Artist Brandon Schaefer

2022 Workshop 3

August 1, 2022

Sketching & Drawing – The Foundation of All Art

Discover the world of sketching and drawing; the foundation of creating any type of art. Together we will learn the fundamentals, which will help you grow in confidence while deepening your knowledge and understanding of sketching & drawing. You will learn about values, shading and how to create more realistic drawings.

Fox drawing by Brandon Schaefer
Artwork by Brandon Schaefer

Started Aug 1st, 2022

Lesson 1: Materials, Using the Materials, and Simple Lines & Shapes


In this lesson we will be learning about all the materials you will need to start sketching and drawing in your sketchbook. Try to simplify your materials as much as possible and only use what is necessary for you. It's easy to become overwhelmed by an excess of materials, so it's best to avoid this if possible and keep it simple. We'll practice making different types of lines, shapes and forms to prepare for future sketches and drawings.

Started Aug 8th, 2022

Lesson 2: Blocking-in Methods and Simplifying Objects


In this video we will learn a few different methods for beginning a drawing and how to block-in our subject on the page. This stage of the drawing process is one of the most important to understand and practice a lot. The better you become at this stage of drawing, the easier the rest of the drawing process becomes. We will also learn about simplifying objects.

Started Aug 15th, 2022

Lesson 3: Proportions, Measuring Techniques, & Values


In this lesson we will learn all about proportions and how to create more accurate drawings. We will use the block-in methods from Lesson 2 and use measuring techniques and proportions to make our block-ins more accurate and realistic. Lastly, we will learn some simple shading techniques to bring our drawings to life.

Started Aug 22nd, 2022

Lesson 4: Drawing a Simplified Portrait from a Painting


In this video we will put together all of the lessons from the previous videos and create a final sketch or drawing. We will incorporate lines, shapes, blocking-in, proportions, and shading. Please take your time on this stage and try it as many times as you can. Sometimes it can take multiple attempts to get the desired outcome we are looking for. Practice will only make your drawing better.

Workshop 3 Supply List


Strathmore Toned Tan Sketchbook

Strathmore Toned Tan Sketchbook 80lb/118gsm • medium surface - P412-5 (5.5 x 8.5") or P412-9 (9 x 12")


Lyra Graduate Graphite Pencil

Lyra Graduate Graphite Pencil - Set of 12 - L1171120

Lyra Sandpaper Block

Lyra Sandpaper Block - L2091507

Lyra Rembrandt White Pastel Pencil

Lyra Rembrandt White Pastel Pencil - L2052001

Lyra Kneadable Eraser

Lyra Kneadable Eraser - L2091467

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Topic: Lesson 3 Questions

Thank you for joining us for lesson three! Ask any questions you may have about Brandon's week 3 lesson.
Hi Brandon I am finding that on the Strathmore paper and a HB pencil i am having trouble keeping my lines light. I think I just need to practice more. I redrew the glass from lesson 2 but this time concentrating on proportions and using the squares method. There was a good difference :) I didn't do much shading on the glass as I was mainly concentrating on doing the proportions. The shading on the glass would be a big challenge. Another time though for sure :) I found it interesting that not going too dark for the darker values still made for a good result. I tried one shaded ball basically following the tutorial from memory and a second ball I used a "model" with a diffuse light. I did the "don't go too dark method", and apart from really enjoying doing that, the result surprised me. The shadow in reality was quite dark in he model so I did that quite dark as I saw it. Lotus PS I didn't know whether to upload my photos both in the forum, for comment , or in the gallery. Since they are the same I uploaded to the gallery only.
Hi Lotus, thanks for sharing this and your experience. I think you are doing great and your experimenting is wonderful. I'm glad you didn't attempt the shading of the glass, that would definitely be a big challenge haha. But when you feel up to it, it's something to try in the future. Better to take it slow and build up to something like that. I also noticed that you played around with the amount of darkness in the shading. I personally usually gravitate towards lighter shading for some reason - everyone is different and I'm glad you are trying them out and seeing what you enjoy more. Hope the drawing and sketching is going well. Keep up the great work! :)