Basics Curriculum 3

This video is part 3 of a basic curriculum for self-taught artists that cover the basics for a foundation in art. Topics covered include specific skills are important when you are just getting started, as well as advice for what sequence is most effective for gaining these skills. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Lauryn Welch.

Video Walkthrough

  • Craftsmanship
    • Artist Books
    • 3D Design
  • Elements of Art
    • Value
    • Line
    • Shape
    • Texture
    • Space
    • Form
  • Color Theory
    • Complementary Colors
    • Color Schemes
    • Purple & Yellow
    • Underpainting Techniques
    • Mixing Flesh Tones
  • Critique


The complete Basics Self-taught Artists Curriculum document links to every video that expands on the topics touched here.

Full Curriculum

Overview · Basics 1 · Basics 2 · Basics 3

5 Ways to Self-Critique

Write a checklist
How is the… Tone? Contrast? Composition? Value? Line? Shape?

Put the artwork away
Don’t look at it for a few days

Reference artist(s)
Identify artists whose technique/ideas you’re interested in.

Set a specific goal
Base the goal on issues in your prior artworks.

Identify your tendencies
Do you tend to draw heads too small? Do you draw the same point of view for every panel?