Drawing Lessons from Last Course

Assalamu allaikum ,

I’ve been meaning to update my blog for the longest time. So many things have happened in the last little while it has made me not able to update it the way it should be. I apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Here are some of the lessons from the Drawing Classes with Ink.

Still Life Drawing

Our Still Life Drawing classes aim to show the progress of the students. It uses all of the classes into one. Drawing, Shading, Perspective (3D) into a culmination of skills.

December 19, 2015 @ 9 – 10:30am & December 20, 2015

For this Still Life lesson. We were given a beautiful arrangement of kitchenware. Masha Allah. A rolling pin, mortar and pestol and a sharpening stone. All of these objects had to feel really heavy and have volume as well. We tried to used a metal cup but we learned that it didn’t go well with our composition because it felt thin and light while everything else was strong and heavy. We also looked at how texture plays a big part in telling what the object is.

Here are the results:


December 20, 2015 @ 11:30am – 1:00pm

One of our students brought his shoes, a water bottle and tennis ball. He was looking for a sporty theme. I think he did really well, Masha Allah. I wanted to see what ink technique he was really good at. We used tracing paper and traced the same drawing and used 4 different techniques: crosshatching, hatching, ink with brush and calligraphy pen. He was surprised that he liked another technique than what he thought.

Here are the results:

December 26, 2015 @ 11:30am – 1:00pm

Next up, we have our student bring in his skateboard and his Ferrari hat. I saw that he was having trouble drawing the skateboard so I stepped in and helped him out. I showed him step by step the process of looking at his objects and inking the picture. These courses are not meant to show off or wow people. They are meant to show a progression of the student skills to draw anything they want and not just to draw one thing.

Here are the results:

December 10, 2015 @ 11:30am – 1:00pm

Our last student brought in something really small but we had lots of fun with it. We looked at different poses we can give his Lego man. We also talked about gesture drawing and how a gesture is best drawn with flowing lines, even if the gesture doesn’t have flowing lines. Art is about seeing the world as you see it and showing people what you see. Sometimes we see things differently and it’s an artist’s job to express it to give this world a different perspective about the world.

Here are the results:


Shade like a Pro

These classes are meant to show the importance of light and shadow. How objects interact with each other and cast shadows onto one another. A close study was also given to practice our inking skills using pens, brushes and calligraphy pens.

December 9, 2015 @ 4:00pm – 5:30pm & December 24, 2015 @ 11:30am – 1pm

Our students used real world objects to simulate a imaginary artwork. A popular exercise i do with many students. They are asked to draw blobs and then shade them in using either the light what they think it would be or to use  material to mold their shapes they drew and use light to draw each shape. Its a great lesson to observe how light works.

Here are the results:


Learn to Draw

Drawing isn’t something you can pick up in one day or even one year. It takes practice, determination and a vision of what you want to achieve. These classes are just to motivate them and guide them in the right direction. I am ensuring anyone that only draws in my class will not get better compared to someone who come to my class and practices at home will get better.

December 21, 2015 @ 11:30am – 1:00pm

Learning to draw something new can be exciting and sometimes scary. This class, I helped one student draw something he’s never drawn before. One of my students gave me a greeting card and it had some flowers on it. It was my inspiration and I wanted to share it this class. We looked at the card, see what we liked about it and started to draw flowers.

December 26, 2015 @ 11:30am ha- 1:00pm

Using Google images during classes has helped us to draw things that we enjoy. If you are drawing something and it doesn’t interest you and you are having trouble then you will not enjoy it. That’s not fun. My student said he liked jet packs so we drew a jet pack. Pretty simple but we had lots of fun with it.

Here are the results:


Draw in 3D

Every object is made up of 3D shapes. The problem artists have is how to make the illusion of something 3D on a paper that’s 2D. In the following classes, students looked at buildings using 2nd point perspective.

December 22, 2015 @ 2:30pm – 4:00pm

When we have our classes. I want to know what things the students are interested in From there, I help the student draw what they want to draw. For this lesson the student wanted to draw a 5 star hotel. I asked him what the hotel should have and where it should go. I then guided him how to draw it on the building.

December 27, 2015 @ 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Drawing buildings can be something new to some. My student didn’t have much experience drawing buildings but he really wanted to learn how to. I think he did a wonderful job. Masha Allah. I learned how to draw in 3D when i was much older than my student’s age. I am sure he can become much better than me with practice in sha Allah.

Here are the results:



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