Sometimes I'm writing about things that are great but are not that closely related to the overall topics discussed here on ghacks.net. The approximately hundred drawing lessons over at drawspace.com are one of those examples. All you need to do is register a free account to get started taking drawing lessons. The lessons are divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced classes. If you are new to the whole drawing niche, start with the beginner classes.
All three classes contain categories like drawing with lines, perspective and faces & figures that offer a number of lessons that make up the category. You find for example Leg & Foot and Facial Aging in the Faces & Figure category which is an advanced class. Selecting a lesson brings you to the lessons main page where you find in depth illustrations that explain the concept.
It is important to work your way through all categories from beginning to end as you may miss out on important lessons otherwise as they build up on each other.
Update: It is no longer necessary to register an account at Drawspace before you can take a look at the drawing lessons offered on the site. The majority of lessons on the site can be viewed online, or downloaded to the local computer system. Both the online courses and the downloads are provided as pdf documents. It is interesting to note that you can download the complete drawing course to your computer, which may be useful if you want to print it out, or move the documents to a device that does not have a permanent Internet connection.
Lessons have expanded a lot in past years, and even expanded into classrooms which are offered in exchange for money. Classrooms come with certification options in the end, and usually last for weeks. Registered users of the site can upload their drawings to the website, and track their progress lesson wise on it as well. It is however completely optional and not required to download any of the drawing lessons for the site.
It is definitely a great place to get started to learn drawing or improve your skills if you are already somewhat proficient.
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