesn't matter. Do I have time? Yes, I have 10 more seconds. I'm just doing approximately one minute, and not too much [LAUGHTER] These are not even touching, doesn't matter. Let's move on to the next one. I will just make the main shape of it. This is not easy. I will just get the main shape, like this. This is hard. [LAUGHTER] Too many details. They can get the main lines. I have 20 more seconds, I will just add these. Let's move on to the next slide. It's a nice watch. I will just from this circle, and one outside of that [NOISE] It is enough if someone can recognize what you have drawn [LAUGHTER] It really doesn't need to be something perfect. Let's move on to the next one. This is a coffee or tea cup. I need to put the compositions somehow so that everything fits. Which is again, not an easy thing to do. [NOISE] Not here, it's far away, this apple, then we have these things here, and here are the tulips. I think that the pear is not going to be in the image. I need to move on to the next one. Here is a camera [NOISE] Here is a book. Not here, it doesn't matter. I'm entering the space next to this, and here is the glasses. I need to move on again. A pineapple, again, this is similar to this one. Just get to main shape. [NOISE] Here is an apple beside that. The next one. [NOISE] Here is the pear, and here is the big jug [NOISE] We're finished. Now we have 10 sketches really quickly done. I think it is just great, I can recognize everything apart from this, this look like a cauliflower or something. But anyways, this is a great exercise to train your eyes, to look for the main shapes and to place them approximately, and to practice actually to draw different objects. Your task now is to either use these images I have shown you at the edge of this video, or find your own images in stock photo site, download them, and set a timer to approximately one or one-and-a-half minutes, and just try to sketch the whole image within that time-frame. Share with us in the Facebook group. Maybe we can just do the guessing that; what is that I've touched? I think this will be just so much fun. Let's move on to the next project which is called contour lines. Grab your shoe because we are going to draw it. Let's get into it. [MUSIC] 6. 4. Project - Contour Lines: [MUSIC] Now let's move on to the fourth project, which is called Contour Lines. We're going to do approximately the same we have done already but from a real object. I want you to grab your shoe. One shoe is enough. I'm going to use my son's sandal because it is small enough so that I can show it to you here, then I don't really have too much space here. I'm going to put it here and I'm going to observe it. What I'm going to do is that I am going to go a little bit more into detail in this project. I'm going to look for the contour lines, I want to make it as accurate as possible so this is not going to be a simple sketch that we've done in the previous project. I want the main lines to be okay and I'm going to do line work. I'm not going to shade or highlight anything and I'm going to try to put it sideways so that I can see it straight from the side. I don't want to work now in angles because it might distort my image right now at the stage. Let's just try to put the shoe somehow so that you can see it from the front as I'm here. I'm going to look at it from the side, I'll just put this sharpener below it so that I can just look straight onto its side. Let's just do a little bit of basic measuring. I'm going to measure approximately this but at this part is half of this and it is true. I'm going to start with a line, and I'm going to sharpen my pencil at first. I'm working with a 3B pencil. I've done all of the projects until now. All the projects in this part with a 3B pencil. I'm going to dull it a little bit because it is too sharp, but it's great now. What I'm doing is, let me start with an approximate line. I'm measuring this part to this part so that it is at a half and also the height. It is exactly the same height as that. Here I have a main line. I'm going to divide it approximately into the middle, put this about which gives us the height of the shoes. Now I have four reference dots. This is as well. I'm going to try this part. I'm going down here. I have this thing here , and I already have the back of the sandal. Just check if you can see that. Now, I will continue up here to this point where I have this thing. This has a curve here, going up, so the way up like this. It has an angle. Find an angle you can just bring the pencil right to the subject you are drawing and draw it in this angle and use the pencil to redraw that angle to the paper. I've gotten it wrong. That's fine. I've gotten it wrong. I am just looking at this part, this point, and drawing an imaginary line down here and I can see that the end of this curve is right here. Always find reference points, it doesn't matter now that I spoilt this. It is practice. I will just keep this line here so I don't make it thicker too much. I have the bottom part. Now let's move up here. I need to find this height. I can see that this height is half of this height. I will just divide it approximately to here. As you can see, to find the perfect shape, I'm using short lines, then I can erase. To find these perfect lines, don't need to be afraid to use those lines to help you because that's their job. What do you say? I really like it, it is cute. It is not perfect. It is actually a really usual thing to draw your shoes in art schools, it is usually included in every curriculum so I didn't want to leave it out. [MUSIC] Your project now is to draw a shoe, then share it either in the project gallery or in the Facebook group, and then also show us the reference object you've worked with and we will give you feedback and etc. We have one last contour line-focused project, and that is the upside-down project. Let's see that. [MUSIC] 7. 