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See Better, Draw Better: Exercises for Beginners

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Item # 15291289
Instructor : Kateri Ewing
$39.99 $29.99
Skill Level 1 : No experience
Great drawing means making your hands and eyes work in harmony. Luckily, the one and only Kateri Ewing is here to help you bring the two together! Join her for a series of thoughtfully planned exercises that will have you drawing better in no time.  Great drawing means making your hands and eyes work in harmony. Luckily, the one and only Kateri Ewing is here to help you bring the two together! Join her for a series of thoughtfully planned exercises that will have you drawing better in no time. More
Train your hands and your eyes to work together for fantastic drawings.

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Great drawing means making your hands and eyes work in harmony. Luckily, the one and only Kateri Ewing is here to help you bring the two together! Join her for a series of thoughtfully planned exercises that will have you drawing better in no time.
 Great drawing means making your hands and eyes work in harmony. Luckily, the one and only Kateri Ewing is here to help you bring the two together! Join her for a series of thoughtfully planned exercises that will have you drawing better in no time.
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   Kateri Ewing

For watercolorist Kateri Ewing, painting is all about capturing the awe she feels for the natural world. In preparation for painting, Kateri regularly walks and photographs the woods, meadows and waterways near her home in western New York state. Kateri's passion for painting and drawing is infused in her teaching, and sharing her techniques with students of all ages is her favorite thing about being an artist. Kateri's original watercolors are currently represented by Meibohm Fine Arts. Learn more about her work at www.kateriewing.com.

Materials: What you Need

1 . Artist's pencils: 4H, HB and 4B
2 . Newsprint, at least 11" x 14" 
3 . A 9" x 12" sketchbook with good-quality drawing paper
4 . Charcoal paper in white or off-white, least 9" x 12".
5 . Knife for sharpening pencils
6 . Sandpaper sharpening block, fine grain
7 . Large, soft, flat brush such as a hake brush
8 . Kneaded/putty eraser
9 . Peel-off Magic Rub stick eraser or a Tombow MONO Zero eraser Ultra fine 2.3 mm
10 . Alvin dry-cleaning eraser, or a Lineco Document Cleaning Pad. (optional)
11 . Small pencil sharpener for sharpening erasers
12 . Sticks of willow or vine charcoal 
13 . Blending stumps or tortillons
14 . White chalk pencil
15 . A drawing board with a clamp to hold paper, or masking tape to hold paper
16 . Simple table easel that will support your drawing board

Lesson Plan: What you Learn

Lesson 1 : Introduction & Starting to See
00:20:49

Truly seeing is the key to successful drawings! Kateri Ewing starts class by explaining exactly what this means. Then, follow along for a breakdown of various tools and materials, before ending the lesson with a blind contour exercise. You'll leave the lesson with a sense of some of the challenges students can face (and overcome!).

Lesson 2 : Loosen Up! Simple Hand/Eye Training
00:21:53

Let loose a little; it might just make your drawings more realistic! Kateri helps you unwind as you get your hands and eyes in synch with gestural drawings. She also shares a variety of mark-making techniques you can add to your toolbox.

Lesson 3 : Contrast: Create the Illusion of Light & Form
00:24:00

Want realistic drawings? Contrast is key! Kateri guides you through key techniques for working with charcoal, so you can stay in the right tonal range. Then, see how to do a reductive drawing by identifying a light source, pulling out highlights and adding details.

Lesson 4 : The Dark Side: Shadow Shapes
00:19:36

Shadows can be tricky sometimes, but Kateri's here to help at every step! Follow along as she breaks down methods that will help you identify shadow shapes. And for great form, you'll learn to tactfully add dark marks and refine with more contrast and detail.

Lesson 5 : Losing the Lines: Refined Tonal Drawings
00:19:44

Put your skills together to tackle a more complex subject: a bird. As you draw, you'll learn to blend for more realistic forms. Plus, discover how to navigate the subtle push and pull of lights and darks for a drawing with softer edges.

Lesson 6 : Putting It Together: Realistic Drawing
00:29:35

Add details and texture to bring your birdie to life! Kateri finishes class with techniques for a reflective eye, a feathered look and dramatic contrast.



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