Dixon Drawing Class

Welcome to my drawing class!  Here you’ll find a 24-episode series (about 30 minutes each) that walks through the process of creating artwork, and especially, improving those mad artist skillz.  The class will talk about how to practice drawing, how to collect references, create thumbnails, draw what you see, stylize what you draw, drawing environments, speedpainting, and by the end–being able to create whole illustrations like this:

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It’s a good class for kids who have taken art classes, but want to push themselves harder and maybe even get on track to becoming a professional artist.

I’ll be posting a new episode every Monday.  You can visit this page for updates, or subscribe to the Dixon Drawing Class youtube channel ^_^


DDC Episode 1 – How to Draw BB-8

 

Mini Lecture: Introduction to the Class
Drawing: How to draw BB-8  (4:12)
Q & A: What school did I go to?  (23:50)
Homework: Practice drawing (whatever you want) for 30 minutes to an hour each day.

Episode 1 drawing sheet:

 

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DDC Episode 2 – How to Draw Baby Dory

 

Mini Lecture: Simple shapes–Circles, squares, and straight lines
Drawing: How to draw Baby Dory {11:17}
Demon Heather: {1:23}
Q & A: What art books do I recommend? {28:00}
Homework: Practice drawing circles, squares, and straight lines. Continue to draw for 30 minutes to an hour each day.

Episode 2 drawing sheet:

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DDC Episode 3 – How to Draw Yourself as a Minecraft Guy

Mini Lecture: Breaking things into simple shapes
Drawing: How to draw yourself as a Minecraft Guy {7:36}
Q & A: How to make the jump to digital (part 1)? {38:40}
Homework: Break the pictures you draw into simple shapes (as illustrated in lecture.)  And of course, continue to draw for 30 minutes to an hour each day.

Episode 3 drawing sheet:

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DDC Episode 4 – How to Draw Yourself as a My Little Pony

 

Dixon Drawing Class – Episode 4 of 24

Mini Lecture: Collecting References (Part 1)
Drawing: How to draw Yourself as a My Little Pony {6:47}
Q & A: Making the Jump to Digital? (Part 2) {39:04}
Homework: Get thyself a Pinterest account! & Continue to draw for 30 minutes to an hour each day.

 

Episode 4 drawing sheet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DDC Episode 5 – How to Draw Yourself as a Lego Guy

Dixon Drawing Class – Episode 5 of 24

Mini Lecture: Collecting References (Part 2)
Drawing: How to draw Yourself as a Lego Guy {4:56}
Q & A: What’s with the glove? {34:11}
Homework: Collect all the pics you wanna draw into a picture file! & Continue to draw for 30 minutes-hour each day.

Episode 5 drawing sheet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DDC Episode 6 – How to Draw Moana

Mini Lecture: How to Draw Faces (Part 1)
Drawing: How to draw Moana {10:00}
Awkward singing: {15:27}
Q & A: Can I make a living as an artist? {33:30}
Homework: Practice drawing the faces of your friends and family & continue to draw for 30 minutes-hour each day.

Episode 6 drawing sheet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DDC Episode 7 – How to Draw Zuko

Mini Lecture: How to Draw Faces (Part 2)
Drawing: How to draw Zuko {5:50}
Q & A: Can I get a job drawing anime? {22:48}
Homework: Spend your 30 min – hour a day of practice time drawing faces in all positions, expressions, and ages.

Episode 7 Drawing Sheet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DDC Episode 8 – How to Draw Elsa

Mini Lecture: How to Draw Hands
Drawing: How to draw Elsa {7:22}
Q & A: How do I handle artist burnout? {35:00}
Homework: Spend your 30 min – hour a day of practice time drawing hands in all positions

Episode 8 Drawing Sheet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DDC TIP – How to Practice Drawing


DDC Episode 9 – How to Draw Tarzan

Mini Lecture: How to Draw Feet
Drawing: How to draw Tarzan {3:40}
Q & A: How do I “make time” to practice? {21:47}
Homework: Spend your 30 min – hour a day of practice time drawing feet in all positions

Episode 9 Drawing Sheet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DDC Episode 10 – How to Draw Barbie (For Dressing Up!)