5. Project - Upside down: [MUSIC] Welcome to the next project which is called upside down drawing. [NOISE] There was a theory that if you draw upside down and you are not realizing what you are drawing, just following the contour lines, you can observe much more better than when you know what you are drawing and you are implementing the symbols from your head about that object into what you are drawing, if that makes sense. I've just written to Unsplash to the search bar animal and I'm going to choose one animal like this and hand it over. I will just start drawing. Again, we are not going to shade or create highlights. What I'm doing is basically observing and drawing, observing and drawing. The theory says you can be more accurate. I'm not saying it is like 100 percent true. I will need to make this shorter because my body will look like, just proximately, both at like here. Really try not to think about what you are actually drawing. It now really looks like as if it was fingers or something. Now here is this. Here's another one. I will just erase a little bit. I will erase this line as well. Actually it doesn't really feel like I'm drawing feathers or something. I really can break down the thing I am drawing in these shapes and really think about them as simple shapes. Now, here are some feathers. I'm not go to detail in this because I want to try another one within this timeframe as well. I want to emphasize that these drawings we are doing in this class are not really visually appealing because we are now really practicing, we're practicing. I hope you will enjoy these exercises and that you will improve. But don't worry at the end we will have a final project again, where you can use what you have learned in this class. He has his eye here. Approximately here. I'm going to turn it over. [LAUGHTER] Great. I'm not saying it as the most beautiful bird I painted or drawn. Let's see. Yeah is approximately accurate. I would say that the body is great, just that it should have been longer, but I didn't make it. Let's try it with another one. I will turn this over again. Let's see it. [LAUGHTER] I think it is a little bit fat, don't you think? I don't know, maybe his neck's short. This is where it meets like what you know about this subject and what you see, you really need to train your eyes and hands to draw what you see and not what you know. Personally, I think you need to implement both so it is not an exclusive thing. You need to be flexible and do it like that. That's just ridiculous that okay. It is a great way. I should do this exercise more often I guess. It's not that far away. Let it be like this. I want to add this project to get an animal, turn the image upside down and try to observe it and draw it upside down and then see how it worked for you. So far, what we have done is that we have done this, [MUSIC] easy rails we copied, there's nonsense lines and shapes to the brackets next to it. Then we have done some blind drawing where we observed an image and drawn it without looking at our paper, and then we have done quick sketches and sketched 10 images to get the main shapes and characteristics of that image so that we can replicate it. Then we have done some contour line drawing where we have drawn a shoe with observing a real object. That we have done the upside down drawing, where we should have drawn the counter lines of an animal upside down to try out desk theory, which is actually great but didn't work for me. I hope it works for you. Now let's have a coffee break and then continue with visually more appealing products. See you there. [MUSIC] 8. Coffee Break - The Benefits of Doing Art: [MUSIC] Whole topic in this coffee break is why to draw. I have chosen this topic because I have met a girl recently who just told me that she just cannot understand why would an adult person choose to waste his precious time for doing art or drawing. It just hurt me so much because I think that drawing and doing art is important for the whole world, and not just for the whole world, but for you as a person. To be honest, I was raised with this thought that art is useless even though my father was an artist. He was a multi-artist, he was a playwright, he wrote children's books, he painted, he was an actor, he was a journalist. Maybe because of that time, that if an artist wanted to succeed, he really needed connections, a degree or got extreme talent or luck. But we are not living in that world anymore. My parents didn't include art in my future picture, that doing art is a possible career. But anyways, I ended up being an art teacher because I really wanted to stay at art and I chose to be a teacher because I love teaching and connection with people and to share my knowledge. The second situation when I match this art is useless thing was, as an art teacher, I entered the state school and I took away the art lessons of the not qualified teachers, and they were offended. They accused me of me stealing their lazy lesson. They said, I am not a real teacher, I'm just teaching art. That's like not for life. It was really hurtful and also this attitude went to the teenagers I was teaching. They were saying that drawing is childish, is useless. Only few of them were interested in it only as a hobby. Just because they didn't know that art is a thing. It is a thing. As you can see in the world there are so many people who are not involved in art anyhow. I really thinking that art is useless. Why would you do that? Why would you waste your money on art supplies or art courses? I know that you're not that person because you are here and watching me talking about it. But also I've seen people around me with such a low self-esteem and I struggled with this as well. I had a low self-esteem because everybody outside told me that art is not a thing and art is useless and worthless and I was not confident about me wanting to do it. I was doing it secretly and not saying I'm doing art and I'm an artist and I love it. That's bad because then you think that you need to be some superhero or on a extreme talent to be proud that you are drawing and doing art and it is just not right. You don't need to be ashamed of running on the street for exercise. If you are not an Olympian, you are running, you are exercising, you are doing good for yourself, and doing art is that. Let me just name you a few benefits doing art has to convince you that what you are doing is awesome and amazing. The first is art therapy. Art has a proven therapeutic effect. Let's think about the kids. It's just so natural to process their emotions and experiences through art. Even in primary schools, we had to draw what happened to us in the vacation and to draw our family and express those things that are around us. If you were with me at the beginner level of skills, you already know that what you draw comes from really deep inside you. You are expressing yourself, your mood, your feelings with the shapes you are doing, with the decisions you are making in the drawing process. What