Absolute Beginners Drawing Course
Sketch by Will Kemp, From the Uffizi window, Florence, Italy.
£47 GBP / $58 USD / 55 EURO / $79 CAD / $79.75 AUS
Have you daydreamed of just picking up a pencil and sketching? But inside there is a lingering doubt.
A distant memory of a school teacher who told you once you were bad at art.
An inner critic that holds you back…. Even before you begin.
But what if you could learn to draw?
Wouldn’t you give it a try?
A solid Step-by-Step Foundation Course
I believe anyone can learn how to draw accurately and realistically – without years of grueling study.
I’ve developed this easy to follow, 7-part online downloadable video course, to help frustrated artists really understand how drawing works.
You will go on a creative journey to learn how to ‘see like an artist’.
You will learn how to confidently pick up a pencil and draw any scene in front of you.
Imagine gaining a new perspective on the world, ‘seeing’ drawings and compositions around all you!
With years of teaching experience, I want to give you a clear explanation and logical progression so anyone can learn the concepts and techniques of drawing.
With over 3 hours of video tuition, I want you to have that ‘a-ha’ moment and really ‘get drawing’.
Will Kemp – Artist
The 3 things that are holding you back from learning how to draw:
1. I can’t draw
- You think you can’t draw but it is a myth that artists are born being able to draw, it is a skill that can be learnt.
- Erasers are not the enemy, in fact, they can be key in shaping your work.
- It takes a change in perception, not a new pencil!
2. I don’t know what to draw!
- This course stops procrastination by giving you bite-sized video tutorials that produce successful results.
- Done for you – compositions and perspective lessons made easy, to give the best results possible.
- Downloadable high-resolution home study worksheets to print out and work from.
3. Lack of time
- No planning needed, everything has been worked out to produce the best results in the shortest amount of time.
- Downloadable lessons, so you have the control to repeat sections you might need to go through twice, giving you the choice of when to study.
- The breakthrough when to ‘get drawing’ happens in an instant.
Learning to see with artists eyes
I know what you’re thinking… Sure.. you’ve taught some people to draw but they were already o.k and I’m really bad…I mean so bad I draw stickmen and even they’re wrong!
Well, I can tell you if you can sign your name, drive a car or catch a ball, then you can learn to draw.
It is not the ‘holding the pencil’ or ‘choosing the right paper’ it’s a question of learning to see … really see.
What my students say about the drawing course:
‘I have really enjoyed the drawing school and it has made me draw more than I normally would. That is what I like about it – just the reason to get on with it.’
‘I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed this course. You’re a terrific teacher. Thanks again’
‘What an exceptional teacher. I’ve always had a natural talent but the techniques I have learnt through this course have improved my drawing beyond belief! and in such a short amount of time!! Thank you very much!!
Brilliant! Calm, concise…what a pleasure it was to do this course! I have done other art courses but this is the only one that has seen such a huge improvement in my drawings. This is down to Will being very clear without patronizing and having a nice humour throughout. Thank you!
‘Will’s methodical and systematic approach to rendering and drawing is ideal for those who need to brush up on their drawing skills or for the absolute beginner who finds learning to draw/paint daunting.
“Will does a great job of breaking things down into digestible bits and pieces. I am a mechanical artist and my approach is different (it has to be). The problem I always have is simplifying artwork to have a more relaxed, yet realistic look. My attempts at fine art drawing tend to look too mechanical. This is the best presentation I have seen that breaks things down logically, doesn’t get too complicated, yet still offers methods to bring everything together to make it doable for someone just learning. I think this course would be terrific for those who would like to be able to do some recreational drawing, but perhaps does not know where to start, so he or she can learn enough to get into it, and perhaps even build from there. This course was just wonderful!
Will uses a friendly approach and a soothing tone. Drawing is something that many people would like to do, but are afraid of it. Will eases one into the subject matter in a friendly manner.”“Will takes you from the rudimentary basics all the way through to more advanced techniques that will make your drawing and painting three dimensional NOT flat and one dimensional.”
