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08-13-2016, 04:00 PM
Here are the results class 1:

Lines: I prefer the writing position.

Part 1: Spheres

Part 2: My Pre-class assignment in lines


08-13-2016, 04:29 PM
Very well done, Marble :clap:.
Yes, the underhand grip is not commonly taught in our part of the world. But it is a very important technique with its own applications, e.g. loose exploratory sketching, shading... More illustration in this post (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7971627).
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:.

Moving On
08-20-2016, 09:01 AM
I had trouble figuring out what angle I like best. I seem to like a slight tilt. Did a lot more line and circles than I am showing. Underhand still feels a little unnatural, but I think I will like it for shading. I was in a really weird mood when I tried the straight line redo of my pre-class drawing, but it was kind of fun.

08-20-2016, 03:41 PM
Well done, Moving On :clap:.
Good sense of humor :lol:.
You're ready for class 2, which is of particular interest for you as I understood.

08-29-2016, 10:20 PM
Very happy to see these classes are still going on, I've been reading the older posts and instructions, Looking forward to starting!


09-02-2016, 08:00 PM
Found that I like the underhand grip a little better, but I can see the advantages and disadvantages to both.

Attached are my exercises with lines:


Here are my circles with lines:


And I tried the chair, here it is:


I can see all kinds of mistakes, such as one leg isnt on the floor, :lol: and lots of others,

Thank you for looking and evaluating,

09-03-2016, 05:09 AM
Wayne -
The aim of this class is to get accustomed to the various manners of handling the pencil.
You did very well, please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

09-03-2016, 12:12 PM
Thank you Arnoud, moving to class 2 :)

10-01-2016, 06:53 AM
Okay, here is my take on the assignments (The pictures are in the attachments):

Straight lines
I definitely feel a difference between the writer grip and the underhand grip.

I feel more comfortable the underhand grip, since it gives me more loose and confident lines.
I'm having some troubles with the writers grip, since I feel I have a tendency to shake a bit when using that grip. Also I feel that I make more "hard to erase" lines.

It has been a great exersize for my straight lines and muscle memory, though I feel that my spheres look very flat.

It's properly in a later class, but I really want to improve my rendering skills. If you have any feedback on what I can do to make my spheres pop out it's gladly appreciated. :)

I really liked how the chair turned out. The floor plan is unfortunately uneven. :(
I felt it was hard to draw a straight line from the left side of my page to the right side. When I got half way, my lines begins to curve with the underhand grip.

Do you know what I can do to "straighten up" those lines? Or do I have to resort to the mighty ruler?

10-01-2016, 05:13 PM
Very well done, Simon :clap:.

Better rendering: two aspects:
-- more gradation in "value" (light - dark). Not just white - grey - black; and "soft edges" where the forms turn.
-- for "realistic" work the different strokes should not be visible. That is achieved by "layering", many faint strokes in different directions. In charcoal and pastel "blending" ("stumping") is very efficient. It is possible in graphite, but normally only done for the particular texture.

That long strokes tend to curve is normal. Practice makes perfect :). It can help to focus on the intended endpoint, not on the pencil.

Good job, please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

10-02-2016, 10:13 AM
Thanks for the feedback Arnoud :)
I'll try look into gradation, soft edges, and layering when practicing rendering.

I'm a bit confused about your tip for realistic work:
It is possible in graphite, but normally only done for the particular texture.
Do you have the possiblity to elaborate or reference some resource I can look at?

See you in class 2. :D

10-02-2016, 04:42 PM
Do you have the possiblity to elaborate or reference some resource I can look at?
If you follow a bit the threads in the main D&S forum, you'll encounter the discussion many times.
For a first example, look at the end of the first introductory post in the class on advanced portraiture (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=323221)


11-02-2016, 11:23 PM
Underhand is better for me when sketching broad strokes. Writing position seems better for more detailed/refined work. I cannot adjust to the paper being vertical without a ruler. I cant even write with the paper vertical.


My chair assignment without shadows (Sorry about it being sideways. Can you correct it?)



My chair assignment with shadows

11-03-2016, 09:33 AM
Well done, Dubs :clap:
Very nice chair drawing.
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

Anna Marie
11-12-2016, 09:32 AM
Straight lines such an interesting task really not being facetious made me think about how I hold my pencil at what angle and how I move my arm.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Nov-2016/5027-image.jpeg

Anna Marie
11-12-2016, 09:48 AM
Circles I am going for honesty here. I got so bored with these but it will give me something to play with while OH watches rubbish on to 😈
For this exercise I found cupped hand easier and caught myself using my wrist twice. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/12-Nov-2016/5027-image.jpg

11-12-2016, 12:50 PM
Good job so far :thumbsup:

Anna Marie
11-13-2016, 09:49 AM
More circles found I preferred cupped method all freehand drawn can't you tell.
HB pencil throughouthttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/13-Nov-2016/5027-image.jpeg
Sorry it's upside down no idea why uploaded hates me!