you are expressing through your hints comes from your soul. It leads you to better self knowledge and acceptance. It's just a joyful and relaxing and healing. I call this, I guess a regular soul yoga and it is a regular soul yoga. If you are doing it regularly, you have a channel where you can just release these frustrations and anxiety and depression and sadness and things that are not good for you and you express them and you feel better. The same way that you feel after exercise, it is healthy for you and who are we, if we don't have mental health, it is important as well. Doing art is important for you, your mental health, your soul and heart. The second one is personal development. I already talked to you about that people around me has such a low self-confidence, not just in doing art and their thing, but their self-acceptance is just not on the right level where it should be. First thing we have learned at the university was that the most important thing is to give students the feeling of success. Challenge them, and give them doable projects. Because if you don't have the feeling of success, you cannot learn anything. This feeling of success, it applies to so many parts of a person's life. If you audit little successes in your life, you're just feeling better. Your day is just better and your life is just better and you have the sense of accomplishment which is important again. The third one is that art has wonderful effect on cognitive abilities. Observational drawing trains your brain to observe your environment to have a better perception of the world around you. Planning an art piece, enhances your logical thinking and drawing from your imagination boosts your creativity. As you can see, doing art has a wonderful effect on your intellect as well and it is just looking better [LAUGHTER] solving mathematical assignments. The last one is actually the one that I started with, that we are living in a different world. There has never been a better time to be an artist. This is the time when not academic degrees matter but what you know and what you can do. You can do anything and you can learn anything. Social media has brought us so many possibilities. The visual industry is blossoming. Everyone is communicating visually and there is a demand for visual images. From videos, Jeff's illustrations, paintings, design, brand logos, websites, etc. All starts with drawing and doing art. [MUSIC] You have everything just a click away. In summary why to draw. Because it heals your soul, builds your confidence, develops your intellect and you also have opportunities in the visual industry. Even if your purpose is not related to getting a creative job, you don't need to be McDonald to sing. You can draw and paint for pure joy and you deserve it. I want you to know that what you're doing is important and amazing. You are important and amazing. 9. 6. Project - Shapes of the shadows: [MUSIC]. Welcome to the next project, which will be in the next two videos. We're going to copy draw, which means that we are going to draw this spoon in real proportions. But before that, in this video, we are going to find the shapes of the shadows on 10 different photos to prepare our eyes to look for the shadows, because until this we were looking only for the outlines. Now I want you to find the shapes of the shadows in this images. We are going to go through these 10 images together and find these shapes of the shadows. You can do the same exercise by your own images you find in stock photo sites, or you can just stop the video and show these images on your screen and just go through these shapes on your own, or just watch me do it, or to find your own images, and again, find these shapes by yourself. So when you look at this image, what you see is color. I have created one layer, which if I turn on, it desaturates this image, and as you can see, it has really dark. So my color almost is lost. What I can see is shadows and highlights, actually. Can you see that? So there's a little bit of mid-tone everywhere you see a really dark shadows. But I want to look for these in colored images. So I am going to turn on this layer at every image to see how accurate was I with my observation. So I'll just get into it. What I can see here, is a giant shadow and actually it is taking over almost the full shape of the apple, I cannot even see it here. Then I see a shadow here. Here's the really dark shadow, also here around this thing, here is shadow. Then I would say this also counts to shadow, but I wouldn't call it a shadow neither in midtown it is somewhere in-between, similar value as the disc shape if you can see that. So these two are the darkest ones and these are in the mid range. Now let's see here. This is almost black. I can see this is almost black. With these shapes around that. Here is a little lighter shadows, then this part is fully black. I can see a reflection here. It is an approximate thing again. So yes, these are the shadows I see. Then I want us to do, so let's turn on. I was approximate. So if I see these saturated, let's just take a look here. This is almost fully the same value as this one, but actually it doesn't really matter for now. Let me turn this layer off and move to the next image, which is this bowel. So where do I see shadows at first? I see a shadow up here then down here. I can see this is in shadow. In transparent objects, it is a little bit different because you can see through these things. Also I can see here it's almost black. This is the shadow fully here. This is shadow. Again, you don't need to be 100 percent accurate at this, you are just training your eyes to look for shadows because that is what we are going to do in the next video. So here this is shadow. I would say this is shadow as well. At the background, I'm not going to just on the images, find the shadows, but on the images. Let's just see out of curiosity. Approximately accurate, I can see this shape again as well. Let's move on to the next one. Let's turn it right here. These images are really easy to work with because they are really contrastive. You have really harsh shadows that you can actually clearly see. This is almost black, and this part, and this, and I can see this. Cast shadow. This is in shadow. This end plate, here is shadow. Out of curiosity, yeah, I think we got the darkest values. This is a little bit like a lifestyle photography to filter how to put us, but I can clearly see the