I have a few announcements to make. First of all, I have received a huge number of requests to present some learning material on the very basics of figure drawing and drawing in general. I have given it some thought and decided that adding a lesson here and there isn’t exactly what you have in mind or what will help either. So I am in the process of changing the design and structure of figuredrawingonline.com
Apart from the Figure Drawing Course and the free videos that are already there, the website will also have a fairly comprehensive free introduction to drawing called “Drawing Step By Step”. This will be in a form of both, articles and videos. This introduction is designed to take anyone wanting to learn to draw through pretty much everything there is to know about drawing. On the way it also clears up a few misguided popular beliefs and myths.
I have divided the free information in the following 5 categories. For those who are just starting or know little about drawing, it is probably a good idea to read / view the info in order as it is presented. If you are after bits and pieces here and there, the navigation should help to get you there fast. Ok, here are the categories and content:
1/ “Approach To Drawing” gives you an insight into the concepts of drawing.
1.1 – There is no such thing as multitasking
1.2 – Drawing is Communication
1.3 – Copying versus Creating
1.4 – Grasping the Complex
1.5 – It’s all in The Realtionships
2/ “Basic Set–Up” gives you a run down on materials, equipment and the space you choose for drawing.
2.1 – Materials – paper, drawing tools…
2.2 – Environment – where you do your drawing
3/ “Drawing Basics” is where drawing starts with recommended ways to draw.
3.1 – Why Standing?
3.2 – How to hold A Pencil
3.3 – Throw that Eraser
4/ “Drawing Practices” will give you practical tools and “How To”s on anything that came up so far in all the lessons above.
4.1/ Is That a Circle?
4.2/ The Straight Line
4.3/ A Cube, not a Square
4.4/ A Ball, not a circle
4.5/ A Cylinder, not a rectangle
4.6/ Basic Perspective
4.7/ How to Steady the Hand
4.8/ Imagine it and See it Everywhere
5/ “Drawing – The Magic” delves into creative devices you can employ to achieve results. These will be demostrated mostly through figure drawing although there will be examples of landscape, urban drawing and still life as well.
5.1 – The building Elements – line, plane, mass and countour lines
5.2 – Flick that Light Switch
5.3 – The rule of the Mass – weight, thrust, orientation
You can see I tried to think of all the basics. Even things that seem as simple as “How to hold a pencil” can cause you work much harder than necessary to achieve results.
So, still a fair bit to go, it is a lot of material to write and a lot of videos to shoot, edit, encode, upload, link…. you get the picture. I will probably release the new site when I am halfway through preparing the new lessons and tutorials so that you don’t have to wait too long and finish the rest while the first already available half keeps you busy.
I am still keeping the intro page of he website with the rotating images – I think it is good to see what is within the reach, but the next page to progress to is the Home page. Here is a screen grab of part of the home page: