The Basics I

This first video of the series teaches you how to draw basic shapes and objects, and assumes you know nothing. So if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to draw, this is a great jump on point for you.

How to Draw: The Basics of Lines, Squares, Cubes, Circles, Ellipses, Cylinders, iPod, Sketchbook & Nintendo DS by mattelder.com from Matt Elder on Vimeo.

Covered first are basic materials that are accessible to everyone. We start of with lines and build them up into squares and cubes. We follow a similar progression for circles, ellipses and cylinders.

Next we take these basic shapes and start drawing real life objects such as an iPod, Sketchbook and Nintendo DS. Some comments are made on how drawing can be compared with juggling.

Various sections times are:

00:00 Introduction and drawings made in this video
01:36 Materials, Lines, Squares & Cubes
11:25 Circles, Ellipses & Cylinders
18:24 Drawing an iPod
26:01 Drawing a Sketchbook
32:52 Drawing a Cylindrical Wipes Dispensor
39:55 Drawing a Nintendo DS
56:55 Drawing is Like Juggling Comments and Website Info

4 comments

  1. Helen says:

    Thanks for this lesson Matt it is easy to follow and helped fill a gap that was never covered in high school. All of the drawings actually look like what they are supposed to. The only final result i wasn’t as happy with was the game boy, i didnt quite nail the position of the open lid, mine kind of looks like it is all the way open. I am going to give this one another go and try to have the lid slightly more upright a 45 degrees angle might work. I also had some trouble getting the hinge box right, i felt like i had a dozen lines all going through that area and kept losing the one i was trying to use as the top front part of the hinge, but it worked out in the end. I havent had a look yet to see what other lessons you have here but I am looking forward to seeing if there are more i can have a go at. Many thanks for all your hard work teach – carry on.. Helen

    1. Matt Elder says:

      Thanks for your comment Helen and always great to hear feedback. Glad that it helped cover a gap from school and always a cool feeling when you are working on a drawing and it looks as it is meant to. Angles in perspective can be a little tricky so try to get the upward side right first, make the other side parallel to it and that should help get you started.

      I sometimes have a similar problem and too many lines go onto a drawing. If you are trying not to lose one, sometimes make the line different or at the end of the line, put special markings so you can always quickly find it. Check out this link for different types of lines (don’t worry about the names), just whatever line on the page is different will stand out.

      http://gluedideas.com/content-collection/Radfords-cyclopedia-of-construction-Vol-1-mechanical-drafting/images/Working-Drawings-1341.jpg

  2. Aron S Kristjánsson says:

    Wonderful tutorial! Found your videos on youtube and loved them. Thank you for taking the time to make these 😀

    Greetings from Iceland 🙂

    1. Matt Elder says:

      Cool to hear from someone in Iceland (and that the other side of the world is finding my tutorials useful).

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