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Analytical Sketching

A 10-week course where you learn an analytical step-by-step method to break down any object or living being into basic shapes and build up a drawing with proper perspective and shading.

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Analytical Sketching

Do you ever have trouble drawing objects, plants or animals from all angles? When drawing from imagination onto paper, do you ever lose something in translation? In this course you will learn a step-by-step method to break down any object or living being into basic shapes and build up a drawing with proper perspective and shading so you can literally draw anything, from any angle!

This method of analytical sketching has been passed down for centuries through the great European academies and is the go-to method for entertainment industry concept artists and illustrators. It's one of the most efficient and effective ways to construct your drawings and is an essential visual communication tool for concept artists, illustrators and animators.

By the end of this class, you will have greatly increased your confidence, accuracy and speed in line drawing. You will have many new studies and final drawings in your portfolio and, what's more, you will have the tools to quickly and accurately sketch vehicles, objects, people, animals and plants from life and from your imagination. Your sketchbook will never look the same again!

  • Course Type Traditional Drawing Courses
  • Duration 10 weeks
  • Skill Level
    Level 1
    Level 1

    Strong fundamentals in traditional drawing, painting and sculpting are the foundations to create amazing artwork.

    This level is about solidifying the fundamentals, getting a refresher on the most important art principles, and learning tricks to create realistic drawing and paintings.

  • Language English

Fall term classes begin on the 28th of September.

$499.00 (save $69!!) $430.00CAD


Class Timings: Wednesdays from 11 AM to 2 PM Eastern Daylight Time (EDT or UTC -4 h)

Date of first class: September 30

Duration: 10 weeks

Important Info: In case of a Covid-19 issue or another government shutdown of schools, all classes will move online and that students registering for Fall onsite classes need to be prepared for this possibility and be ready to transition to an online class format if necessary.


Foundations of Drawing or equivalent experience (having a foundation in the basics of realistic drawing, such as basic perspective, proportion and shading) is required.

Language requirements: You need at least intermediate level English to take this class (Charles Vinh is bilingual and can explain concepts and give feedback in both languages).


Required Materials

Analytical Sketching

  • pencils: 1 H4, 1 HB, 1B4
  • 1 BOND white & mat paper pad (18 x 24 inches) (no glossy finish and no newsprint paper)
  • Tracing paper block (9 x 12 minimum, though bigger is optimal)
  • White and black pencil KOH-I-NOOR (recommended), or Prismacolor (optional)
  • Kneadable special cleaning eraser
  • White eraser (Staedtler or other company)
  • Sharpener

Optional but used in most classes:

  • Kraft paper 3 Pages (18 x 24 inches)



Course Outline

This course will give you the skills required to accurately sketch any object, plant, animal, person or vehicle by breaking it down into simple geometric forms. You will learn quickly through demonstration, exercises, observational drawing and one-on-one feedback and correction from the instructor. Pencil, pens and markers will be your tools as you develop proficiency and confidence in line drawing before adding tones.

*Please note that this outline is from the last time we held this class and we may make some updates and improvements for the coming term.

Week 1 - Introduction. Learn the best ways to use your materials and develop your basic hand drawing skills through a series of exercises.

Week 2 - Drawing basic shapes and forms. Understand how to represent the basic forms with which all objects are built.

Week 3 - Learn how to capture organic forms & contours.

Week 4 - Develop proficiency drawing geometric forms in perspective. Understand how to represent light and shadow in perspective.

Week 5 - Learn how to efficiently break down complex subjects into basic shapes so you can sketch them quickly and accurately.

Week 6 - Understand how to apply the analytical approach to human anatomy.

Week 7 - Learn to apply your analytical sketching skills to the human figure so you can sketch people with proper form, depth and perspective.

Week 8 - Learn to add tones to your line drawings to bring them to life.

Week 9 -Understand how to use your analytical sketching skills to accurately represent realistic environments

Week 10 - Learn to apply your analytical drawing skills to generate interesting new designs and take your visual creativity to the next level.

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Syn Studio offers the highest quality education at the most affordable prices.

This popular class tends to fill up well before the deadline, so register early!

Fall term classes begin on the 28th of September.

This class is being offered at
$499.00 $430.00 CAD
for a limited period of time (save $69!!)
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