This is an example of one of my students ‘Before’ and ‘After’ – this is the same mug drawn 6 weeks apart!
It’s such a fantastic improvement on understanding light and shadow, if you notice in the ‘before’ the shadow is on the wrong side of the mug, but look at the ‘after’ and see how even the shadow of the handle has been keenly observed and the cast shadow is so dramatic it really feels like you could pick the cup up off the table – a real transformation!
Another example of one of my students ‘Before’ and ‘After’ – the same teacup was used for both exercises, but look at how flat the ‘before’ appears to be, compared to how much form has been expressed in the ‘after’ with a new confidence of mark making in the shadows.
Look at the difference in the observation of the handle, this student is now seeing with artists eyes.
What will I learn on this course ?
In my opinion drawing success comes down to 3 specific things, shape, simplicity and structure.
I want to focus on a very specific, yet simple set of principles that will give you instant results and give you the confidence to say ‘I know how to draw that’, even if your practical skills haven’t yet caught up with your new drawing knowledge.
The pleasure of drawing is in the adventure itself.
I hope to show you there is even pleasure derived when dealing with the pitfalls, the near misses and triumphing over perspective.
I can’t tell you how many drawings I’ve done – that I thought were perfect at the time but on reflection, my vision was somewhat distorted!
I was so happily absorbed in their creation and thrilled to see something clearly for the first time and say, ‘I’ve never seen that before!‘
- Shape – by focusing on the shapes of the objects (and more importantly the shapes between the objects) you will be able to view drawing a subject with a whole new outlook and focus.
- Simplicity – I’m keen on you getting results. So I want to concentrate on simple subjects and drawing techniques that will teach you the fundamentals of drawing yet still be very powerful when used together.
- Structure – by delivering each lesson in a logical progression, you will have a step-by-step structure that is easy to follow, without being overwhelming. Each lesson is split into 2-3 chapters alongside worksheets and drawing assignments.
I’ve taught drawing for over 10 years and all my students have had amazing journeys, from going on to study Fine Art Degrees to selling their work.
But what all of them gained was a new outlook on the world.
A transformation from wanting to draw, and feeling like it was an unattainable goal to seeing like an artist and a holiday album full of sketches rather than photos.
Subjects we Cover
The absolute beginners drawing course goes through the theory behind how drawing works and then introduces the basics from choosing pencils, paper, etc to developing a still life drawing. We work through a series of still life projects using downloadable reference images to work from.
- The Theory behind Drawing – Learning how to ‘see’ like an artist
- The Importance of Line – Understanding line and framing and using tools to help guide your first drawings
- Value & Tone – How to get the best tone from your pencils, creating a tonal ground study
- Simple Composition – Learning about ‘negative spaces’ and simple composition
- Perspective without Pain – Scale and using a unit of measurement
- Light Logic – How light and shadows work
- Final Project – Bringing all the elements together in a still life drawing
How is the Course Delivered?
- 7 Downloadable Video Lessons – creating over 3 hours of video instruction.
- A Quick Start PDF guide – which includes your materials list.
- A Drawing Downloads PDF guide – which includes all the reference images used throughout the course, alongside stages of my more detailed drawings.
When you purchase the course, you will receive an email with all the downloadable video links to the course.
You then have to download and save the Video Lessons onto your home computer. Once you have saved the files, you can watch them as many times as you like, whenever you like – forever!
The video files are quite large (2 GB in total) so you need a broadband internet connection and enough space on your computer hard drive.
Please note: You will not receive a DVD.
The Artists Eye
Having studied film and cinematography, I’ve tried to create a video course that will give you the best results, as if I’m in the studio with you.
For this NEW VERSION OF THE DRAWING COURSE, I’ve updated a few technical things to give you the highest quality possible.
High-Quality Full HD Video Recording
This course focuses on the drawing and was filmed in 1080pHD with fantastic quality audio.
Edited by the artist
I filmed it, edited it, and coloured it myself (with a little help from Vanessa!) rather than working with a production company.
Artists have different needs than editors so I wanted to cut the course like an artist, showing you exactly what I wanted to see when I was learning.
