Drawing Concepts and Ideas

The basic concepts and foundations of drawing.
This page features a collection of video drawing tutorials that outline the basic concepts of drawing.  Composition, theory, observational skill building, and more are covered in these tutorials. These skills are not media specific, but rather core attributes required for drawing improvement.

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DRAWING BASICS


You can draw - A how to draw webinar
Think it takes talent to draw? In this webinar, you'll see that it doesn't and that you CAN draw anything that you wish. Drawing exercises are included.
10 Quick Drawing Tips
Want to improve your drawing quickly? Here are 10 tips to get you started in the right direction.
Shading Techniques with Pencil
Learn how to create accurate shading in a drawing. This tutorial includes shading techniques as well as the principles of understanding light.
Free Drawing Lessons- Blind Contour Line
Learn the basics of drawing with the exercise known as "Blind Contour Line Drawing" in this drawing video.
Continuous Line Drawing Exercise
Creating a continuous line drawing is an easy and effective drawing exercise. Learn the "ends and outs" of creating one in this tutorial. 
Types of visual art
Learn the difference between representational, abstract, and non-objective art in this lesson.
How to draw a sphere
Learn how to draw a sphere and the proper terminology on shading in this free drawing lesson video.
How to draw with a grid
Learn to create accurate drawings from photos using the grid technique in this free drawing lesson video.

COMPOSITION


Composition in Art Part 2
Learn about composition (Eye Movement through Geometric Configurations) in art in this free drawing lesson video.
Free Drawing Lessons- Positive and negative space
Learn how using positive and negative space can lead to great compositions in this free drawing lesson video.
How to use contrast in art
There's more to using contrast than picking opposites.  Find out how to use contrast in art in this video tutorial.

PERSPECTIVE


One point perspective lesson
Learn how to create the illusion of space using one point perspective in this free drawing lesson video.
Two point perspective lesson
Learn how to create the illusion of space using two point perspective in this free drawing lesson video.

PROPORTION


How to draw a face with pencil
Learn how to draw a face with graphite. Both male and female examples, and the profile view are explored in 4 video demonstrations and illustrations.

DRAWING GUIDES


Is my art finished
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