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SKETCHING - learning to draw by sketching 3 minutes a day

teacher avatar Barbara Baumann, Illustrator & Drawing Tutor

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.

      Warming up


    • 3.

      Basic shapes


    • 4.



    • 5.

      Animal sketching


    • 6.

      3-Min Drawing


    • 7.

      Another animal study


    • 8.

      Your Project


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About This Class

You would love to draw, but you don't want to learn all those drawing principles and anatomy lessons? But you nevertheless want to learn, how to sketch quickly an object, an animal or a person? Well, then this 20-minute class will be perfect for you!

Barbara Baumann is an Austrian artist and illustrator. She is teaching drawing classes since 2015 and is enthusiastic about showing the students how they could express themselves by drawing and finding their own style of drawing.

She will show you how to start on a plain sheet of paper. You will learn different methods how to approach by using a minimum of material. No need to prepare long time in advance – you can take any sheet of paper and a pen or a pencil - and a watch or an hourglass.


This class is designed for those, who would like to start drawing in a more practically oriented way. It’s a hands-on class based on the concept of the muscle memory. Your hand will learn the lines by sketching regularly. No need for anatomy principles or extensive drawing principles.


The basic idea behind this class is to show you an approach how you can start drawing and how you can develop your drawing style. It’s a kick-off class for your drawing progress! On the one hand, you will learn how a drawing can be structured and how you can integrate proportion aspects as well as specific characteristics of an object or an animal. On the other hand, you will get a feeling for sketching freely. Both approaches are very important for drawing. The course is completed by the presentation of a drawing method which can be quickly integrated in your daily life and will have an enormous impact on your drawing skills: the 3 Minutes Drawing.

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Barbara Baumann

Illustrator & Drawing Tutor


Hello and welcome! My name is Barbara Baumann. 
I am an award-winning illustrator and drawing tutor from Austria.
And I love sketching.

The idea of teaching classes on Skillshare comes from the bottom of my heart:
to get you close to drawing and to show you that you too can draw. I love to welcome you in class!
It's all about learning to feel the drawing!

For tips and tricks about drawing, subscribe to my weekly Newsletter here - full of drawing tips and inspiration.
I'd love to connect with you on Instagram.

