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.

This class is full. Please send an email to [email protected] to be on the waiting list.

You can also check out our Drawing the Human Form, Urban Sketching in Perspective, Foundations of Painting, Intro to Digital Painting and Sculpting the Head and Features classes.

Teacher Artwork by Xin Ran Liu

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
  • Language English


Section A) starts Tuesday Oct 1st and is once a week from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM - English -Charles Vinh

Section B) starts Wednesday Oct 2nd and is once a week from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM - English - Charles Vinh

Duration: 10 weeks


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 (the instructor is bilingual and can explain concepts and give feedback in both languages).


Required Materials

Analytical Sketching - Charles

  • 1 HB pencil
  • Strathmore Toned Tan 9”x 12” 50 sheets Sketchbook
  • 1 sketchbook (same size) white pages
  • 1 black pen Faber Castell artist pen F (fine)
  • 1 black pen Faber Castell Artist pen 1.5 (medium) OR 1 black pen Staedtler B permanent Lumocolor (duo pointes)
  • Warm grey marker 3
  • 1 Kneaded Staedtler eraser
  • 1 white Prismacolour crayon (OR equivalent brand)
  • 1 white pen UNI POSCA White PC-3M 0.9-1.3

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.

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 - Develop your skill with analytical figure drawing from a live model.

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

Week 9 - Class field trip. Apply your new skills while sketching from life in a fascinating real-world setting.

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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