11-13-2016, 04:44 PM
This is very well done, Anna Marie :clap:.
Did you take your photo with a iPhone? and held it upside down? The phone doesn't like standing on its head :lol: -- honestly!

Anna Marie
11-14-2016, 06:51 AM
No took it with my iPad it's the first time this has ever happened!

Anna Marie
11-15-2016, 03:27 PM
This is my attempt at the chair. Hopefully it's viewable getting files uploaded from my iPad doesn't seem as straight forward.

11-16-2016, 02:45 AM
Anna Marie -
All work this class was very well done :clap:.
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

11-16-2016, 11:23 AM
Hi, here are my lines, spheres (which are not really spheres...) and the chair.

11-17-2016, 02:42 AM
Good job, Elena :clap:
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

12-03-2016, 01:37 AM
Hello Arnoud,

Thank you again for reviewing my work.

Here is one page of my lines and circles. I discovered that I must be pretty timid when I draw with the expectation of a skilled artist taking a look at the end result. Most of the pages were so light the camera would not pick it up. This one is not terribly hard to see.
I discovered I am pretty good at drawing a consistent straight line with the writing grip held back a ways from the tip. I can even place the lines parallel to each other and get very close and still keep them evenly spaced and straight. I was quite surprised. I don't care for the underhand grip unless I am working in large areas and looking for a shaded stroke... then it is nicer than the writing grip. I also prefer to turn my paper quite a bit though I can draw a straight line from n to s, e to w, s to n, w to e and every quarter distance between without rotating if I need to, but the stroke must be shorter.
I enjoyed learning this about myself. I was one of those who always claimed I could not draw a straight line... I did was not lying. Just misinformed. :)

here is my work. I am sorry it is so light. My shaded circles with lines shading are better. :wink2:



12-03-2016, 01:43 AM
My next work was circles and lines. I am not sure I did exactly what you wanted. It was my understanding the homework was to draw circles and lines only.

I did a few with circles and lines for shading but I really have no clue what I am doing in this regard. So I challenged myself to think of things I could draw with circles and straight lines only. In a case or two, I erased part of a circle but there are no wavy or crooked lines. I also took the liberty of drawing ovals or circles that were 'squashed' or seen from the side. :)

Here is that work.

Oh... I also worked on making my work dark enough to see. :thumbsup:



12-03-2016, 01:48 AM
And last is my chair.

Oh what fits it gave me. I kept starting at the top. I finally got a new sheet of paper. Lightly drew the cube box that someone so kindly put up in one photo and I started at the bottom. I did one section at a time. I put "chair" out of my mind and just drew each different element. I think it turned out okay. I labeled it "the impossible chair" because I very nearly gave up. :lol:

I know it is a little too short and the slats in the back and top rail of the back have some problems but overall I am pleased with it.

thank you for the challenge and any comments you may have.



12-03-2016, 11:03 AM
Very good job, Lorianne :clap:.
You're off to a good start. Please move on to class 2, perspective :thumbsup:.
Many people are put off by the "theory and rules" of perspective. But really, the basics, which is as far as we go in this class, contain only one "theory" that must be understood, the function of the vanishing line. The other "rules" are just descriptions of what everyone can observe. The big problem is to pay attention instead of freewheeling on your imagination.

01-04-2017, 10:07 PM
So here is my first introduction to drawing. My observations are as follows:

Lines: I only could notice a difference in the texture between the writing grip and the underhand grip. The underhand lines are much softer and wider. Hopefully i did that right.
Circles: I think my circles and the shading were just terrible. I didn't wanna redo it and try it again considering i wanted to show my true beginner's ability.
Chair: This assignment was tremendously difficult for me. There was way too much going on in terms of intersecting lines for me to put down an accurate drawing of the picture. I was getting frustrated at my lack of skill and how the chair looked compared to others, but i wanted the class to get a good understanding of where i stand in terms of ability. I didn't wanna spend a week on it and have some of my inaccuracies to not appear on the pad.

I literally just started to draw like 5 days ago, so this is all very new to me.

01-05-2017, 02:58 AM
Good job, npsmith :clap:.
This first class is about getting accustomed to handling the pencil in the first place.
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:.

01-11-2017, 11:38 AM
I didn't include the straight lines, but I did a few pages of them. I hate the chair though.

01-11-2017, 01:04 PM
Welcome to the classroom, Calipage :)
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

01-21-2017, 01:40 PM
Hi there. Here are my drawings for this class, I only did 10 spheres cause I was running out of ideas, hope that's not a big deal? Also as you can see my "straight" lines are quite wobbbly, guess I need to work on that.

Either way, thank you for your time!





