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Foundations of Drawing
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Introduction to the theory of drawing


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Foundations of Drawing

with Will Kemp

Video: Introduction to the theory of drawing

Most people draw when they're kids. So, if you were in one of the camps that stopped the drawing process If you're more right brained you So when you have such all order to press life, it's quite hard to be able to

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Foundations of Drawing
2h 24m Beginner Apr 28, 2014

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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.

Topics include:
  • Materials you need to draw
  • Drawing theory
  • Framing your composition
  • Using the picture plane
  • Creating contrast
  • Using negative space to create more powerful compositions
  • Creating form from shadows and light
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Will Kemp

Introduction to the theory of drawing

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 two different hemispheres of the brain, the left brain and the right brain, have different characteristics that can aid or hinder your progress in drawing.

If you're more right brained you are naturally more creative and natural thinking. And if you're more left brained, you tend to be more logical and analytical, and most people are a mix between the two. So when you have such all order to press life, it's quite hard to be able to turn off that logical labeling side of your brain when you are trying to draw something realistically. Because to draw something realistically, you really gotta observe the objects and observe the abstract shapes that are there and have faith in what you are looking at while then trying to rely on your memory and what you think should be there.

It's when learn to quarter down our left hand side of our brain and engage that more creative right hand side of our brain, we can really start to see like an artist. And our drawings will progress so much quicker.

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