shadows. Can you see it in? This is shadow. This is shadow. You can see a shadow here and also here. So now I am not seeing a hand but I'm seeing shapes, that is what I need right now. Just check it. Yeah, those are the darkness values. Let's move on to the next one. So I'm focusing on the car now. I can see clear shadow here. I can see the shadow of the car, I think it is noon when it's photographed. I can see this part is in shadow. This part is in shadow. This is the shadow. This almost a whole lower part of the car is in shadow. I think that's all. Let me just check it. Yeah, you can see that this values, maybe I would add a little bit here, but that's just enough for now. Let's go on to the next layer. We have these cherries here. So again, I'm going to start with the bowl now. I see the cast shadow here and this part, I will not include this part, so I will just make it look shorter like here. Well, here is a big shadow. Cherries are in absolute shadow here because they're a little bit of reflection. This is almost fully black again. Here's a little bit of reflection again, I can see it here, here almost black. Let's just check it. Yeah [LAUGHTER], not too many meltdowns again, but okay. Go to the next one we have peas here. Again, really nice shadows here. I can see them almost every little shadow is so definite, mainly these cast shadows. I can see them here, also in the middle, and I would call this the darkest ones. Maybe part of this pea, maybe a little bit here. They spread, they touch. Let's check it. Yeah. Nicely done. Just continue this line. Well one did this guitar. Again, really nice shadows, as you can see, this is really dark and down we have this cast shadow. We have this shadow in the textile, and we have shadow down here. Here is the shadow below this circle. [LAUGHTER] I will do it more accurately. Let's check it. Yeah, great. This is a really dark, I could draw almost everything, but I will focus on the spoon. I can see that there is this shadow in the spoon to make say definite, and then here is a little bit of this shadow and there are these. I will not spend too much time on this shadows. [inaudible] I will again just take a look on the spoon as if only this part would be colored. So let's move on to the last one, which is again quite obvious. We have everything outside. I'm going to focus on here. We have big shadow here, little one here. This stem here, and then around the cup and in the coffee, and I guess that's all. Let's just check it. Yeah, again, we got it. Great. So I think this exercise is really great. We have seen every image and all these shadows. I think we have trained our eye see it everywhere. So let's move on to the next exercise where we're going to draw this exact spoon. [MUSIC] 10. 7. Project - Copy Draw: [MUSIC] Now we have trained our eye to look for the shadows. Now we trained our eye to look for the contour lines. We did blind drawing, drills for observation, quick sketches, contour lines, upside down drawing, and now we are going to copy draw. The way it is different from the contour lines exercise is that then we had this shoe of my son or your shoe further away and we translated the image we observed onto the paper which could have had a little bit of distortion. But now we are going to get a spoon. Now run and get a spoon and we're going to draw exactly next to it. Hopefully will not be any different proportions. I will just change my position because I really want to look at the spoon from the top, so make sure that you are looking from straight so that you can and maybe you will see my hand popping up here because I really wanted to get it right. Now what I'm doing, I sharpen my pencil. I might want a little bit to dull it because I will now draw really lightly. I want this shape to be as accurate as possible. [MUSIC] You can as well put the spoon right into the center and this should be now okay. See how it works. Not too much difference. I just had some issues with the angles. I will just correct that now. This angles, I would say it is okay now. What will make this spoon more lively is the shadows. Now we need to add the shadow. As you can see, here is a thin line. This is the side of the spoon, which is lighter, so I will need, and it comes up here. I will make a thin line right here that I can see like this. There is this same line here. It will be in shadow approximately from here. You really need a sharp pencil for this because this is detailed work. Make sure you have your pencil sharpened. Now, I can see that this part until this part is approximately in shadow. I have a reflection here. I might have different shadows as you have. What I'm going to do is I'm going to make an image so that I can replicate it for you from the top as you see it. Like this. This is what you see. I'm sitting in a different angle, so I will try to do what you see. Again, here, I did a little bit close up so that you can see. I am drawing now through the cameras. [LAUGHTER] Please forgive me. Here is a big highlight shape like this. Then we have it like this. This part is fully light. We have a reflection here. It should be lighter. We have a reflection here and here that will be lighter. We have a highlight here. I'm not going to draw because I will add it while I'm going to shade. Then if you can see, here is highlight and here is the pattern that I might not. I will just draw it. [MUSIC] I'm going in with a really sharp 5B pencil. I will just try to add one. Well, you are within the spoon and then I will just darken and lighten it. I'm using, again an eraser to make it right mainly at the edges of these highlights and shadows. I think I might need to darken this one. I didn't go dark enough into it. [MUSIC] I don't want to draw every little dot here. I would go nuts. What I can see that there is shadow actually within this, so I will just shade a little bit over this part I have created hair. Yeah, this side of this spoon is again darker, but what will make the spoon more lively is the cast shadow. As you can see, we have cast shadow below it. Just spreading right here. I'm just going to do is really lightly. I'm darkening the shadow as I'm getting closer to the spoon. Yeah. I have it light just below the spoon. Harsh down here. What do you say? Not 100 percent perfect, but I would say that it has great. What I would do now is to darken this even more. I think I nearly need to go dark with this. I would call it finished. Maybe I could