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with Patricia Watwood
Online Class

Startup Library: Learn to Draw

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Want to learn how to draw but not sure where to start? This is the class for you! Gain the basic skills you need to create realistic, accurate drawings with expert guidance from internationally acclaimed artist Patricia Watwood. Follow along with Patricia as she guides you step by step to complete four projects, each one designed to help you use different techniques such as hatching, shading, rendering form and more. By the end of class, you'll have four finished works and a new set of skills show off with pride!


  • beginner
  • 12 episodes
  • 5h58m

Included in this Class

1. The Leaf: Setup & Block-In

1. The Leaf: Setup & Block-In

Meet Patricia, your expert guide to drawing, and begin by going over everything you'll need for your first drawing project: a leaf. Start with a block-in, which will serve as the foundation for each of your projects, as you learn to map out lines and angles using techniques such as enveloping and subdividing.

2. The Leaf: Contour

2. The Leaf: Contour

Continue blocking-in your leaf by creating clean, linear contour lines on top of it. Work your way around the shape as you connect the points in between; you'll see how the block-in acts as a roadmap for the contour. Also, find out how to render realistic shapes.

3. The Leaf: Dimension & Detail

3. The Leaf: Dimension & Detail

Complete your leaf by cleaning up the contours and adding graphic details. Learn how to use hatching and shading techniques to make your drawing more dimensional. Understand the difference between soft and hard edges, and how line quality affects the appearance of objects in space.

Recommended with this class

  • 11" x 14" pad of drawing paper, white (Patty recommends Strathmore)
  • Drawing board with clips
  • Pencils
  • White and kneaded erasers
  • Blending stump
  • Knitting needle or similar
  • Ruler
  • Objects to draw