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10-07-2004, 08:52 PM
Note from the Editor: This first post is ONLY kept for its historical value.
See the thread Start Here! (http://wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=582502) for the current information.

Basic 101: Pre Course Assignments and FAQs

Hello and welcome to Basic 101. I hope to answer some questions regarding Basic 101. Here goes:

For the Class Members

1. When does the class Start?

Monday October 18th.[Ed: 2004] A new class will be posted each week in conjunction with Stoy Jone’s Weekly Drawing Thread

2. I’m confused. How does all this work?

Each week I will do a project. You will follow along and do the same projects and any of the outside class assignments. You will post your results on the thread for that week.


Not at all. This is voluntary and no harm will befall you.

4. Are there deadlines?

NO. Work at your own pace—you finish when you finish. Some of you will finish in one week while others will take longer. No harm there as we all will be representing different skill levels and work speeds.

5. What are the guest lectures?

The guest lectures are a series of demonstration supplements with comments by some of the WC artists who have volunteered their time to participate. When you finish a project and are hungry for more—go to the lecture hall at artgraphica.net and find a lecture and then follow it. Now here, you can pick and choose outside the course outline if you want. The object is to play and to experiment.

6. Artgraphica.net? Why there? Why not here?

Well technically that is three questions but here goes. Artgraphica was chosen to enhance the look of an “academic” atmosphere. Its for fun. Something different. You don’t go there to buy anything but best of all the threads wont drop down to the bottom and disappear into the land of forgetfulness. I have offhandledly proposed a “learning center” for this forum to Murray so if you want such a place let him know. At that time the lectures could also be housed on the WC in an archival manner. The OTHER reason that I asked Gavin to house it over there is because I hope, at some point, to also contact NON WC artists who might want to voluntarily contribute lectures of which you can take advantage and hopefully profit from the learning experience.

Is there a book?

Boy, you DO ask some excellent questions. Yes, there is a book. It is called “How to Draw What you see” by Rudy de Reyna. The course outline follows the chapters in the book. Don’t wait for the movie.

AHA! You’re selling a book? I gotta buy a book?

Not at all. You don’t need the book for the course since I am basing the projects on the book but I would strongly advise you to get it if you can—if you can’t don’t worry. I went through many a class without reading the assignments and I survived. This will be very easy to follow.

Why You?

Good Question—Why Not?

For the Lecturers:

What is a Guest Lecturer?

A guest lecturer is a voluntary contributor of a demonstration either based on the de Reyna book or drawn from his or her own personal experience. The idea is to give the student extra practice time under the guidance of some of the more experience talent that is frequenting this board. Essentially, a guest lecturer is a mentor, a consultant and a friend.

Why not call them demonstrators?

Well, you could—but to me demonstrators sell rubberstamps, Tupperware and protest the plight of the red speckled duckbilled porcupine. A guest lecturer is more in keeping with these volunteers more academic standing and, to me, symbolizes the respect that I have for these people for jumping in to help.

Can I be a demonstrator…er… lecturer?

Absolutely. Just contact either Gavin or myself—let us know what you want to do and we will sign you right up. I need at least 18 more lecturers ideally. Your skill level does not matter—we all have gifts that can be contributed.

Do I get paid?

Uh…no. But please accept our abject love and adoration.

If the lectures are posted over at artgraphica.net—how to do I post my lecture?

Email them to Gavin and he will post each lecture in the hall. If you are not shy, consider including a picture of yourself and a brief bio (optional of course).

The pre class assignments:

1. Read the De Reyna Book up to page 26 and do the exercises in the book. If you do not have the book do not worry, you will be brought up to speed during the first class on October 18th

2. Find a picture of something that you want to draw but have felt intimidated about attempting. Draw the picture and do NOT worry about mistakes and then post it in the first class thread. This will be your reference picture to give us an idea of your level. DO NOT throw this picture away.. Your final project in this class will be to take the same picture and draw it again using ANY of the techniques that you have learned. Please post your first picture. This is important.

4. At the end of each class you will be given assignments to complete, if possible, before the next class—PLEASE DO NOT TELL ME THAT A DOG ATE YOUR HOMEWORK AS WE HAVE NO REAL DEADLINES HERE. RELAX.


For the first part of this class put away your chalks, your derwents, your prismas, your mechanical pencils and fancy draw a ma doodles. We will be working with a number two pencil, an eraser, a pencil sharpener and a sketch pad..

For the current Lecturers

Here is the current list:

Artdude (Murray)

Zarathrustra (Gavin)

Stoy Jones (that would be Stoy Jones)
Jet Liera

Eclipse (Armin Mersmen)

Deepat (Dierdre)

Paintsplatter ( I HAVE NO idea what this persons name is as she signs her name with an initial but she is one of the nicest people I have ever encountered.

Tim Chaffee


Silksatin (Bonnie)

Alfredart (Al)






10-09-2004, 03:36 PM
I would suggest that you start from scratch but,please understand, work within your comfort level--the class is geared toward basics and a general progression--you get your ma doodles back--I noticed that some people start with a 2b for example--even Gavin does--and some of the expensive drawing kits do--but the course takes in mind that this should not be an expensive endeaver and the number 2 was reccommended because it is readily accessible to those who can ill afford the fancy instruments--dont pay for drawing pencils when you can still them from your child. :D Regarding stumps--well. you have to blend with something--toilet paper, cheese clothe, a john deere tractor, a stump, a tree stump etc...again, think within your comfort zone but make sure they are your tools and not your crutch.

Now look what you did, Jeff--you made me go all wordy :D

Cathie Jones
10-15-2004, 01:50 PM
so the drawing that we have to post on 18th.. should it be like a sketch / a perfectly finished piece ... or ???

This was my question, too. I spent about 30 minutes free-handing a little boat that I've been having trouble with - and then saw a thread with a couple of 30-hour beauties in it. Do you want lots of time spent doing the best we can do on the pre-drawing, or something sketchy???

Hi Christie and Fireman's Kid - good to see more wet ones!!

10-15-2004, 01:54 PM
It needs to be a picture that gives you problems. My problem pics for example are shelties. I would not overwork the project and try for something entirely finished because this is also your FINAL project--through out the course you are going to be coming back to this project and redoing it as it pertains whatever particular subject the class happens to be covering. The idea will be to get you to experience different approaches.

Note from the Editor: This thread continues with the recent posts. The older posts can be found in this closed thread:

11-27-2011, 08:34 PM
Here's my drawing of a Juicy Couture ad.


11-28-2011, 04:20 AM
spikiki - Welcome.


A. upload your drawings here, not on another site.
B. respect the maximum size allowed (8oo x 800 pixels)
You may move on to class 1 :thumbsup:

12-07-2011, 12:29 AM
Hello, decided to get started on this as a friend had mentioned it to me previously. Basically, I've kind of gotten back into art after a few years off. I'm a 25 year old college student, majoring in Kinesiology, but I'm having my doubts about the major as a whole... In any case, I figured now is good a time as any to get back into my artwork. I mostly work in graphite and charcoal. Mostly interested in the human figure (particularly people on extreme ends of the body image spectrum), hyperrealism, etc. This is probably too much... Anyway, references!:



12-07-2011, 11:08 AM
Fisk - Welcome to WetCanvas :). You have already attained a high level. Combined with your interest in figure drawing, I'd recommend to post your work in the Figure Forum (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=41). Exactly at this moment, they run a group study on Prud'hon, realist drawings :thumbsup:.

12-08-2011, 08:58 PM
Hi I'm new here and decided to join the class, but the forum says:
"You are only allowed to post images or URLs to other sites after you have made 2 posts or more.", so I'll be writing one more post as "span" so that I can upload the image(not my fault!).

12-08-2011, 09:00 PM
Sorry about this pseudo-span :(

12-08-2011, 09:00 PM
I'm posting my pre-class assignment

12-09-2011, 03:16 AM
douzeDouces - Welcome to WetCanvas :).
Thank for posting your pre-class drawing.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

12-13-2011, 01:36 PM
Hi. I've already got ahead of myself and went through 7 classes so i owe an introduction.
I've started drawing a bit more than 2 weeks ago. I don't have a lot (if any) experience in drawing, but i plan to study at "Vilnius Art Academy" which is hard to get into. I have less than half a year to learn composition, figure drawing and all kinds of stuff i don't know the names of yet. I'll work hard for this. I'm committed.
As for my current level, here is my class 7 work

12-13-2011, 05:43 PM
eBatas - Nice work :clap:.
Now, this classroom is a little bit organized, as you could read in the "Start Here!" thread. If you want comments, you'd post your homework from the beginning. OK, you may skip class 1. But for instance, there is a very common error in the ellipses on the pot, which is class 4. And I have no idea whether you understand the basics of perspective (class 2) - many people have difficulties with it, and in particular when interested in academic work, you'd better be sure :). Class 3 may be skipped, it's a kind of class 2 revisited. Class 5 and 6 are also OK, as I can see from this sketch.