01-21-2017, 04:31 PM
Nice work, miique :clap:
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

02-01-2017, 04:27 PM
Here are some lines and circles. The lines seem unsteady. I'll do more today

02-01-2017, 10:52 PM
Here is my rendering of the chair

02-02-2017, 12:02 PM

02-02-2017, 12:36 PM
Very well done, Rick :clap::clap:
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

02-06-2017, 12:57 PM
My chair (i also did several pages full of lines)

02-06-2017, 01:01 PM
I'm excited to study this thread😊

02-07-2017, 09:15 AM
Nice job, Chris :clap:
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

02-15-2017, 09:11 PM
Previous post didn't show up, probably an error on my part

I'm really used to drawing with my wrist, so relying on my elbow and shoulder was pretty awkward.

Anyway here are my drawings.




Thank you for looking!

02-16-2017, 10:44 AM
Welcome to the classroom, SoDoomed :)
Well done, please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

02-22-2017, 04:56 PM

I found drawing using the underhand technique surprisingly okay but I noticed that I kept reverting back to using my wrist instead of my elbow. I will continue to practice this technique.

Pictures of my drawings attached. The chair looks fairly simplistic, almost child like :D, but I was fairly happy with the perspective and scale.

Thank you for providing these great workshops.





02-22-2017, 05:20 PM
Welcome to the classroom, Damian :)
Good job, please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

02-26-2017, 08:31 PM
Hi there. First time posting an image here. Non-wrist drawing is completely new to me. So yeah, I had some difficult and a slightly tired elbow, but I noticed with a little practice I was getting the hang of it. The chair is super wack, but I was just practicing the lines. Obviously my perspective is horrible but that's something to work on with the next lesson which I'm already dabbling in. :)


02-27-2017, 02:09 AM
Welcome to the classroom, DizzyDai :)
Good beginnings, practice makes perfect.
Please move on to class 2 :wave:

03-06-2017, 10:44 AM
Some lines; all directions here both overhand and writing style. Best overhand results are the lower left to upper right diagonal starting in either corner. Best writing style are the horizontal. Made these with the paper vertical, as I prefer to work standing up.

A very few spheres.

A chair. I used reference lines and you can still see the vertical and horizontal. Guess I could have used the intersection of the walls as a vertical reference, didn't think of it at the time.


03-06-2017, 05:29 PM
Welcome to the classroom, Cliff :).
You're off to a good start :clap:.
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

03-17-2017, 08:34 PM
I did the thing. Now I understand why everyone hates that chair. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2017/2001141-IMG_3790.JPG

I'm going to try those two first bc I hear that people posting from iOS devices have trouble posting multiple images and I want to see if that's been fixed.

03-17-2017, 08:39 PM
Oh hey! Ok I'm not sure why everything is on its side but it worked. Here are the rest of my pics.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2017/2001141-IMG_3793.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/17-Mar-2017/2001141-IMG_3794.JPG





Detestable Chair

May I go on?

03-18-2017, 04:25 AM
Welcome to the classroom, Kathryn :clear:.
You're off to a good start.
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

04-01-2017, 02:55 PM

Here's the work, I'll create an other thread to show the chair.

04-01-2017, 02:56 PM
Here's the chair :)

04-01-2017, 04:51 PM
Well done, Mounir :clap:
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

04-01-2017, 06:47 PM
Well done, Mounir :clap:
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

Thanks :smug:

04-05-2017, 10:35 PM


04-06-2017, 01:07 PM
Well done, Brundle :clap:.
Could you try to photograph with a bit more care? The photos are really out of focus. No big deal for this class, which is mainly meant to get acquainted with pencil handling. But in next classes it will be difficult to give meaningful comments.
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

05-13-2017, 05:10 PM
Here is my attempt at the first lesson






James :)

05-14-2017, 09:33 AM
Welcome to the classroom, James :).
Good job on the first exercises :clap:.
A suggestion that I make in later classes as a rule, but as you expressed the intention to draw "photo-realistically", I'll start now. A fundamental principle in even mildly realistic art is not to show outlines.(Edit: I refer to the chair). Just look again at the reference photo (and the example drawing) in post #8.
Well done, please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:.

05-14-2017, 10:23 AM
Thanks Arnoud
I will pay better attention next time :clear:

06-03-2017, 05:58 PM
Here's my assignment for lesson one.

straight lines!




Underhand position was new to me, and interesting. I was okay with drawing from the elbow with the straight lines, but I noticed that when I did the chair later, I went back to old habits of drawing from my wrist. I guess it will take some practice. :)

06-03-2017, 06:02 PM



Yeah, I have no idea how to make a circle look like a sphere. :lol:

Here's my attempt at the chair:


06-04-2017, 03:19 AM
Well done, Santosha :clap:.
Underhand and writing grips have different application fields. More illustration can be found in this post (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7971627).

Be assured that giving "form" to the drawn objects will be treated later. This first class is in the first place about becoming accustomed to the pencil.

Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

06-12-2017, 06:31 PM

Just wanted to say Thank You! I did the first few of these classes a while ago.

Arnoud said, "The point of the exercises is to get your elbows off the table."

