How to Draw

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  • 2015
  • 1 Season

The Great Courses Signature Collection brings us a fantastic show titled How to Draw, where viewers can learn basic and advanced drawing techniques, various mediums, and tips to create striking and realistic artwork. Presented by David Brody, a renowned artist, and professor of art with years of experience, How to Draw offers both beginners and seasoned artists the chance to learn timeless skills and improve their ability to transfer images from the mind to the paper.

The show is divided into 36 lessons, each lasting approximately 30 minutes. Each lesson focuses on specific areas of drawing and art, giving viewers a comprehensive overview of various techniques and approaches. David Brody meticulously walks us through each step of the drawing process, from setting up the tools to adding the final touches. With clear instructions, he simplifies complicated concepts, making it easy for anyone to follow along.

The initial lessons focus on the fundamentals of drawing, where David introduces viewers to the tools of the trade - pencils, erasers, sketchbooks, and other useful supplies. He shows us how to hold the pencil correctly, draw lines and shapes, and create different textures. These lessons are informative and practical and lay the groundwork for more advanced lessons.

As we progress through the show, David presents different subjects like landscapes, portraits, and still life. He offers several approaches to drawing each subject, giving viewers the chance to choose their preferred method. He emphasizes understanding proportions and how to create depth and perspective in drawings. He offers a valuable perspective on drawing as a means of communication, enabling the viewers to understand how to create engaging compositions that tell a story.

David's style of teaching is engaging and easy to follow. He often pauses to explain a complicated concept or offers helpful tips to make the process more manageable. He inspires viewers to explore their creativity and push beyond their limits, stressing the importance of practice and experimentation to improve.

One of the most significant advantages of this course is how versatile it is. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist, there is something valuable for everyone. Moreover, David breaks down the drawing process and different mediums into digestible bits, making it easy for viewers to master each step.

Overall, How to Draw is an excellent resource for anyone interested in drawing, art, and creativity. The lessons are well-structured, informative, and practical, making it easy for viewers to follow and learn. David Brody's teaching style and his vast knowledge and experience in the field make him the ideal instructor for this course. The show is perfect for anyone interested in improving their drawing skills or simply exploring their creativity through art.

How to Draw is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (36 episodes). The series first aired on November 13, 2015.

