In 2015, Twitch streamed the entirety of Bob Ross’ “The Joy of Painting” to commemorate the introduction of Twitch Creative. For a bit over a week, I along with 5.6 million other viewers watched all 403 episodes of the “happy little trees” guy’s show. The absolute calmness and assuredness that Bob had in his craft was remarkable and I wanted to experience something like that in a creative outlet. Just not with all the set up and paint, that’s a lot of work. I compromised and the second day into the stream, I went out and bought a sketchbook, put pencil to paper, and started drawing.
For over a year I kept up with drawing and filled a page a day. I was happy with what I was able to create with just a bit of wood and graphite. But, life got in the way and I spent less and less time in the sketchbook and I shelved it for quite some time. Recently, I picked it up again and found I lost a lot of the fundamentals. Seeing that Gale did offer a course for drawing, I decided to try it out and see what I could pull out from it.
Each Gale course is six week long with two lessons released every week, each containing five chapters, an FAQ, short five question quiz, an assignment that could be 30 minutes of practice, a short task, or something else. It depends on how creative the instructor wants to be, but they are not graded. The only graded assignment is an open book final exam with 36 question that can only be taken only once. Get 70% of them right and you pass the course!
Drawing for the Absolute Beginner is an art course taught by Chad Walker, a concept designer and artist of several award-winning games, including “Age of Empires, “Age of Kings,” and “Age of Conquerors.” While the majority of his work assumes digital modeling and he does use digital tools during the instruction videos, the course is material agnostic. I followed along fine with just pencil and paper. I liked that the instructor was much more active on the discussion board compared to other courses. While you will need to go through the material to pass the course by Gale’s standards, the true mark of success will be your drawing. It is not required to submit anything through the board, but you will gain so much by having the instructor and others critique your work.
See the course description and syllabus for more details:
The next session starts May 15, give it a chance if you have any inclination of becoming an artist or becoming a better artist.
Read this if you want to be great at drawing by Selwyn Leamy
You can sketch : a step-by-step guide for absolute beginners by Jackie Simmonds
https://www.twitch.tv/bobross – Bob Ross on tap, forever. I do not take responsibility for anything you see in the comments.
https://drawabox.com/ – If you feel like jumping into another course, check out Draw A Box. While there isn’t an instructor, you can submit your work for review on the subreddit or Discord server for the course.