Drawing Basics is our "foundations" drawing course. Instructor David Jamieson guides students through a series of exercises designed to build the fundamental skills required to draw anything, beautifully.
The course is divided into 9 Modules. The first half of the course begins with an introduction, then presents a sequence of simple exercises designed to build skill and confidence with the materials. Exercises focus on lines, shapes, values, value "progressions" – continuous transitions between light and dark.
In the second half of the course, students are taught to apply these skills to drawing simple forms: the cube, the cylinder, and the sphere. These volumes embody a kind "vocabulary" of form, and once familiar with them, students will be able to approach more complex subjects, such as figures and portraits, with greater confidence.
The course concludes with a careful drawing of an arrangement of volumes with different "local values" – some lighter, some darker.
Each module is divided into specific "lessons" that unfold in sequence. Key concepts are discussed at the top of each module in short introductory videos, which are illustrated with visuals – diagrams, motion graphics and 3D animations. These concepts are then applied in extended demonstrations, some lasting well over an hour in length.
The online course features:
- 62 distinct lessons
- 22 hours of video: nearly every pencil stroke is recorded
- Complete demonstrations of each exercise
- Diagrams and animations to illustrate key concepts
- A thorough discussion of drawing materials and their uses
- Detailed supporting documentation
- Question & Answer threads on each lesson page
Our previous online course in portrait drawing, with over 10 hours of video content, was already the most comprehensive instructional resource available online. Drawing Basics is even more extensive. Clocking-in at over 22 hours, it surpasses other instructional videos on the market by orders-of-magnitude. Add to this the wealth of supporting documentation and discussion threads throughout the course, and it's clear that Drawing Basics is the new gold-standard of drawing instruction on the internet.
About our Online Courses
Our online courses are accessed exclusively on our website. All content is hosted "in the cloud". The video content is not downloadable and is not available on DVD, but is instead streamed online and requires an active internet connection. Once purchased, however, student access to the content will never expire. Students may login to the class at any time for as long as they wish.
Drawing Basics makes use of reference material for many of the course exercises. While printable PDFs and photo references are provided in the course, it's recommended that the 3-dimensional volumes be drawn from direct observation, or "from life".
As a convenience to students, we offer a "solids kit" that includes two of each volume addressed in the course – cube, cylinder and sphere. Purchase of a kit is not required to complete the course, but saves students the trouble of procuring their own volumes to draw.
We also offer a 9 step neutral value scale to assist in the value exercises in the course. The scale includes nine glossy swatches of neutral grey in equal steps from dark to light. Each swatch is grommeted and detachable from the included metal binding ring.