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Advanced Drawing Projects
36. Advanced Drawing Projects
November 13, 2015
Conclude with challenging projects that weave together observation and imagination, as well as abstraction and representation. Explore how to develop subject matter and source material for your drawings. Locate areas of personal interest, themes, and ideas to identify the kind of art you want to make and cultivate your own artistic vision.
Advanced Concepts: Pictorial Space
35. Advanced Concepts: Pictorial Space
November 13, 2015
Consider how, from pre-history through the Renaissance to the contemporary era, artists have approached the depiction of the three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional flat surface. Observe how recent artists have taken liberties with Renaissance principles of illusionistic space and set them to contradict one another, creating a whole range of new possibilities for art spanning both the highly abstract and highly representational.
The Figure: Drawing Projects
34. The Figure: Drawing Projects
November 13, 2015
Finish exploring human anatomy, covering the muscles of the lower body and limbs. Then bring your knowledge to a spectrum of drawing projects, beginning with a full-length self-portrait in three views. Draw variations such as figures in one- and two-point perspective, a figure within an invented room, and figures in narrative settings.
The Figure: Artistic Anatomy
33. The Figure: Artistic Anatomy
November 13, 2015
Like Leonardo, Michelangelo, and countless others, study human anatomy, and learn its value for drawing the figure. Study the human skeleton, with particular focus on visible skeletal landmarks seen on the surface. Investigate the principal muscle groups and their functions, and draw both skeleton and muscles into your figure drawings.
The Figure: The Head, Hands, and Feet
32. The Figure: The Head, Hands, and Feet
November 13, 2015
Complete drawing anterior, lateral, and posterior views of the human figure. Then, turn the flat shapes used to construct the figure into volume, to get a more naturalistic and three-dimensional figure. Study methods for proportionately drawing the head and conquering the complexity of the hands and the feet.
The Figure: A Canon of Proportions
31. The Figure: A Canon of Proportions
November 13, 2015
Learn to draw the human figure using a set of measures, or a canon of proportions, and simple geometric shapes. In doing so, make a study of human proportions in three views, using the height of the head to measure relative proportions of the body. Take account of how artists have viewed human proportions, body posture, and differences between male and female figures.
Color: Color Drawing Projects
30. Color: Color Drawing Projects
November 13, 2015
Choose palettes of pastels for your own drawings. Do a series of projects, using a specific color palette to create mood, a visual hierarchy, and the illusion of space, volume, and light. Explore how a seemingly white wall is not white at all, but actually a range of colors. This is because an object�۪s nominal color mixes with the color of the light source and the reflected color of other objects in the environment.
Color: How Artists Use Color
29. Color: How Artists Use Color
November 13, 2015
Observe how an artist�۪s color palette (group of chosen colors) affects light, mood, and emotion, by studying palettes used through the centuries by major artists. Learn about flat color, open color, and color gradation in art. Grasp vital principles regarding how artists use color compositionally to direct the viewer�۪s attention.
Color: Color Theory and Color and Light
28. Color: Color Theory and Color and Light
November 13, 2015
Delve into color theory, beginning with the organization of primary and secondary colors on the color wheel. Learn about analogous and complementary colors, as well as the attributes of hue, value, and saturation. Investigate how color functions in nature, and discover how our perception of color is influenced by light and reflected color in the environment.
Texture: How Artists Use Texture
27. Texture: How Artists Use Texture
November 13, 2015
Take a comprehensive look at texture, beginning with five master drawings that exhibit contrasting textural personalities and moods. Study the primary factors that affect texture, from the drawing surface to the material's application method and modification through blending, smudging, or erasing. Learn to draw simulated textures such as wood grain and reflective metallic surfaces.
Texture: Mark Making and Optical Value
26. Texture: Mark Making and Optical Value
November 13, 2015
Investigate the use of mark making, such as hatching and other related techniques, as a means of creating visual texture and tonal value. Experiment with hatching and how to use it compositionally. Practice inventing your own marks, explore the huge range of possibilities, and apply them in your drawings.
Value: Oblique Light and Cast Shadow
25. Value: Oblique Light and Cast Shadow
November 13, 2015
To complete your study of cast shadows, learn to draw shadows produced by oblique light coming from both the front and rear of objects. Then investigate artificial light as it affects shadows projected by objects within interiors. Practice these principles by drawing a complex interior and an invented still life from your imagination.
