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Drawing Essentials: Rendering Form

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Draw in three dimensions! Use easy-to-learn techniques to depict objects with realistic form.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Charles Valsechi
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Achieve a new level of realism in your drawing! Learn how to draw form with step-by-step guidance from fine artist and instructor Charles Valsechi. Start by discovering how to sketch basic geometric forms, which will help you draw everyday objects accurately. Build on this foundation as you break down more complex objects into simple shapes, before bringing them to life with details. Next, enhance your ability to depict light and shadow as you become comfortable with tonal transitions. Expand your drawing skills further by using hatching to make objects seem to pop off the page. Then, bring greater dimension to your work as you learn to locate objects in the foreground, middle ground and background of your drawing. Plus, Charles will help you apply each of these techniques to draw a realistic scene that's sure to be the first of many.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Simple Geometric Structures
Meet fine artist Charles Valsechi as he introduces the essential techniques you'll learn to create realistic, three-dimensional forms. Starting with the basics, Charles shows you what supplies you'll need. Then, learn how to visualize and sketch everyday objects using basic geometric forms as a guide.
2. Complex Structures
3. Understanding Light & Tone
4. Local Tone & Edges
5. Hatching & Form
6. Forms in Space
7. Drawing a Scene

Taught by

Charles Valsechi
Charles Valsechi
Charles Valsechi's journey toward becoming an artist began at Ringling College of Art and Design. From there, Charles continued his artistic education with classical training under Charles Miano at the Southern Atelier and through workshops from other renowned artists. It was at the Southern Atelier where Charles first began teaching. Today, he is a professional fine artist and an instructor of drawing and painting at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.

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