£47 GBP / $58 USD / 55 EURO / $79 CAD / $79.75 AUS
(exchange rates may vary slightly)
Technical Download Questions
So how does it work?
After clicking ‘Add to Cart’ you will see a page with a Check out with PayPal button.
Click the ‘Check out with PayPal’ even if you don’t have a Paypal account.
Don’t have a Paypal Account?
In most countries, Paypal offers an option for you to pay using Paypal, without opening a Paypal account. Here is a screenshot from UK Paypal.
Once you’ve paid, after a few seconds you’ll be redirected to a download page containing all the video links and Information (see image example below)
You will also be emailed your download link as a backup. If you ever update your computer or can’t track down the downloads just drop me an email and I’ll send through fresh links.
How big are the video files?
To download the course you ideally need a broadband connection as the video files are quite large (Total 2 GB) – you do not receive a DVD.
You then have to Download and save the video tutorials onto your home computer.
This can take up to 20 minutes for each file depending on your internet speed.
(Please Note: If you want to watch the videos using an iPad, see below as you need a free app called ‘Documents’ this will allow you to download and save the files.)
Do I need a special program to watch the videos on my computer?
No. The video files are MP4 ‘s and 90% of computers/laptops will have a media player on them.
If you have earlier software that doesn’t have a media player, you can download one for free.
To view the PDF you need Adobe reader (also free to download)
How do I download the videos onto my computer?
Download Page example
On a P.C
Hover the mouse over the orange ‘click here’ link and ‘right-click’ your mouse. There will be an option that says ‘Save Link as’
Click this option and a box should come up saying where do you want to say the files (eg, desktop, whatever your files names are called) decide where to save them and then the file should start to download, it might take 10 minutes before it downloads fully (depending on internet speed.)
On a Mac
Click the ‘click here’ link.
It will give you the option to ‘Open with’ or ‘Save file’
You want to click ‘Save as’ and the file will download into your downloads.
Can I download the videos to my iPad?
Firstly, I would download the files onto a desktop or laptop if you have one, just so you have a copy of the files.
Then you have a couple of options, either to transfer via iTunes or to use a free app on the iPad.
Transferring files via iTunes
Using a Separate App
If you have an iPad you can download using the free ‘Documents’ app.
Here is a Downloading help page that goes through the process, scroll down to the ‘How to Download to an iPad using the free ‘Documents’ App‘ section.
Please note: Without the app, you won’t be able to download and save the videos directly to your iPad
Can I download onto my Tablet?
To download the videos onto your tablet you need to download them to your main computer first and that transfer to your tablet via USB. Here are the instructions from one of my students:
“Here is what I did to get the files onto my Android tablet from a PC.
1. From your link I downloaded the files to my Download folder on my PC. From there I moved them to my Video folder. (which is part of the Libraries folder on Windows 7)
2.I connected my tablet via USB cable to my PC
3.Using Windows Explorer, I copied the files from the PC Video folder, to a folder on my Acer Aconia tablet called Videos.
4. To view the course on my tablet. I click on the App called Multi- media and use the Acer media video app.’
You might want to check with someone you know who has an Android Tablet to see if these instructions are generic enough for all Android Tablets. Windows explorer is a graphical file manager in the Windows operating system that displays the contents of Libraries, folders and files. I do not know if this would affect the routine or not, but my tablet is 2 years old and for newer tablets there might be an easier routine.”
Can I download the video files and put them onto my own DVD to watch on a DVD player?
Yes, you can download the files onto a DVD, however, not all DVD players will playback Mp4 files.
There are a couple of options:
1. DVD playback on another computer:
If you burn the MP4 files onto a DVD and then play the DVD in another computer or laptop it should play without a problem if you have an up to date media player that supports MP4s.
(If you need an up to date media Player you can download one here: VLC media player (also free) VLC Media Player http://www.videolan.org/)
2. DVD playback on a DVD player with a file Converter
It all depends if your DVD player supports MP4 video files.
Many DVD players will say MP4 on the front tray, for example ‘DVD/Audio CD/DivX/MP4/MP3/’
Some older DVD player do not support MP4 because MP4 is a format with different decodes.
