Realistic drawing may seem like magic, but it is a skill that you, too, can learn!
In this course I create a single charcoal drawing, demonstrating the entire drawing process from the first pencil marks to the final ones. Draw along with me by downloading a reference photo of the flower I'm drawing, and follow along step-by-step!
The essential concepts and steps needed to create believable, realistic drawings are presented through animations and video lectures that are easy to absorb and immediately put into practice.
Best of all? You can apply the concepts you learn in this course to any drawing you create in the future!
Covered in this Course:
- The most effective way to start a drawing
- 5 strategies for drawing an accurate block-in
- How to see and simplify values
- The key to realistic shading
- The stages of shading
- How to use vine or willow charcoal
- How to create depth and dimension in your drawings
- How to create a focal point
- How to shade a smooth, even value
The Course Includes:
- Full-length, step-by-step video demonstrations
- A high-resolution reference photo for you to draw along with me
- A list of drawing supplies I will be using
Marina Fridman is a Canadian visual artist and educator whose artwork has been exhibited and published internationally. She is a three-time recipient of the prestigious Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, a Canada Council for the Arts Grant in 2020, and the Manifest ONE Prize in 2019. Aside from her creative practice, she is a Tenure-Track Instructor of Visual Arts in Northern Alberta, Canada, and the Founder of The Drawing Source. She is passionate about making quality drawing education accessible to those for whom it may be difficult to find, but who love drawing as much as she does!
What you'll draw with me during this course:
What students are saying about Realistic Drawing 101:
"I learned a lot about realistic drawing from participating in the on line course, Realistic Drawing 101. Marina Fridman is a gifted teacher and artist. Her videos are clear and helpful. I progressed in knowledge of terms, technique, and use of new medium. It is clear that practise makes perfect but I'd take another class with her any day." -Carmen V.
"This course was well worth taking. A great deal of information was
shared in a concise, easy to follow sequence with demonstrations
throughout. Response to questions was timely and right on topic. Highly
recommended." -Lana H.
"This is the best tutorial I have seen. I hope you come up with more courses. You're a great teacher, and your videos are well done." - Kailash M.
Preview the introductory lesson video below!
PreviewLesson 1.1 - Introductions, What You'll Learn and How to Use This Course (5:03)
StartLesson 1.2 - Photo Reference of Flower (Download and Draw From This!)
PreviewLesson 1.3 - Recommended Drawing Supplies and Substitutions
StartLesson 1.4 - Why These Drawing Supplies?
StartLesson 1.5 - How to Hold and Control Your Drawing Pencil (6:06)
StartLesson 1.6 - How to Sharpen a Drawing Pencil (7:31)
StartLesson 1.7 - The Drawing Process: An Overview (4:05)
StartLesson 2.1 - Finding the Largest Proportions (3:34)
StartLesson 2.2 - The Most Efficient Way to Start a Drawing (2:13)
StartLesson 2.3 - Drawing an Accurate Block-In [Strategy 1] (7:10)
StartLesson 2.4 - Drawing an Accurate Block-In [Strategy 2] (2:57)
StartLesson 2.5 - Drawing an Accurate Block-In [Strategy 3] (1:58)
StartLesson 2.6 - Drawing an Accurate Block-In [Strategy 4] (2:21)
StartLesson 2.7 - Drawing an Accurate Block-In [Strategy 5] (4:00)
StartLesson 2.8 - The Block-In, First Pass [Drawing Demonstration] (13:42)
StartLesson 2.9 - The Block-In, Second Pass [Drawing Demonstration] (17:29)