8 Lessons – work at your own pace
$65 (enrollment limited)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up
It’s not too hard. I promise! This course is designed for EVERYONE. If you have always wanted to draw people — or if you would like to sharpen your skills — put your hesitation aside and join me.
In eight incremental lessons (each including video and 3-5 illustrated printable pdf pages) we will cover everything you need to accurately sketch children from infant to age 5. I will also provide a library of licensed reference photos, and also advise you if you want to work from photos of your children or grandchildren.
LESSON SEQUENCE (new lessons post every other week on a password-protected website):
- Lesson 1 – All About Eyes. Techniques for drawing lifelike eyes; drawing reflected light; how the eyes change at different ages; drawing closed and half-closed eyes.
- Lesson 2 – Mouth and Nose. Baby mouth and button nose; changes at different ages; drawing front and side views of noses; shading the lips; drawing open mouth; drawing teeth.
- Lesson 3 – Hair and Ears. How to draw shiny, curly, long, short, boys’ hair, girls’ hair, different styles, drawing hair for children of various races; simple method for drawing ears.
- Lesson 4 – Facial Expressions. Putting all the features together to draw faces front view and in profile; how to create natural-looking expressions (laughing, frowning, surprised) in both babies and young children.
- Lesson 5 – Hands. Drawing realistic hands; how finger length changes at different ages; drawing expressive hands (closed fist, holding an object, pointing).
- Lesson 6 – Body Size and Proportion. Drawing the whole child, infant to age 5; how proportions change each year; drawing different body types (slim, average, heavy).
- Lesson 7 – The Child in Action. Drawing babies and children in motion; using foreshortening to make a moving child look natural; drawing clothing.
- Lesson 8 – Capturing a Likeness. Tips and techniques for drawing a “portrait style” head-and-shoulders image that looks like your subject.
All lessons will be housed on a private website, with a new lesson posting every other Tuesday beginning August 8. You may keep your video access for a full year, through August 2018, and instructor feedback is always available via email.
The supply list for the course is very brief:
- 4B drawing pencil
- HB drawing pencil
- kneaded eraser
- plenty of drawing paper (copy paper is fine for this – anything that provides room for lots of drawing practice)
- a piece of Bristol vellum or good quality sketchbook paper for the final lesson