01-07-2012, 08:00 PM
Here is a pre-class assignment. I am kind of stuck on this, but this is what I have so far. Also posting the photo clipping I'm trying to draw from. Need help with rendering snow in pencil, and need work on my foreshortening.

01-07-2012, 08:03 PM
Let's see- helps if I read- apparently I have to make 2 posts, then I can submit this

01-07-2012, 08:04 PM
third time's a charm--pre-class assignment, sort of stuck on thishttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/07-Jan-2012/978640-drawing_1.jpg

01-07-2012, 08:09 PM
As promised, here is the photo clipping that is my inspiration


01-07-2012, 10:56 PM
Hello! Im going to try out the classes and I just finished a sketch of an orchid from the weekly drawing thread. I love flowers but have no idea how to go about drawing them. C&c welcome always. I hope to improve over the course of the next few classes! Thank you.

01-08-2012, 09:16 AM
Suzi - Welcome to WetCanvas and to the classroom :). Nice gesture in your pre-class drawing :clap:.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:

01-08-2012, 09:19 AM
Welcome to the classroom Brittany :).

Grinning Chuckster
01-08-2012, 12:44 PM
Hi, I am Grinning Chuckster. I've been drawing for about 3 years now. This is my first post, so I hope I'm doing it correctly. I want to take all the graphite drawing classes (and maybe move on to other media). I do many kinds of graphite drawings, but including landscapes and buildings intimidate me. For now would like to start with reflected light in objects, which I find fascinating. I'm posting a drawing I did a few months ago.

Let's see how it goes!
Cheers, The Chuckster

01-08-2012, 03:25 PM
Welcome to the classroom, Chuckster :)
Please move on :thumbsup:

01-12-2012, 09:18 AM
Hi everybody:wave: :wave:

My name is Werner. Living in sunny South-Africa. I have been drawing on and of for around 10 years(more off than on........) Here is my pre-class sketch/assignment for the classroom.

Cheers!:cool: :cool: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Jan-2012/195483-Eggs_With_Backlight.jpg

01-12-2012, 04:39 PM
Werner - Very nice :clap:.
I reckon you have already a good foundation. So you may move on to any of the more advanced classes :thumbsup:.

01-13-2012, 02:56 AM
I've been looking at the classes up until 2 and realized I really need to learn about a lot of topics! I've been drawing on and off for some years with really no formal instruction.

I think I'd like to eventually get better at landscape and still life (yes, kind of conventional). I have a lot of trouble with foliage and floral arrangements and basic elements of...well everything so this is a fantastic resource.

01-13-2012, 08:40 AM
Pixie - Welcome to WetCanvas :).
You did a good job with your pre-class drawing :thumbsup:.
Please move on to class 1 :music:.

01-14-2012, 12:00 PM

I would like to join here :)

I'm from Denmark and have not done very much drawing, so I would love to learn more, I have made abstracts mostly in acrylic.

Here is two drawings from today.



01-14-2012, 12:32 PM
Lisa - Welcome to the classroom :).
Yes, move on please, I'll see you in class 1 :thumbsup:

Moonlight Sonata
01-30-2012, 03:19 PM
Hi! I've been drawing for awhile and have taken a few classes in the past. I've recently decided to take classes again because I really want to get serious about drawing and improve my skill.

Moonlight Sonata
01-30-2012, 03:20 PM
I'm posting again so that I can post my Pre-Class assignment!

Moonlight Sonata
01-30-2012, 03:27 PM
Here's my Pre-Class assignment. I've been trying to draw a realistic eye from a tutorial, and ultimately my goal would be to draw this eye well. I did this one earlier today, it's one of about five I've done so far. I have trouble with all the layers and the eye lashes.

http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/4113/pic2is.png (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/827/pic2is.png/)

01-30-2012, 05:01 PM
Hi, Moonlight, welcome to WetCanvas and to the classroom :).
You're off to a good start with your pre-class drawing :thumbsup:. A good foundation will definitely help you. Please move on to class 1 :music:.

02-09-2012, 02:28 PM

Here's my Pre-Class assignment. I would like to learn to draw well to improve my painting. My aim would be to learn to draw portraits and animals. Thank you for these classes.

02-09-2012, 04:53 PM
Elisa - Welcome to the classroom :). Thank you for posting your pre-class drawing.
Please move on to class 5 :thumbsup:

02-14-2012, 10:23 PM
Hello all,
I've been lurking long time and never have the courage to follow...but this time YES cause I don't want to miss this fantastic class. I've never got a formal learning on drawing..I love to draw people in impressionist style. Thank you for let me in.

02-14-2012, 10:26 PM
I will post my pre drawing assignment after this second post

02-14-2012, 10:31 PM
its me again with my pre-drawing:http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/14-Feb-2012/164039-wcsent.jpg

02-15-2012, 02:44 AM
mayana - Welcome to WetCanvas :). Nice pre-class drawing. Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:

02-27-2012, 12:44 AM
Hi everyone,

I'm very excited to find this class. While I would like to get better at drawing figures and living things, I'm also interested in drawing everything else too. I took a drawing class many years ago as an elective in college, but haven't really done much with it since then.

For my pre-class drawing, I chose to do a still life of the plastic Vault Boy bobblehead that came with the Fallout 3 collector's edition. (Fallout 3 is a computer/video game.)

I'll have to post the image in another post due to my need to make 2 posts or more.

02-27-2012, 12:45 AM
Drawing coming up in next post....

02-27-2012, 12:46 AM
Finally...my pre-class drawing of Vault Boy:


02-27-2012, 12:50 PM
Rebecca - Welcome to the classroom :).
Thank you for joining, please move on to claas 1 :thumbsup:

03-07-2012, 10:23 PM
Hi! I've been lurking for over a year. Taking oil painting at various places. Trying to skip the basics and get on to the good stuff. So while I am not giving the other up...I am here to learn to draw. Taking a human form drawing class locally and going to do the basics...All of it! With you guys. Still not too familiar with how it all works posting and all (I have an iPad that can hopefully do it all???). I've begun lesson one. Bought the book. I'll post my stuff soon. Excited to find a community to work at my pace but still have feedback. So, thank you for doing this. :wave:

03-08-2012, 02:37 AM
Jill - Welcome to the classroom :). But did you read the "Start Here" thread ?

03-08-2012, 09:49 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-Mar-2012/809592-DRAWING.jpg I guess not well enough, did I miss something? here is my pre class drawing (at a rather severe angle unfortunately, still trying to get the hang of all this). thanks, let me know, please if i have missed something in registering for the class. jill

03-09-2012, 02:42 AM
Jill - Thank you for posting the pre-class drawing. That was what I was missing :thumbsup:. One remark though, the size of the picture is far too small. Ok for this thread, but I cannot possibly comment on your assignments in this size. You may go up to 800 px square, but the advised maxima are 800 for width, 600 for height.

03-10-2012, 07:56 PM
Hello! I'm excited to be here. I have some art background, but most of my classes at university were of the self-expression variety rather than the skill-building variety, and I would rather like to build some skills with which to express myself!

I really enjoy drawing people and that is where the majority of my practice to date has been placed. Now I'd like to draw people in different settings, which means being able to draw the settings as well as the people. :)

I struggle the most with architecture and perspective, as you can see from the bizarrely crooked window in my pre-class drawing. (Reference was this image (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=116151) from the reference library.)

03-11-2012, 06:00 AM
demitas - Welcome to the classroom :). I'm sure you will master perspective soon. We have even an advanced class on perspective in the 102 series :thumbsup:.
Please move on to class 1.

03-25-2012, 01:11 PM
Hi all,

So I'm peeking at everyone's pre-drawing assignment and mine just seems to utterly fail in comparison. I have to start somewhere though, so guess I'll be brave and upload my pic on here. I'd rather bite the bullet and progress, then forever be a lurker and NEVER progress.

03-25-2012, 01:18 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Mar-2012/1041712-PreDraw3-25-12 Ok so here is my pre-class assignment. The original intention was to draw something that totally intimidates you, right? Meet my intimidation, I love this pic, and man was it hard to even ATTEMPT to draw. If you like me you'll ignore my feeble attempts at ever trying to recreate realistic facial impressions. That's probably my biggest problem. Then again....

Anyway, its here and now I can move on.....

03-25-2012, 02:50 PM
Nubiancooki - Welcome to the classroom :). Good job on the pre-class drawing after all, you captured the dynamics very well :clap:.
See you in class 1 :thumbsup:.

04-05-2012, 01:13 PM
Hi, I'm Gina and I've been drawing, or attempting to draw, on and off since I was a teenager. I've included my Pre-Class Drawing (the house, which is supposed to look like this reference photo http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=40021 (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/../RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=40021)

As you can see, I really need help! I also included an unfinished drawing I did some years ago of a statue. I do have the How To Draw What You See book but I have not done any of the lessons out of it yet.


04-05-2012, 01:39 PM
P.S. Is an Hb the same as a no. 2 pencil? I don't have a No. 2 pencil believe it or not!

