A designer uses study drawings to conduct a graphic dialogue about the design issues at hand” This statement encapsulates the need to be able to execute and express ideas with confidence in the most compentent manner. This intensive class is designed for individuals who wish to take their drawing ability to the next level. This type of drawing training is based on the groundbreaking research of Dr. Betty Edwards, we help designers develop a skill that aids them in producing compelling works be that at the brief stage or further down the line in the design process. Sharpen your pencils!

Levels: Essentials Intermediate Advanced

Course Outline

The five drawing skills to master

  • Drawing nothing
  • Drawing nothing as a group
  • Perception
  • Accessing right brain thinking
  • Drawing theory
  • How to draw what you see
  • Pre-instruction drawings

The anatomy of drawings

  • Linear qualities
  • Organic and geometric shapes
  • Types of line
  • Linguistic and visual connections
  • Parallel ways of knowing
  • The Archimedes factor

Making the shift

  • Face profiles
  • Upside down drawing
  • Unpacking the subconscious mind

Drawing language

  • Sign here!
  • The cube exercise
  • Mark making
  • Drawing analogs
  • Pure contour drawing
  • The stages of creativity
  • Creativity explorations and accepted norms
  • Drawing what is and what isn’t
  • Gestural drawings
  • Negative space
  • Symbolism
  • Ambiguity

The art of seeing

  • Sighting through a tube
  • Working with grids
  • Pencil sighting
  • Working with a viewfinder
  •  Sighting proportion
  • Light and dark
  • The five lights of nature
  • Emerging from the shadows
  • Dealing with perspective
  • Portraiture
  • Before and after comparison

Translating drawing to the digital world

  • Setting up your drawing tablet
  • Painting in Photoshop
  • Brush presets and settings
  • Merging pencil drawings with Photoshop
  • Drawing in Illustrator
  • Setting up Illustrator tools
  • Drawing from paper
  • Drawing digital directly
  • Working with Painter
  • How Painter and Photoshop work together
  • How Painter and Photoshop differ
  • Getting the eccentric line
  • Scratchboard techniques
  • Woodcuts
  • Glamour
  • Fantasy art

Working with color

  • Color theory
  • The color wheel
  • The value scale
  • Color associations
  • Color fundamentals
  • Color combinations that work
  • Additive and subtractive color models
  • Successful color combinations
  • Color combination considerations
  • Color harmonies
  • Monochromatics
  • Harmonious sets
  • Triads, tetrads, and pentagrams
  • Complimentaries and split complementaries

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