Value: Side Light and Cast Shadow
24. Value: Side Light and Cast Shadow
June 1, 2020
Learn how artists draw cast shadows from their imaginations. Start with shadows thrown by blocks and curvilinear solids, in one- and two-point perspective. Consider the expressive value of shadows, and progress to compound surfaces receiving shadows. Finally, learn to draw cast shadows of inclined planes.
Value: Eight Complex Drawing Projects
23. Value: Eight Complex Drawing Projects
June 1, 2020
Put your knowledge of value into practice, beginning with still lifes of white objects on white backgrounds drawn in a broad palette of light to dark. Learn to see a color's value as distinct from its hue and saturation. Realize a range of value-based projects, from drawings combining interior and outdoor spaces to portraits, full-figure drawings, and drawings translating color to value.
Value: Black and White and a Value Scale
22. Value: Black and White and a Value Scale
November 13, 2015
Discover how artists use value. With brush and ink, learn to make both white and black shapes and create a still life using only these two values. Then, draw a nine-step value scale, comprising nine distinct tones ranging from white to black.
Value: Drawing Materials for Value
21. Value: Drawing Materials for Value
November 13, 2015
For drawing with value, take a deeper look at the types and qualities of the materials you'll use. Investigate the uses of graphite, charcoal, blending and spreading tools, ink, and the use of fixative. Study the many types and grades of drawing papers, and see how different materials interact with different papers.
Value: How Artists Use Value
20. Value: How Artists Use Value
November 13, 2015
In approaching value (the relative lightness or darkness of tones), grasp how the tonal palette of a drawing governs mood and the viewer's emotional response. Learn how we can conceive of the range of values from white to black as a scale. Study how artists use value as both a spatial and a compositional tool, and investigate the passage of light and shadow over form as occurring in nine steps.
Linear Perspective: Advanced Topics
19. Linear Perspective: Advanced Topics
November 13, 2015
Complete drawing a believable, proportioned environment from your imagination. Next, study two-point perspective, used to accurately draw planes that are angled to the picture plane. Finally, discover how to draw sloping or inclined planes, and learn about three-point perspective, which depicts what we see when we tilt our heads, looking up or down.
Linear Perspective: Ellipses and Pattern
18. Linear Perspective: Ellipses and Pattern
November 13, 2015
Apply the principles you've learned to draw curvilinear volumetric forms, such as a cylinder, cone, and sphere in perspective. Also investigate the drawing of geometric patterns in perspective. Then begin a complex drawing from your imagination, using one-point perspective to construct a believable and measurable interior space.
Linear Perspective: The Gridded Room
17. Linear Perspective: The Gridded Room
November 13, 2015
Learn how to draw a perspectival grid, and look at ways artists use grids to measure the depth of space in a drawing. Then, draw a complete gridded room, beginning with the floor plane. Add gridded walls and a ceiling, controlling proportions in spatial recession. Finally, add interior objects of specific measure in specific locations.
Linear Perspective: The Quad
16. Linear Perspective: The Quad
November 13, 2015
Combine your knowledge of illusionistic space and linear perspective in drawing an architectural landscape of two buildings on a ground plane. Construct the buildings and the space between them using the principles of one-point perspective. Then draw through the buildings, creating interior floors, windows, doors, and furniture.
Linear Perspective: Introduction
15. Linear Perspective: Introduction
November 13, 2015
Linear perspective, a Renaissance discovery that radically changed art, is another core tool for controlling proportion and creating a life-like drawing. Learn about one-point perspective, how diagonal lines recede to a vanishing point, and how to use this principle to create convincing form in space.
Six Complex Drawing Projects
14. Six Complex Drawing Projects
November 13, 2015
Apply your knowledge and skills to a number of intriguing and complex drawing conundrums. Among a range of projects, create a still life of boxes, translate a complex figure painting into a line drawing, and draw a carefully composed self-portrait. Also consider common pitfalls-and their solutions-in drawing naturalistically.
Creating Volume and Illusionistic Space
13. Creating Volume and Illusionistic Space
November 13, 2015
Look broadly at how artists create flatness, volume, and space on two-dimensional surfaces. In doing so, study 12 factors that affect how we perceive depth of space, encompassing principles such as overlap, the relative scale of objects, the use of diagonals and foreshortened shapes, atmospheric perspective, and how distance affects color.
Proportion: Accurate Proportion and Measure
12. Proportion: Accurate Proportion and Measure
November 13, 2015
