Here are 6 easy steps you can take to to learn how to draw realistic things RIGHT NOW.
In order of smallest time commitment to biggest time commitment, here are some ways to start learning how to draw and paint realistic things TODAY.
1 Minute: Join our SAA mailing list for tips, tricks, inspiration & more. We send out lesson plans and other resources for learning how to draw realistically.
10-15 Minutes: Watch an atelier video that teaches a skill. The videos in this mini-series on color theory take only 10-15 minutes to watch, and you will come away with at least one new color concept you didn’t know before.
30-90 Minutes: Download some of our free art lessons and give them a spin. These short, easy-to-follow lessons will help you build some realistic drawing skills with only a 30-90 minute time commitment.
10-15 Hours: Ready for a bit more serious study? Try our Yay! Portraits Worksheets that take you through a series of realistic drawing exercises to help you make accurate portraits.
1 Week: Ready to jump in to your first full atelier project? This free YouTube class takes you step-by-step through the process of completing a project that most ateliers have you do as your very first one. It’s called a Bargue Plate. Don’t worry – you don’t have to do it all at once! Each video is about 15 minutes long, and the series has ~30 videos. You can work through them at your own pace. And by the end, you will know how to draw realistic images at a high level.
6 Weeks: Apply for the MA in Studio Art. Now you are playing in the big-kids pool.
This accredited MA in Studio Arts program is summers-only, has remote and in-person options, is 100% studio-based, and requires ZERO year-round obligations. Train intensively in atelier skills for 3 summers.
If you are serious about expanding your technical art skillset without quitting your current job, this is what you need. This program will teach you how to draw and paint realistically.
It’s not easy taking first steps towards atelier training, but the most important thing is to take a step.
So pick one and give it a try, your future self will thank you when you are drawing realistic images!
What steps are you taking to start your atelier journey? Let me know in the comments below!