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Back to Basics: Learn to Draw Animals in 9 Days | March 15, 2024

Learn to draw animals through gesture studies and more detailed observation!

Sign up and receive a new video lesson directly in your inbox for nine days beginning March 15, 2024! In this video series, artists Melissa Forman and Paul Richmond teach the fundamentals of drawing animals through quick gesture drawings and longer, more detailed studies. The course is designed to help beginners learn the basics of drawing and more advanced artists sharpen their observational skills. This course is broken down into nine video lessons, each one approx. 10 minutes.

Learning the fundamentals of drawing is beneficial for all artists. This course is great for artists at every stage, from beginners to advanced. Learning the basics is important because it gives artists a foundation to build on. This course will start at the very beginning and walk you through the steps and techniques of creating a series of gesture studies of a variety of animals, including birds, horses, and wolves, followed by two more detailed animal drawings, with an emphasis on improving observational drawing skills.

Students can apply the skills learned in this course to create more drawings of any subject matter and in any style. The sky’s the limit once you learn the basics!

This class is for everyone - from beginners to more experienced artists - with an emphasis on foundational skills. As professional artists and teachers, Paul and Melissa have met many artists who commonly face a lot of the same issues when creating their art. Learn how to use simple tools to create beautiful results. It’s never too late to get back to basics!

Enrollment gives you unlimited access to the video lessons, so you can always watch them at a later date too.

Note: When you checkout, please enter the email address you would like the video lessons sent to. You will receive an email confirming your order immediately, and the private link to the first video lesson will arrive March 15, 2024. Subsequent lessons will be sent daily through March 23, 2024.


    You are welcome to work with any drawing materials you'd like, but here's a list of everything Paul and Melissa will be using in this series:

    1. Sketchbook
    2. Drawing Pencils
    3. Kneaded Eraser
    4. Pencil Sharpener
    5. Micron Pens
    6. Watercolor Paper
    7. Paper Towels
    8. Charcoal


    1. Introduction
    2. Projects
    3. Materials
    4. Gesture Drawings of Birds
    5. Gesture Drawings of Wolves
    6. Gesture Drawings of Horses
    7. Project 1: Sketch
    8. Project 1: Ink Lines
    9. Project 1: Final Touches
    10. Project 2: Coat Paper and Sketch
    11. Project 2: Shading
    12. Project 2: Final Touches
    13. Closing Thoughts

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    "Awesome class, love the dynamics between the two teachers, as well as their skills." -Isa K.

    "This was such a fun class. Paul and Melissa both bring their strengths (and hilariously fun banter) together for an entertaining lesson that I liken more to a fun art night session than formal training. I really appreciated the dual instructor, dual technique format to help expand my mindset on what I can do. I look forward to more lessons from these two soon, thank you!" -Ryan Spaulding