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Drawing and Shading for Total Beginners: No Skill Necessary

$99.99 $12.00

4.88 (12 reviews)


What you’ll learn

  • Use basic shapes to easily construct drawings and outlines
  • Develop a real understanding of light and shade
  • Gain mastery of shading techniques to create the illusion of depth and form
  • Create drawings in one-point, two-point and three point perspective
  • Create a realistic drawing using just six pencil techniques
  • Understand the basics of portraiture by creating a child portrait

Have you always wanted to learn to draw?
Have you struggled to take your drawing skills to the next level?

You’re in exactly the right place. This course is for beginners and also for those who want to gain confidence with the fundamentals.

I start you off nice and easy – Basic shapes and construction drawing

Master these and you’ll feel your confidence growing already. Lots of fun introductory projects like ‘Peppie the Pup’ build your skills step-by-step.

Wow! It looks so realistic! – Shading and Form

Those skills you’ve admired in other artists for so long can be your skills too. Projects like ‘The Shoe Well Travelled’ will challenge you (but you are up to the task!) Your drawing will almost ‘pop’ off the page, amazing yourself and those around you.

One of the most admirable skills in art – Portraiture

Capturing a likeness is one of the most admirable skills in art. It’s so satisfying. Render individual facial features and create a wonderful child portrait.

Look at the world in a whole new way – Perspective and Proportion

How can you represent the three-dimensional world on a flat piece of paper? How do things we see change as they get closer, further away or turn towards us? These questions are all answered with perspective. Your eyes are now open to a whole new way of seeing and drawing.

Plus an extra bonus…
For additional inspiration I’ve include an extra bonus section where I detail my approach to drawing people and cute characters using construction drawing.

This is the beginners drawing course you’ve been looking for…

Even if you think you’re not naturally talented my super easy methods and in-depth explanations will set you on the path from your first pencil lines towards creating professional grade artworks.

I’ve been teaching beginner artists for over 20 years. I know exactly what you need to get started the right way, and I’ve jam packed it into this course.

Plus, if you have any questions at all throughout your drawing journey, just ask. My team and I are right here for you.

With more than 4100 students enrolled the written reviews tell you all you need to know

“I am really enjoying this course. The explanations are brilliant and there is so much material (among videos, documents and exercises) to explore! However what I love most is the possibility to be part of the course related FB group. That is amazing indeed!! Cindy does give a lot of feedbacks and all the members and the administrators are great!!”  – Giorgio

“I’m learning things that seem so simple but have increased my artistic ability ten fold” – Gideon Swanson

“I learned a lot right from the beginning… I always wanted to draw and this lady is bang on.” – Elizabeth Brown

“The step by step instruction is so in-depth, easy to follow and produces real results. Cindy and Tannis as well as the online facebook support group that goes with the course provides an extra dimension of responsive and kindly criticism and loads of support.” – Helen Hanby

“Cindy Wider is a beyond amazing teacher! She constantly interacts with her students and gives lots of encouraging comments, helpful tips to make sure everyone gets the help they need… You’ll never feel alone and got lost in the path of being a better artist!” – Zehra Eylem Kazgöz

“Great match for me – and the FB group discussion and feedback has been super wonderful, too!” – Ann Petrochko

” I love that she’s so thorough with the basics and love her accent too.” – Rebecca Douglass

“Clear and appropriate for beginners… I have noticed that she is very active and helpful in the facebook drawing community… Impressed with everything so far.” – Shak Man

” Cindy is very engaged with her students and is always very kind, supportive and encouraging!” – Patricia Gliniecki

“Great to have a course that starts off with the foundations and then builds upon them.” – Andrew Bensch

“This course is perfect for complete beginners.” – Lindsay Ferrara

My students say we have “the best Facebook group on the internet!”

When you enroll in this course you can join my Facebook group “The Beginner Drawing Family”. It really is the most supportive and friendly community you’ll find anywhere. My students call themselves ‘DrawPj’ers” (after my website).

It’s family friendly place where you can ask questions and request feedback from the community. When you’re feeling confident you can share what you’ve learned with others taking the same exciting journey.

I’ll be there too with my team too. I look forward to meeting you and seeing all the wonderful things you create.

