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How to Draw

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Learn how to draw through engaging lessons and fun exercises alongside art professor David Brody. At the beginning of class, you’ll see how to use contour lines, construction lines and cross-contour lines to draw objects with dimension. Next, find out how to use focal areas, focal points and compositional balance to improve your compositions. Take your skills further as you learn how to bring a lifelike sense of space to your work with perspective techniques, use value to establish a mood for your drawing and create the illusion of light, volume and space and texture. David will take the mystery out of color theory and push your figure drawing forward with essential anatomy knowledge and proportion techniques.


  • Class Preview
  • An Introduction to Drawing
  • Drawing Materials for Line
  • Drawing Fundamentals & First Exercises
  • Line & Shape: Line & Aggregate Shape
  • Line & Shape: Volume & Figure-Ground
  • Line & Shape: Positive & Negative Shape
  • Composition: The Format & Its Armature
  • Composition: How Artists Compose
  • Line & Shape: Line Attributes & Gesture
  • Composition: Shape & Advanced Strategies
  • Proportion: Alberti's Velo
  • Proportion: Accurate Proportion & Measure
  • Creating Volume & Illusionistic Space
  • Six Complex Drawing Projects
  • Linear Perspective: Introduction
  • Linear Perspective: The Quad
  • Linear Perspective: The Gridded Room
  • Linear Perspective: Ellipses & Pattern
  • Linear Perspective: Advanced Topics
  • Value: How Artists Use Value
  • Value: Drawing Materials for Value
  • Value: Black & White & a Value Scale
  • Value: Eight Complex Drawing Projects
  • Value: Side Light & Cast Shadow
  • Value: Oblique Light & Cast Shadow
  • Texture: Mark Making & Optical Value
  • Texture: How Artists Use Texture
  • Color: Color Theory & Color & Light
  • Color: How Artists Use Color
  • Color: Color Drawing Projects
  • The Figure: A Canon of Proportions
  • The Figure: The Head, Hands & Feet
  • The Figure: Artistic Anatomy
  • The Figure: Drawing Projects
  • Advanced Concepts: Pictorial Space
  • Advanced Drawing Projects

Taught by

David Brody


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