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1. Introduction: Hello. My name is Father, a bellman, and I'm an illustrative from Austria. I am doing lots of book illustration and scientific illustration as well as illustrative branding and magazine illustration. And that's simply love sketching because there's the neighbors, took quickly fix ideas, feelings and situations, and to make them was able. You would also love to start drawing, but you don't want to learn all those extensive drawing principles and and that two mil essence. But you're nevertheless. Want to learn how toe sketch quickly? Well, then, this course is perfect for you. I'll show you some basics how to build up a drawing, and then you will improve your drawing skills by only drawing three minutes a day. The cause is based on the idea of training the muscle memory off the drawing hand. When us catching regularly for some minutes, your hand will learn the lines. The muscle memory is a form of a procedural memory side records that moves in a long term based, and it improves with practice. Some minutes of drawing every day will be enough for your muscle memory to improve your drawing skills considerably in this growing cause, you're going to learn how to apply basic shapes in order to draw an animal without the need to learn the anatomy of it. There's no need to be perfect. Sketching also means not having the expectations to drive photo like picture. It's more about feeling the drawing. The class is based on two approaches. One approach is a more structured one helps to organize the drawing on the paper. It helps with the question. How to begin the drawing and how to measure, whether it's drawn correctly or not concerning the right proportions yet approaches. Mornin Tweety form. Based on the idea off three minute drawings. This approach is possible to be quickly integrated in your daily life, and this will have a great effect on your drawing skills for his drawing class. You'll only need a minimum off material, a sheet of paper and a pencil as XP, for example. Or I can use a Pandits perfect, too, and you'll need a stop for Traore now, a glass for our three minute drawing concerning the paper. There's no specific paper required. You can catch wherever you are with any paper you want. This class is designed for those who would like to start drawing, and we're searching for some tools that are easy to apply and easy to remember. So it's a hands on class because you will learn drawing best that's catching some minutes every day. So you're welcome to join us in this kickoff glass for drawing. Let's that sketching. 2. Warming up: Lesson one. Farming. Before we start growing with the pen or the pencil, it's important to lose now. Wrist. So we combine this warming up with the opportunity to familiarize with a pencil or depend simple scribble around make lines. Curves apply overriding, intensive pressure on the pencil. You can do hatching and cross hatching to get a feeling for the pencil, especially the six. Be so wonderful when you put different kind of pressure on it. So dark and in terms if, until light and tender in only one line. The pen is my favorite was catching because their lines keep on being fine and delicate, no matter how long years catching. This is especially great for cross hatching, but both the pan and the pans alert. Ed Equate was catching and both a perfect for this cause. Let's begin with a line. The dynamic off a line is so important for the drawing. Try toe draw one with four power right from one side to the other side without hesitation. The next line draw. While you're thinking about what to draw this moment off, hesitation off not being sure will result in a less dynamic line. There's also different in the line, the way you hold the pen or depends on the speed off drawing the line. The effect on the line is Festen ating, so it's important to keep in mind no hesitation when drawing it's better without. 3. Basic shapes: lesson two basic shapes. When you begin drawing, there's always the big question. Where to start? Because wherever you start drawing, that's the risk to get lost in the picture. Because there are so many proportions to keep in mind, right perspective and other details, like the characteristics off the personal, the drawing motive in general. So instead of starting with the object or the animal, er, the person we are starting with a structure and this structure prevents us from getting lost in the drawing for the structure were replying. Basic shapes on the 1st 1 is a circle to dress circling a nice round shape. I recommend you not to start drawing immediately because it's not always evident to make the perfect circle all at once with the first line. So, first of all, let your hand feel a circle As soon as you feel having the perfect circle, put down the Pan Int droid. Start slightly with a fine line, and we're a stronger line when you're satisfied with the light. One. The next helpful basic shapes are a square, the rectangle and finally, the triangle. You must not draw the perfect shape all at once. Keep on trekking the lines and draw them stronger. When you're satisfied with the light ones, no line needs to be perfect. Simply redraw when you wish to correct. These shapes can be transformed in tow. Three dimensional figures, a ball, a cube, a cylinder and the cone. They're easy to draw, and the towable structure are drawing, so there's no need for an a razor. The shape is steadily formed this way that's catching. 4. Proportions: lesson three proportions. But if you look how to apply these basic shapes and how does catch afterwards? I've drawn here roughly a tree. We can split the tree into two main parts, one consisting of a pole. In the other part, the drunk is a cylinder, these two shapes already easy to define in this example. But if you want to draw it re realistically, we need to deductive correct proportions and to better control their proportions. We use our pounds. Let's call it measuring sticks because we can measure the proportions with it. Okay, so let's have a try. Take your pants on and Okay, let's take this side. They give Penn and close one eye. Okay. So you can hold it in front. Off you toe. What's me and the video? The top off the pan is exactly the top off my head. Say can mark now with the sump. The position off my chin So you have the entire head on their pan. The top off the head is the top off the pump, and the sump marks the position off the chin. Say I have you know what I mean? This way, when you look at the pen. Now you see, for example, the position off the eyes are is exactly here. You see what I mean? So when I split it in two house, I have exactly the position off the eyes because the eyes are in the middle exactly in the middle, off the head and with a drawing pen. It's was a measuring stick. It's a great, great way to detect these proportion rules. And we will use these pen now for defining the characteristics of the tree. What about the bombs on the throat and remarked the width of the tree with our fingers and compared with the height off the crown. In this case, there wasn't to hide their quite the same, comparing the