Drawing for Beginners: Creating Expressive Work Using Proven Drawing Techniques

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In this drawing for beginners course you will learn to create accurate and expressive drawings with professional artist, Grant Fuller. Each week Grant will share his best drawing tips and ideas for beginners. These drawing exercises for beginners have been created by Grant in order to give you a great start on your own artistic journey.

In this 4-week course you’ll learn about the best tools and drawing techniques to sketch and draw your favorite subjects, basic methods for refining your work, and much more.Throughout this online drawing course, you’ll learn how to draw by working on developing expressive lines, improving your powers of observation, and creating realistic depth and textures as well as other stunning effects with the aid of detailed demonstrations of step by step drawing for beginners.

Start Date:

April 1, 2014



Course Materials:

Workshop Length:

4 weeks


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What You’ll Learn

  • Beginning drawing tutorials for creating a variety of expressive types of line work
  • Tips for seeing a complex object as a series basic shapes that can be easily rendered
  • Proven methods for suggesting depth with light effects and tonal techniques
  • Reference material provides “how to” instruction for perspective, proportion and resizing
  • Basic methods for polishing and refining to get that professional look

Who should take this workshop:

  • Beginning artists who want to learn proven drawing techniques to get them started
  • Experienced artists looking to improve their drawing techniques & foundations
  • Anyone looking for beginning online drawing lessons


  • Acid-free art paper, (can be cartridge paper or sketch book), half sheet of medium illustration board
  • Medium or soft graphite sticks
  • HB or B mechanical pencils
  • HB, 2B, 2H wooden pencils
  • Pencil sharpener (electric is easiest but not essential)
  • Kneaded eraser, plastic eraser
  • Paper towels
  • Very fine sandpaper if you like to shape the leads
  • Straightedge (could be ruler, set square or T-square)
  • Paper stump for blending

Course Syllabuswdu-REGISTERNOW.fw

Course Materials:

  • Reference DVD – Grant Fuller’s Drawing Workshop. Before starting the course, watch the one-hour drawing DVD, taking note of the kind of marks that can be made with the pencil. Practice making some of the marks that appeal to you. It is important to begin to get the feel of drawing and start to develop confidence
  • Reference Book – Start Sketching and Drawing Now by Grant Fuller

Lesson One: “Sea Gulls”

Reading Assignment:

  • Read pages 90 and 91
  • Do quick sketches of each of the examples. This will prepare you for doing the studies in the first assignment

Homework: There are two parts to the first assignment

  • Step1: Do some quick gestures using my photos (or if you have your own you can use those). This will loosen you up
  • Step 2: Do a more finished drawing like the examples shown but be sure to retain some of the motion you have learned from doing the gestures
  • More details about Assignment 1, including photos, will be available

Lesson 2: “Snowfall”

Reading Assignment:

  • Page 31, candle

Homework: This is a much more static subject and requires a different mindset than the first assignment. A good study for this subject is the candle on page 31 of the reference book. It is a simple version of the assignment in that it uses the same procedure, light contours, delicate application of tone, and blending with a paper stump.

  • Two short video clips, as well as more details about Assignment 2 (including photos), will be available

Lesson 3: “Pet Portrait”

Reading Assignment:

  • Pages 42 & 43

Homework: A photo has been provided for this assignment, but if you have a pet, and a camera, the instructor encourages you to try your own. See pages 42 and 43 in the reference book for the method of planning the drawing. That will be helpful in establishing proportions as angles. The video clips will illustrate certain points that are key to making it a professional looking work.

  • Two short video clips, as well as more details about Assignment 3 (including photos), will be available

Lesson 4: “Marina”

Reading Assignment:

  • Pages 15,16, and 61

Homework: Practice a few of the “hardline” examples here to get the feel for this. (There are some examples of the type of line work and pencil treatment on pages, 15, 16, and 61.) Most of the time the instructor will work right on site for this type of subject. It is only when weather interferes that photographs are needed. In this case, weather offered an opportunity by having the fog move in.

  • A short video clip, as well as more details about Assignment 4 (including photos), will be available

Course Materials

  • Paper: You have a choice here and my recommendation is to try a few until you find one you like. The most popular type of drawing paper is called “cartridge.” It comes in sheets as well as sketch books. Quality sketch books usually contain cartridge paper or good acid-free drawing paper. For two of these projects the instructor used a cold pressed (medium textured surface) Illustration board. For other experiments you can try pastel paper or white acid-free mat board for pencil work. Some laser jet cover stocks are acid free and very good for pencil. Start small, increase paper size as desired
  • Drawing tools: A .05 mechanical pencil with B or HB leads is my preferred general use pencil. It will do the initial contours and even add a fair amount of tone if the drawing is small. As you move up in paper size, you will need bolder drawing tools. You can get a mechanical lead holder that takes a much larger diameter graphite. The instructor recommends a 2B softness to start if you like that size of drawing tool. A few wooden pencils such as 2B or 4B for applying tone and a graphite stick (HB or 2B) for large tonal areas. You will need one wooden H or 2H harder pencil for blending light areas. This will get you started and as you gain experience, you can add to the collection
  • Other items:
    • A plastic eraser: These are usually white and they remove graphite without damaging most papers
    • A kneaded eraser: This will shape to a fine edge for removal of single lines and tight corners
    • Paper towel: Good for protecting parts of the drawing from smudging
    • A paper stump, tightly rolled soft paper good for intentionally smudging and blending
    • A small (no. 2 round) watercolor brush for very fine smudging

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