An introduction to the materials, principals, and practices of realist drawing in pencil.
Learn the ways and means of creating an impression of form with graphite pencil
This course covered timeless principles for creating the impression of the third dimension on a 2 dimensional surface. In this course we will be focusing on applying these principles with graphite pencil. There will be a number of exercises each building on the previous one in complexity. We will be examining the way light falls on objects; how an object is divided between an area of light and of shadow; how we treat each of these areas separately and differently.
Use of value and an understanding of the value scale
Introduction to sight size working
How to create impression of form in drawings
See below outline of course (additional modules coming soon)
Welcome to "Drawing Form"
Materials and how to sharpen your pencil
Introduction to values
Gerrit Dou - painting value analysis
Creating the value strip
Value strip order and pencil grades
Drawing challenge - create a value strip
Cube drawing demo
Cube demo steps
Sphere drawing demo
Sphere demo steps
Drawing Challenge - draw a cube and sphere
Pear drawing demo
Pear demo steps
Drawing challenge - Draw pear
Setting up a still life
Still life thumbanil sketch
Drawing challenge - Draw still life
We have tried to answer some common questions about this course and how it can help you in your drawing practice.
This course is suitable for anyone looking to learn some of the drawing techniques used in arts ateliers in the tradition of classical realism. This course will help you improve your observational and analytical skills and control over the medium of graphite pencil. While the method is slow and methodical it is also extremely satisfying. You will find that the time taken to move through each step as described brings a wonderful payoff in the end.
This course is suited to artists of all levels including beginners. Because the method shown is very logical and step by step, no prior drawing experience is required. That said, this course will also benefit artists with existing drawing and shading experience.
There is no set schedule for this course. This is a self-paced course which allows you the flexibility to follow at your own speed and convenience. The advantage of graphite pencil is that you can pick it up or leave it any time. For best results, we recommend building this course into your weekly schedule. For example, you could follow and complete one demo per week.
There are a number of opportunities to upload your own work to get an assessment from Brian. We recommend you do so, in order to ensure to keep you on track with progressing to each stage. All student uploads are confidential and will not be seen by other students. As the method is very objective there is a 'right' and a 'wrong' way to achieve the results outlined in the course which is built on centuries of knowledge from the classical tradition.
All reference material is included in the course and available for download. We would recommend that if you print out the reference material for each lesson if possible.