04-05-2012, 04:41 PM
Gina - Welcome to the classroom :). Your statue drawing is very fine :clap:.
Yes, "number 2" is "office speak" for HB.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:

04-09-2012, 04:52 AM
Hi, my name is Ruth, I'm an artist in SW England, and well, I'd like to be able to draw properly.

I'm pretty much self taught, and so have missed out a lot of fundamentals, in that I don't know how to construct a drawing of any kind. For me, it was always a case of just putting light and dark values on a piece of paper in the hope that I could shape them to look like the subject chosen, and I realise that this is my main problem, because there is no set standard between pieces that I do.

Some are seen as really good, others I just shudder at.

This is the 'standard' that I draw to, but as I say, without any construction lines of any kind, that's highly variable, so I'm here to learn :).

04-09-2012, 09:49 AM
Ruth - "putting light and dark values on the paper" is not necessarily wrong, but a formal foundation can help very much to sort out the problem when in trouble :).
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

04-13-2012, 01:51 PM
Hi! I'm really excited about starting this as it's been a goal of mine to improve my drawing skills. I work mostly on a computer with really stylized vectors, it was a nice change drawing by hand! I need to improve in many many ways but the things that I'd really would like to get a handle on is figure drawing, I find it really difficult drawing people, portraits, action shots, etc! I've attached a drawing that I did just now of a reference photo from this website http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=133178

04-13-2012, 06:06 PM
Welcome to the classroom, Cardan :)
You're off to a good start on your pre-class drawing :clap:. Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:

04-16-2012, 01:40 AM
Hi, my name is Andrés. I ve been interested in all types of art since I was a child, so I took some classes some years ago about different techniques and I started to paint since then. but I consider that I continued somehow "self taught" and well, it is not easy to find your mistakes and improve your skills without some guidance. I'm happy I've found this course to really learn about this technique not just for sketching but as the base for any pictorial technique.
this is my pre-class drawing.

04-16-2012, 12:59 PM
Andrés - Welcome to the classroom :). We'll be glad to help you on your artistic journey :thumbsup:.
Please move on to class 1.

04-19-2012, 12:38 PM
My name is Oakenhorse. right now my main focus is my art. This is something I drew up real quick but sadly is some of my best art. I would also love to be able to draw portraits and have a drawing book filled with my favorite musicians. That would be super rad. haha.


04-19-2012, 05:19 PM
Oakenhorse - Welcome to the classroom :). I see you're more for fantasy. But the skills that are taught here can be applied to all styles.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:

04-22-2012, 06:53 AM
Good Morning, Arnoud !
I had started at WetCanvas, last time around, about the same time that you did. It's been about that long since I've drawn and will be looking forward to posting a current skill level picture soon. I am very excited to be going through the classes again; this time I hope to continue on and let the drawing take just as good shape.

I would like to simply go through the classes with no pre-conceived idea as to what track I'll vear onto.

Thank you for offering these classes!

04-22-2012, 08:11 AM

04-22-2012, 05:03 PM
Jester - Welcome back :). I wish you every success in your renewed interest :thumbsup:.
Please move on :music:.

04-23-2012, 07:42 AM
:wave: Hi, I am Prabha, and I love to draw. I do freehand drawings without any grid, and correct them later for mistakes. I would like to join this class to get more formal training in drawing. Here is a picture drawn on hand made paper with 2B pencil.
(Ms. Prabha Panth)

04-23-2012, 02:52 PM
Welcome to the classroom, Prabha :). Nice sketch, I like the composition :clap:.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

04-23-2012, 04:42 PM
Hi All,
My name is Tavleen, 29 yrs old homemaker and passionate for painting. I am on my path to be an artist.;) :)
I have been lurking around the site for past few months but was no too active but now am ready to go.

I have been painting on and off since childhood. I do glass paintings with oil paints and mirror paintings. I have also done some sculpture work, had taken a course for few months. Also, I have learnt a unique form of painting called Tanjavur(Tanjore) paintings specific to southern parts of India. You can see my work in my facebook profile to get a glimpse of some of my recent works.
I have recently started working on canvas with watercolors and want to learn a lot. I have also started sketching.

Looking forward to learning with you all!!

Here is my "pre-class" drawings:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Apr-2012/983339-P1010769R.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Apr-2012/983339-P1010772R.JPG
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Apr-2012/983339-P1010775R.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Apr-2012/983339-P1010819R.JPG

04-24-2012, 07:00 AM
Tavleen - Welcome to the classroom :). Nice illustration style :clap:.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:

04-26-2012, 11:46 AM
Hello everyone. My name is Vladimir and I'm 20. I really enjoying art, like to draw mostly cars and peoples, i need some help in improving my skills, with this class would like to learn basic aspects of drawing that I missed, I'm self-taught, so for exp I now nothing about perspective or figure drawing. I can draw something using photo, but have some troubles when I draw from my imagination. And to learn in a group of some others maniacs who like art is a lot of fun! :)

And my pre-class drawings:



04-26-2012, 04:24 PM
Thank you for posting your pre-class drawing, Vladimir :)

04-28-2012, 02:37 PM
Hi everyone! My name is Noémie, I'm a french Canadian (so pardon the spelling mistakes!). Since I was a kid I always loooooved painting and drawing. I always wanted to take classes but never did, so I kind of self-taught but I know I’m missing the basics. Since I work long hours (being a medical resident) I need a class I can take from home, at my own speed! This seems to be the perfect thing for me!

Here’s my «pre-class» drawing : A pastel drawing of Johnny Depp and two cartoonish drawings from my imagination! I would really like to illustrate children’s books someday!

04-28-2012, 05:01 PM
Noémie - Welcome to the classroom :). You're off to a good start already.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:

04-30-2012, 06:01 PM
Hi! I just discovered this thread today, so I'm going to throw myself under the bus and join in. I've never taken a drawing class and just took a watercolor workshop with Charles Reid here in Reno. OMG can that man DRAW, let alone paint. Here's my pre-class drawing submission, and in the words of the late, great Jackie Gleason, "Awayyy we go!"


05-01-2012, 09:19 AM
Welcome to the classroom, Veronike :). Nice sketch, you've already a good eye for forms. I'd suggest to work towards more variety in stroke texture. You'll find the first exercise in variety of stroke in class 1, please move on :thumbsup:

05-05-2012, 04:14 AM
Hi all,

My name is Elle, and I live in the beautiful Mount Dandenong ranges in Victoria, Australia. I have always loved to draw, took lessons for 8 months back in 2003, but due to 12hr night shifts, couldn't keep up with them. I did join Wet Canvas, in 2008,but due to circumstances, found I couldn't start much here. Now that I am back, I decided to start at the very beginning, here uin the drawing and sketching forum.
I'll be back to post a couple of my lesson pieces from 2003, in my next post.

05-05-2012, 06:54 AM

Here are a couple of my 2003 lessons as my Pre-Class Assignment.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2012/150751-Old_Shearing_Shed.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2012/150751-Negative_Spacing.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2012/150751-Lesson6-StillLife.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2012/150751-Lesson4-StillLife.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2012/150751-Lesson_6.jpg

Thanks for looking.

05-05-2012, 12:58 PM
Elle - Excellent work :clap:. Now you did already take classes, and you're definitely on a higher level than beginner. Please feel free to choose any of the higher classes, and in any order :thumbsup:.
Welcome to the classroom :).

05-05-2012, 07:32 PM
Thankyou Arnoud, I think I will still start from the beginning, if that is alright.
I feel like I need a refresher on basics and principals.
See you in Class 1

05-07-2012, 05:39 PM
My name is Netta. I took an art class with the cohort I am in at my school and I loved the drawing part of it. I was told different methods of drawing and so far I want to learn so I can draw what ever I have an interest in drawing. Here is some of the things that I have done so far.

05-08-2012, 02:47 AM
Thank you for posting your pre-class work, Netta :).

05-08-2012, 04:02 AM
Hello, I am MB. Also known as kabutali. I'm trying out wetcanvas because I was initially interested in the Virtual Life Class, but that is no longer running I think. I would like to join this class but not sure what level I'm considered to be or which class to start in. I know in drawing I still need to work on perspective(life and dynamic figures) and have not done any animals. Although I just started trying to work on plants/landscapes; I also need help with color theory. I was self taught till about a year ago, when I transferred to a wonderful community college. I learned and improved so much in one year with figures, I believe I can do it again as long as I keep learning and practicing art. I am currently working to master the basics of art, eventually I would like to become a professional Game Artist.