It took a while but I now have an easel, and yes, getting elbows off the table greatly improved the control and cleanliness of my art.

So Thanks very much for a plain, blunt, honest and very true helpful tip.

I may do the next lessons now that I finally really learned the first two :)

06-23-2017, 02:26 PM
I completed the first assignments and will post them as soon as I can figure out how to resize them on my phone as I do everything on my phone at this time. I'll try again tonight. Wonderful resources, and I absolutely love that these courses are so generously offered here!

06-23-2017, 06:59 PM
My first assignments. I haven't drawn anything in ages.

06-24-2017, 12:50 PM
Welcome to the classroom, amulam :)
Good job :thumbsup:.
You did a rich rendering of the chair, well done. But you went too fast. The most basic skill is to reproduce the exact proportions. This chair is - in a manner of speaking - fat shaming :cat:.
But you did finish this class successfully, the aim here is to get accustomed to the pencil.
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

06-24-2017, 01:16 PM
Thank very for the feedback! I will try to slow down and focus on proportions.

07-11-2017, 11:31 AM
Lines and circles:



Original pre-course straight line:

07-12-2017, 03:20 AM
Good job, hopetogetbether :clap:.
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:.

07-19-2017, 03:49 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jul-2017/2013016-rsz_20170719_204217.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Jul-2017/2013016-rsz_20170719_204127.jpg

Never used am underhand with my pencil, it was strange at first but east to control :)

07-19-2017, 04:56 PM
Good job, Kerry :thumbsup:.
Please move on to class 2 :music:

07-29-2017, 11:53 PM
Is there room for another new person? I drew all the time as a kid through 15-16. I gradually stopped doing everything I'd loved due to depression and then time passed, and now 25+ years later, I miss art. I've forgotten everything!

07-30-2017, 02:54 AM
Is there room for another new person? I drew all the time as a kid through 15-16. I gradually stopped doing everything I'd loved due to depression and then time passed, and now 25+ years later, I miss art. I've forgotten everything! Welcome to the classroom :)
Please read the "Start Here !" thread

08-04-2017, 12:34 PM
Here are mine. I liked the underhand technique more than I thought I would. In certain instances, it felt very intuitive. A pleasant surprise!







08-04-2017, 04:32 PM
Very nice, Terri :clap:
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

08-19-2017, 09:51 AM
Hi, I'm starting the classes a bit late, but better late than never :) Here are my assignments (I've been having problems uploading attachments, hope this works):

08-20-2017, 03:02 AM
Welcome to the classroom, Kristin :)
Nice work, please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

08-24-2017, 11:19 AM
Here are my drawings for class 1:
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Aug-2017/1999916-1-0-lines.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Aug-2017/1999916-1-1-circles.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Aug-2017/1999916-1-2-chair.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Aug-2017/1999916-1-3-lamp.jpg

08-24-2017, 04:30 PM
Very well done, Jay :clap:
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

08-29-2017, 10:17 PM
Hello :)

Attached are my sketches!
I was really struggling while doing the cupped hand position :clear:
Also the chair looked simple and easy :P but was difficult to do..

I would really appreciate any feedback so I can improve :)

Thanks a lot !!!

08-30-2017, 03:03 PM
Well done :clap:.
I was really struggling while doing the cupped hand position :clear: This first class is about practice in handling the pencil, hence the straight lines. The underhand position is new for many beginners, but is very important for fluent sweeping lines in sketching and for nicely finished cross-hatching in shading. Because it is much easier to control the pressure. For further illustration see here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7971627).

Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

09-19-2017, 05:34 PM
Phew, turns out my limited adventures in drawing weren't as transferable as I thought they'd be. Couldn't figure out why, at first, but then the notes about "drawing is planning" hit home. I had to think it through, be just as observant. Had fun with my second try. Not easy drawing a chair.:)


09-20-2017, 02:56 AM
Well done, KolinskyRed :clap:.
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

09-25-2017, 11:16 AM
Hi, hereís my class 1 assignment!

I noticed that using the writing position definitely felt more natural to me, itís the position that Iím much more used to. The underhand position didnít necessarily feel bad or weird, but I donít think itís the one I would use unless I specifically paid attention to how Iím holding the pencil. For example when drawing the chair I ended up using the writing position most of the time, and I had to remind myself that I was supposed to try to use the other position as well. But I think I can see how the underhand position would be beneficial, especially when drawing long lines or shading large areas or something like that. I just need to remind myself to actually use it! :)

I also noticed that drawing lines at certain angles was easier than others. The one I found the easiest was a kind of diagonal line. The lines were definitely easier for me to draw when rotating the paper than trying to keep the paper in one place.

Sorry for the poor image quality by the way! I think the papers I used for the lines exercise had gotten crinkled a bit, and thatís why the scans look so messy.