Study key tools artists use to arrive at correct proportions. In particular, learn how to use an analog clock face as a way to quantify angles, how to use a standard unit of measure to measure across the picture plane, and how to use level and plumb lines. Then put these elements together in practice.
Proportion: Alberti's Velo
11. Proportion: Alberti's Velo
November 13, 2015
Now begin a study of proportion and measurement in drawing. Learn about a key discovery of 15th century European art, the velo, a gridded device that allows you to create a convincing depiction of a figure, landscape, or other subject. Use your own velo, and draw a proportioned, foreshortened view of an interior.
Composition: Shape and Advanced Strategies
10. Composition: Shape and Advanced Strategies
November 13, 2015
Investigate visual strategies artists use in composing drawings. Grasp how shapes communicate, and how the factors of contrast and repetition affect how a viewer reads a drawing. Learn about visual €œrhyming€ (shapes and directions that get repeated rhythmically), spatial organization (foreground, mid-ground, background), and the narrative possibilities of composition.
Line and Shape: Line Attributes and Gesture
9. Line and Shape: Line Attributes and Gesture
November 13, 2015
Take a deeper look at the types and qualities of line, and consider how these attributes affect line's expressive potential. Study and practice nine key attributes of line, from value and width to continuity, shape, and texture. Then explore gestural line-line that swiftly captures the character of a subject.
Composition: How Artists Compose
8. Composition: How Artists Compose
November 13, 2015
Study how artists think structurally in building a drawing, tying the drawing's content to the geometric underpinnings of a given rectangular shape. Learn about focal areas, focal points, and compositional balance, and how this kind of structural understanding serves to unite the parts of a drawing, creating a unified whole.
Composition: The Format and Its Armature
7. Composition: The Format and Its Armature
November 13, 2015
In approaching composition, study the underlying structure of rectangles, the fundamental shape of most drawings. Learn how the character of any rectangle is defined by the relationship of its verticality to its horizontality, and how this relationship affects our perception. Observe how simple diagonals within a rectangle offer numerous possibilities for visual interpretation.
Line and Shape: Positive and Negative Shape
6. Line and Shape: Positive and Negative Shape
June 1, 2020
Explore the vital concept of negative shape, the shapes existing between the positive shapes representing the objects on the page. Study how artists conceive of negative shape and use it in constructing their compositions. In still life exercises, practice intentionally drawing both "positive" object shapes and the "negative" shapes between them.
Line and Shape: Volume and Figure-Ground
5. Line and Shape: Volume and Figure-Ground
November 13, 2015
Now investigate cross-contour line (which can transform flat shape into a volumetric solid), oblique or foreshortened shapes, and their relation to geometric solids-principles that allow you to make objects appear three-dimensional. Also grasp the relation of figure to ground within a drawing, and practice drawing three-dimensional still lifes.
Line and Shape: Line and Aggregate Shape
4. Line and Shape: Line and Aggregate Shape
November 13, 2015
Learn about contour line, which describes the outer edges of objects, and construction line, which helps you build the objects you draw. Discover how to draw individual objects by constructing them from basic geometric shapes. Also learn about aggregate shape, which unites a drawing's disparate individual elements.
Drawing Fundamentals and First Exercises
3. Drawing Fundamentals and First Exercises
November 13, 2015
Explore essential first drawing exercises and learn how you will apply the skills developed here to much more complex subjects. Grasp how the curriculum-spanning the many pieces making up the €œgrammar€ of drawing, such as composition, proportion, perspective, value, texture, and color-fits together, providing you with the knowledge and ability to explore your own creative vision.
Drawing Materials for Line
2. Drawing Materials for Line
June 1, 2020
Here, investigate drawing materials you'll use throughout your lessons. Learn about artists' graphite pencils, charcoal, brush and ink, and drafting and measuring tools. Then learn how to set up your work area, and how to place both yourself and your subject vis-a-vis your drawing board or easel.
An Introduction to Drawing
1. An Introduction to Drawing
November 13, 2015
Begin by considering the remarkable history of drawing, a history that has produced knowledge, methodology, and techniques that are readily learnable. Assess common misconceptions about talent and genius; discover how learning to see analytically and abstractly helps us draw; and try your first drawing exercise, retracing what our ancestors drew 80,000 years ago.
Where to Watch How to Draw
How to Draw is available for streaming on the The Great Courses Signature Collection website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch How to Draw on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon and Kanopy.
  • Premiere Date
    November 13, 2015