Below are the most recent still life works I've done for my drawing 2 class that just ended. Although these are in charcoal, I can make something with a #2 pencil if required. Please instruct me to what I should do next. Thank you.:)

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-May-2012/1061802-Mother.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-May-2012/1061802-goblet.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/08-May-2012/1061802-statue_headR.jpg

05-08-2012, 01:16 PM
kabutali - Very nice drawings :clap:. You have talent :thumbsup:.
Your level is way beyond this classroom. This is "101" remember?
My advice would be to post in the main D&S forum - or in the "subject" forums, I can recommend "The Figure" and "Portraiture" - you will get more feedback there. BTW, explain that you want real advice, not just kudos :wink2:.
I wish you every success on your way to artistic development :thumbsup:

05-09-2012, 12:04 AM
kabutali - Very nice drawings :clap:. You have talent :thumbsup:.
Your level is way beyond this classroom. This is "101" remember?
My advice would be to post in the main D&S forum - or in the "subject" forums, I can recommend "The Figure" and "Portraiture" - you will get more feedback there. BTW, explain that you want real advice, not just kudos :wink2:.
I wish you every success on your way to artistic development :thumbsup:
oh.. okay. I don't quite understand(especially the advice-kudos thing o.o?)... Um do/will I learn specifics in the DS forum?(if it weren't for your signature, I wouldn't know what you were talking about ^^;) I thought posting there was more intended for critiques and maybe 'praise' of some sort. Or just sharing with friends...

Ma'am/Sir, I am looking for conservative learning only. I want to learn about new things because there so much I haven't tried. I really am a beginner. Just looking at your 101 subject list alone, I haven't tried 15,19 and anything 22 or above really. Imagining possible lessons in the forums I've haven't read yet, that I think I know, is terribly exciting. I really am going to take the time to read them. I just want so much to continue my formal education of art...

Anyway, I gave it a try. I'm a little sad about your decission but you been here much longer than me so I'll go try the forums I guess. Thank you for advising me. Perhaps um...May I at least read the lessons of this 101 class and post the work separately elsewhere? I dunno DS maybe. Or Figure..(the wetcanvas forums are kinda hard to understand). I hope I will receive proper instruction. Thank you again.
-kabutali/ MB

PS. I keep rereading the advice-kudos phrase you said trying to figure it out. Are you saying I should go about it by starting off that its like a "no praise allowed" kinda forum or something? I think I may do that, so I hope thats what you were trying to get across. ^^; AND thanks for the goodluck wish, to you as well arnoud3272 :)

05-09-2012, 02:35 AM
kabutali - Don't misread me, I'm not "chasing you away". My point is that you expect too much of this classroom. But of course, you're welcome to post in any of these classes in any order :thumbsup:.

05-21-2012, 04:56 PM
Hi everyone I am new to this thread, but am exciting about building my skills when it comes to sketching and drawing. I have been sketching and drawing off and on since I was 11. I am very good at looking at things and drawing them, but I would like to get better at drawing what comes to my mind. I am hoping that by learning the basic this will help. I will be starting and my pre assignments and posting them as soon as I am done.


05-21-2012, 06:23 PM
Welcome to the classroom, Nadiyyah :)

05-23-2012, 01:14 PM
Hi everyone I am posting my pre-class assignments. I think they are good , but I know they can be better. I just sketch but I want to understand better how to achieve certain effects.:clap: :wave:

05-23-2012, 04:56 PM
Hi, I'm a retired biochemist, total geek female. I always assumed my sister got all the art ability and never even tried. A few years ago I took a couple of photography classes and a class called "2D Foundations" that covered all the usual - neg/pos space, perspective, types of shadows etc. Then last fall semester of 2011, I took painting 1 followed by painting 2 this spring and was HOOKED.

I know that drawing is the basis for painting especially since I like realistic art whether "real" or imaginary. I like artists like Boris Vellejo, Frank Frazetta, and Brom.

I can do alright with some thingsw but am totally helpless in doing shading with a pencil.

Here's a head study of my parrot and the final painting I did based on it. I worked from a photo. Also will post (in another message) some other sketch/painting pairs. I did a bunch of stand alone toys.



05-23-2012, 06:24 PM
Nadiyyah - Very nice sketch :clap:. Please move on :thumbsup:.

05-23-2012, 06:28 PM
Pamela - Are you sure you've read the posting guidelines for this subforum, and the "Start Here" thread? This subforum is for posting the homework of this classroom, not from classes that you've taken elsewhere.
You're welcome to follow through here, in that case please move on to class 1.

05-23-2012, 06:40 PM
I guess I didn't scan in most of the sketches. Here's one of a toy truck and the 6x6 oil on gesso board I did. Was set up as a still life.



As you can see, I'm still weak in shading and shadows in the painting too. But excited to be learning!

05-23-2012, 08:04 PM
Sorry. I thought you wanted to see where we were now as far as skill. I'll go to lesson 1

05-24-2012, 02:40 AM
Sorry. I thought you wanted to see where we were now as far as skill. I'll go to lesson 1 Pamela, sure - but one drawing is illustrative enough. And this is a drawing forum, not painting.
Welcome to the classroom, see you in class 1 :).

05-26-2012, 06:03 AM
Hi Pamela,
From your sketch I knew that was an Eccie.(Eclectus Parrot, in case anyone is wondering)... then saw your next pic, and I think you did a fairly good job with her. My daughter also has a female Eccie, her name is Zennith, I think they are a beautiful bird.
I'm also doing the classes, a bit ahead of you, good luck with them.


05-27-2012, 02:25 PM
I have to make my first to posts before I can upload my pictures...right?

05-27-2012, 02:26 PM
Here is my second post

05-27-2012, 02:28 PM
Hello, I'm Brittany. I am new here. I was browsing around on the internet and found this place. I plan on taking classes and hopefully get better at drawing.

I have been drawing a little here and a little there. I did take a class in highschool, but that was over 5 years ago.

Below is my pre-class picture. I drew my little brother, Joseph. I just had a very hard time drawing his hair. It would be great to learn how to do that.


Here is the original picture:


05-27-2012, 03:35 PM
Brittany - Nice sketch :clap:. Welcome to the classroom :).
Thank you for joining in, please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

05-29-2012, 03:13 PM
Ok, here I go again. I am 75 and always wanted to be a Grandma Moses painter but I want to get the basics down first. Of course, drawing is a passion of mine, even if I don't know all the rules, etc. So here is my pre-drawing and if it is alright I will go and start Classroom 1.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-May-2012/1070172-drawing0005.JPG

05-29-2012, 06:01 PM
Welcome to the classroom, Jop :).
Nicely inspired pre-class drawing :clap:, please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

06-01-2012, 09:13 AM
Hello, I'm Judy.

I've hung around Wetcanvas in the past, but haven't been around for awhile. I would like to work on my drawing and to work toward photo realism. I have a question about this pre-drawing. I have been using a grid in the past when drawing. For this pre-drawing, should I do one with a grid or without in order to show my drawing abilities so far? Thanks, and I look forward to getting started in this classroom!

06-01-2012, 12:38 PM
Hi, Judy, welcome to the classroom :).
Grids are a valid tool of the trade, but IMO it is better not to use them for the first classes.

06-01-2012, 12:42 PM
Thanks Arnoud, I'll get working on my pre-drawing tonight! I'm looking forward to learning.

06-01-2012, 09:54 PM

I used 4H, F, HB, 2B, 5B and 8B on Bristol Vellum and did not use a grid. I struggled a bit to get the shape of the face correct, but overall, I was pretty happy with my results. This took about 3 hours.

Here's my reference photo:


Thanks for your feedback! Judy

06-02-2012, 02:49 AM
Very nice drawing, Judy :clap:. Thank you for joining in.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

06-05-2012, 01:14 AM
Hello Everyone,

I have been searching for an online art course to build my skills. I was saddened to see how expensive tuition was to all the online courses and realized I would not be able to signup.

But then I found WC!!

What an amazing resource WC is.. WC is just what I was looking for.

I haven't done much drawing since the art classes I took in high school, and to be honest I probably didn't take them serious enough. Heck. I was a teenager and had lots of distractions pulling me away from art.

Now in my early 30's I am looking to relearn the basics and move on to building my skills.
I am taking a "start at the beginning with a more mature outlook" approach.

I will be posting some of my work shortly.

Thank you,


06-05-2012, 01:15 AM
Here are some of my most recent sketches.



Thank you,


06-05-2012, 06:58 AM
Hi, Michael, welcome to the classroom :).
These are very good sketches :clap:. You're already on a high level, so you may choose any class in any order, no need to start with the foundation classes 1-5 :thumbsup:.

06-05-2012, 04:39 PM
Thank you Arnoud.

I will start tonight.


06-05-2012, 10:08 PM
Hello, my name is Michael, I'm 17 years old, and always really loved art, but avoided it out of fear for some reason. After a schedule conflict I ended up in an Art 1 class and have since then decided to take art seriously. Anyway, the whole year we didn't get much drawing done, as the freshman in the class who didn't want to be there prevented anything from happening, so I'll learn the basics here. :)

I'll post my pre-class drawing once I can. :lol:

06-05-2012, 10:17 PM
Hello, I'm Jemma and I've been a member here on WC but seeing this class makes me want to improve more on my drawing skills as a freelance.

Here's my sketch today:


It seems that the attachment isn't working whenever I try to upload it, so uploading it to my photobucket for the meantime.

