Twitch Drawing Lesson


A marathon stream for covering the basic to advanced drawing lessons in the format of a life drawing class.
 


Guide

Exercises are standalone, join in anytime.

The references for each exercise can be found by clicking Begin Here or on our Discord under #lesson_reference
Upload your assignments for critique under each exercise or on our Discord under #drawing_lesson

Late? Watch missed exercises on the VOD under Past Broadcasts on Twitch

Getting Started

These are exercises and are meant to be done as practice. Their purpose is listed under each exercise. Don't worry about how they turn out, success will be determined by how well you meet the requirements. Bring your mind to your breath, forget what you know, and do it.

Materials

Charcoal (or Graphite) Pencil/Stick and Eraser
18" by 24" Newsprint/Drawing Paper
Large Clipboard for holding paper vertical
Ink, Brush, Stick/Pole, Tape, and Water Container

Optional Materials

Still Life Setup (Bottles, objects, foods, etc.)
Sandpaper and Utility Knife
Charcoal Powder and a Chamois Cloth
Acrylic, Brush, and Water Container
 

Additional and more specific materials can be found under each exercise by hitting Begin Here under each exercise

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1 -  Sharpening, Line, and Value Review

Brief review of drawing fundamentals. Improve your connection to your tool, quality of line, and understanding of light.

  • A demonstration on how to sharpen your pencils in order to maximize line quality
  • Information on how to use your arm while drawing
  • Review of ghosting a line and alternating line quality
  • Review of the mechanics of Light
  • Bringing dimensionality to a drawing through the use of value
 
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2 - Blind Contour

The point of this exercise is to connect your eye directly to your hand and remove any interference of symbols applied by the brain. Envision your tool as an extension of your body. If you do this correctly the world should fade and you will only perceive the contour and your breath.

  • Keep your eyes on the still life/model/photo and your pencil on the paper.
  • Do not remove your eyes from the model at any point nor the pencil from the paper.
  • Keep your eye on the contour of the figure and imagine an ant walking along the edges. Draw that line slowly until the time is up. If you were allowed to look at the pencil its movement would be almost imperceptible.
 
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3 - Modified Contour

The point of this exercise is to connect your eye directly to your hand and remove any interference of symbols applied by the brain.

  • Keep your eyes on the still life/model/photo and your pencil on the paper.
  • In this exercise you may look at your drawing but you may not move the pencil while you are looking. Do not lift your pencil at any point.
  • Keep your eye on the contour of the figure and imagine an ant walking along the contour. Draw that line slowly until the time is up. If you were allowed to look at the pencil its movement would be almost imperceptible.
 
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4 - Cross Contour and Modified Cross Contour

The point of this exercise is to connect your eye directly to your hand and remove any interference of symbols applied by the brain.

  • Keep your eyes on the still life/model/photo and your pencil on the paper.
  • Do not remove your eyes from the model at any point or the pencil from the paper. If the exercise is modified you may look at the paper but may not move the pencil while working
  • Draw the cross section lines of the figure at will, pushing harder when the figure recedes in space and lighter when it is toward you. Draw that line slowly until the time is up. If you were allowed to look at the pencil its movement would be almost imperceptible.
 
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5 - Figure Gesture

Capture the movement of a figure with simple lines. Imagine if the figure were to animate for a moment, how do you capture that in your work?

  • Before beginning take a good portion of your allotted time just to actually see your subject. Whether the exercise is 15 seconds or 30 minutes, this step is crucial so take your time.
  • Use simple lines and tapered lined quality to capture the gesture. A gesture may be complete after a single line or fifty.
  • We will do exercises using various techniques, even scribbling.
 
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6 - Negative Space and Background versus Foreground

Materials: Ink and Brush
Alternative materials: Watercolor, charcoal stick, or whatever medium you have

Learn to separate the drawing into a background and figure

  • Look at the negative space only and block it in.
  • Do not try to draw out the figure itself with the block in by blocking in an outline. Draw in the negative space only.
 
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7 - Figure and Head Proportion

An explanation of sizing proportion with your eyes and the common proportions used to depict a figure.

  • Draw along to get your eyes to see the figure for the proportions it actually has rather than what your mind psychologically perceieves
 
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8 - Value Scale, Cross-hatching, and the Charcoal Reduction Method

Bring dimensionality to an object by drawing its tonal elements. The shadows and the lights. Discern the scale at which the light changes and apply it to a simple two dimensional contour.

     
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    9 - Figure Shading and Lighting

    • Vary the transition and scale of value of value of the background, figure light, and figure shadow.
    • Give each element it's own scale of value (1-10, 2-4, 7-3) in order to gain control of the figure
     
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    10  - Figure and Portrait Anatomy

    A look at the fundamental and universal shapes, proportion, and function of the human body.

     
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    11 - Color and Light

    Materials: Pastels, watercolors, color pencils, or any colored media

    • A quick review of how color translates to the dimensionality and value of a figure
    • An exercise on applying these mechanics to a figure drawing