The Complete Beginners Drawing and Shading Course

The Complete Beginners Drawing and Shading Course

The ideal drawing course for absolute beginners. Super easy pencil drawing method | taught by Cindy Wider

Course description

This drawing course is laser-focussed on rapidly giving you all the skills you need to get started as a beginner artist with pencil drawing. These are fundamental techniques that are used by professional illustrators, animators, designers and artists throughout the world, and which you will be using for the rest of your life. 

Even if you think you're not naturally talented my super easy methods, crystal clear videos and in-depth explanations will set you on the path from your first pencil lines to creating professional grade artworks.

This course is shot in HD, from multiple camera angles, with everything explained in detail. You'll have plenty of opportunities to practice every skill I demonstrate in the videos. Hands on exercises and projects are spread throughout the lessons. You'll also have instant access to bonus downloadable projects to challenge you even further.

I've been teaching beginner artists for over 20 years. I know exactly what you need to get started the right way, and I've jam packed it all into this course. The course is concise, straight to the point, and describes every technique step-by-step without information overload. Ideal for adults and as a drawing course for kids (age 10+).

Plus, if you have any questions at all throughout your drawing journey, just ask. My team and I are right here for you.

Cindy Wider
Cindy Wider Co-founder

Cindy is a professional artist, author and art instructor with 25 years of experience of sharing her passion for art with her students. As one of the internet’s most experienced instructors teaching on-line since 2008 she is the co-founder of along with her husband and fellow artist Stuart Wider. Her unique method of teaching students how to draw is known as ‘The Cindy Wider Method’.

Course Curriculum

CD-ESK: Essential Skills - Just Pick Up Your Pencil!
Essential Skills Introduction
The Beginner Drawing Family Facebook Group
Halving Lines
Drawing Angles
Introduction to Basic Shapes
Drawing Rectangles
Drawing Triangles
Drawing Circles
Drawing Ellipses
Drawing Bell Shapes
Essential Skills: Downloadable Booklets
Essential Skills Summary
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CD-ESP: Essential Skills - Projects
Introduction to Projects
Peppie the Pup: Downloadable Project Booklets
Peppie the Pup - Part A: Construction Drawing
Peppie the Pup - Part B: Outline Drawing
Tallulah Ted: Downloadable Project Booklets
Tallulah Ted: Part A: Construction Drawing
Tallulah Ted: Part B: Outline Drawing
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CD-EBP: Essential Skills - Bonus Project Booklets
Learn to See Shapes in Objects
Simple Man-made Objects
Marmalade the Rabbit Project
Oscar the Cat Project
Cyril the Squirrel Project
Cuddly Cat Bobby Project
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CD-SPT: Pencil Techniques - Six Pencil Techniques
Six Pencil Techniques Introduction
Drawing supplies required for all sections of the course which follow
Introduction and Smooth Shading Technique
Broad Stroke Technique
Chisel Point Technique
Fine Lines Technique
Hatching Technique
Cross Hatching Technique
Erasing Techniques
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CD-SOH: Pencil Techniques - Major Project: The Old Hay Shed
Project Booklet
Introduction and the Graphite Transfer Method
Pencil Stroke Placement and Shadow Areas
Trees and Leaves
Background Elements
The Roof Area
Completing the Foreground
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CD-SBP: Pencil Techniques - Bonus Project Booklets
Tulips in a Tub Project
Giant Cherry Cupcake Project
Happy Campers Project
Shining Lighthouse Project
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SF-SST: Shading - Shading Techniques
Shading Techniques Introduction and Booklet
Create a Value Scale
Two Smooth Shading Techniques
Soft Edge
Hard Edge
Shading Techniques Summary
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SF-TLS: Shading - 'The Theory of Light and Shade'
Introduction to the Theory of Light and Shade
Theory of Light and Shade Booklet
Shade a Cube
Shade a Sphere
Shade a Cone
Shade a Cylinder
Theory of Light and Shade Summary
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SF-SBP: Shading - Bonus Project Booklets
Bob the Boat Project
Puddles the Boot Project
Frangipani Dreams Project
The Holiday Project
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SF-PSK: Shading - Major Project: Silver Kettle
Silver Kettle Project Booklet
Silver Kettle Tutorial
Silver Kettle Speed Drawing
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SF-PSW: Shading - Major Project: A Shoe Well Travelled
'A Shoe Well Travelled': Introduction and Booklet
Part a: Introduction, first layer and sole stitching
Part b: Impressing technique in shoe folds
Part c: Laces and leather stitching
Part d: Rubber sole and summary
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PF-PPO: Pencil Portraiture
Facial Features Introduction and Resources
Shaded Drawing of the Human Eye (intro and tutorial)
Shaded Drawing of the Human Eye (speed drawing)
Shaded Drawing of the Human Nose (tutorial)
Shaded Drawing of the Human Nose (speed drawing)
Shaded Drawing of Human Lips (tutorial)
Shaded Drawing of Human Lips (speed drawing)
Shaded Drawing of the Human Ear (tutorial)
Shaded Drawing of the Human Ear (speed drawing)
Mark the Positions of the Individual Features on a Face
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PF-PIP: Pencil Portraiture - Project: Isha (Child Portrait)
Child Portrait - Introduction and Resources
Portrait of Isha part a - construction drawing and outline
Portrait of Isha part b - hair
Portrait of Isha part c - face and jumper
Portrait of Isha (speed drawing)
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PP-PSV: Perspective
Introduction to Perspective
Draw Wooden Floorboards
Draw a Simple Interior with Floor Tiles
Draw Simple Rectangle Shapes
Project: Draw a Simple House in 3 point Perspective
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PP-PBP: Perspective - Bonus Project Booklets
Cosy Cottage
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BX-HDC: Bonus Extra Inspiration - How to Draw People and Characters
How to Draw Cute! (Part A) - live webinar recording
How to Draw Cute! (Part B) - live webinar recording
Draw People and Cute Characters
Draw Characters Worksheet
Practical Application of Fundamental Techniques - 'Baking for Mummy'
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Conclusion - Where to go from here?
Take Your Skills to the Next Level
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