How to Draw: Free Beginner’s Course

How to DrawWant to learn how to draw but don’t know where to start? Are you frustrated with your slow progress and feel like you’ve hit a wall?

This free drawing course will guide you through a series of fun and easy tutorials which will develop your drawing skills quickly.

If you’re a seasoned artist, this course could be a great refresher! You might even learn something new.

My name is Darlene and I created this free drawing course because I want to provide beginners with all the resources to learn the skills they need without having to fork up loads of cash or rummage the web for bits and pieces.

Shout out to Nadia Adalath for inspiring me to create this course! Thank you :)

The unique thing about this course is that I’m going to use my non-dominate hand to learn along with you.

That means that I won’t have the same level of control as my right hand and will basically need to develop my drawing muscles from scratch! I want to prove to you that you can learn how to draw even if your writing looks like chicken scratch!

How to Draw _ Left vs Right hand

Some of the things you will learn:

  • How to draw the smart way
  • How to draw more realistically
  • How to draw what you see
  • How to shade realistically
  • How to draw with perfect proportions
  • And more!

Tools you’ll need to begin:

A sharp pencil, blank piece of paper and an open mind.

  • HB Pencil: Also known as #2 pencil
  • Any sketch paper
  • Eraser

 

How to Draw for Beginners: Course Outline

There are 5 levels in this free drawing course with a total of 10 lessons (I may decide to add more). Each lesson can be completed at your own pace and comes with a series of homework assignments.

You can submit your homework assignments on the RFA facebook page and get feedback from me and other students participating in the course, just like in a real classroom. It will be a great way to track your progress as well!

I like to date all of my work (yes, even if it’s bad) so that I can go back and see my improvements later. It’s really fun and I highly suggest you do it as well :)

If you want to make some suggestions on what to cover in future lessons, let me know. I’m always taking in new ideas and since these lessons are for YOU, I want them to be more personalized.

You can access all lessons from this page, so make sure to bookmark it in your browser. You can even subscribe to my mailing list to get notified when new lessons are posted!

Ready to start?

 

LEVEL 1: The Building Blocks of Art

Level 1 covers the very basics of drawing and why you don’t need to be perfect when it comes to sketching. You’ll learn how to draw faster and how to draw things that are more structurally sound.

Lesson 1: How to Sketch
If you can make a mark on a piece of paper, you can sketch!  –>  Go to lesson!

Lesson 2: Learn to see things differently
Learn how you can draw more accurately and quickly by breaking complicated objects down into simple shapes   –>  Go to lesson!

Lesson 3: Going from 2D to 3D
Step up your game and learn how to make your drawings go from 2D to 3D using various techniques.   –>  Go to lesson!

LEVEL 2: The Devil’s in the Details

Level 2 allows you to really pay attention to what you’re drawing and how you can make even your line drawings look realistic!

Lesson 4: How to draw with accurate proportions
Learn 4 awesome techniques to get your proportions more accurate.   –>  Go to lesson!

Lesson 5: Common Drawing Mistakes and How to Fix Them
Are you paying enough attention? Learn how to analyze your artwork and easily identify areas that could use improvement    –>  Go to lesson!

 

LEVEL 3: Techniques to Step Up Your Game

Lesson 6: Introduction to Linear Perspective
Learn how you can draw unique scenes with people using one-point and two-point linear perspective –> Go to lesson!

Lesson 7: Introduction to Line Quality
Learn how to further enhance your drawings by varying your line weight  –> Go to lesson!

 

LEVEL 4: How to Shade Realistic Textures

Lesson 8: Introduction to shading techniquesComing soon!

Lesson 9: Learn how to shade  – Coming soon!

 

LEVEL 5: Wrapping it all up

Lesson 10:  – Coming soon!

 

25 COMMENTS

  1. not sure how i came across your site, but so glad i did!! you have the best tutorials, i actually think i could use them, and looking forward to starting.
    i tweeted the links but didnt have luck downloading pdfs….is it possiblle to download ALL your pdfs…do you have that option??? i really hope so!!
    thanks for making these tutorials available!! enormous work!! greatly appreciated!!’
    janine

  2. How old do you have to be for this course? My 12 yr old sister wants to try this.
    Also you draw very beautiful drawings.

  3. Hi Darlene!

    Since I was a kid, I never quite got past drawing stick figures and symbols. I’ve always loved illustrations and pencil art but gave up when I couldn’t grasp the basics. This year, at 38yrs old, I decided to take the plunge. Bought a few books, watched hours upon hours of YouTube tutorials, and scoured the net for answers to my drawing “pains.” But there is absolutely nothing that compares to the stunning resources you have given us right here. Words can’t express how grateful I am to have found your site. Your tutorials are so clear and easy to follow with simple, no-nonsense instructions. You’re a great tutor and I just wanted to thank you so much for this! So please, keep up this amazing project. You’ve definitely got a new fan here.

  4. Hi Darlene,

    Thankyou so much for your time. I have just found you through Pinterest and Wow can’t believe what I have seen so far. Amazing. I have tried for years to draw more miss than hit I am afraid and faces are well just a nightmare for me. I am an amateur water colour artist (Landscapes) this doesn’t require much pencil work. I do thank you again for what you do.
    Many Thanks.

    • Thanks so much for dropping by and leaving such a lovely comment, Wendy :)
      I’m glad you’re enjoying the site! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email!

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