The Secrets to Drawing

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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!

Learn the fundamental concepts of drawing including the elements of art, form and space, drawing light, observational drawing, and compositional theories.

Graphite, ink, charcoal, pastels, and colored pencils are all covered with demos in the subjects of still life, landscape drawing, wildlife drawing, portraiture, and figure drawing.

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The Secrets to Drawing Vide

Course Modules

Module 1 - Introduction
Introduction

Description: An introduction to “The Secrets to Drawing” video series.

Suggested Materials: None

Video Length: 5:03




Module 2 - Line
Line

Description: A look at the element of art, line and its relationship to drawing. Concepts covered include contour, blind contour, line quality, and cross contour lines.

Suggested Materials: White drawing paper, a soft graphite pencil, eraser, several objects to draw

Video Length: 14:25

Level: Beginner




Module 3 - Shape
Shape

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

Video Length: 8:19

Level: Beginner




Module 4 - Form
Form

Drawing Ebook FormDescription: A look at how to create the illusion of form on a 2-Dimensional surface. Concepts covered include turning shapes into forms, using shadow to further the illusion.

Suggested Materials: White drawing paper, a soft graphite pencil, drawing mannequin (optional)

Video Length: 13:00

Level: Beginner




Module 5 - Value
Value

Drawing Ebook ValueDescription: This video takes a look at the element of art, value and its relationship with drawing. Concepts explored include tints, shades, highlights and shadows, and creating the illusion of a light source.

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

Video Length: 11:59

Level: Intermediate




Module 6 - Space
Space

Drawing Ebook SpaceDescription: This video takes a look at how to create the illusion of space on a 2-Dimensional surface. Concepts covered include overlapping, size, value/color, detail, placement on the paper, and linear perspective.

Suggested Materials: White drawing paper, a soft graphite pencil

Length: 6:13

Level: Beginner




Module 7 - One Point Perspective
One Point Perspective

Drawing Ebook - One Point PerspectiveDescription: Space is explored further in this video through one point perspective. Concepts covered include horizon line, vanishing point, one point perspective.

Suggested Materials: White drawing paper, medium grade drawing pencil, ruler, eraser

Video Length: 12:58

Level: Beginner




Module 8 - Two Point Perspective
Two Point Perspective

Drawing Ebook 2 Point PerspectiveDescription: A look at how to use two point perspective to create the illusion of space in a drawing. Concepts covered include horizon line, vanishing points, two point perspective.

Suggested Materials: White drawing paper, graphite pencil, eraser, ruler

Video Length: 12:13

Level: Beginner




Module 9 - Three Point Perspective
Three Point Perspective

Drawing Ebook 3 Point PerspectiveDescription: A look at creating the illusion of space through three point perspective. Concepts covered include vanishing points, horizon line, steps to three point perspective.

Suggested Materials: White drawing paper, graphite pencil, eraser, ruler

Video Length: 10:27

Level: Intermediate




Module 10 - Basic Drawing Techniques
Basic Drawing Techniques

Drawing Ebook Drawing TechniquesDescription: A look at basic drawing techniques and suggested media. Concepts covered include medium, hatching, cross hatching, blending, rendering, random lines, and stippling.

Suggested Materials: White drawing paper, soft graphite, eraser, blending stump, paper towel, drawing pens (ink)

Video Length: 15:03

Level: Beginner




Module 11 - Drawing From Life
Drawing From Life

Drawing Ebook Drawing From LifeDescription: Tips on drawing from life. Concepts covered include still life lighting, using a view finder, and sighting techniques.

Suggested Materials: 2 or more spotlights, still life objects, drawing paper, drawing media of your choice.

Video Length: 9:01

Level: Intermediate




Module 12 - Drawing From Photos
Drawing From Photos

Drawing eBook Drawing From PhotosDescription: How to draw realistic drawings from photographs. Concepts covered include cropping photos, editing photos, creating a grid, drawing with the aid of the the grid.

Suggested Materials: Image manipulation software, drawing paper, soft graphite pencil, eraser, photo reference

Video Length: 15:25

Level: Intermediate




Module 13 - Composition
Composition

Drawing eBook - CompositionDescription: How to create successful compositions in drawings. Concepts covered include sketching thumbnails, positive and negative space, Plato’s Rule, The Rule of Thirds, The Golden Mean, eye movement, and how to create focal points.

Suggested Materials: None

Video Length: 12:20

Level: Intermediate




Module 14 - Graphite
Graphite

Drawing eBook GraphiteDescription: A description and characteristics of the drawing medium, graphite. Concepts explored include graphite grades, characteristics, forms, and techniques.

Suggested Materials: Various graphite pencils, eraser, white drawing paper.

Video Length: 9:00

Level: Beginner




Module 15 - Charcoal
Charcoal

Drawing Ebook CharcoalDescription: A look at the drawing medium, charcoal. Concepts covered include charcoal forms and applications.

Suggested Materials: vine charcoal, compressed charcoal (white and black), white or gray drawing paper, kneaded eraser, blending tool

Video Length: 10:32

Level: Intermediate




Module 16 - Drawing With Ink
Ink

Drawing Ebook InkDescription: An exploration of the drawing medium of ink. Concepts covered include ink wash, choosing the right ink, pen and ink applications with a nib pen.

Suggested Materials: Carbon Black Pigmented Ink, nylon brushes, water, watercolor paper, nib pen with a sharp nib

Length: 9:00

Level: Intermediate




Module 17 - Color
Color

Color Theory EbookDescription: A look at the three parts of color theory and how it influences color choices in our drawings. Concepts covered include: the color wheel, primary, secondary, tertiary, color values, color intensity, psychological effects of color, color schemes, monochromatic, complementary, color triads, color tetrads, analogous, warm, cool, split complementary.

Suggested Materials: None

Video Length: 14:28

Level: Intermediate




Module 18 - Colored Pencils
Colored Pencils

Colored Pencils eBookDescription: How to use colored pencils. Concepts covered include layering, mixing, building up colors, burnishing, and adding details.

Suggested Materials: soft colored pencils, photo reference

Video Length: 11:56

Level: Intermediate




Module 19 - Oil Pastels
Oil Pastels

Oil Pastels EBookDescription: An exploration into the drawing medium of oil pastels. Concepts covered include layering, mixing, and landscape drawing with oil pastels.

Suggested Materials: Oil pastels, photo reference, toned drawing paper, drawing brush

Video Length: 11:51

Level: Intermediate




Module 20 - Soft Pastels
Soft Pastels

Soft Pastels EbookDescription: An in-depth look at the use of soft pastels in the creation of a seascape. Concepts covered include proper use of soft pastels including smudging and layering colors.

Suggested Materials: soft pastels, toned drawing paper, photo reference

Video Length: 11:21

Level: Intermediate




Module 21 - Facial Proportions
Facial Proportions

Facial Proportions EbookDescription: A look at basic facial proportions from the front and profile views. Concepts covered include general locations of facial features and placement relationships.

Suggested Materials: Graphite, white drawing paper

Video Length: 13:56

Level: Beginner






Module 22 - The Eye
The Eye

Drawing the Eye EbookDescription: An in-depth look at drawing a human eye.

Suggested Materials: Graphite, white drawing paper, photo reference of an eye

Video Length: 14:05

Level: Intermediate





Module 23 - The Nose and Mouth
The Nose and Mouth

Draw the Nose and Mouth EbookDescription: A look at drawing the nose and the mouth.

Suggested Materials: Graphite, white drawing paper, photo reference of a nose and mouth

Video Length: 12:24

Level: Intermediate






Module 24 - The Ear
The Ear

Drawing the Ear EbookDescription: A look at drawing the human ear with graphite.

Suggested Materials: Graphite, white drawing paper, photo reference

Video Length: 4:51

Level: Intermediate




Module 25 - Hair
The Hair

How to Draw Hair EbookDescription: A look at drawing hair with graphite.

Suggested Materials: Graphite, white drawing paper, photo reference

Video Length: 14:02

Level: Intermediate




Module 26 - Basic Figure Drawing
Basic Figure Drawing

Basic Figure Drawing EbookDescription: A basic introduction to figure drawing including a simple four step method for drawing a figure.

Suggested Materials: Graphite, white drawing paper, photo reference

Video Length: 20:00

Level: Beginner




Module 27 - Foreshortening
Foreshortening

Foreshortening EbookDescription: Drawing the figure in perspective.

Suggested Materials: Graphite, white drawing paper, photo reference

Video Length: 12:54

Level: Intermediate




Module 28 - Conclusion
Conclusion

Description: What's next?

Suggested Materials: None

Length: 2:58

Level: Beginner




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