“I wasn’t born with that drawing gene.”
Most artists were not born with a silver pencil in their hand. Years of practice built up their skills, and practice can do so for you, too. As children, we weren’t inhibited – we just picked up a pencil! If that freedom has disappeared and you’re self-conscious about your drawing skills, have no fear. You can learn!
All artists are willing to suffer for their work. But why are so few prepared to learn to draw?
Get started drawing
Brand new? Grab a pencil and a sketchbook and just. get. started. Nothing will grow your skills in other mediums as much as getting a solid foundation under you will! Either of these courses will help, and you can take them in either order:
Start a secret sketchbook. Make a commitment to draw in it daily. Draw everything. All the time. A few minutes a day is enough; it’s about getting in those pencil miles.
The one rule: no one else will ever see it. It’s just for you to experiment. What might you try if you could do so privately?
Let the sketchbook be messy, let yourself make mistakes. But just keep drawing!
If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why isn’t it #1?
Learn to draw safari animals — and save them at the same time
Each year, a portion of the class fee from the Safari Animals class is donated to help protect African animals and their habitat. If posting your work, be sure to tell people you’re protecting our planet!
We all have 10,000 bad drawings in us. The sooner we get them out the better.
– Walt Stanchfield
Shading and shadows
When the rains start to fall and the leaves tumble to the ground, it’s a great time to nestle in to make some art. Create some beautiful seasonal works in these courses!
Learn basic shading for subjects that are kept simple – breaking down each into its component shapes, then looking at how light is cast on each shape.
Ink Sketching & Doodling
Drawing in pen and ink is less forgiving than erasable pencil – but can be just as much fun or more.
Fill a sketchbook with national park drawings – inspiration to do the same with your vacation pics!
Copic Art Journaling
Even alcohol markers work with art journaling! Try this course for art inspiration and relaxation.
More drawing courses?
Check the medium of your choice in the menu bar – some courses there are drawing classes disguised as coloring! Be sure to subscribe to our monthly-ish newsletter so you’re the first to hear when there’s an exciting new course to sign up for!