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 4 Questions

Thank you for joining us for lesson four! Ask any questions you may have about Brandon's week 4 lesson.
Enjoyed watching your lessons take shape! Had to completely stop drawing for a # of years as my hands could not properly hold a pencil due to a terrible debilitating parasitic worm infection ! Life is sooo wierd! I used to draw in the wierdest positions and ways—- like just a pad on my lap for support! Then, when I finally built a nice functional desk to sit and draw at; somehow rt then, the crowd got a hold of my head, and nothing in 8 years was ever drawn on that desk!!!!! It was as if the people thought the building of that desk was a greater accomplishment than any drawing could be! So wierd; but , truthfully dude, that desk was like WW 1 - for real! Just would not have believed the hexes, curses , mind control things I beat to get that thing built! So anyway —- my hands and fingers r finally beginning to really get better; and, I’m super excited to be planning on getting my drawing chops back by drawing out leather carving patterns! Thought u could use that tip for beginners who might wonder about all the different kinds of curves & how they might be used! Ur buddy Art
No questions, just thanks for these very informative lessons! Thoroughly enjoyed! Now it's practice practice, practice! ;)
Glad to hear that fantinepantine! And thank you for sharing your final result. This is a great drawing. I hope you continue to draw and have fun with it!
Sorry to hear that Artisto about your hands and infection. Hope you are doing well and can get back to drawing and focusing on what you love to do. Take care and thank you for sharing!
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Well, in the reference he's clearly turned a bit to his right, but he slunk around here and is facing foward with a sly look. Oh well! I like to blend with the blender sticks.
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Oh, and even when I took the picture vertically, and re-saved vertically, it comes up horizontally. Sigh.
Thank you Brandon for the workshop. I enjoyed it very much. I found it tricky to keep up with straight lines doing the portrait. I really wanted to try that method of drawing.However somehow I found myself just working the pencil up and down making marks but not really with separate lines. I just went with the flow, and and enjoyed the process. I had trouble with the looks very untidy, I didn't know how to do it. Do you protect your graphite drawings with any fixatives? Anyway all the best. Lotus