Drawing For Beginners

We will explore:

Negative Space, Gesture, Drawing from the Inside Out, Light and Shadow (the lock in), and Structure, Speed and Dry Media. The workshop will end with a wet media demonstration.

Drawing from Cape May Zoo Safari Hunt

The presentation from our class is below in video format (no sound) and you can stop it anywhere you wish.

Post Course Resources


Exercises to Gain Speed!

Exercises to gain speed and dexterity:

Exercise 1:

Pencil Control

Purchase a lined notebook and practice making lines and “0s” (circular shapes with a pencil).  Put the lines close together and far apart. Then try it with a pen.


Exercise 2:

Value Patterns in Black

Set up a still life and light it from one side. Do a contour line drawing with a pen – make that commitment.  Then divide it into light and shadow – white of the paper and dark black paint or even India Ink!.

Exercise 3:

Quick Draw

Set up a still life and light it from one side. Draw your still life in pencil (no shading) and apply light and dark washes to the paper creating light and dark value patterns. GIve yourself 15 minutes, then do it again giving yourself 10 minutes then one last time at 5 minutes.

Exercise 4:

Thumbnail Studies

Create a set of thumbnail grids.  Focus on overlap and how negative space plays into the drawing.

In a nutshell:
“Drawing begins with small steps that compound themselves into more formalized drawings. Start small and you will be surprised how quickly a line and space become a defined form!”