Nice to meet you all. :wave:

06-05-2012, 10:20 PM
Here is my pre-class drawing.


Edit: I introduced myself on the previous page. This lone drawing with not much text seems odd. :lol:

06-06-2012, 12:10 AM
Hi, my name is Stephy, I'm 26, and I'm from North Carolina. My drawing skills at the moment are rather sad, but I'm hoping to improve and to get enough of a foundation under me that I don't cringe at the thought of other people seeing my sketchbook. Pre-class drawing is coming up in the next post.

06-06-2012, 12:12 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jun-2012/975079-001.jpg This is my pre-class drawing, a rough sketch of my friend's 4-year-old.

06-06-2012, 03:55 AM
Agito - Nice sketch :clap:. Thank you for joining in.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:

06-06-2012, 03:58 AM
Michael - Welcome to the classroom:). Good job on the pre-class drawing. Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

06-06-2012, 04:00 AM
Stephy - You're off to a good start :clap:.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

06-06-2012, 07:47 PM
Hello! :wave:
I'm Fotoula, 29 years old and really glad to find this site! :D
My journey at art started a little ..backwards ~1 year-6 months ago. And I say backwards because until today I have done only digital art, except the pre-class assignment I did today. I started drawing with mouse at pc only to "escape" from my problems a little, and at first didn't even take it seriously. As time was passing by and after I got my tablet the last December I was drawing more and more and realize that it is a hobby I really love :).

But I need to learn so many basic stuff, and think that have to do a lot of traditional sketching/drawing to see actual improvement. When was looking for info/exercises at the web I find your site and saw the Classroom! So here I'm XD. It makes me kinda sad that never started to draw earlier at my life because I thought I can't really draw (now I feel so silly about that!). Anyway never is too late I guess XD.

As for what I'm aiming at, I'm mostly interested to digital art, Illustration and Sci-fi (maybe after many-many years? haha), but I would also like to be able to draw properly/realistic. Think is the base anyway for all styles etc.
Pre-class assignment art, reference from stock image at dA by LuckyStock ( link: fav.me/dr0reu ):).
Sorry if it looks too messy, I have no idea how to shade with pencil :/

06-07-2012, 09:38 AM
Fotoula - Welcome to the classroom :). Thank you for joining in.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

06-07-2012, 02:28 PM
Thank you! :cat:

06-07-2012, 10:38 PM
I've just retired as a high school principal and I thought that I might like to learn to paint using watercolors but first I need to learn how to draw. Here is a photo that I took with my cell phone and my attempt at drawing it.



06-08-2012, 05:35 AM
docxart - Welcome to the classroom :). Already a nice drawing :clap:.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

06-08-2012, 09:47 PM
I'd like to join the class....

06-08-2012, 09:52 PM
Here's my pre-class drawing:


From this (http://stockproject1.deviantart.com/art/Beach-Pebble-5359121-213624782?q=boost%3Apopular%20in%3Aresources%2Fstockart%2Fnature%2Fmiscellaneous&qo=488) stock image. You said try something that intimidates... drawing at all intimidates me, so I decided to try something that would require shading (eek!).

06-09-2012, 02:40 AM
sparrowinsky - Nice to see you in the classroom :).
You're welcome to move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

06-22-2012, 05:00 PM
Hi, I'm interested in taking your free basic drawing classes. I like to be creative, and I focused more on making music as a kid. However, I always wanted to be able to draw as well. As you can see from this sketch, I have zero talent in drawing (especially compared to the wonderful drawings of others who are submitting pre-class assignments). One day I would love to be able to draw realistic scenes and people...although I realize that will take many years of practice and dedication. For now, I would like to form the foundation and learn the basics of drawing and master those. Thank you for your time.


06-23-2012, 04:03 AM
Nephrin - Welcome to the classroom :).
With diligent practice, you'll see a fast improvement of your drawing skills :thumbsup:.
Please move on to class 1 :music:.

06-23-2012, 05:18 AM
These are my pre class drawings. 751392 751412

06-23-2012, 10:24 AM
Wonderbread - Welcome to the classroom :).
You're already on a higher level than required for the first classes. You may take any class in any order :thumbsup:.

06-25-2012, 08:41 AM
Well... hi. :) I'm a 19 year old. I have been drawing from a young age... but would REALLY love to have something so that I could get some good feedback.. I know I'm not perfect... and I want to improve. I almost always draw freehand, so everything you'll see me post is freehand. I just don't have the resources or finances as a college student to get lightboxes or projectors or whatever in order to create those kinds of pieces... so when it comes to getting proportions and stuff on a large piece, I usually either use a graph, or have a ruler around to help. Otherwise... completely and utterly freehand. I do use references a vast majority of the time. My pieces without something I'm drawing off of are... well... shameful. I have taken some lower level art classes while in High School... and I understand at least the basics.

What I want to get out of this (and art in general) is almost a livelihood. I am of the opinion that you should have at least two sources of income. If you're a married couple... two sources of income. If you are single... two sources of income. That way, if one fails, the other can back you up. So, I am studying two things in college right now. Animal Science and Fashion Merchandising and Design. Where does that relate to drawing? It'll help me understand forms, shaping, give me an eye for detail, etc. I also just love to draw, and have had people in the past commission me (I did not seek it out, they came to me) in order to get portraits done. I don't think I'm good enough to do portraiture... but I would love to get to that point. So... here goes. :)

These are sketches of mine. I don't consider sketches to be minute drawings... but anything that takes under an hour to do. Any kind of free shaping isn't what I call a sketch... but doodles. Doesn't matter what it is... if it's a free loose person or object or whatever that its only purpose is to help develop my eye for shapes and forms... it's a doodle. :) So... here are my sketches. These are five different ones I have done in the past few days.






All of these are bigger than the actual drawings. My scanner is weird and my camera is currently out of order. So... you have some graphite flares, some of my shading gone (not a lot, as these are primarily line drawings rather than tonal drawings... which is also part of my difference between sketch and a true piece that I would consider selling or giving to someone) and things that are twice as big on the computer than they are in real life... :p Oh well.

So... here are my things. :)

06-25-2012, 04:37 PM
Serbrider - Welcome to the classroom :).
You're already on a higher level than required for the first classes. You may take any class in any order :thumbsup:.

07-04-2012, 12:59 AM
Hi Arnoud,
Sorry, I missed this thread and jumped to Class I directly. I am interested in water colour painting mainly but I believe drawing is the foundation for any painting and in any media.

This is my preclass assignment chosen thoughtfully 'cos I m intimidated about drawing human figures, animals and water :)

C&C welcome

07-04-2012, 02:39 PM
Leenz - Thank you for posting your preclass drawing :).
You're already on a higher level than required for the first classes. You may take any class in any order :thumbsup:.

07-08-2012, 01:03 PM
Thanks Arnoud. I would like to take the classes in the same order and I am posting sketches for perspective-class 2.

07-08-2012, 04:43 PM

I am a textile artist, primarily making abstract art quilts. I want to improve my drawing skills because I know that will help everything else I do!

At the moment all drawing intimidates me; I chose a portrait for my pre-class sketch:


07-08-2012, 05:25 PM
dahlialia - Welcome to the classroom :).
Thank you for joining in.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

07-09-2012, 02:44 AM
Hello all, I have drawn a fairly good deal between the ages of 10-18 but trailed off until just the last year. I had always assumed I would allow myself more time to study drawing/painting in a more dedicated and structured fashion but until now have made many excuses as to why I did not have the time to pursue it. So, here I am almost middle aged now but wishing, not to catch up but to fulfill what I have always considered my greater passion in regards to something practicable in a physical sense..it has always been and will remain art.

I paint around in watercolor but am drawn more and more to oils. I hold that it is an obvious truth that without proper foundation in draftsmanship my chosen style of art will be seriously hampered. I can appreciate some conceptual art but I lean toward an abstract realistic style of drawing/painting...in the manner of the old masters to those working in the field today. I don't like stylistic titles for myself too overly much but an artist named David Leffel calls his style abstract realism so its good enough for me. I hope to be able to become more confident and competent in my skills to be able to bring my inspiration to paper and canvas. Lacking the technical skills involved is taking some of the enthusiasm from my efforts so here I am ready to get started. Here is a study of my fiance at age 8-9. Portraits, the human face have always intimidated me and I hope to conquer some of that and be able to express a better resemblance etc. Here is the pic.

07-09-2012, 12:01 PM
Hi...I returned to drawing and painting afterabout 20 years in 2010....discovered wetcanvas in 2011 Dec.....I have been actively participating in the pastel forum for the last few months and have learnt a lot...havent done much of pencil sketching so i am keen on joining this forum....am posting a few of my simple sketches done from life....




Looking forward to joining this forum and learning.Do let me know where I can begin...


07-09-2012, 02:55 PM
eduardll - Welcome to the classroom :).
With diligent practice, you'll see a fast improvement of your drawing skills :thumbsup:.
Please move on to class 1 :music:.

07-09-2012, 02:56 PM
Prashanti - A warm welcome to you too :).
Please move on as you like :thumbsup:.

