Charles Valsechi

Drawing Essentials: Rendering Form

with Charles Valsechi

Achieve a new level of realism in your drawing! Learn how to draw form with step-by-step guidance from fine artist and instructor Charles Valsechi. Start by discovering how to sketch basic geometric forms, which will help you draw everyday objects accurately. Build on this foundation as you break down more complex objects into simple shapes, before bringing them to life with details. Next, enhance your ability to depict light and shadow as you become comfortable with tonal transitions. Expand your drawing skills further by using hatching to make objects seem to pop off the page. Then, bring greater dimension to your work as you learn to locate objects in the foreground, middle ground and background of your drawing. Plus, Charles will help you apply each of these techniques to draw a realistic scene that’s sure to be the first of many.

  • 7 Sessions
  • 2h 18m
Charles Valsechi

Charles Valsechi

Charles Valsechi's journey toward becoming an artist began at Ringling College of Art and Design. From there, Charles continued his artistic education with classical training under Charles Miano at the Southern Atelier and through workshops from other renowned artists. It was at the Southern Atelier where Charles first began teaching. Today, he is a professional fine artist and an instructor of drawing and painting at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design.

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