Learn to Draw Your World
Get a step-by-step tutorial of the key elements of drawing, taught by an award-winning artist with more than forty years of study, studio work, and dedicated teaching.
How to Draw offers you dynamic and comprehensive training in the concepts of drawing. These 36 videos are a rich and deep resource, offering a wide spectrum of lessons that make the skills of drawing directly accessible. With each new step in the process, you’ll apply your knowledge in drawing projects, which encompass individual objects, still lifes, interiors, and self-portraits. You’ll find that mastering the art of drawing provides rewards you will treasure for a lifetime.
- An Introduction to Drawing
- Drawing Materials for Line
- Drawing Fundamentals and First Exercises
- Line and Shape: Line and Aggregate Shape
- Line and Shape: Volume and Figure-Ground
- Line and Shape: Positive and Negative Shape
- Composition: The Format and Its Armature
- Composition: How Artists Compose
- Line and Shape: Line Attributes and Gesture
- Composition: Shape and Advanced Strategies
- Proportion: Alberti’s Velo
- Proportion: Accurate Proportion and Measure
- Creating Volume and Illusionistic Space
- Six Complex Drawing Projects
- Linear Perspective: Introduction
- Linear Perspective: The Quad
- Linear Perspective: The Gridded Room
- Linear Perspective: Ellipses and Pattern
- Linear Perspective: Advanced Topics
- Value: How Artists Use Value
- Value: Drawing Materials for Value
- Value: Black and White and a Value Scale
- Value: Eight Complex Drawing Projects
- Value: Side Light and Cast Shadow
- Value: Oblique Light and Cast Shadow
- Texture: Mark Making and Optical Value
- Texture: How Artists Use Texture
- Color: Color Theory and Color and Light
- Color: How Artists Use Color
- Color: Color Drawing Projects
- The Figure: A Canon of Proportions
- The Figure: The Head, Hands, and Feet
- The Figure: Artistic Anatomy
- The Figure: Drawing Projects
- Advanced Concepts: Pictorial Space
- Advanced Drawing Projects
David Brody, Graduate Degree in Painting
Professor David Brody has been a Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Washington in Seattle since 1996. He did undergraduate work at Columbia University and Bennington College and received his graduate degree in painting from Yale University in 1983. Professor Brody has lectured or been a visiting critic at Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, The University of Chicago, Harvard University, Capital Normal University in Beijing, and the China Art Academy in Hangzhou.
Instant, on-demand streaming of 36 half-hour lessons on the fundamentals of drawing, taught by David Brody, an award-winning artist and Professor of Painting and Drawing at the University of Washington in Seattle.
220-Page PDF Guidebook
- 220-page printed course guidebook
- Photos & illustrations
- Suggested readings
- Additional Activities
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How to Draw
As a person with zero drawing experience I am impressed with the approach, and after working on the first real drawing lesson for a week I can see significant improvement. I am looking forward to future work on this course.
This is the 46th course I've bought from the TC (yes, I am an addict) but this is one of the very best. To put it in context, I'm 78 and I've dabbled with painting, drawing, photography, and the graphic arts for most of my life. I've taken workshops, but have had no formal education. This course is much more than a course in drawing: it's a primer of fundamentals, transferrable to other media. Just as you shouldn't try to play serious basketball before you learn how to dribble, you shouldn't try to create a serious drawing or painting without mastering those fundamentals. Prof. Brady teaches those fundamentals masterfully. Edges, contour, marks, and value deserve close attention. My wife and I are watching it together over a few weeks., determined to get an overview and doing exercises as they appeal to us. We will (and I have already) go back to individual lectures to review the details and practice the exercises selectively. That said, already I find that the lessons have broken me out of my rut, especially as they have illustrated gestural drawing vis-a-vis constructional. Stuff that sounds technical, even trivial, like the surface or color of the medium, the choice of a pencil, or the range of the palette, are dealt with in enough detail to translate into one’s next project and improve it. It's pitched perfectly for someone like me, a person who's encountered problems, hated what he drew or painted, and needed a muse to jump to another level. I'll never draw or paint like a Rafael, Rembrandt, Eakins or a Vermeer, but there's no reason the principles they used to create their own stunning works can't be employed in a small way into our own. I give this course my highest recommendation.
I took up painting a year ago and thought that learning better drawing skills would be beneficial for my work. Little did I know how enjoyable and rewarding this is in itself. I cannot praise this instructor enough. He is easy to listen to, classes are organized and fun. He makes it doable for even a beginner. One of the best instructors I have experienced with the Great Courses, and this company does a wonderful job. You see progress immediately. As you progress through the course it builds on prior classes so I would think it would be beneficial for experienced artist also. It is a logical process for us analytical brains! I thought you had to have a ton of artistic ability, but it is much more about learning techniques. I am taking my time and look forward to every afternoon with my pencils. This class made my life better!