The Secrets to Drawing – Shape

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How to draw with basic shapes

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"The Secrets to Drawing" is the most complete online drawing video course available for learning how to draw.  Drawing is a skill that is learned and developed and this video course is designed to give you the knowledge that you need to draw better almost immediately! The course includes 28 modules and 26 ebooks.

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Module Description: A look at how shapes can be used to draw anything. Concepts covered include geometric and organic shapes, using shapes to draw objects.

Suggested Materials: White drawing paper, a soft graphite pencil, eraser, provided photo reference

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The Secrets to Drawing – Shape — 70 Comments

  1. Hi Matt, I am a member of this course and the lessons are amazing. but when I try to download the Ebook and open it , its not opening and says error or the page is empty. can you please clarify. thanks!

    • Hi Susheela,

      The file seems to be ok and downloading properly. If you are trying to download on a mobile device, make sure that you are using a mobile browser that supports PDF downloads.

  2. Hi Matt. I just signed up last week and I’ve already spent like 7 hours on the site. It is awesome. I’m taking the drawing course now and loving it. I’m actually making marks that look like something. I’m thrilled. Thank you for such an awesome site!

  3. Holy cow! I’ve read this explained before, but reading it again combined with the way you explained it (and the video) makes so much more sense! And I actually drew a decent hand. Thanks!

  4. I’M I PRESSED BY YOUR EDUCATIONAL SKILL ANDROID APPROACH.I’VE READ AND STUDIED QUITE A LOT AND YOUR TALENT AS AN ARTIST IS EVIDENT.JUANITO,ESQ.

  5. I wish I had this type of instruction earlier because it is totally dynamic teaching. I am spreading the word to every one that I know. I want others to be able to enjoy art and understand what real art really is. Thanks John!

  6. I didn’t know that drawing a hand could be so easy, it make sence on what you showed. I really enjoy you explaining with the lesson…so looking forward to more lessons

  7. I have always been so troubled by starting with the contour of what I want to draw first. Laying out the shapes first helps me so much with actually plotting the proportions and making my hand drawing look like my hand instead of a dinosaur claw! There seems to be a common theme so far… Observation! Observing the shapes and then the contours makes it SO much easier and less discouraging. I am learning so much already, and its only the second video!

  8. I actually drew something that looked like a hand. I’m amazed. I’m still working on the ellipse. I looked at the video on 3 ways to draw it. I need practice.

  9. Hi, I find it a little frustrating personally, I can’t draw an ellipse just like that, it’s all lopsided, misshaped, etc I’m very much a beginner, zero experience and would prefer to show even how to draw a shape to begin with instead of assuming people know how to draw shapes then go from there, for me, you are missing a step for the absolute beginner. Thank you.

    • Hi Lili,

      Thanks for your comment. Some things just require a little practice. There is no magic formula for drawing simple shapes. This module is about recognizing that even complex objects can be broken down into basic shapes. Drawing is a skill that does require a bit of patient practice even after you know the basic concepts.

    • I was just thinking about this comment lili, and something that helped to learn drawing in the very beginning was tracing images. Put a thin sheet of paper over the image or picture, and try tracing the lines that you see through the paper. Hope this helps!The exercise helps with hand eye coordination.

      Great lessons by the way, starting to draw again after 25 years, never had lessons but I need a lot of practice just to get back to where I was. Hands are really tricky, and this makes it so simple!

  10. Lili, I think that learning to draw is a bit like learning to play the piano (or another musical instrument). You need patience, loads of practise and you can’t expect to manage masterpieces from f.e. Chopin or Beethoven three weeks after you’ve started.
    But I can understand the frustration cause I feel a bit frustrated, too about the blind line drawing, my work still looks like a complete disaster. ok, I’ve never done this kind of drawing before and I just started so I do what every beginner has to do: Gritting the teeth, practise – and hope that there will be soon at least a tiny bit of improvement to show. ;
    So dont’t give up, not only your brain and your eyes need a bit of time to learn. Just give your hands and your fingers as well a chance to adjust to the new movements.

  11. A great course. One thing I’d like clarified though is the cross contour line shading on the cup. I’m not sure why it goes downwards rather than curving round the cup like with the sphere? Can you do a combination of both as the cup is curved but also has length? A little confused!

    • Hi Candis,

      The videos appear to be playing normally. If you are having trouble with buffering, try scrolling over the video and clicking on the “HD” icon. This will turn high definition streaming off and allow the video to load quicker.

  12. Sorry if this has already been answered, but… In the last video (“Line”), we saw you improve the sphere by doing the curved cross contour lines. Why did you use the vertical lines on the cup? Thanks. C

  13. Hi, Matt, I am a new member {as of one hour ago) after doing most of the trial period. I am just starting on my journey to find personal pleasure in art, both appreciating it and producing works in the drawing and painting areas. I think the breaking down of an object into geo shapes, then refining the shapes into a more finished product, makes a lot of sense. Just wondering, is this technique used as a training tool, then discarded as experience is gained, or something you would continue with? I am looking forward to the courses on the various media, so much to learn!! I think the ability to give a 2D object the illusion of being 3D is amazing!

  14. The videos are always stopping and having issues with playback. I don’t have time to waste. Is there anyway to speed things up? So far I am not very impressed or likely to accept full membership in just seven days. I want to like this program, but mostly I am frustrated with trying to get the videos to play.

    • Hi Ruth,

      The videos are set to play in HD by default. You may try turning off the High Definition by scrolling over the player and selecting the 360p option. This will speed up playback.

  15. This is amazing! I’ve never seen this method of drawing before. I think this is going to make it much easier to draw anything. I can’t wait to try it!

  16. Hi Matt I have always wanted to learn to draw but never had the courage to get out there and try…
    your programs make it so easy to understand. I only started with video2 yesterday and already have more confidence to keep on going. thankyou and I look forward to the rest of the classes and probably going onto others 🙂

  17. 2 lessons into this course and I have already made some significant strides! This is what I have been missing for the longest time. Thanks Matt!

  18. Is there a way to download the video that leads this lesson? The reason is that my school district is very restrictive with it’s internet and blocks video and youtube. Therefore I must download it to my computer to show it in the classroom – a real pain. I’ve noticed that some videos are easily downloadable while others are not. Is this because I am still an introductory member and not a full member?

    Thanks, by the way. Your site has been a life saver.

  19. I just can’t draw a hand no matter how much i try. I had like 7 approaches with your video (7 in my entire life) and it still doesn’t look like anything near realistic hand. Just some rectangulars and cubes attached to each other. Maybe do you have or know any more videos that could help me with it ?

    I want to add also that I’m a total beginner that can’t even draw a proper straight line not to even mention ellipse 😀

  20. I’m blown away by this course already. I enjoyed this lesson even more than ‘lines’, mainly because it boosted my confidence so much! Thanks to you and your instruction, I actually drew something! And not just something, but a hand. I think it was a marvelous idea to start with a subject which most of us would consider ‘too complex for a beginner’ and dispel our fears by showing us how it’s done. Now I understand that, with practice, so many other subject matters are attainable.

  21. I can not view the video today. Yesterday when is signed up I could and viewed the first two videos and e books, Video three has an error message
    can’t be played with current setup. Please advise. I have a MAC Computer 10.12.2. Thanks

  22. Thanks for beginning the video with the quote by Michelangelo. Wow! You explained the basic techniques to successfully draw so well! You are making me believe that I can be successful!

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