add something like this. I don't really want to overdo it. It is really easy to overdo it. Here is my spoon. What do you say to this? What your task here is to grab a spoon, put it into your sketch book, trace the outlines. If you need help, you can just put the spoon and trace it and then correct those lines because it is in angle, so it will be not like a perfect copy of it. Then if you are ready with it, look for the shadows. Try to do a mid tone and then when you are ready, [LAUGHTER] try to darken it to as much as possible as you see it. I was looking through the cameras, so maybe I go just a little bit dark so that you can see the contrast, as much contrast as I have here, and then add the cast shadow which will make it more lively. You don't need to make it like 100 percent realistic drawing. Again, I'm emphasizing that this is just practice for me as well, so just relax. You don't need to create perfect artwork every time you are doing something. You can do this with a spoon, you can do this with a sharpener, you can do this with something that is actually not colorful. It will be just easier to see the values. Yeah, post your artworks into the Facebook group or into the project gallery so that we can give you feedback on it. Let's move on to the next section with more interesting activities. See you there. [MUSIC] 11. 8. Basic Geometric Shapes: [MUSIC] Welcome to the next project. This project is in relation to the next one. In this video, we are going to find basic geometric shapes in complex forms. If you have taken the very beginner skills, you already know that everything is built up of shapes. We practiced to draw triangles, rectangles, circles, trapeze, squares, etc., so basic geometric shapes. We have built an easy illustration with these. We have drawn our house, but it was good only to practice to use these shapes to create illustrations. But as in life, mostly we want to draw things from life and also to improve our drawing skills and symbol that we need to practice drawing things from life, they are usually more complicated shapes than simple geometric shapes. However, in order to get for example better contour lines, we can build up this shape from basic geometric shapes. If you have drawn the apple, pear, and the banana with me, you already seen that first, I draw the main basic geometric shapes and then adjust the contour lines. What we are going to do, I'm going to show you 10 images and we're going to look for the basic geometric shapes, and done. You can do this exercise with me or just watch it. You can just stop the video when I arrive to the new image and just look for yourself where those shapes are or what those shapes are, or you can find your reference images on stock photo sites and use them. Let's just start with this one. If you want to just stop this video now and then continue. Yes, as you can see here is a circle at its head. Then we have a triangle, then we have an oval. An oval is also basic geometric shape. Then we have a triangle again at its tail. If I would want to redraw this animal and I would see these composition of basic geometric shapes, I would be able to draw with more easily. Let's move on to the next one. I'm going to draw this. This is a giraffe and as you can see, it has a big triangle and it's head. Then if I want to separate this, here is a big rectangle. I would say here is a triangle again. I can just draw a big circle right here as its skull, I guess, and there are also triangles here, but let's just keep it as simple as possible. Let's just move on to the next one. Here is our deer we try to draw upside down. As you can see at first, I would say that he has this trapeze here. Then this triangle is its nose. Also triangle here and the triangle here. Then I can see a giant circle here and maybe another one right here, and a triangle here. What do you say to this? Let's move on to the next one. I will just turn it over like this. I can see a big circle here and then a rectangle here and then another one up here. The face is going to be interesting. I can see a big circle here as the top of the skull. Then here is a triangle for the nose. I would say here is a rectangle again. I already see the skull. Can you see that? Let's move on to this bison. Its shape is really irregular. I will just draw this circle here and I can see a rectangle here and a triangle here. This is the coffee maker brewer. This is obvious. Here is a rectangle. Again, a rectangle and a trapeze. Jug, a jar. Again, as you can see, where you see these curves, there is usually a circle that you can insert into it. Now I can see this square and this rectangle up here. Let's go to the next one, wonderful Beetle. I see a circle, but not exactly the wheels, but let's say this whole is a circle. I can see a circle here as well. Let's add this as a triangle and from this composition, I would be just happy to morph the outlines. Let's move to the next one. Here are three pears. It is absolutely obvious that here are these circles. Here is a rectangle and two triangles for instance. But I can do it differently as well. I have a rectangle here, I can have a smaller circle here and I can have, I don't know, this trapeze here, or I can put another circle here or oval. This is an oval. Now I'm going to add a small circle here, a big giant circle here. Here we have a rectangle, and here we have a triangle. There are so many ways to do this. I think there are endless ways to do this. This is a great practice. In the next video, you will see that I will turn on this composition, put it on the paper, and then try to morph the outlines to get it right. Let's continue to do that one. [MUSIC] 12. 