Beginners 8-week course eBook

Drawing from Line to Life: Beginners 8*week self-directed drawing course by Mike Sibley
Drawing from Line to Life
Beginners 8-week Drawing Course
  • Self-directed 8-week drawing course for Beginners
  • Weekly Resources: Step-by-step instructions
  • Weekly Activities: Exercises to try out your new abilities
  • From Shading and Indenting to Blending and Preparation...
  • and much more...
  • 204 page eBook (212 if printed)
  • 250 illustrations
  • Ideal WORKBOOK companion to "Drawing from Line to Life"
Based on Mike's 8-week Drawspace Beginners course.
Available directly from Drawspace Publishing: Only $ 19.99

Learning How to Draw
This course-in-a-book is designed to gently immerse aspiring artists into the visual art of drawing, and also serves as a refresher course for artists who want to brush up on fundamental skills and techniques. The diverse resources and activities are ideal for artists with recreational and/or professional goals.

The curriculum is designed for self-directed learners and intended to be worked through in order from beginning to end. Each new piece of information, skill, or technique prepares you for the following week’s assignments and exercises.
There is now an online
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Drawing from Line to Life Based on Mike's Drawspace 8-week Beginners course and
the "drawing bible" DRAWING FROM LINE TO LIFE

Learning How to Draw
  • My Teaching Philosophy
  • Illustrations, Resources, and Activities
  • Sizing Up the Sidebars
Weekly Course Contents
  • Week 1: Exploring Pencils and Their Capabilities
  • Week 2: Shading Techniques Using Tone
  • Week 3: Shading Techniques Using Line
  • Week 4: Erasing Techniques
  • Week 5: Indenting Methods
  • Week 6: Dividing and Simplifying Drawing Subjects
  • Week 7: Preparation Methods (and the Secret Ingredient)
  • Week 8: Your Final Drawing
About Drawspace

Week 1: Exploring Pencils and Their Capabilities...
Welcome to Drawing from Line to Life
  • Enriching Your Life with Drawing
  • Pencils, Tools, and Paper
  • Preparing Your Pencils
Take Your Pencils for a Test Drive
  • Exercise 1: Draw a White Feather
  • Exercise 2: Play with Pencil Points
  • Exercise 3: Create Different Tones
  • Exercise 4: Shade Gradations of Values

Week 2: Shading Techniques Using Tone...
Creating Powerful Gradations!
  • Achieving Dense Black Tones that Really Matter
  • Varying the Lengths of Shading Lines
  • Layering Values for a Smooth Gradation
  • Burnishing and Blending Gradations
Blend and Burnish Gradations
  • Shade and Burnish a Vertical Gradation
  • Burnish and Blend a Smooth Gradation
  • Create a Smooth Gradation with Layering
  • Compare Gradations
Taper Lines with Invisible Joins
  • Why Taper the Ends of Lines?
  • Practice Tapering Lines
  • Shade Seamless Values with Tapered Lines
Shade a Lovely Lily
Shade Leaves and a Background
  • Protect Edges with Tapered Lines
  • Draw Two Leaves in Front of Wooden Boards

Week 3: Shading Techniques Using Line...
Transforming Lines into Shading
  • Examining Shading Techniques
    • Hatching and Cross-Hatching
    • Circular Line (Contour Hatching)
    • Scribbles and Circles
    • Stippling
  • Understanding and Seeing Shape and Form
Shade Values with Lines
Shade a Cylinder with Contour Hatching
  • Contour Lines Around a Cylinder
  • Blend Contour Hatching
Shade and Blend a House Model
  • Good Shading Practices
  • Common Errors to Avoid
  • Outline and Shade a House

Week 4: Erasing Techniques...
How to Draw with Erasers
  • Introduction to Erasers
    • Hard Typewriter and Ink Erasers
    • Semi-Hard, General Purpose Erasers
    • Soft Vinyl Art Erasers
    • Kneadable Erasers
    • Blu-Tack Wall Putty
  • Basic Erasing Techniques
    • From Dark to Almost White
    • From a Mid-Grey Tone to White
    • From Very Dark to Very Light
Lighten Values by Removing Graphite
  • Bring Dark Shading Back to Almost White
  • Cut Thin White Lines into Grey Tones
Create Drawings with Erasers
  • Experiment with Lines, Spots, and Tree Branches
  • Create an Original Drawing with Erasers
Exploring Erasers as Partners to Pencils
  • Stroking with Erasers to Lighten Values
  • Lightening Shaded Sections of Drawings
  • Drawing with Both an Eraser and a Pencil
Enhance Atmospheric Perspective

Week 5: Indenting Methods...
Drawing on the Magic of Indenting
  • The Magic of Indenting
  • Indenting Tools
  • How and Where to Use Indenting
  • Shading Over Top of Indents
  • Indirect Indenting
  • Graphite Indenting
Draw White Lines with Indenting
  • Exercise 1: Experiment with Your Indenting Tool
  • Exercise 2: Draw Lines with Direct Indenting
  • Exercise 3: Draw Lines with Indirect Indenting
  • Exercise 4: Have Fun Indenting Lines and Dots
Using Hard Grades to Resist Soft Grades
  • How Graphite Resist Works
  • Practical Drawing Applications
  • Drawing Hair with Graphite Resist
Use Graphite Resist to Draw Grey Lines
  • Exercise 1: Play with Graphite Resist
  • Exercise 2: Draw Lines with Graphite Resist
  • Exercise 3: Use Graphite Resist to Create a Drawing
Highlight Hair with Graphite Resist

Week 6: Dividing to Simplify Drawing...
Drawing on Reverse Techniques
  • Understanding the Breaking-Down Process
  • Concentrating on a Single Element
  • Division by Position
  • Division by Texture
  • Division by Understanding
  • Division by Area
  • Division by Detail and Tone Layers
Divide and Draw Individual Sections
  • Outline the Scene
  • Draw Holes Between the Boards
  • Draw the Planks of Wood
  • Draw the Leaves
Draw Textures with Line and Tone
  • Divide by Detail
  • Divide by Tone Layers
Draw a Delicate Feather

Week 7: Preparation Methods (and the Secret Ingredient)...
How to Plan a Drawing
  • Dispelling Two Myths
    • Myth 1: Tracing is cheating
    • Myth 2: Gridding is deceitful
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Copying and Beyond
  • The Grid Method
  • The Process of Setting up a Grid
  • The Untold Secret of Gridding
  • Inserting the Secret Ingredient!
  • Optical Illusions and Other Problems
Grid a Map and Outline an Eye
  • Exercise 1: Practice Drawing in a Grid Square
  • Exercise 2: Map an Eye and the Surrounding Fur
Outline a Section of a Welsh Dresser
  • Plan, Measure, and Outline a Grid
  • Create a Contour Drawing of the Dresser

Week 8: The Lady with the Lamp...
Use Multiple Images to Compose a Drawing
  • Plan the Composition
  • Place Lady and the Lamp on the Dresser
  • Refine Your Line Drawing
  • Transfer Your Drawing to Quality Paper
Draw the Lady with the Lamp
  • Plan Shadows and Shading
  • Shade the Background and Dresser
  • Add Shading to Lady
  • Add Shading to the Lamp
  • Shade Shadows and Add Final Details

Glossary of Drawing Terms...
What it says... a Glossary of Drawing Terms