09-25-2017, 04:53 PM
Well done, jaesa :clap:
I also noticed that drawing lines at certain angles was easier than others. The one I found the easiest was a kind of diagonal line. The lines were definitely easier for me to draw when rotating the paper than trying to keep the paper in one place. That was the purpose of the exercise, so that you know how to position the paper for a lot of hatching for instance.
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

10-29-2017, 10:19 AM
I'm going to have to find a better way to get pictures, my phone seems to wash everything out. Anyways, as I warned in my intro I'm very much a beginner. Hopefully I can get better.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2017/1988425-basic101-class1-lines.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2017/1988425-basic101-class1-circles.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Oct-2017/1988425-basic101-class1-chair.jpg

10-29-2017, 05:31 PM
Good job, Geomancer :clap:
I'm going to have to find a better way to get pictures, my phone seems to wash everything out. Always very difficult to get decent photos of drawings. But as you see, a lot can be corrected with the like of Photoshop. Even free programs can do it for you. Some advice can be found in this thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=572823).


Well done, please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:.

Ian Sims
11-20-2017, 04:03 PM
Please find my circles and two chairs below. I prefer the writing position for outlining (will change this to a 2h) and details and to cup the pencil for shading either on top or below hand.

Thanks for your help. Should I get rid of the squared paper just got into the habit of using this pad nice smooth paper.

Best, IDS


11-21-2017, 05:15 AM
Well done, Ian :thumbsup:
As I see it, you'd better use "proper" drawing paper. Part of the learning curve - in any form of art - is about finding the right materials for your own style and manner of working.
Please move on to class 2, perspective, important for landscapes :).

12-13-2017, 07:40 AM
Hi, Arnoud--below are attached two drawings for this assignment. I decided to start at the beginning because, as you so rightly pointed out, it would be good to review the foundation lessons in any case.
I've found that the overhand position is the most comfortable and gives the most control; the cupped position was awkward as I wanted to move from the shoulder in that position, not the elbow. Overhand, with a paper tilt of about 30-35 degrees for straight lines, felt best.
The chair felt ok, but there are still proportion problems, and I felt really uncomfortable with the shadows--they seemed to make the drawing grubby. One persistent bad habit is a tendency to grind the pencil into the paper, even in the preliminary blocking sketching--the photo doesn't show the grooves, but they're definitely there. C & C welcome. Thank you.

12-13-2017, 10:04 AM
Well done, Gleesk :clap:
... the cupped position was awkward as I wanted to move from the shoulder in that position, not the elbow....
That is not wrong at all :)! But make sure your elbow and wrist are relaxed. In Chinese and Japanese calligraphy they even admonish to move "from the belly".
Writing and cupped grips both have their application, as is illustrated in more detail in this thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7971627).

One persistent bad habit is a tendency to grind the pencil into the paper, even in the preliminary blocking sketching. Learning to use a soft touch is a bit easier in the cupped position: don't "grip" the pencil, let it rest on your hand and use more its weight than your muscles to put marks on the paper. A detailed method to obtain nice and smooth shading is explained here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1396485). It is in the first place intended for "photo"realistic drawing, which is not your main interest I understood, but leaving the tooth of the paper intact is an important skill. In fact the soft touch is important in many other media as well: it is not good to press the pen into the paper or to splay the hairs of an expensive brush :lol:.
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

12-13-2017, 10:52 AM
Great information, Arnaud, thank you very much! I'll start working on that light touch, if only to save the brushes...;)

12-27-2017, 06:17 PM

Here are my lesson 1 assignments. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Dec-2017/2041253-lines_practice.jpg




12-28-2017, 11:07 AM
Very well done, Ryeath :clap:
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

01-17-2018, 03:52 PM
Any good books for beginners with no drawing background other than a few rough sketches in a sketch book? I want to learn to draw so I can learn values better and for my watercolor painting which I just started doing. Also always wanted to learn how to sketch and draw. Sorry I wasn't supposed to post in here cause I'm not in a class yet I got confused how do I enroll in a class?

01-17-2018, 06:29 PM
Welcome to the classroom :)
...I got confused how do I enroll in a class? Consult the "Start Here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=582502)!" thread :thumbsup:

Cristian D.
01-21-2018, 09:13 AM
Here are my attempts at the assignments.
It was easier to use the writing position because I'm familiar with it, but I made an effort to use the underhand position as much as I could.
I used 2 mechanical pencils, 0.5mm HB and 2mm 8B for the chair, I think this one was too soft but that's all I had.
For the chair I also had to use the eraser a lot, more than the pencil sometimes :)

01-21-2018, 04:19 PM
Well done, Cristian :clap:
Erasing is a legitimate tool in drawing :thumbsup:.
Good job, please move on to class 2 :music:

Cristian D.
01-22-2018, 08:35 AM
I'll start the next class as soon as I'll can.