height of the crown with the length of the trunk. Those that delivers us appreciates information. The drunk is slightly shorter compared to the crown. By using the pen, we can therefore detect already these basic proportions. The crown is slightly began size compared to the trunk, so we need to have a closer look on. It agrees not only a ball in the drunk. The dream has Brian just of different length and is informed completely symmetrical. E. When we split the ball off the crown in half, you see that there is a red, a dominant brains on the left side, directly on the D line. So this is something we will mark you to keep in mind for us. Catch later, we do the same with all the other branches that are sticking out of the bowl. I'm marking all these branches to make the process more visible to better show you how to analyze an object in order to define its main characteristics. When you draw trees in the standard form a ball and trunks, they all look the same. So the lengths off the tranq compared to its ground on the way the branches growing is something very unique for each tree. And you need thes characteristics to draw exactly this tree and not any auditory. So they have different sizes off the trunk and different sizes off the branches and so on. It's the same for portrayed during when you only draw eyes, nose mouth. This isn't enough. You need to capture the individual characteristics off the person in order to recognize this person. So the position off the cheekbones on the length of the face or the shape off the chin and the same for the tree. And this is why we look so closely on these proportions because they're really important. They are essential to draw a person or an animal or a tree in a very unique and special form. Let's go back to Audrey. We also split the dream half vertically. There's a better feeling about the position off the upper branches on the size of the drunk . When we only look at the structure we captured, you will see already the unique forms off the tree. This technique off analyzing the proportions, is made here risible. We apply this technique on the paper. We start with the basic shapes. First the ball. Can we begin feeling the circuit before we put down the panto? Finally draw it and the Celinda for the trunk. With the help of the Pantsil, we measure the size of the crown compared to the length off the trunk, so we take into consideration. But the ball is slightly bigger, a splitting the tree in half, horizontally and vertically. We can better estimate the position off the characteristic details. The shape and the length off the branches as well as the size of the trunk 5. Animal sketching: lesson for animals catching. Let's have a look how we can apply these basic shapes in order. Just catch this little dog. When we look at this dog, we see already some shapes that will help us toe orientate on. And that will be our base for this catch, like thes round shapes here or the one forming its head to make it more visible. What I'm talking about, I'll show it to you on the pet at the first sight. The dog looks rather complex to draw with its for a bit, let's say, uneven, wrinkled and its little legs each of its legs post to the different, especially their hind legs. Don't don't get lost in all these details will concentrate on the basic shapes, this ball forming a part of its head, a kind of Celinda is forming its nose, and the years covering nearly an tires wrote a kind of triangle shaped the back off the dog , which is nearly a horizontal line, and there read a large head compared to its whole body. The body is about two times the length off the head. The short feed are about half off the height of the head. So we get slowly a feeling for the measure off this animal. Let's make it more visible. We halat the shape off the head as well as the overall shape off its tourism that threatened it that already mansions island off the nose and the front legs are registration like little cubits compared to the hind legs that need to be drawn in different angles. So we now have all those nice basic shapes. But how to start now? How can we bring all those basic shapes together on the paper? Not a do draw, a cute little dog round trips and more difficult in straight lines. So we start drawing straight as we've already recognized the back off the dog is ready straight. So let's put the whole dog into a simple Cuba. It these cubes mark o the deposition off the dog's feet. When you follow the lines, you see which part of the body is situated a path the feet. The 1st 4 foot is at the same line as the middle of the year, and the head ends at the same line where the 2nd 4 foot begins. The years are slightly longer than the line off its back. What we're doing here. The analysis is one of the most important parts off the drawing. Brose is because we define here the main characteristics when the draft is, well, drone. The main part of the drawing is already done, so let's make this draft. After analyzing the structure off this talk, we built up the drawing using all this information we gathered. Now the head is great to start with a circle a bowl. We had the nose in form of a cylinder, and here it is important to keep an eye on the anger. The upper part of the news is ready. Horizontal was. The Lucio has a clear trend downwards. The ball off the head is a bit flattened at the top and hands with a triangle of form off the ears. When you look at the head, you'll see that the years are longer than the circle off the head. We mark this in our draft. This Cuba, it that we have to find in the analysis before, gives us a nice frame for the body of the dog, and this friend prevents us from losing the proportions and helps us to keep a better overview off the size of the dog, so we won't risk to draw up a body that is too long, for example, because I've already fined the maximum length off this friend, the length of the body is about twice off the head. I'm only measuring it roughly because it's all about learning to see the drawing. We get a feeling for the size with the help of the pen, but the system toe help learning the eye to see the proportions itself. How can we estimate the height off the body as we have already drawn their head? We will use this as a starting point for orientation, the height of the bodies, about 1.5 off the head. So I control this size. Read a roughly by using the fingers and the stick. There's no rule. I need it. Don't break down the picture into figures there's no ruler needed, because when we're making a draft, it tells about making a picture in our head. So we learn growing by learning to see the proportions. The more off neutral, the less you will have to define all the basic shapes and guy lands on the paper, but you can sketch freely because you have already the proportions and the guidelines in your head. As we analyzed before the possession off the feet can be orientated on the position off the years on the head. Looking at the year we see that 14 like is positioned at about the middle of the year as we've already defined. The total height of the talk. We know now work to start the feet, and we can draw the feet already. This