In this drawing for beginners class, I’ll walk you through 3 different approaches to measuring and proportion, taking you from drawing from reference photos, followed by drawing from single objects to finally working from a still life.

Being able to understand measuring and proportion is an essential skill when you are learning to draw – whether you want to draw realistically, or play with exaggerated proportions to develop your style. As a beginner, we’re often more comfy drawing from reference photographs, and the transition to drawing from life can feel like a daunting task. This class is structured in such a way that we will bridge the gap between drawing from 2D references and drawing from life, whilst investigating how to ensure we are achieving accurate proportions in the process. We’re going to do this by using three different approaches to using measuring and proportion techniques in 3 mini projects: You can follow along with one, two or all three projects!


> We will begin by going over the fundamentals and theory of what proportion and measuring in drawing is, and why it is important
> Next we will tackle our first project and use the grid technique to work from a reference photo to produce a drawing with accurate proportions
> Then we will progress to working from a single object to draw from for our second project, using the viewfinder technique to help us draw this accurately
> Finally we will move onto our third project where we will tackle a simple still life of 3 objects, using a variety of sighting techniques


The materials for this class are super simple:
> A Pencil
> A few sheets of paper
> An eraser
> A ruler
> A pair of scissors / scalpel and cutting mat
> Some thread (or dental floss will do the trick!)
> Sticky tape

This class is aimed at beginners or those with a little drawing experience, or even more experienced artists who would like a refresher on measuring and proportion techniques.

Included in this set:

Practical Lesson:

  • Course Introduction
  • 1. Class Overview
  • 2. Tools + Materials
  • 3. About Measuring + Proportion
  • 4. Project 1: Drawing From A Reference Photo Using A Grid
  • 5. Project 1: DEMO
  • 6. Project 2: Drawing An Object From Life Using A Viewfinder
  • 7. Project 2: DEMO
  • 8. Project 3: Drawing A Still Life Using Sighting Techniques
  • 9. Project 3: DEMO Part 1
  • 10. Project 3: DEMO Part 2
  • 11. Project 3: DEMO Part 3
  • 12. What Next?
  • 13. Thank You!

Bonus Assets:

  • Class Resource PDF

Course Duration: 1 hours 30 mins

  • Permanent Access – No time limit for undertaking the course
  • Lessons available to stream from your Design Cuts account
  • High Quality Video

Zipped File Size: 8.85 MB

File Types Included: PDF

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