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with Patricia Watwood
Online Class

10 Essential Techniques for Better Drawing

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Discover a toolkit of fundamental techniques to refine your artistic skills alongside internationally acclaimed artist Patricia Watwood. Use hatching, crosshatching, stippling and veiling to create shadows, tones and gradation. Locate and define objects in your drawings with composition, block-in and contour lines. Next, depict shapes in three dimensions with precise perspective. Accurately orient objects to create a convincing sense of placement using enveloping and triangulation. Transfer drawings so they can be copied or moved to a new surface for a fresh start. Enhance your ability to depict light and shadow, and create accurate value shifts for true-to-life results. Plus, get tips for working with toned ground and drawing materials beyond graphite and ink. Apply beginner drawing techniques to draw what you see with confidence and accuracy.


  • beginner
  • 10 episodes
  • 2h33m

Included in this Class

1. Introduction

1. Introduction

Meet your instructor, fine artist Patricia Watwood, as you prepare to embark on a journey through classical drawing techniques. You'll learn how to use this reference class, which is broken up by various subjects, and gain a sneak peek into the techniques and troubleshooting tips that you'll learn throughout the class.

2. Introduction to Black & White Media

2. Introduction to Black & White Media

Beautiful drawings require a strong command of your materials, and this lesson breaks down the tools every artist should have. You'll start with a comprehensive overview of graphite and charcoal varieties as Patricia demonstrates how to draw and blend various lines and fill strokes. Next, you'll practice ink-shading techniques such as stippling, crosshatching and more!

3. Line & Contour

3. Line & Contour

The ability to create strong, carefully placed lines is one of the most important skills an artist can learn. Patricia offers thorough demonstrations for creating various line types that will help ground your subjects in space and place them accurately within the plane you've designated. You'll learn the difference between composition, block-in and contour lines before putting charcoal to paper to practice each type.

Recommended with this class

  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser, craft knife