wrote. This mainly covered by the ears and the tours, was read a prominent and starts directly after the IV for defining the main part off the upper part of its body and their lips seems to be a great help. The back off the dog is really straight and position slightly about the years. The frame we have drawn is here. A great orientation for this area has ever really mentioned. The draft is the most important part of the drawing. While drawing were constantly controlling and measuring if we're still on the correct path behind feeder positioned in different Angus, we get a bit off help by looking at orientation points on its body at the same vertical line. That's our draft with not defined all important proportions for drawing this stock. But how to go on now. We can, for example, defined more details at the length off its body is now well defined. We can now focus, for example, on growing the for details or during more off its face and alone. Or we can just make a rough sketch out of it, as we do here on focusing here, mainly on the outlines off the talk. The position off the eyes is defined the same way as we define all the other proportions by comparison with other parts of the body, the mouth and the years, and here's as kitsch made with basic shapes. 6. 3-Min Drawing: less than 53 minute drawing. Okay, this was the basic information that you need to know in order to structure you, Troy, you can draw these basic shapes directly in the paper. Are you can imagine them in your head. Nords Appelt felt up the picture a shy. Now I'm method how to constantly enhance your growing skills on a daily basis. The three minute Roy The basic idea of the three minute growing is that the hand learns the lines, which means that the Muslim memory gets lots of precious drawing information. Within minutes, a daily three minutes catch will have an incredible effect. You only need a sheet of paper at Pandora, Pantsil and the stopwatch or in our class to count the three minutes You didn't even need a picture off a specific motive for an animal or in person. Just take your hand. Andi, make a specific post turn droid. But today, as we have now analyzed the little dog, we will use it as a motive for this Three minutes catching, you can download the photo off the dog in the protect field. Look at the drawing Tom the hourglass, and then forget about everything but drawing. There's no good or bad, so don't check your drawing afterwards. Your hand has learned a lot after these three minutes, no matter how the reason looks like there's no wrong or right, Don't focus on the perfect line. Just redraw the line if you think you should and there's no time toe. Compare the proportions as we did before, but your brain and your hand will do that automatically. That's part of this exercise. 7. Another animal study: Lesson six. Drawing the rivet. Let's look at the proportions off another animal, the Rabbit. You'll find its picture as well in the download field. I'm starting here with helpful guidelines that give me an idea about the shape of this animal. This line here, for example, shows that its feet a slightly in front of the body, whereas its head is Neil in the same line. That's a precious, no literal ready. When we look at the position of its head, we can define more parts of its body. We split the head in tow house and see that on this line is the nose of the rabbit. And it's also the height with a back off the funnies. Ending the curve of fits back is very typical for this animal, so it's appreciates no legis well, to keep in mind. We continue our animal study and we see that the years they're clearly longer than the head . About 1/3. That's a rough estimation, it says about having the exact figures here. But what about getting a feeling for appearance off this animal for its special characteristics that years on the same height as the four foot off the rabbit. The hind leg is right beside it before the little hump off its back. This study is a good frame for the basic shapes. You don't have to draw these guidelines all the time. I'm visualizing them for you here toe better see the step a step roses. But you can also look at the drawing and have thes guidelines in your head. That's perfect as well, so you will soon see which method and which drawing style is good for you, and you'll find your way off studying the motives before the drawing. So either in this transparent way off, drawing the lines or you have them in your head or you have another way. So it would be grateful if you tell us. Just write it in the comment field if you have different strategies that we can share and talk about the basic shapes ever again, very round forms the way these circles are connected are closely related to the studies. With the help of the garlands that was done before, I'm starting again with the basic shapes, and I'm using the guidelines for orientation in order to know where to place the feet on the body of the bunny. I'm using again the Pantsil for having a better feeling for a position off its left year that is red of far away from the rest of its body. You can also use the pounds Elissa guard line itself. No need to draw these lines than we see here that the start of the years and the same height as it's for food. Andi, the back off the bunny is starting at about half off the hide off the head. So all these studies that we've done before we're off. Great help now when drawing the rabbit directly on the paper. So the more we analyze the motive on the on the picture, the easier it will be to do the drawing afterwards. So even if we were burnt yet drawing when we analyzed, it is really a big part of the drawing roses and a very important part of the drawing roses 8. Your Project: less than seven. Your bro checked for a class project. I'd like you to choose the photo often animal, but you can also choose this one off the dog that refused as a class motile now or the one off the rabbit. They are both in the download field. I'd like you to draw the choosen animal two times wants by using the basic forms to build up the drawing and once best catching it quickly, ideally with a stopwatch within three or five minutes. Drawing is such an individual process. I'm really excited to see which methods you're using, which basic shapes and garlands you have to find on how you structure your drawings on. It would be great if you upload ear air drawings in the project feels afterwards. Or you can also shared an instagram if you would like. But it would be great if you take Mr that Know about it Onda. We can talk about it. It's always wonderful to share our experiences and to share our drawings because we all learn a lot about it. If you have any questions, you're free to write and down in our community field. So I'm looking forward to see a drawings. And I'm really happy that you have been with me in this class now. It would be wonderful if you can. Liver little review How you like the glass? And if the glass was off, help for you. And I'm looking forward to see your drawings in the project. Field and toe. Talk about it with you. And while it wish your wonderful drawing times and sketching times Now, see you.