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Drawing Foundations: Fundamentals

Introduction to the theory of drawing

From the course: Drawing Foundations: Fundamentals

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  • Course details

    Anyone can learn how to draw. Success comes down to three things:

    Shape: By focusing on the shapes of the objects (and more importantly the shapes between the objects) you can view subjects with a whole new outlook and focus.

    Simplicity: You'll get better results by concentrating on simple subjects and drawing techniques that will still prove powerful when used together.

    Structure: A structured approach makes drawing easier to master.

    Each chapter in this course is built on these three principles, combining drawing theory and practical examples with worksheets and drawing assignments. Will Kemp brings his passion for teaching and infectious love of drawing together in these lessons. You'll learn about line, value, tone, negative space, and perspective, and come away with the confidence to start making drawing a daily practice.

    This course was created and produced by Will Kemp. We're honored to host this training in our library.


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      Will Kemp

      Will Kemp is an award-winning professional artist and teacher with his own online art school.

      Will studied in Italy, ran his own art gallery, taught in museums and schools, and now runs his own online art school, where he shares his professional secrets with aspiring artists. Learn more at

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  • Welcome

    Most people draw when they're kids. You know, kids are really creatively fearless, they'll just draw anything. Unless you go into a classroom of eight or nine year old and ask is anyone good at drawing. You're going to get like 100% arm success rate. Everyone thinks their good at drawing and they just do it naturally. But only when you get to about 10 or 12 what happens is there's a real splitting in the art room where a real obsession starts to come in with drawing realistic objects. Where some students pick up drawing quicker than others carry on drawing and progress really quickly and other students get very frustrated with it and then stop the drawing process. So, if you were in one of the camps that stopped the drawing process and you want to know, is there any chance that I'll still be able to learn to draw, then this is the course, and we're just going to go through and break down some of the barriers that can stop you learn to draw. One theory of how drawing works is that the…

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