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If you’re a regular reader of Little Girl Designs, you know I love to sketch. That being said, I know I have a lot to learn when it comes to line drawing. I am always on the lookout for courses and books that teach drawing in a way that regular people can relate to. I’ve written about some of my favorite drawing books for children and adults in a previous post. Those books passed the test because they were written in a way where the reader could have instant success. Take out a piece of paper and a pen, copy the author’s instructions, and ta-da!—you have a drawing.
A couple of weeks ago, I signed up for a free trial at Creativebug for two reasons. One, I’ve been wanting to try their classes for a while now, and two, I wanted to let you know about them if they passed the Little Girl Designs easy-win test. :) (Spoiler alert: They passed!)
The first class I took was Lisa Congdon’s “Basics of Line Drawing” course. I’ve been a fan of Lisa’s work for a while now, and I’m sure many of you are too even if you don’t know it yet. Her illustrated books are everywhere. Visit her Etsy shop, and you’ll probably recognize her work. But back to the class.
In this one-hour class, she talks about how to draw from a picture, from real life, and from your imagination. She also explains how to compose the picture as you draw. I pulled out my sketchbook and had a great time learning from her teaching. My drawing for this post was from her class, and it was really fun to sit down and learn some new techniques.
The videos are edited in such a way that if you try to follow along exactly, Lisa will finish her drawing before you, if that makes sense. In other words, she’ll draw part of a leaf and begin filling it in. Then the camera will jump to her finishing the leaf. I didn’t find this to be a problem because I could always press pause if I wanted to go at a slower pace. Her drawings are also simple enough that I didn’t feel left behind and frustrated during the class.
I like Lisa’s thoughtful approach and her encouragement that line drawings don’t have to be perfect and exact. Each person’s interpretation of a leaf and a flower will look slightly different, and that’s perfectly okay. At one point, she shows the differences in her own drawings as she drew the same subject several times.
If you’d like to try this line drawing course or another Creativebug class, you can try their classes for free for 30 days when you click this link. After the success of this class, I want to try a watercolor course and one of Kata Golda’s whimsical classes. If you’re a homeschooling parent, these classes are great for older students. I can imagine they would help pass some of those hot summer afternoon hours in a creative way as well!