Who this course is for:

  • Complete beginners
  • Students with some experience (but who need fundamental drawing skills to progress)
  • Hobby Artists
  • Students setting out on the journey to becoming an artist, illustrator or designer
  • Crafters who want to go beyond pre-made designs
  • Adults and Children (10+)

Course content

  • Essential Skills – Just Pick Up Your Pencil!
  • Essential Skills – Projects
  • Essential Skills – Bonus downloadable projects
  • Pencil Techniques – ‘Six Pencil Techniques’
  • Pencil Techniques – Major Project: The Old Hay Shed
  • Pencil Techniques – Bonus downloadable projects
  • Shading – ‘Three Ways to Shade’
  • Shading – ‘The Theory of Light and Shade’
  • Shading – Bonus downloadable projects
  • Shading – Major Project: Silver Kettle

12 reviews for Drawing and Shading for Total Beginners: No Skill Necessary

  1. Luis Brito

    I can definitely see this course helping breaking through that initial barrier when it comes to learning a programming language. I’m positive I’ll finish it and hopefully master python by then.

  2. Abdallah Galal Abouhussein

    I would like to share my personnel experience, i`m very pleased and happy for taking this impressive course because Dr. Angela always makes it simple and easy to understand and always makes a precaution section before or after any bug that may appear to some students and also write or record the solution for us, and each word she said is very real and easy to understand.
    Thanks Dr. Angela
    Abdallah Galal

  3. Jiaqing Fan

    Very good course. Dr Angela explains things very clearly. The exercises are interactive and helpful.

    Angela’s voice is like ASMR in most lessons. So you won’t lose focus?

  4. Jaime Sánchez Blanco

    Every concept is very well explained so you can assimilate it, and the teacher insists in practicing daily to get the habit of programming. It really motivates to keep studying and practicing every day.

  5. Bradley Carouthers

    3 days in and I’ve already learned more than other training programs where I’ve put months in. Her teaching style is both efficient and effective.

    Edit: Now on day 29 and the course has held up my expectations and hopes. The rise in complexity is not too sharp, and every day feels like an accomplishment. Angela takes her time to explain things without rushing, yet is able to pack tons of information in nuggets of time.

    Still recommend supplemental exposure for a more wholesome grasp. Though, this should be quite enough

  6. Tommy Prévost

    Very good course.

    PROs: lots of coding exercises, clear explanations, great examples, adapted to 2021’s reality.

    CONs: past the first 30 lessons, many similar coding hands-on.

  7. Quang Tu

    I love all the lectures and challenges of this course. I finally find myself in love with coding. This is definitely a fun course. Thank you Angela for this great course.

  8. Fortunate Eze

    This course is nothing short of AMAZING. The level of love and sincere desire to see students succeed present in this course is a rare sight. This course is fun, it’s challenging, it’s suspense-filled, it makes you feel good about yourself solving those challenges. You don’t take this course and memorise codes, you take it and you know what you’re doing because you literally do it yourself.

    It couldn’t possibly be any more obvious that Angela brought out her whole heart, time, energy and resources to give us a course that if priced based on it’s value, many of us certainly can’t afford. I mean, she kept advising and encouraging us to keep going, because she knows the road could get bumpy, she made a few jokes and used funny animations so we smile along the way keeping it fun. Why some people can’t see this and would rather subscribe to trying to bend courses to fit their own personal preferences is beyond me, but I guess people will always be people.

    Dear Angela, I cannot speak for everyone but I certainly can speak for myself and I’m saying thank you. The efforts you put into making this course outstanding didn’t go unnoticed.

    Let as many of us as appreciate your efforts make you happy and energize you to create more life changing courses for us.


  9. Chendaniel

    Just the course fits me. Learn by doing, it is easy to start and just follow the flow and at day 15 you realized how to program in Python. Then the magic happen. I am on day 27 and I am looking forward to start a new section everyday.

  10. Caspar Cheng

    Angela is my favourite teacher on Udemy, her courses always come with clear and concise demonstration, make it really easy to understand the content. Meanwhile, she also provide a lot of tips to encourage us moving further on the way of coding. I’m definitely a super fan of her. I had finished her web development boot camp and now I’m learning Python 100 days of code. This course is amazing as she provided one particular project for each day’s learning, which is, really useful and handy. Also, those projects are really interesting and won’t let me feel disappointed about myself. Although some of them are a little bit difficult, they’re still resolvable after some struggling and searching online. I’ll recommend this course for those who really want to learn Python well and write real python projects from scratch!

  11. Jonas Weber

    The course was awesome in the first half! Really helped me to get back to programming and learning new techniques. Also the course got way to much focused on web development in the second half, which I’m not really interested in and is redundand to your dedicated web development course. The lack of videos in the last quarter was rather sad. I really would’ve liked some video explanations for pandas and matplotlib. The challenges and capstone projects were great and challenging!
    All in all I can really recommend this course for beginners and those who want to learn python and/or get back to programming!

  12. Rohit Prasad

    Angela is the best teacher I have ever experienced. The way she explains all the topics and makes use of it in the projects is commendable. Thank you so much Angela for this course.

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