9. Project - Morphing Part 1.: [MUSIC] The way we're going to do this is that your task is to draw these compositions on your papers, so a circle, an oval, a triangle outside realm, or if you use the reference photo copy from that to a paper, or I am going to provide you this exact images so that you can follow along, or do on your own. What I'm going to do now is to look at the reference photo with these compositions in my mind. I'm going to morph these shapes to my advantage to draw this things. They might not be that perfect, but now we can see better. Now we have lots of reference points, like we have the eye. You don't need to be too perfect, or precise, or detailed with these drawings, our point here is to draw as good as possible. As you can see, this oval is not exactly at the edge, but we have a reference point to start our feathers at. It is already better than nothing. If we wouldn't have these compositions, we wouldn't know where to start to draw this thing, so now we know that he has, legs here, here is this, he has one leg here, another here, another here. Now, let's continue with his head, we can see that these things are coming this way, and here are these feathers continuing somewhere there. Let's erase here because here was just something. We can see that it continues like this, and voila. In a few seconds I'm going to turn all of this off. I have a wonderful bird drawing, and if I wouldn't have those things, it would take me more time to figure out the proportions, so I hope you will now get it why do we need them, or why are they useful. Let's move on to the next one. Again, I have my composition of a big circle, a triangle, smaller triangle, and a rectangle. I can see that here is this something, nose, or mouth or what it is. Starts right here, and it comes up here. Great. Now I can see that he has his ears here, so like this, and here he has this some things here, so it really improves my sketching. I know where to place these things. This is his neck, continues like this. Here are these little furs like this. This is his ear, and now we see this fur. I will just do this. Great. Now I can also place these shapes, if I want to how we see. I don't want to go too much in detail just to show you that these lines are really helpful for real. See, I will turn off these things and I have a giraffe in how much time? I don't know, three minutes, an accurate giraffe. This is awesome. Here again, as you can see, there is a little bit of difference in his button, and then it follows this line. Here are his legs, approximately like this. Basically, again, what I'm doing is I am continuing, so this is a bit of a shadow. I'm continuing to look for reference points. Then here is another leg, and another one, like this. Now we can see. We have this ear here. This is a bit more complicated than the others were, but I just want to honor this deer as I spoiled the upside down drawing with him. Here is his nose, as you can see, I see that it is a bit away from this point of this triangle, so I am putting this here. Here is his eye, here another one. I might not be the best drawer of deers. I wanted to prove this wrong, but it just doesn't happen. It doesn't really matter [LAUGHTER]. As you can see, people are good at different things. I'm not the best at drawing deers, so I will just sketch this. Still better as it was. It needed a little bit of shading here. It looks better now. Great. But his proportions are perfect, so if I didn't have, again, these lines to follow, I wouldn't be able to do this. Let's move on to the next one. This will be a bit more easy, because we are doing almost just geometric shapes. Here's the top of the bottle, here we have this nice top, and now we can see that we have this curve, and this curve. I'm following the outlines. I can see this is here, this is here, and I can just add it like this, and voila, I have a really nice bottle. Let's move on to the face, this will be interesting. 13. Morphing Part 2.: [MUSIC]Now I'm going to start right here. I can see that this line also helps me actually. I can follow this. Just about this triangle, her face is coming out. She will have her eye like here. We'll continue like here. She has her eye right here. Eyebrow here, and her nose starts [inaudible] must the eye. Her mouth, she has this stuff here. It starts right here. Let's just move on to the next one. So we will start here. I don't know what's wrong with me today. But for some reason I just can't seem to know how to draw today, but okay, I will continue. As you can see, here is the head. Here we have some horns. His head is continuing down right here. I will do this stuff here. Here we have a big bush of legs. It works like this. Great. Now I'm just turn off this and I have a zone that I have never drawn before in three minutes. Great. Amazing. Let's move on to the next one. So this will be an easy one. I will start with getting this angle. I can just copy it. [NOISE] I can see that it has an angle here. Then here you have just lines. Amazing. Again, this will be really easy. [NOISE] Now the car, I can see that this thing is here. It takes a curve like this. This will be rather like a comic [LAUGHTER] of the car. [NOISE] I can clearly see the angles that I need to draw. Here is the other little wheel. Great. Amazing. Let's turn these off and let's move on to the last one. So I can see we have this stem here. Continuing this line, is coming out. Great. Now we have another one. The stem starts here. Then it goes here. Here is the last one. Amazing. I have wonderful proportions and got the real shapes of these pairs. I think this exercise was so interesting and exciting. The biggest level was, I guess the phase, the portraiture. I wouldn't do it actually decimate too much. The grid method helps me with it even more. Your task now is to take the resources, take these shapes and the reference photos and try to draw the outlines. Maybe you can just print it and put tracing paper over these main shapes so that your final piece, you don't see them or draw them really lightly so that you can erase them afterwards so that you really got this nice outlines. You will have 10 outlines of this section. I would be really happy if you would share it in the Facebook group or in the project gallery. You don't need to share all of them. Just, I don't know which you like the best. Please share your experiences. Which image was the easiest, which image was the hardest? If you use your own reference photos, it would be really great if you would create worksheets like this for the others so that we have even more to practice on with your basic geometric compositions or even without them. I think we can move on to the last parts. 14. 