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Realistic Drawing 101

Essential Skills and Concepts

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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 and recommend

Your Instructor


Marina Fridman
Marina Fridman

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:


"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.


"I learned a lot about realistic drawing from participating in the online 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.


Preview the introductory lesson video below!

Course Curriculum


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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 14 days and I will give you a full refund.
What method of measurement do you teach?
I teach comparative measurement.

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