Sketch/Draw Class - Still life, Eggs and a creamer
Learn to see like an artist by plotting points in space, lines, positive and negative shapes to create your sketch or drawing.
Sketch/Draw - “Eggs and Creamers”
Robert’s Sketch/Draw courses have one sole purpose: to help train your brain to see like an artist. What does that exactly mean? Basically, to see through the “Curtain of details” to see and find the larger and simpler shapes that create the foundation of our sketches and drawings. Drawings are made up of points in space, the lines connecting those points, and the shapes that those lines inevitably create, both positive and negative. Once the shapes come together, we start to break those down into smaller and smaller shapes, creating a sketch or drawing, known as the contour drawing. We can then add value, which describes the form, giving us the look of a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional surface.
Robert uses the compositional rectangle of the reference photo, in this case, the 5 x 7-inch rectangle, to help and add the plotting of points, lines, and shapes. Through Photoshop, Robert can show you where the points and lines are on the reference photo and then plot them out on our paper.
These Sketch/Draw courses are designed for beginner and intermediate students but are also great exercises to revisit the basics of starting a sketch or drawing. And although the sole purpose is to train yourself to see the larger shapes and not the details, we will finish up with a nice little drawing.
Materials for this course
To have the best experience possible, Robert highly recommends purchasing the same materials on the list as those are the materials he uses in his instruction.
- HB Pencil (Highly recommend purchasing Faber Castell 9000 Graphite Pencils)
- 11 x 14 Sketch pad
- Rub eraser
- Pencil sharpener
Artist and Instructor
ARC Associate Living Master
Signature Member, The Society of Animal Artists
Robert Louis Caldwell is an award-winning artist, internationally renowned for his wildlife and architectural oil paintings. His work has appeared in numerous national and international exhibitions, including the Society of Animal Artists, Art of the Animal Kingdom and Birds in Art, and is represented in the permanent collection at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin. Robert graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.F.A. and is the author of the drawing instructional book “Draw Realistic Animals, Wildlife, Pets & More.”
Read more about Robert’s instructional approach, philosophy and credentials.
Visit Robert’s website rlcaldwell.com to view examples of his drawings and paintings.
StartLesson 1, Drawing the Compositional Rectangle and placing your visual markers. (5:23)
StartLesson 2, Mapping out the major shapes of our sketch and defining the contour. (32:02)
StartLesson 3, Refining our contour drawing. (18:00)
StartLesson 4, Adding value and creating form in our drawing! (58:18)