Yesterday, after about 4 months with Drawing Basics, I finally finished the Curved Shapes section of the course.
The course provided a multi-page pdf with 12 shapes in total to draw. That might not sound like a lot but on average I’d say each took at least 3 hours to complete and often much longer still. The first attempts took a good two days per working 2-3 hours each day. Towards the end it was 1-2 hours each day. I’d always take a break once the rough shape was ready before doing the final pass.
Over the summer I had a few weeks where I didn’t do any work on this, and interestingly that actually seemed to help, as I came back to the drawing board feeling less afraid of using my eraser and more free with getting lines on the paper and using my eye to get me where I needed to go.
I’m very happy with the method taught in the course for building up the shapes, though it does take some practice for sure. After doing the 12 assigned sketches I feel that I’m just getting the idea of how to approach these.
The core of the method is in the block in, which is an extension of all the previous lessons with the addition of developing a feel for how to break the complex shape into simpler segments. This is the hardest bit for me, and I’m sure a skill I’ll be refining for the rest of my artistic career.
One thing is for sure, a course like this really builds an excellent foundation. Though the projects are simple on the surface, it’s clear that they are very transferable. If I was given one of these shapes to draw 4 months ago, I’d never have been able to get them as close as I can now. So I can confidently say, at about 1/3 of the way through the course, that it’s already been well worth the price of admission.
Disclaimer: I’m just a guy taking the course, no one asked me to do these reviews and I receive no compensation for them.