01-24-2018, 11:23 AM
My attempts at assignments and redoing the pre-class work :)

I didn't realise how complicated drawing a chair could be :crying:

01-24-2018, 03:04 PM
Very well done, mowgliandme :clap:
This first class is mainly about getting accustomed to pencil handling modes.
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

02-01-2018, 03:07 AM
Here are my attempts at the assignments. :angel:

02-01-2018, 05:00 AM
Well done, Rosie :clap:
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

02-01-2018, 12:44 PM
I just completed the exercises of class 1.
I find that when I draw sitting on a chair, the writing position feels more comfortable, whilst the underhand position feels more natural to me when I draw while standing.



02-01-2018, 04:37 PM
Well done, Dimitris :clap:
.... whilst the underhand position feels more natural to me when I draw while standing. That is true in general, it is the grip for painting at the easel as well (except for fine details).
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

02-11-2018, 05:21 PM
The chair was hard and it's still not right completely.

02-12-2018, 03:49 PM
Good job, Dave :clap:
Did you try the "cupped" position ? Very important for free movement. For more info look here (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showpost.php?p=7971627).

02-12-2018, 06:11 PM
I don't think I did Arnoud, you can tell? Spooky! :). You mean for the circles or the lines too. Seems like a short distance to draw the lines straight is all. Below I did some more circles but underhand this time, still not properly round even though I try hard. Anyway here:

02-13-2018, 04:41 AM
Please move on to class 2 :music:

02-21-2018, 11:52 AM
Hello Arnoud,
This is my homework for the Class 1.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2018/2046154-img040.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2018/2046154-img041.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2018/2046154-img042.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Feb-2018/2046154-img045.jpg

02-21-2018, 02:45 PM
Good job, Adriana :clap:.
You're ready for class 2 :thumbsup:

05-01-2018, 06:43 PM
Doing the 4 exercises from Lesson 1 was pretty educational. I learned quite a few things and did some experimentation with straight lines. I have practiced underhand drawing grips before, but felt more at ease in these exercises using the underhand grip to drawing smaller and closer-set straight lines.

Please excuse the quality of the photos. I need to play around with the settings on my scanner; it is not scanning drawings that well (it is creating highly contrasted versions of my drawings).

1. Straight Lines Practice


2. Chair

I did not do any blending to create the chair (I did however use a bit of blending for the wall and floor to a certain extent). I just used the methods gleaned from the 20 Circles exercise to create contrast. I used straight lines to create the outline, then layered straight lines of 2B and HB pencils to create contrast. I did use my Tombow Mono Eraser to lift out a few lighter areas.


3. 20 Circles

I used two big sheets of paper for this exercise. I used reference photos depicting spheres made of all different materials. To create the form I used a multitude of methods and noted my experiments next to each sphere. I used straight lines, at times combining HB and 2B etc. leads and lifting with an eraser. Some experiments were more successful than others, but I learned a lot from each sphere.



4. Pre-Class Drawing, Re-Drawn Using Straight Lines

This was my original drawing, my tuxedo cat Max drawn from life:


Because it was drawn from life, I don't think I could have done a good job re-drawing the sketch with straight lines as the image was a little small and not so detailed. I instead used straight lines to draw my black and white cat Alaska. I really like this one. He was sitting on the back of a couch, along a big window frame and sunlight was shining through some of his fur. I didn't draw the couch or window frame. Unfortunately, my electric eraser is out of batteries - so this pic and a few others, still show some eraser marks and smudges from regular erasers. I will correct this once my batteries and new charger arrive. I am overall pleased with it however. I think it really shows the light coming through. He also has a very peaceful look, even though normally he is pretty boisterous and bossy.


And I did a few quick gesture drawings of another cat, Sinclair, sitting on my husband's PS4 (not allowed lol). I used quick straight lines, with an underhand grip. A Col-Erase Non Photo Blue Pencil was used.


05-02-2018, 02:57 PM
Very well done, Melanie :clap::clap:
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

05-27-2018, 01:02 AM
First of all I must add that trying out the underhand position really helped and I found that I can make big circles and straight lines with a lot more ease if I use it. I'm not too satisfied with the chair although I attempted it quite a few times and this is the best that I can do for now.
Thank you for this class! I really enjoyed it.

Writing Position

Underhand Position



05-27-2018, 01:03 PM
Good job Sahar :clap:

First of all I must add that trying out the underhand position really helped and I found that I can make big circles and straight lines with a lot more ease if I use it. Yes, that is the point indeed :thumbsup:
The purpose of this class is in the first place to get accustomed to handling the pencil. In that light the chair is just another exercise.
Well done, please move on to class 2 :music:

05-28-2018, 12:04 AM
What'd I learn?
1) Drawing lines from the elbow is definitely easier.
2) The right hand exercises aren't worth posting. (I'm left handed.)
3) Getting proportions right will be something I'll be working at.
4) The lights in the room where I took the pictures are quite yellowing.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-May-2018/2061033-image3.jpeg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-May-2018/2061033-image2.jpeg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-May-2018/2061033-image1.jpeg

05-28-2018, 05:29 AM
Very good job, Josh :clap:

The lights in the room where I took the pictures are quite yellowing. This thread (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=572823) could be of use.

Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

08-18-2018, 10:09 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Aug-2018/2088958-Pixlr_20180818150906791.jpg Here we go... much more expressive marks underarm more likely to curve when long. Various circles and a chair that started out wonky but straightened up a little by the end.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Aug-2018/2088958-Pixlr_20180818150843839.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Aug-2018/2088958-Pixlr_20180818150821275.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/18-Aug-2018/2088958-Pixlr.jpg

08-18-2018, 03:38 PM
Very well done, PenguinPower :clap:
Careful observation :thumbsup:

Please move on to class 2 :music:

08-19-2018, 09:14 AM
I can? post my attempts.
Thank you for all that you do.sorry for image quality
ps: i forgot, , one of my challenges is Shading, I'd like to learn how shading without using tortillions

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Aug-2018/2090575-2_foto.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Aug-2018/2090575-mano_libera_foglio_non_girato.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Aug-2018/2090575-esercizi_3.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Aug-2018/2090575-esercizi_4.jpghttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/19-Aug-2018/2090575-altro.jpg

08-19-2018, 02:27 PM
Joe -
As far as I can see, you did it well :clap:
But try to get better photos, it is important in later classes that we can see the finer details.
One important advice: use paper sold for drawing. Using inkjet paper or paper for writing in pen or bic will not give you the correct feedback how it feels to put graphite on the paper. But no need to start with the most expensive paper :thumbsup:.
Please move on to class 2 :music:

08-19-2018, 04:54 PM
Thank you Arnoud.
Yes, I will use better photos (sorry for these).
For paper.ok , thankyou :) .
For the first 5 exercises i used Paper for Photocopies, A4, A4 80 g/mq.
I have one XL Canson A4 Chunky Spiral Sketchpad (it is lightly grained acid-free ,90gsm cartridge paper), in reality is big grained.
Paper for photocopies is smooth It's why I favour this.
A doubt and if XL Canson A4 Chunky Spiral Sketchpad and paper for Photocopies is good per exercise of shading and for drawing ?, maybe you need better paper.
Thank you for what you do .

08-20-2018, 04:47 PM
Joe -Photocopy paper is definitely not good for drawing, it is too smooth.
Cartridge paper is a good choice. It exists in different grades. I'm not sure what you meant: "lightly grained" -- "big grained". If the manufacturer calls it lightly grained then your impression of big grained is not correct. I advice you to try it.


08-21-2018, 06:36 AM
thanks, I started using it for assignments.

'i'm not sure what you meant: "lightly grained" -- "big grained". If the manufacturer calls it lightly grained then your impression of big grained is not correct'

Yes, sorry.
Some time ago I wanted to learn Characoal, shading on Paper for Photocopies seemed better because it was smooth
But neither was ideal .
I read that Newspaper, Newspaper smooth is very good but I can not find it in Italy, or not at a price they can afford for me .

08-21-2018, 01:53 PM
Hi -
Newspaper is more intended for fast sketching, not for finished drawings. It is a rather light - I mean in weight - paper.

08-21-2018, 03:32 PM
OK , perfect , thanks .
I was trying newspaper for learn shading and characoal,
presently I will use Sketchpad Canson .
in the future hope to improve my skills and buy good quality paper that now would be wasted . I have to practice a lot

08-21-2018, 04:44 PM
sorry , one last thing on the paper
my Sketchpad Canson it's ok for charcoal exercises?

08-22-2018, 04:26 PM
Canson has many types of paper, but I think your sketchpad is good for charcoal :thumbsup:

08-22-2018, 08:12 PM
Thank you so much .

08-28-2018, 12:21 PM
Hello Arnoud, thank you very much for helping everybody in the classrooms. Iīve done the exercises and i feel that the underhand position is more comfortable. I will start to do the chair drawing. I would like to ask you if it is ok to do the drawings on a easel.

08-28-2018, 02:50 PM
Very well done, grain-of-sand :clap::clap:
Working on an easel is the best way, but most people don't like it. It is the way drawing from life is taught in the "academies"


08-29-2018, 09:20 AM
Thank you very much, Arnoud.
Iīm sending the drawing of the chair. I finished yesterday evening and i looked at it in the morning before going to work and i find it wider comparing with the original in the photo, so i have to practice more.

08-29-2018, 01:33 PM
Good job in general, grain-of-sand :clap:
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

08-29-2018, 02:12 PM
Thank you very much Arnoud for your help.

12-30-2018, 06:10 AM
Hi I'm new, and struggling already to do my circles. It certainly makes me wonder if I'll ever be able to draw 😉

12-30-2018, 02:42 PM
Hoping this works, have spent ages trying to compress the photos so that I can upload them.

