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Foundations of Drawing
Illustration by John Hersey

Foundations of Drawing

with Will Kemp

Video: Welcome

(SOUND) Hi. My name is Will Kemp and welcome to the Foundations of Drawing. I'm going to take you on a journey to rediscover how to see like an artist and how to understand how drawing really works. By the end of this course, you'll be able to look at a scene and really understand how to approach it, what to leave in, what to leave out and what's going to really make a fantastic drawing. I want to take you through step by step how to learn about line, the importance of a tonal range in your drawings.

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Foundations of Drawing
3h 35m Beginner Oct 07, 2013

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Learn how to draw any subject with confidence! Will Kemp, the founder of the Will Kemp Art School and an award-winning artist and professor, walks you through a step-by-step approach from learning how to see and understand your subject to putting pencil to paper. He shows you how to use lines to frame your composition, build contrast with value and tone, use negative space to define shapes, and establish a clear viewpoint for your drawing with perspective. In this hands-on course, you'll work though a number of exercises that will teach you how to draw with confidence and success.

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Topics include:
  • Framing your composition
  • Preparing the picture plane
  • Using a value strip
  • Using a tonal ground to create a dramatic drawing quickly
  • Defining light and dark areas
  • Using negative space effectively
  • Using a unit of measurement to establish scale
  • Understanding angles
  • Creating form with shadows and light
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Will Kemp

Welcome

(SOUND) Hi. My name is Will Kemp and welcome to the Foundations of Drawing. I'm going to take you on a journey to rediscover how to see like an artist and how to understand how drawing really works. By the end of this course, you'll be able to look at a scene and really understand how to approach it, what to leave in, what to leave out and what's going to really make a fantastic drawing. I want to take you through step by step how to learn about line, the importance of a tonal range in your drawings.

How to use negative spaces to really see the shapes and the interest in your pictures. When you put all of these principles together, you'll have a really solid foundation for how to tackle any subject in front of you and get drawing with confidence. We looked through the basic materials you need to get started and how you can use a tonal ground to best effect to really create dramatic drawings really quickly. First thing we're going to look at is the theory behind how drawing works and how your mind can trick you to stop you progressing.

So why don't you join me on the foundations of drawing and we can unlock your artistic potential and open your eyes to a whole new world.

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