07-22-2012, 06:38 PM
Here is my best effort! My goal is to able to draw hyper realistically, and then paint in similar manner.

07-23-2012, 02:43 AM
thevaliantx - Welcome to the classroom :). Nice sketch, a good start in the right direction :clap:.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

07-30-2012, 03:56 PM
Hi :wave:

My name is Michael and I have been drawing with some limited success for about 1 year, I would like to start improving as I don't feel I am making any progress on my own. I am looking forward to the chat and the pointers.

My pre-class sketch is a rose, they are growing in my parents house and I like to draw them. It's not quite right but that's what I'm here for :)


07-30-2012, 05:39 PM
Welcome to the classroom, Michael :).
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

07-31-2012, 02:06 AM
Hi Guys, thought I'd start this at the beginning. I paint, a lot, don't do much drawing. Guess I just prefer color. However, I need the practice. Here's my starting sketch, sorry about the quality, I don't have a great scanner. I've also developed an incredible hatred of #2 pencils!


07-31-2012, 06:41 AM
Nice sketch, Megan. Welcome to the classroom :).
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

blue falcon
08-07-2012, 04:05 PM
i'm Paul
and i'm absolute beginner in drawing but i'm motivated to learn ;) my Pre -Class sketch is a video casette


08-07-2012, 05:21 PM
Paul - Welcome to the classroom :).
Motivation is a big asset, it will help you in the most important aspect of learning: steady honest practicing :thumbsup:.
Please move on to class 1 :music:.

08-12-2012, 03:38 PM

I'm a total beginner and this is my first post :-)

I've been studying from books and online for the past few months, I'm going to post my Ruskin leaf exercise as my pre-class assignment.

Thank you!

(I think I have to post the image in my next message... )

08-12-2012, 03:52 PM
2nd post

08-12-2012, 03:52 PM
Here's my pre-class drawing. I did the leaf exercise from John Ruskin's Elements of Drawing.


08-12-2012, 04:45 PM
magicmint - Welcome to WetCanvas and to the classroom :).
Nice drawing, well done :clap:.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

08-22-2012, 07:48 AM
i'm rayan
i'm going to be an architecture students
and unfortunately i'm not so well in drawing and i need to improve faster
anyway, this is my post for pre-class


08-22-2012, 08:37 AM
hey everyone.. :)
m really sorry tht i missed this post nd posted directly in the classes.. :(

my name is pratya
nd m frm india. nd m doing my graduation..
drawing something always been my hobby nd intrest from my childhood. here is a drawing tht i made taking the refrence of my mobile wallpaper.. it is made with an hb pencil..

i really want to give my drawings realism nd want to make them pop out of the paper..
thts it i think..
nd the classes r really great nd sorry again..

08-22-2012, 03:26 PM
Pratya - Thank you for posting your pre-class drawing :).

08-22-2012, 03:29 PM
Rayan - Welcome to the classroom :). You're off to a good start.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

08-23-2012, 06:41 AM
Pratya - Thank you for posting your pre-class drawing :).

its my honour to be a part of it.. :) nd thnx for accepting my appology.. :thumbsup: :D

08-31-2012, 02:51 PM
Here is my pre-class drawing of three books on a table top.


08-31-2012, 03:00 PM
Thank you for posting.

09-09-2012, 12:49 PM

I, am Chris from Germany.

I want to learn drawing from the basics.

I will post my pre-class assignment in the next post!

09-09-2012, 01:04 PM
Sorry I can´t upload it, even it is only 20 KB and 536 x 600 pixel ???

09-09-2012, 01:08 PM
Here it is: http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/09-Sep-2012/1049812-PreAssignment.gif

With the Image Uploader from the QuickLinks it is working!

09-09-2012, 01:11 PM
Chris - Good job :clap:. Welcome to the classroom :).
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

09-11-2012, 01:37 PM
Hi! I'm very excited to participate in the drawing classes. Thank you! :)


09-11-2012, 01:40 PM
I am Shailja from India & am a newbie here....feeling great to be a part of this amazing community..... wonderful people helping and supporting each other grow, very kind administrators, mentors and guides, and awesome artworks too....really wanna :clap:for you all.

Painting and Drawing has been my hobby as well as passion from childhood....
Hitherto it was just my hobby but now i really wanna learn the art and hone my skills.
Am very happy to be a part of this great community and very sure that i will learn a lot here.

Here is my Pre-Class Assingment... Here i am posting 2 portraits... one is An Indian Girl (model being one of my friend) and the other one is Krishna-One of the Hindu God.



Critiques are welcome.... Thanks:)

09-11-2012, 04:57 PM
Nick - Welcome to the classroom :).
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

09-11-2012, 05:02 PM
Shailja - Welcome to the classroom :).
You're already on a high level, you don't need to take the foundation classes first :thumbsup:. [or it should be class 2, perspective? :evil: your discretion :thumbsup:]
Please move on to any class you like :music:.

09-21-2012, 11:26 PM
I noticed this is an old forum - or at least long-living ;) I'd like to be sure the classes start on October 18, 2012. Can you please confirm because I would like to participate.

10-03-2012, 07:58 PM
Alright...im in! Never taken a class at all in this, so here we go!

10-04-2012, 03:25 AM
Please read the "Start Here" thread.

10-05-2012, 05:28 AM
Howdy! I'm Laurie and I've never taken an art class in my life. I started drawing back in June to see if it was at all possible for me to draw. I'm here to improve. :)

My end goal, personally, is to be able to draw realistically. My other end goal, to help out the husband with the apps he develops, is to draw in some kind of cartoon style.

The following drawing was done at the beginning of August. I haven't scanned anything in more recent than that.


10-05-2012, 07:06 AM
Hello, my name is TuQuy. I love realistic drawing with pencil. My goal is drawing a realistic portrait of my family, friends but I know I'm very far from that. I long to imrpove.



10-05-2012, 01:38 PM
Hello. I want to learn to draw. I like the structured approach here, as I am spending a lot of time thinking about it and doing nothing as I don't know where to start. I would appreciate any support and criticism.

I have attached a drawing.

Mrs P

10-05-2012, 05:56 PM
Laurie - Welcome to the classroom :).
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

10-05-2012, 06:00 PM
TuQuy - Thank you for posting your pre-class drawing :). You're already at a certain level (I love your "planes of the head"). So please move on to any of the classes that you like :thumbsup:.

10-05-2012, 06:02 PM
matben - Welcome to the classroom :).
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

10-06-2012, 11:55 AM
matben - Welcome to the classroom :).
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.
I can't find a way to upload an image without replying to a previous message but here goes:

Gosh, my contribution is not nearly as good as the ones above - each of whom I consider to be experts compared to me. Regardless, I love to draw buildings but get in over my head. You can see why, I think. I am a bit overwhelmed with it at the stage of putting in the windows and balconies and getting everything in proportion.

It looks as if a bit of the sketch has been cut off on the right but it was my third attempt to take photos suitable for uploading ;) In reality, it is not cut off.



10-06-2012, 01:01 PM
PaintDoodles - Thank you for posting :).
I can't find a way to upload an image without replying to a previous message but here goes: Click on "Post Reply" (at end of page), not on "Quote" (at end of posting).

Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

10-06-2012, 02:48 PM

I'm a thi... thi... twentytwelve year old guy, looking for motivation and a helping hand to learn drawing from the ground up. I was told at a young age that I was no good at drawing, which I have believed since. Still, I've always envied those who could. By accident, I recently picked up a book, a pencil and a piece of paper, and have stuck with it. I'm surprised but happy to say that I now believe that I can draw fairly and, above all, that I can learn more!

I'm currently on parental leave. This seems like the perfect time to keep at drawing -- something entirely different than the computer programming I do as a profession. I've also got two beautiful, albeit energy-draining, subjects around me.

I like to draw from observation. Long-term I'd like to draw portraits with emotion, and landscapes from field trips. Short-term I'd like to get decent at quick sketches and to find some method in the madness that is me drawing.

For my starting photo, I submit a recent portrait of me and my youngest son that I was happy with (and also submitted to the D&S forum):


10-06-2012, 03:06 PM
Welcome to the classroom, halhen :).
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

10-07-2012, 12:43 PM
I would like to join the online drawing classes. Just started drawing, here is a trout I drew.



10-07-2012, 02:58 PM
Cal - Welcome to the classroom :).
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

10-23-2012, 11:29 AM
I would like to start this class as well.
Here's my latest drawing (from Monthly CP Challenge):


10-23-2012, 05:34 PM
Aila - Welcome to the classroom :).
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

10-23-2012, 11:15 PM
I joined Wet Canvas in part because I'd like to learn to draw and this seems like a good course. Here is my preliminary drawing:


10-24-2012, 11:09 AM
Ed - Welcome to the classroom :).
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

10-24-2012, 11:45 PM
Hi everyone. This is Philip. I took some basic drawing classes many years ago and find myself wishing I had kept up with it.

