I haven’t drawn for two and half years, and recently I noticed that I had forgotten a few things. Because of that, I decided to take the Basic of Drawing course. I turned it into a one-week challenge to make learning more efficient and exciting.
Each day I will go through one lesson and practice the assignments. By the end of the day, I will reflect on my work and lesson content. I will write everything in a diary format, so it will be easier to follow and witness my results.
For this challenge, I have three goals:
- I want to make my learning more efficient and productive.
- Refresh my knowledge and learn something new.
- Test if it is possible to do the course in one week.
Wish me luck!
The Basics of Drawing: shape / Monday 11.07.22.
This lesson focuses on learning and understanding different shapes around us. The learning process was divided into four parts.
The first part and assignment focused on drawing using memory. It was pretty challenging. At first, I thought I knew and remembered the object, but when I started to draw, I understood how many things and details I had not even paid attention to.
I did not remember the size and shape of the ears, so I just came up with my own.
As the last thing, I needed to put the object in front of me and draw it again. This time I felt more confident because I remembered many things, and now I paid more attention to the details and the structure.
The next task – drawing upside-down – is a practice that trains the left side of the brain. This task was super fun and something new for me. After finishing it, I practiced independently but looked for more complicated shapes this time.
At first, I was a bit worried about the following task because I have always had difficulties drawing hands. However, thanks to the teacher’s provided tips&tricks it turned out pretty good and realistic.
This lesson’s final task was understanding and analyzing the space around the object. Again this was something new for me. Usually, when I draw, the background is never the main focus. I was always thinking at first about the object, but in reality, the background can help draw the object.
The lesson showed four different ways how to study the shapes around us. I discovered new drawing techniques, improved my analyzing skills, and trained my eye. It was quite a productive day in terms of learning.
The Basics of Drawing: shade / Tuesday 12.07.22.
Shading is one of the essential parts of the drawing process. It makes the drawing realistic and understandable to the viewer. Nevertheless, it isn’t that easy; it takes time and a lot of practice to see and comprehend light and shadow and how they shape the object.
During this day, there were different tasks and materials on how to shade. I was able to renew my shading techniques and recall some forgotten things.
The Basics of Drawing: perspective / Wednesday 13.07.22.
The perspective lesson focuses on two types of perspective:
- One vanishing point perspective,
- Aerial perspective.
This day was the most difficult because I have never enjoyed drawing spaces and nature. Mainly because of perspective, I always have had difficulties with drawing it. Surprisingly the one vanishing point task turned out quite good and easy to draw and shade.
However, the aerial perspective task didn’t turn out as I wanted. It was hard to draw trees and create the textures of nature.
The last task of this day was to observe the space around and draw it in perspective. I choose to draw my apartment’s living room from one vanishing point perspective. It was my second practice, and I had already noticed the difference while drawing – I felt more confident about my work, and this time it was easier.
Although perspective was not my favorite thing to draw, I somehow managed with the help of the lesson material.
The Basics of Drawing: portrait / Thursday 14.07.22.
The final day of the course has come. I’m concluding my one-week challenge with portrait drawing. The lesson focused on shading & light, face proportions, and drawing a portrait.
During this day, I had two tasks; one was drawing an apple, through which I learned tonal shading step by step. The task explained the process of shading step by step and the different light & shadow areas.
The second and final task was drawing a portrait from one of the pictures. Before getting to the task, I did the warm-up task, which explained the proportions of the face and how to draw it. This task helped and gave me more confidence when I started to work on the final one.
I haven’t had quite a lot of experience in drawing portraits. Nevertheless, there is a need for more practice with drawing faces and also with shading.
One-week challenge has ended, and I have managed to complete it. This week, I have learned and practised new things, and now I know what I should practice more. Nevertheless, I can say that I’m happy about the result, and I truly enjoyed the course.
I would suggest the course to everyone interested in drawing and expanding their knowledge!