Mini Lecture: How to the Human Figure (Part I — Proportion and Form)
Drawing: How to draw Barbie {13:15}
My Niece Anna’s Drawing: {27:42}
Q & A: What are good figure artists to study? {28:12}
Homework: Spend your 30 min – hour a day of practice time drawing fashion models, vintage advertisements, and other pics of the human figure

Episode 10 – Barbie Drawing Sheet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DDC Episode 11 – How to Draw Superman

Mini Lecture: How to the Human Figure (Part II — Skeleton and Muscles)
Drawing: How to draw Superman {9:52}
Q & A: How do I choose an art school? {31:12}
Homework: Spend your 30 min – hour a day of practice time drawing elements of the human figure–muscles, skeletal structure, etc.

Episode 11 – Superman Drawing Sheet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DDC Episode 12 – How to Draw a Funko Pop!

Mini Lecture: How to the Human Figure (Part III — Proportions and Positions)
Drawing: How to draw a Funko Pop! {10:07}
Q & A: What class do I take if I want to draw clothed models? {28:52}
Homework: Spend your 30 min – hour a day of practice time drawing all types of body shapes, cartoon characters with different proportions, and the human figure in all different positions.

 

Episode 12 – Funko Pop! Drawing Sheet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DDC Episode 13 – How to Draw Yourself as a Wolf

Mini Lecture: How to Draw Animals (Part I of III — Breaking Animals down into Simple Shapes)
Drawing: How to draw Yourself as a Wolf {7:40}
Q & A: What books do you recommend for animal drawing? {36:19}
Correction @ {37:15}: *20th century
Homework: Spend your 30 min – hour a day of practice time drawing animals by breaking them down into simple shapes.

Episode 13 – Wolf Drawing Sheet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DDC Episode 14 – How to Draw Buckbeak

Mini Lecture: How to Draw Animals (Part II of III — Drawing muscles, bones, and other animal elements)
Drawing: How to draw Buckbeak {7:13}
Q & A: I freeze up every time I start to draw! What do I do? {30:10}
Homework: Practice drawing animals from life–at a zoo, on a farm, or anywhere. Live sketch!

Episode 14 – Buckbeak Drawing Sheet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DDC Episode 15 – How to Draw Bullseye

Mini Lecture: How to Draw Animals (Part III of III — Drawing stylized animals, animals in different positions)
Drawing: How to draw Bullseye {6:07}
Q & A: What classes can I take now to up my game? {19:52}
Homework: Practice drawing cartoon animals, animals in different positions, experiment with animal proportions.

Episode 15 – Bullseye Drawing Sheet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DDC Episode 16 – How to Draw an X-Wing

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Mini Lecture: How to Draw Props and Machinery (Part I of II — Drawing props from life)
Drawing: How to draw an X-Wing {6:38}
Q & A: How can I draw from life? {20:43}
Homework: Practice drawing all sorts of props from life (kitchen appliances, furniture, cars, etc) all in different positions.

Episode 16 – X-Wing Drawing Sheet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



DDC Episode 17 – How to Draw a Transformer

Mini Lecture: How to Draw Props and Machinery (Part II of II — Drawing and Designing Machinery)

Drawing: How to draw yourself as a Transformer {8:42}
Q & A: What is a good sketchbook to use? {33:34}
Homework: Practice drawing elements of machinery and design your own, too.

Episode 17 – Transformer Drawing Sheet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DDC Episode 18 – How to Draw a Background from Princess and the Frog

Mini Lecture: How to draw and block out backgrounds (Part I of III — Drawing Environments)
Drawing: How to draw a background from Princess and the Frog {11:00}
Q & A: What are good drawing tools to sketchbook with? {34:26}
Homework: Practice drawing backgrounds from animation, movies, and photography.

Princess and the Frog Background Drawing Sheet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


DDC Episode 19 – How to Speedpaint

Mini Lecture: Drawing Environments (Part II of III)
Drawing: How to do a 30-minute Speedpaint {2:03}
Q & A: Can I make a living as an artist if I don’t draw digitally? {10:45}
Homework: Do a 30-minute speedpaint every day this week!

Speedpaint Drawing Sheet:

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