I'd like to renew my drawing skills to be able to do more realistic drawings, but at the moment my main focus is to start keeping a sketch journal to have a record of the places I go and things I see.

10-24-2012, 11:47 PM
Here are my most recent attempts for the Pre-Class assignment,

One of the winches on my boat (soon to be replaced with self-tailing winches. Hooray!)

A flower at the table where I had lunch.

My pudgy fingers.

Thanks. I'm very happy to be able to participate.

10-25-2012, 05:18 PM
Hi folks, here I am again. It's been a number of years and I got side tracked into
other hobbies and interests. I'd like to take another crack at it and think it best to start from the beginning. Realisim or close to it is what I'm after. That little drawing took me an hour and I used the eraser a fair bit.


10-25-2012, 05:44 PM
Philip - Welcome to the classroom :).
You have already a good eye for forms :thumbsup:. So you may choose any class in any order :music:.
If you mean by realistic the classical realism (Prud'on for instance) it is good to pay more attention to tonal rendering, and less on contour lines.

10-25-2012, 05:47 PM
Kona - Welcome to classroom to you too :).
The same considerations apply to you, you may take any class in any order, according to your interests.

11-02-2012, 03:56 PM
Hi everyone!

I'm Joseph.
I would like to learn how to draw from my imagination. Everything just comes to my mind. :)

And here are my drawings:

11-02-2012, 06:28 PM
I would like to learn how to draw from my imagination.... Joseph -
There are no classes on drawing from imagination. All classes are about drawing from references or from life, in particular in a "realist" style. Of course the techniques apply as well to drawing from imagination. But I see your technical level is already very good :clap:.
But of course, you are welcome to partake in any class that interests you :thumbsup:.

11-03-2012, 01:25 AM
Hi, my name is Matt and I'm excited to join the class. I want to get better in a variety of areas. I've been drawing on and off throughout my life (I quit doing it seriously because I got discouraged and just gave up) but I started to get interested in getting serious in art and drawing cartoons in 2009. I aspire to be a cartoonist but I also want to hone my realistic drawing skills so I can be a great artist all around (realism skills will also help with cartooning or any art form in general). I think my skills are less-than satisfactory and desire to learn all I can- the only problem is that I get impatient and/or intimidated when it comes to the challenges and obstacles associated with drawing (such as objects obscured in too much detail than I can handle); therefore I want to learn how to control that fear and strive to be the best artist I can be. My favorite subject to draw when it comes to either cartoons or realism is anything animal-related- humans are one of my greatest weaknesses, I believe. I'll show my drawing in the following posts. (I will show another drawing that I did digitally a few months back as well) I know it looks rather crude, but I'm focusing on getting better. Looking forward to learning some things in the class!

11-03-2012, 01:45 AM
Not spam, just trying to give the links in another couple posts

11-03-2012, 01:46 AM
Here's the drawing.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/03-Nov-2012/976052-woman2.jpg

11-03-2012, 01:56 AM
Here's a digital drawing I did a few months back.

11-03-2012, 04:08 AM
Welcome to the classroom, MooseTrax :).
Thank you for posting your pre-class drawing.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

11-08-2012, 04:28 PM
Hi, I'm des. I've always thought, that drawing skills are something your born with, so as a kid, I never even tried. Not until, I took a short course in figure drawing about 3 years ago, then, I thought maybe I could do it. That thought, unfortunately ended shortly. I just couldn't keep up with my classmates, and just lost my confidence, so I stopped.

Anyway, I then stumbled to this website, and just joined. It took me a while to actually post here, because I wanted to make sure that I would have the will to actually follow through the class, and not quit halfway.

11-08-2012, 04:29 PM
And so, here's my pre-class assignment, it's supposed to be a portrait of Ginnifer Goodwin, but I failed. Hopefully, through this class, time and practice I'd Improve. Also, my focus would be on figure and portrait drawing.


11-08-2012, 05:52 PM
Welcome to the classroom, Des :).
You have already a good eye for the contours. I'm sure you will improve fast.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

11-17-2012, 05:42 PM
Hey all,

I'm a complete newb and I'm at the level of being able to draw a barely passable stick figure.

What kind of thing would you suggest drawing for my beginning picture?

11-18-2012, 05:26 PM
Welcome to the classroom :).
For the pre-class drawing, choose something that you really would like to draw well, but have problems with.

11-30-2012, 10:40 PM
Hi My name is Mark.Since I haven't done any real drawing before I just tried to draw a stuffed christmas toy on the bench at work.I took about 10 minutes.So this is my starting point for the course.hope it is suitable

12-01-2012, 08:57 AM
Welcome to the classroom, Mark :).


Nice sketch for 10 minutes :thumbsup:. First thing you will realize is that serious drawing takes time. A couple of hours is already considered fast.
Please move on to class 1, getting accustomed to handling the pencil in different ways.

12-03-2012, 09:24 PM
Hi everyone, i just joined and introduced myself in the Welcome Section so ill be brief. My names Richard and have drawn on and off for years. I recently decided i would love to be a free-lance artist or an illustrator and joined this sight for the classroom activity. Ive already done my 1st Pre-class Assignment.

Its rather rough as i didnt have much time, but the rest will be better. I want to get better at drawing Everything, especially realistic drawing of the figure and head. But would also like to dabble into cartoons and anything that fits my mood. Thanks and heres my assignment. Edit-sorry need 2 posts so ill upload next post.:(

12-03-2012, 09:25 PM
My Pre class Assign.

12-04-2012, 04:06 AM
Welcome to the classroom, Richard :).
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

12-25-2012, 06:45 PM
Hi there...

I was hoping to begin working through these lessons however I had a quick question. Could I use my Wacom digital tablet for the drawing assignments or does it need to be in real paper/pencil? I was hoping to learn to draw and hoped to do it with my new digital tablet right off the bat.

The top image of my attachment was the original, the lower my attempt to draw it :)

12-26-2012, 04:24 AM
Dave - Welcome to the classroom :).
.... Could I use my Wacom digital tablet for the drawing assignments or does it need to be in real paper/pencil? The classroom is a subforum of Drawing and Sketching. In the main forum is a thread on posting policies: digital is not covered; so far for the short answer. But, I'm working in digital medium as well, I cannot be fooled, working on a tablet is a very different technique - "feel" - than with real pencil or brush. These classes are about the real thing. You cannot learn drawing with graphite or charcoal on a tablet. It is the same as if you could learn watercolor with colored pencil.

12-26-2012, 02:51 PM
Me and my son are looking to start the course as some bonding time and also to get better! He did the nerf gun, I did my daughter @2.5yrs old in pic. He took 30min-1hr to draw. I took 1hr - 2hr to draw..

and the original i looked at on comp..

He is 10yrs old and I am 32. I have been out of drawing and painting for several years and am looking to get back into it.

12-26-2012, 04:00 PM
Welcome to the classroom, both of you :).
Nice sketches for a start :clap:. I like how you do this together :thumbsup:.
Please move on to class 1 :music:.

12-27-2012, 10:11 PM
Thank you for your clarification on the use of tablets in regards to this classroom. I went out and bought a beginner's sketching kit and worked on a picture I would like to be able to work with.

I get a lot of inspiration looking at peoples sketchbooks. I like the idea of putting down the basics of a scene. I seem to get really caught up in the details of sticks and bark which is frustrating. I wish I knew how to reduce the complexity of a scene like this to something that catches the mood and is more "artistic"

I look forward to participating in the class ... thank you for your interest in putting this on for us beginners!

12-28-2012, 02:58 PM
Hello there! I just found this site very recently, and I've always wanted to learn how to draw better. I want to improve my skills in drawing animals (especially birds) and landscapes, both in color in black and white, but I'll take any help that I can get in any other subject.

I don't know how active I can be in the future, since I will be back in school in a few weeks, but I will try to dedicate some time towards these lessons.

I look forward to learning with everyone here!


12-28-2012, 04:44 PM
Dave - Thank you for joining in :).
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.
For the "lines" exercise in class 1, I'd advice to practice different shades, from very dark to light gray. It will be very useful for loose sketching.

12-28-2012, 04:47 PM
WhiteWolf - Welcome to the classroom :). Nice drawing :clap:.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

01-05-2013, 03:31 PM

I'm Oana. I love painting and drawing and I want to improve my drawing skills on animals, birds and landscapes as well as other categories. That's why I would like to join this classrooms. Seem very educative.

Here are some of my recent sketches:




Looking forward studying with all the students here.

01-05-2013, 05:26 PM
Welcome to the classroom, Oana :).
Your sketches show already a good level :thumbsup:. You may skip the introductory classes (1 through 5) and choose any class in any order.

01-05-2013, 08:04 PM
I am so happy to see that people are still starting this class! It will be great to have a group of people going thru the classes around the same time. I am currently working on a sketchbook, waiting on my order of watercolors to arrive in the mail, and figured that working on my sketches would be a good place to start in the mean time.