If you have an older DVD player you will have to convert the files using free software.
The MP4 to DVD converter from www.freemake.com is a good choice.
So after all that technical stuff see below for a full Materials list and let’s get drawing!
Most things are inexpensive or some you might already have.
- Writing Pencil HB
- Drawing Pencil 3B
- Drawing Pencil 7B
A note on drawing pencils: When you’re first starting just buy a reputable brand, such as Staedtler Mars Lumograph, Faber Castell 9000 Pencils or Derwent Graphic pencils.
But as with all things, it’s personal taste.
For the course, I’ll be demonstrating with Staedtler Mars Lumograph pencils, 3B & 7B.
- Pencil Sharpener
When sharpening pencils I use a Stanley knife because you can get an extremely fine, sharp point and you can sharpen it so there’s more pencil lead exposed (and you feel slightly like Bear Grylls.)
If you have an aversion to using a Stanley knife or blade, then a standard pencil sharpener will do the job just fine.
- Kneaded/ Putty Eraser
- Plastic Eraser
These are key tools in your drawing kit. The plastic eraser is good for getting clean sharp lines and the putty eraser is great for subtle blending and drawing… yes, drawing.
I will be demonstrating with a Cretacolor Plastic eraser and a Winsor & Newton Putty rubber. Staedtler are also good.
(If you can’t get either of these you can take a tip from Turner who used stale bread!)
- Graphite Stick 4B
They come in rounds, squares or rectangles. It doesn’t really matter on the shape, but the wider flatter shape will give you the most coverage.
These can sometimes be hard to track down in the U.K, but I believe in U.S.A and Canada the Kimberly Graphite Sticks are easier to find.
For U.K students I recommend either going to a good Art Store as they will probably stock them or visit Heaton Cooper Studio online store where you’ll be able to get most things on this list.
If U.S.A is closer to you for shipping then Dick Blick Art Materials will have it all.
- Wipe-clean/Non-permanent marker pen – Black
Medium Tip (Stabilo OHP Pen or similar)
- Permanent marker pen – Black Fine Tip
- Kitchen Paper Towel
- White typing paper
- Cartridge Paper Drawing Pad
A note on paper: Drawing Paper can come in many shapes, forms and tones.
For this course, we need a medium weight, smooth cartridge paper, weight between 80gsm -150gsm 25-30 sheets. Size: A4 or 9 inch x 12 inches (as long as it’s bigger than 8 inch x 10 inches)
Anything around this requirement will be fine, if you have a sketchpad already, you can use that.
More suggestions for drawing pads:
Canson 1557 Drawing pad, Daler Rowney 130gsm Smooth Cartridge Pad
U.S.A – Strathmore 300 Series Drawing Pads
- Black lightweight card to make the Viewfinder Frame & a Perspex sheet/Plexiglass to make the Picture Plane
So basically these 2 items will combine to create a black frame with a perspex window.
This is going revolutionise your drawing and we’ll use it from Week 1.
Black lightweight card – This makes up your frame you will need:
1 piece of black card, A4 or 8 x 10 inch, depending on what size you can get your perspex in (see Picture Plane below.)
With a 5. 5 x 7. 5 inches cut out.
You can, of course, make this frame yourself using some thin card but it’s those Stanley knives again!
For ease you could go to your local framer and get them to cut a piece of black mount board A4 or 8 x 10 inch outside edge with a 5. 5 x 7. 5 opening cut out to make the frame.
Often you can ask them for an off-cut to do this with as it’s quite a small size.
- Perspex/Plexiglass Picture Plane – This makes up the window of your frame you will need either:
- a clear Acrylic Perspex Sheet – A4 Size or 8 x 10 inch. Ideally 3 /4mm thick
- a piece of plexiglass out of an inexpensive frame – A4 Size or 8 x 10 inch (whichever you can easily get)
- Bulldog Clip
This is to clip the viewfinder frame to the perspex.
If you have any questions on the drawing course, just drop me an email. (I’m super friendly)