10. Project - The Grid Method - Placing The Basic Geometric Shapes: [MUSIC] Welcome. We arrive to the last project where we are going to use the grid method, which means that you put a grid on your reference image and a square grid and then you actually copy these squares onto your paper, which has the exact same grid. That way you can use these lines as reference points and actually get the drawing. What I used to do that I used to use third grid, which we usually use for compositions. The reason I love to use it, because if you use the same format for the paper and the reference photo, you'll have less distortion done with square grid. I also don't usually do only on the outlines, but I use the technique we learned in the basic geometric shape part so that you analyze your reference image in terms of the basic geometric shapes you have in it and then place those basic geometric shapes using the square grid and then you use the grid and the basic geometric shapes to create the outlines. The reason for that is that then you will have less distortion. If you are interested in the third grid drawing, I have a course called drawing course for total beginners from line to still-life. There I use a third grid to draw a still life. Now in this class, I want to do it differently. I will do square grid and also use the basic geometric shape thing and then draw a statue. Yes, this is your project for this class. You need to draw a statue. It can be any statue. The reason for choosing a statue is that it is a life thing. It is a three dimensional. You already can see the line [inaudible], the shadows and the highlights. It will be easier for you to draw it. In this course, we're going to do this sculpture. You can choose any sculpture. It can be this woman, it can be more complicated or less complicated. I would love to shade it as well so that it looks better. What I'm going to draw is the Statue of Liberty. You can do it with me. You can simply print out the reference photo and draw a grid on it. But you need to pay attention to have equal sizes because if you don't have the same grid on your paper, you will have a distortion. This is why I liked the third grid better but anyhow. So in this project, I'm going to use a ruler and I'm going to create five centimeter squares. For the puzzles, I'm going to use an HB pencil for line work. A 4B, pencil for shading, and a 90 puzzle for the darkest shadows. As you can see in this level, I tried to reach more depth with bigger variation with the pencils. We will see how that works. Now I will split this up. I would just create a grid. So 20 centimeters and I mark it at every five centimeters. I want 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 squares down, so I need 25 centimeters here. I'm finished with the grid. Can you see that? What is good about this grid method is as well that you can scale drawing from small to bigger one. Once I've done moral painting of a Java wet around or a wind age motorbike onto the get rich wall of my husband and it was just a small like photograph. I've had drawn the grid on it and I've drawn the bigger grid onto the wall, so I was able to scale it to a bigger size. This is as well a really great feature [LAUGHTER] of this method. As I already told you, I used to just do the basic geometric shapes and place them on the paper. I'm just going to do that. It is absolutely obvious that here within oval, then here is the a rectangle. Then here is a rectangle. Let's put it that way like this. Then we have a circle here for the head and then we have a triangle like this. These are the main things we need to put on our paper. I will just grab my HB pencil and look for these reference lines. I can see that I have this oval approximately here. I have an oval shape and then I have this line is going down here. I didn't get the overall shape. You see, you need to look at the edges as well. This is the oval shape. This will be better. [LAUGHTER] This is the oval shape and this is going to be approximately here. First, the second shape. Then let's say approximately here we have another one. This angle is really important. I can see that it goes down like this until here and continues back up approximately to here, and goes back, somehow. I need to say this again. It is really great, if you look at the paper from the front so I might again have a little bit of distortion because I'm looking at an angle. What do we have here, is this big basic geometric shape which doesn't really look like this one. I want to try to, it goes down here. I will have as well these and then I will remove, oh, make it like less seeable. I'm using an HB pencil because I'm now like sketching. I will go deeper into these lines when I will be like, okay, this is a circle, not a perfect one because this is as not the perfect one. But anyhow, this triangle continues down here and down here. [MUSIC] Now we have an approximate placement of these basic geometric shapes. Let's continue the next video to the outlines. 15. The Grid Method Outlines: [MUSIC] Now, we have the basic geometric shapes. They put this opacity so that I can see these things better. I will start up here. I can see that this basic geometric shape wasn't really a perfect one. I will just go around it and make it a bit lighter, and try to make it a really nice oval. Because, yes, it comes down here and continues. We'll make this shape look better as that because it has this curve in it. Approximately, it ends here. So here is the hand. As you can see, the other starts right here and here is the finger. Details later. Here is the one. It continues down here. Here is this finger. Here's another one. This actually not covering, almost you can see the full circle of this finger goes up to here. Here is another one, and it is actually on a desk. Here you can see it's side again and he raised another one. Great. We have the hand approximately. I want to emphasize that this is a practice again, so don't feel intimidated by not getting everything perfect. I am an illustrator and I work from my imagination most of the times. Actually, I am practicing now as well. [LAUGHTER] It's just a really great thing to do, and I guess this shape is not perfect as well. Just keep going. We're just drawing together, having fun, not taking life too seriously. As I can see that it ends here, this curve comes like this. I will not go too much into detail here. I don't like this stuff. It looks weird. [LAUGHTER] Doesn't matter. Just looks here like this. Also, if you don't really get it perfect, let's see, as you can see, this part isn't too much of that much below this line. It doesn't really matter, but I think it will look better online because I got something wrong. But again, you are using your mind as well and your observation and you are creating a piece of art so it is yours. You can do whatever you want with it. I have one leaf here, and another one here, then another one here, one here. Then there is one here. I got