Here is my current:

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Jan-2013/1167784-IMG_4652.JPG Leading up to -

I like nature sketches a lot...but people intimidate me A LOT, so a person sketch will be my pre-class assignment.

01-05-2013, 11:21 PM
Hello my name is Krysti and I am a beginner. As can tell I still don't know how to get the proportions right and need work with everything else. hehe
I'm really looking forward to these lessons.

791975 I got this picture form Love-To-Share-Stock on deviantart.

01-06-2013, 12:27 AM
Hello, I have been lurking around WetCanvas for a few months, mostly in the colored pencil forum. I was so excited to realize that the classroom was still active that I jumped in prematurely and posted sketches in the cube class without first introducing myself and posting something to show where I'm at with sketching and drawing.

Please accept my apology for rushing in, I've spent this afternoon preparing a pencil drawing to post, of a subject I'd love to be better at drawing, flowers growing at the front door step in a pot. I plan to finish the drawing tomorrow and post, and I'd love to be part of the class if you will have me.

I took art at high school, along with a almost forgotten subject called technical drawing before heading off to work in a drafting engineering office, then to study applied sciences before ending up teaching. Fast forward nearly 30 years and I'm working with design students and wishing I could sketch better.
Whilst I'd love to jump right in with the colored pencils, into realistic flowers and botanical style illustrations, I realize that I should develop a solid technical foundation.

01-06-2013, 05:30 AM
Welcome to the classroom, Oana :).
Your sketches show already a good level :thumbsup:. You may skip the introductory classes (1 through 5) and choose any class in any order.

Thank you! I will :)

01-06-2013, 03:18 PM
I forgot, my given name is Stella, and I knit, hence the username. Frogging is the term for undoing knitting - so I undo and redo when needed. A skill I hope to bring to drawing and sketching.
As promised a drawing showing my current level, this took two sketchbook pages, and several hours. I sketched the pot with flowers twice, refining the shapes I had on paper until I was happy with the proportions. There was considerable use of light positioning lines and erasing, around two hours maybe? I then darkened in the lines I thought best and transferred those using tracing paper to a new sheet of paper. I then rendered the pot and flowers using pencil, this took another few hours. All this was done from a black and white photo over two days. I find it difficult to render colours in black and white pencil, and hope to learn to do this without resorting to converting images to black and white first.
As you can see I am more confident with simple shapes, predictable shapes, less so with textures and what i would call 'messy' sections, the pot has a textured surface which I completely ignored, and the leaves are not as well captured as the pot itself.
I've love to improve, so hope to be part of this class.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Jan-2013/1161351-flower-pot-before.gif
this is the photo, so you can see what I omitted.

01-06-2013, 03:45 PM
booniecat - Welcome to the classroom :). Thank you for showing your sketches. Please move on to class 1 when ready :thumbsup:.

01-06-2013, 03:47 PM
Kristy - A warm welcome to you too :).
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

01-06-2013, 03:55 PM
Stella - Thank you for posting your recent drawing :).
This is already very well done :clap:. You may skip the introductory classes (1 through 5) and choose any class in any order :thumbsup:.
One remark on your pre-class drawing: look again at the bottom ellipse. Read a bit about it in the class 4 thread, most recent posting on that extremely common error is #248 (currently on page 17).

01-06-2013, 04:56 PM
One remark on your pre-class drawing: look again at the bottom ellipse. Read a bit about it in the class 4 thread, most recent posting on that extremely common error is #248 (currently on page 17).
Thanks for the feedback, I will go and look, and will probably work right through the ellipse class - but really appreciate the direction to look at a particular post. Again many thanks for your time and considered response.
Na Stella

(Na is Māori for 'from', I'm not Māori but we are encouraged to adopt Māori as part of our daily life here in New Zealand, using na instead of from seems one way to do so ).

01-21-2013, 05:38 AM
Hi, I've been having a look through some of the posts on the forum and thought I'd take a stab at the lessons. Since doing art at school I haven't done a lot of drawing or painting though I dipped back into it last year. Now I'd like to get some structure to it and learn properly. I don't get a great deal of time but I'm trying to spend at least 30 mins a day practising.

I will attach a few pictures I've drawn recently when I've made another couple of posts as it wont let me at the moment.

I look forward to getting involved.


01-21-2013, 05:38 AM
Will attach images in the next post.

01-21-2013, 05:44 AM
Here's a couple of drawings I've done recently. The cat I drew last year and my hand was a 30 min sketch I did the other day.




01-21-2013, 09:16 AM
James - Welcome to the classroom :).
Very nice drawings :clap:.
Not sure where you come from, "101" is US jargon for raw beginners. Your level is already much higher, so you may choose any of the classes in any order :thumbsup:.

01-21-2013, 09:49 AM
Hi Arnoud

I'm from Devon in England. Thanks for your reply, though I would say I'm very much a beginner. Other than the drawings attached and a couple of others, I hadn't drawn anything for around 10 years, and my school art grade was less than complimentary! :)

I will take a look through the classes. I'm particularly interested in drawing animals with a view to progress on to painting in the future.

01-21-2013, 10:51 AM
posting this so that I can get my 2nd post to upload photos. I already introduced myself on the welcome forum.

01-21-2013, 10:52 AM
Looking forward to working through this course!! I'm trying to teach myself to draw and most interested in cityscapes, still life, and some landscape drawing in both pencil and pen and ink with a bit of colored pencil/watercolor added.

My goal is to do some reasonable "urban sketching" and other illustration type work. I'm 52 and somewhat disabled, so I should have plenty of time to work on this. I've always been a writer, but want to add my own illustrations and "vision" to my writing. Perspective and detail are what I need to work on most. I have no idea where to even begin on a typical city scene.

Here is my reference photo for the pre-class drawing:


And here is my version of it:


About 30 minutes with #2 pencil on printer paper.

01-21-2013, 04:56 PM
Luc - Welcome to the classroom :).
Glad to have you on board, please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:

02-01-2013, 07:01 PM
Hi everyone! I've always been interested in art but I never really had that knack for any of it. The need to create good concept art for different things has driven me to want to learn how to draw better. I'd also love to create realistic and sci-fi drawings once I have enough skill to do so.

I tried to draw my dog's head for the first assignment:

I tried blending for the first time when drawing this picture:

02-01-2013, 08:56 PM
hi,all:cat: I am HuanZhen from China. I am very excited to find this class. Since I was kid, I have been interested in drawing, but didn't really have the opportunity to get a formal training. I want to follow through all the 101 classes, and see if I can make any progress and draw some impressive works.
Thank you for offering these classes!

02-01-2013, 09:00 PM
and here is my pre-class assignment, a wireless modem

02-01-2013, 09:01 PM

02-02-2013, 01:48 AM
Hi, I'm new here and really excited to find this resource! I'm getting back to drawing after a long long time. It feels like I'm starting over (and I was never good to begin with). I'm looking forward to these lessons. I'm very interested in drawing urban/architectural scenes, and also portraits. Here are a couple recent drawings.

Hmm..seems I am limited to 1 attachment.

02-02-2013, 09:05 AM
ShadowsDemise, huanzhen, Emilyk000 -
Welcome to the classroom :).
Glad you joined in.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.

02-03-2013, 07:32 AM
Hi! I am a 23 year old biology student from Vienna. I have always been interested in drawing, but have never had any training. Until now, that is! I am very much looking forward to improving my skills here.

Since my biggest problem is not drawing from images, but from real life, I have chosen to draw my wooden hand model as Pre-Class Assignment. Redrawings thus might not look exactly like the original!

02-03-2013, 09:19 AM
Welcome to the classroom, caspase :).
Although most classes suggest some photos as reference, you're welcome to do analogous exercises from real life, in fact you'll learn faster if you do :thumbsup:.
Please move on to class 1 :music:.

02-05-2013, 12:38 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-Feb-2013/1184979-P1080057.JPG My name is Lisa. I posted some personal info in the "Welcome" thread. I'm a wannabe. I just attempted a WDE for Feb. 1, 2013 and am uploading that image here, if it will let me. Hopefully these classes are still running, because I can't afford art school!

02-05-2013, 01:34 PM
Welcome to the classroom, Lisa :).
Very nice work :clap:. You may move on to any class in any order :thumbsup:.

02-09-2013, 11:52 AM
Hi - I have been very keenly reading the drawing class threads trying to work up the courage to join in ! I am a true beginner and still at the stage where I want to draw everything around me - so I haven't picked a 'major' yet. If it doesn't move - I'll attempt to draw it. (Maybe one day I will even be able to try drawing things that move.....).

Pre class assignment to be posted next.


02-09-2013, 11:53 AM
I am reluctantly adhering to class requirements and attaching a drawing that has given me troubles. I actually had fun drawing it but it kind of creeps me out to look at it. :lol:


02-09-2013, 12:47 PM
Sue - Welcome to the classroom :). Thank you for joining in.
Please move on to class 1 :thumbsup:.
Based on your pre-class drawing, my first advice would be to practice variety in tone (darkness) of your pencil strokes.
"Don't be afraid of the dark" :).