The chair was tricky, I'm happy that my circles did slowly start to look better though so I'll take that 😉




01-02-2019, 03:49 AM
Very good job, Drea :clap:
You're right in that diligent practice means progress.
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:
Happy New Year :)

01-02-2019, 03:50 AM
Very good job, Drea :clap:
You're right in that diligent practice means progress.
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:
Happy New Year :)

01-06-2019, 03:30 PM
Thank you :)

01-17-2019, 06:23 PM
Assignment 1:
1. Pencil position. Still not used to under hand position, but definitely this position helps to draw long, light lines, while writing position helps more detailed, controlled lines.

2. Comfortable position. definitely prefer turning table/page. Under hand with about 30 degree feel more comfortable.

3. sphere practice : need repeat more circle/oval in the future.

4. Chair is a bit challenging to me.


01-18-2019, 08:50 AM
Good job, Alice :clap:
The chair was meant as a challenge, you did not bad. Yours is a correct sketch of a chair. But as you could read, the motto of this classroom is "draw what you see". You drew a correct chair, but not THIS chair. No big deal for this introductory class, but learning realistic art starts with learning to see what there really is, blocking the imagination.
Well done, please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

01-18-2019, 08:19 PM
Thank you Around for reviewing the submission.
I am glad to come to the right class, as "drawing what you see" is exactly what I need to learn :)

01-30-2019, 01:45 AM
I found that underhand position is better for drawing longer lines whereas writing position is better for details. My circles are not good. I gave my best for the chair.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/30-Jan-2019/2105399-IMG_0688.jpg

01-30-2019, 03:07 PM
Good job, Shenko :clap:
The purpose of this first class is to get some insight in handling the pencil. You clearly appreciated it.
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

02-17-2019, 09:45 AM
Hello again,

So I did pursue these classes a while back, but I had to take a huge break because I couldn't manage it well with university at all, and so I feel the need to start over because I've forgotten a lot of what I had learnt.

I'll update the chair exercise later. I definitely found it easier to use my elbow to draw straight lines although I felt like I didn't really need to as such for the circles exercise. Both the Underhand and the Writing hand positions suit me but only for my right (dominant) hand. It's just a squiggly line if I use my left :lol: .
Also, I've struggled with keeping my drawings neat for a while now. The granite from my drawings get onto my hands while I'm drawing and then smudge onto the paper. It's really inconvenient. I have tried keeping a page underneath my hand while I'm drawing which does occasionally help, but I generally see artists don't need that to keep their drawings clean. Do you have any more tips for me?



Underhand Position


Writing Hand Position


Thank you,

02-18-2019, 02:25 AM
Welcome back, Sahar :)
Good job so far.
Well done :thumbsup:

02-23-2019, 05:09 AM

So this is the chair. I'm not particularly happy with it (partly because of how messy it looks), but it was the best I could do right now.


Thank you,

02-23-2019, 07:05 AM
Well done, Sahar :clap:
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

02-24-2019, 05:58 PM
Post my assignments. The most interesting part is that more and more sphere-shaped things came into my mind when I did the circle work:lol:.

02-24-2019, 10:01 PM
:wave: Hello, new to the forum. Just someone interested in getting better at drawing. Forgot to label the hand positions and i forgot whats whats. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Feb-2019/2157760-claas1a.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Feb-2019/2157760-class1b.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/24-Feb-2019/2157760-class1c.jpg
Thank You!!!!

Cooking w Bub
02-25-2019, 04:01 AM
HI. New to drawing and the forum. Thanks so much for these classes.
I had some difficulty with the underhand but tried a few circles with it:envy: :envy: .
Sorry for the picture quality; I couldn't get it to pick up the lines properly.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Feb-2019/2158003-Balls1.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/25-Feb-2019/2158003-Balls2.jpg

02-25-2019, 05:03 PM
Amanda - Nice, well done, please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

DrawMeFancyBuhb - Welcome to the classroom :).
Good job so far. Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:
Cooking w Bub - Welcome to classroom to you as well :).
You did fine, please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

02-26-2019, 01:21 AM
Thanks a lot Arnoud

02-26-2019, 01:47 PM
[quote=arnoud3272]Amanda - Nice, well done, please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

Thank you, Arnoud:lol:

03-06-2019, 10:50 AM
Hi everyone, Good Day to you.
This is Jemmy from India. Iíam an enthusiastic artist who wants to learn draw and paint my imaginations.
I hope and request everyones support and guidance.


03-06-2019, 05:54 PM
Welcome to the classroom, Jemmy :)
Well done, please move on to class 2 :thumbsup:

03-11-2019, 02:00 PM
Hello, :wave:
Here are my assignments.....

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2019/1970829-20190311_113033_20190311115104447.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2019/1970829-20190311_113053.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2019/1970829-20190311_113106.jpg http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Mar-2019/1970829-20190311_113123.jpg

Karen :cat:

03-11-2019, 05:51 PM
Welcome to the classroom, Karen :)
Diligent work :clap:;
Please move on to class 2 :thumbsup: