See Better, Draw Better: Exercises for Beginners
01: Introduction & Starting to See
Truly seeing is the key to successful drawings! Kateri Ewing starts class by explaining exactly what this means. Then, follow along for a breakdown of various tools and materials, before ending the lesson with a blind contour exercise. You'll leave the lesson with a sense of some of the challenges students can face (and overcome!).
02: Loosen Up! Simple Hand/Eye Training
Let loose a little; it might just make your drawings more realistic! Kateri helps you unwind as you get your hands and eyes in synch with gestural drawings. She also shares a variety of mark-making techniques you can add to your toolbox.
03: Contrast: Create the Illusion of Light & Form
Want realistic drawings? Contrast is key! Kateri guides you through key techniques for working with charcoal, so you can stay in the right tonal range. Then, see how to do a reductive drawing by identifying a light source, pulling out highlights and adding details.
04: The Dark Side: Shadow Shapes
Shadows can be tricky sometimes, but Kateri's here to help at every step! Follow along as she breaks down methods that will help you identify shadow shapes. And for great form, you'll learn to tactfully add dark marks and refine with more contrast and detail.
05: Losing the Lines: Refined Tonal Drawings
Put your skills together to tackle a more complex subject: a bird. As you draw, you'll learn to blend for more realistic forms. Plus, discover how to navigate the subtle push and pull of lights and darks for a drawing with softer edges.
06: Putting It Together: Realistic Drawing
Add details and texture to bring your birdie to life! Kateri finishes class with techniques for a reflective eye, a feathered look and dramatic contrast.