it. Let me fill-in line here. It has this thing, and it has another thing. Great. I'm not really going into detail with this one or this one. Let's continue to get everything better. This is a bit like this, and now the face will be so much harder. I will start with the nose because that is so important. Where does it start? Where is this thing? Like her hair. Like this. Here is her nose. Here is an angle. This is the approximate angle. This will look weird now, but when you'll have the shading it will look better. Here is her mouth coming like this. It would end here like this. There's our neck. I will just focus on this square now so that I got these books and stuff. So here is the book. Now we have big shadow here. I will just mark it approximately. Here we have the eyes. As you can see, I'm not just focusing on separate squares, but I love to see how it continues and to make it not distorted as much as I can. Here, I'll focus on this line here that goes up approximately to here and takes a curve. Here is another one. Here's her ear, more far away, almost at the middle. So it is like here, I guess. Yes, because she has this thing here, this hair. What's that? She has this ear up here. Is it similar somewhere like in an angle? Here is the ear. It is so nice to draw this. I wouldn't have realized these details if I wouldn't have drawn this today with you. So she has this. Something like that. I didn't get the angle right. Like this and like this. Amazing. I can see it starts to work out. I wasn't sure if it will look nice at the end, but I can see hope for that. Here is something. Maybe her, I don't know. These lines are continuing somehow here but then she has this big hair here. This looks weird, and this one. It continues like this. As you can see, this spiral is a bit higher. I am just realizing that one. You need to pay attention to so many things that you just can't blame yourself for not getting some of these things right. Such as big one all that. This should be longer, so I guess this book should be like a bit lower. I can do that. Yeah, and the last thing we need to do is this drapery or textile, which will give us a lot of hard times when shading. I will just mark approximately the shapes of the shadows because as you can see, this is almost just shadows. Here is the front part of this textile from the finger to the bottom. This part will be easier. Then here you have a shadowy part that comes from the neck. Okay, so I forgot to draw these things, so I will just put them. Okay. This goes right here. Approximately here and here. This starts right at it. Let's see this one. We got the top well, and it comes down here and here, that's its site again. Okay. So now this one with lower down here, like this, and here. Yeah. I just use the gesture. Okay. I'm drawing to my digital way, I guess. Okay. Fine. It should be fine, is it? What do you think? I call it great. Now, let's move to the next video where I'm going to erase this grid. [MUSIC] 16. The Grid Method Shadows: We arrive to the shading stage. The whole process took me over 45 minutes, so I am not going to bore you with that. I'm speeding it up and explain the process I'm following. First, you need to look for highlights, which are the lightest parts of the statue, and leave them white of the paper. Now we are not drawing these shapes separately, but you need to work around these shapes as you shade. I used a 4B pencil to lay down these basic value that is called mid-tone. As I am shading, I'm simply pressing it harder to get some darker shadows. I'm working around the subject, observing and drawing, observing and drawing, sharpening my pencil, then dulling it a little bit. There's a thing called inclusion, which means that things that touch leave shadows. You cannot really see line work in real life, as you can see. You don't really see a line there, you see light, and shadow, and color. When two things touch, you can see this line, and that is actually a shadow. If I put my hand here, you can see this is just shadow. This is what we are drawing, not actually lines. This is why it is okay that I erase it like here because there is highlight and it just looks artistic not having out lines. I'm actually drawing shadows, there's shadows below it. Also, notice the way I'm holding the pencil. I make sure to shade with the side of the lad so that I can blend it well and not make too harsh lines. See the position of my hands. I am changing it to get the right directions and I try to shade to one direction, mostly horizontally. But sometimes I'll change it to vertically, but I made sure not to see the difference in the pencil marks on the paper. To have nice gradations, I use the eraser to soften the edges of the shadows I have drawn. [MUSIC] I think it looks great. If you just look at it without the reference image, [LAUGHTER] it is just awesome. I think it's a really doable. If you don't choose a too complicated sculpture, I think it is a really easy project, because sculptures have really these contrasts and they're really easily recognizable shapes of shadow, shapes of highlights, and things like that. I'm going to just add some shadow here because this is darker anyhow. I hope you liked this project. I hope you liked this class. See you in the next video where we are going to sum up the whole we have done in this class. See you there. [MUSIC] 17. Final Thoughts: [MUSIC] You are amazing. If you are watching this video, you have gone through all those demanding projects and you did it. You gone through them and you leveled up your observational skills. Congratulations. Thank you for taking the class. It will be really great if you would leave me a review in the box that gives the possibility. Are you ready to leave a review and click that share button? Let me know what you're saying. Because it is really important to me. Please follow me on social media, on Instagram and Facebook to see what I'm up to and also follow me here on Skillshare so that you get notified when the other classes they'll be out there. I'm planning a lot. You are welcome to share your artworks in the art mother's online art room. I would be really happy to see your artworks related not just to my classes, but in your everyday life what you're up to. Because I'm interested in that as well. Also don't forget to upload your project into the project gallery. If you have any questions, ask in the discussion. See you in the next class. Happy creating. [MUSIC]