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Foundations of Drawing

with Will Kemp

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Breaks down the fundamentals of drawing, from line, tone, value, and light to negative space, perspective, and composition.
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Foundations of Drawing
Video Duration: 0s 2h 24m Beginner


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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


Hi, I am Will Kemp and welcome to the foundations of drawing. I've designed this course for students who think they'll never ever be able to learn how to draw, but are always kind of drawn towards a pencil, to pick one up just to have a go. What I want to show you is the secrets behind drawing. So you can really understand how drawing works. We're going to work through from looking at line to negative spaces to light logic and how cast shadows can really improve your works.

We're going to look at the tricky subject of perspective and break it down into blocks so you can understand how to build up a complicated scene from really simple steps. So by the end of the course, you'll really learn how to look at a scene. What to leave in, what to leave out, and all the important elements that can really enhance your drawings and get that creativity flowing. But first we're going to look at the theory behind drawing. Once you understand this, you'll be able to really understand how drawing actually works, and how you can learn to see like an artist.

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

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