Drawing 101

taught by Bill Higginson
  • 17 Videos
  • 2.0 hrs

Course Curriculum

Introduction
26:54
Drawing Introduction
Getting Started
Learning Techniques
Tone
Shaving Graphite
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Clouds
05:52
Drawing Clouds
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Mountains
09:03
Drawing Mountains
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Trees & Leaves
27:16
Drawing Trees 01
Drawing Leaves
Drawing Trees 02
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Rocks & Grass
16:31
Drawing Rocks
Drawing Grass
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Perspective
08:44
Perspective
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Wood Graining
12:51
Wood Graining
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Water Reflections
16:58
Drawing Water 01
Drawing Water 02
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Conclusion
00:23
Conclusion
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Course description

Basic Graphite drawing techniques that can be easily learned by anyone


Introduction
Clouds
Mountains
Trees & Leaves
Rocks & Grass
Perspective
Wood Graining
Water Reflections
Conclusion

Introduction

Graphite is an amazing medium! Easy to travel with, not too messy and with Bill's instruction, you will gain skills that you never knew you could have.

Clouds

Clouds have never been so easy. Even if you think that they may be difficult, these techniques will change your mind and have you looking into the sky with a new understanding.

Mountains

Mountains are one of Mother Nature's most beautiful creations. In this lesson Bill will show you quick and easy ways of capturing them in your artwork.

Trees & Leaves

The trick is in the technique. And the technique can be developed to create amazing art. Trees can be created in so many different ways and this lesson will help you see how.

Rocks & Grass

Here are some quick and easy techniques that will help you draw and understand rocks and grass like you never have before.

Perspective

Perspective is an important key into making your artworks look believable. Here is a quick look at one and two point perspective to help you get a basic understanding.

Wood Graining

Once again, art can be driven by easy to do techniques. Here is a technique that will change your approach to wood graining. All art is fun and easy if you know how.

Water Reflections

Water reflections look like they would be difficult to draw. Learn a quick and easy way from Bill that will help you understand how to create water reflections that look real.

Conclusion

Graphite is a great medium and often a very powerful stepping stone to other mediums.

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Instructor

Bill Higginson
Bill Higginson
Artist Liaison, Beheld Technologies

Bill was born in 1978. Several years later, he told his folks he wanted to be an artist. Being of a supportive nature, they gave him some pencils and paper. In doing so they also gave him a career. Bill was one of those people with the good fortune to discover early on where the deposit of talent lay within himself. He found joy in doing something he was naturally good at, and, as with any such endeavour, good return on invested time led to greater investment.

In 1990, Bill was diagnosed with life-threatening liver failure. A diagnosis of leukaemia soon followed. He was eleven. For the next three years he lived with the knowledge that it could all end at any moment. Living with such conditions cannot help but alter one's perspective on life. Moreover, that change in outlook never truly departs, and has informed so much of Bill's work as an adult.

Lying in the hospital bed, Bill remembers asking his folks for pencils and paper. It was at this point that Ruth and John knew their son was recovering. For many, art is a way of life, or a welcome escape from it. For Bill, art became a way back to life.

High school would expose Bill to many new techniques – he was fortunate to have teachers who recognised his ability and then encouraged him to extend himself in new directions. It is a tenet he continues to hold to, never content to confine himself to one discipline. Following school, Bill decided to join the army. He served for three years then left, returning to the Gold Coast which had always been his home. His pencils and paper would sit, mostly unused, for four years.

But talent, that strange and indomitable beast, would not stop seeking a way out. In 2003, Bill abandoned any pretence towards living a 9 to 5 life. He set about in earnest what that deposit of talent – that rich vein that can never be tapped out – demanded of him; to be refined, enriched, and utilised. He rented out a studio apartment and filled it with the tools of his craft. There he would live for the next five years, surrounded by his creations, his adventures into imagination – and it was here that he underwent the metamorphosis that took him from amateur artist to professional. By 2009 Bill knew that it was time to venture into the wider world, starting with Canada, a decision that would herald a new phase in his life and would have a profound effect on his work. Not only that, he found his feet attached solidly into the live painting scene.

It is an ongoing process, honing that rude lump of talent deposited inside, and Bill has moved far from the pencil-sketches that were his launching pad. From graphite he moved to pastel; from there he went on to employ acrylics, oils, charcoal and airbrush in his repertoire.

From success at high school art shows, he has progressed to the point where he routinely accepts People's Choice awards and Highly Commended accolades. In 2008 he was invited to capture the daily milieu of a 6 Star Hotel foyer – the Palazzo Versace – over the course of a month, a watershed in his struggle to become a paid artist. Since then he is regularly invited by exhibition organisers as the resident artist. He has been commissioned to do work in Australia, United States of America, Canada, Germany and New Zealand, and has himself organised many successful solo exhibitions. Moerover, he has survived as a professional artist since 2007 on the back of the very same commissions and exhibitions, the goal of every fledgling artist.

He has also ranged far afield from his initial forays into realism. He continues in the afore-mentioned style with an exquisite eye for detail, but is constantly pursuing other styles and genres that test his ability, expand his mind. Surrealism, abstract and fantasy are all within his domain.

What sets Bill apart from so many other artists is his imagination. When coupled with his experiences as a boy and man, his formidable talent and his sense of humour, it is a heady stew indeed. As you view each work on this website, it is helpful to remember that what Bill derives most from his work is fun. You should too. It's what he wants.

Picture a guy with a pencil in one hand, a beer in the other, a smile on his face and an imagination running smooth, hot and clean and you've got Bill.

There's a little something for everyone here, for all tastes and all seasons. Furthermore, as Bill is only too willing to admit, this is just the beginning. Remind yourself of that as you roam through the gallery; the best is always yet to come.

Enjoy.