Drawing Basics TRACK

The Drawing Basics Track is a great way to learn fundamental skills in drawing. You’ll develop versatility in drawing by practicing everything from a two minute gesture drawing to drawings that take several hours to complete! A broad range of subject matter is spread out in the track as well, providing opportunities to expand your […]

Drawing Basics TRACK: Week 6

Wet Charcoal: Techniques Art Prof Clara Lieu demonstrates techniques for wet charcoal drawing. Prof Lieu shows how to use a spray bottle, newsprint, and compressed charcoal in order to experiment with making abstract strokes on the paper to create a dynamic and engaging range of contrasting marks.  Wet Charcoal: Landscapes Art Prof Clara Lieu demonstrates […]

Drawing Basics TRACK: Week 5

Self-Portrait Drawing in Crayon Art Prof Clara Lieu demonstrates how to draw a self-portrait using a mirror and a color layering technique using Caran d’Ache Neocolor I crayons. You’ll see how to set up your easel, drawing, clamp light, and mirror in order to have a smooth drawing experience. Prof Lieu walks you through the […]

Drawing Basics TRACK: Week 4

Elements of Art: Texture in 2D Texture is one of the Elements of Art. This video explains texture within the context of 2D works. Texture can be achieved with one art media or mixed media. Texture also relates to patterning. This video provides many ways of collecting texture references, exploring texture as a means of […]

Drawing Basics TRACK: Week 3

How to Draw Thumbnail Sketches This video explains and demonstrates the process of how thumbnail sketches work within the artistic process. There are many benefits of thumbnail sketches: they can save you time when working on a final piece of artwork and allow you to explore more options for composition. The demonstration shows simple strategies […]

Drawing Basics TRACK: Week 2

Two minute Gesture Drawings This video demonstrates how to do two minute gesture drawings using stills of figures from Eadweard Muybridge’s book The Human Figure in Action. Prof Lieu explains how to capture the most essential masses and forms of the human figure within two minutes. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu. Top Figure […]

Drawing Basics TRACK: Week 1

Animal Gesture Drawings This video shows how to do quick gesture drawings of animals, using Eadweard Muybridge’s book, Animals in Motion, as a reference to show believable action and movement. Techniques explored in this video are how to capture the most important essentials of the animal as quickly as possible, while creating a compelling sense […]

Drawing Basics TRACK: Ongoing

10 Minute Art Prompts How do you start a page in your sketchbook when you don’t know what to draw, or feel unmotivated? (or both!) See a drawing demo which provides several prompts for how to get your creative juices flowing. Contrary to the sketchbooks you see on Instagram, real artist sketchbooks are a mess, […]