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1, 2, 3s Of Drawing

1, 2, 3s Of Drawing

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Bill Wright, Sion Ap Tomos


If you’d like to improve your drawing skills, you’re invited to join this class devoted to fundamentals of drawing. Tutors Bill and Sion have made 1,2,3s of Drawing very much a 'hands on' and 'how to' course, stressing different drawing techniques, tricks of the trade, nuts-and-bolts-know how, methods of observation and exposure to a variety of drawing tools.

You’re probably bursting with creativity and imagination and we want to ensure you have practical methods of getting your creative ideas quickly and effectively onto paper. There’ll be numerous short drawing exercises (challenging, fun or fanciful), and some longer ones. They’re designed as stepping stones or pieces of the puzzle of how to draw. Building up a catalogue of small skills over the course should demystify drawing for you, make it easier - and turn it into the joy it’s meant to be!

What makes this drawing course different from most others is that it examines a vast number of ways drawing can be done and learned.  This is achieved by having many topics and two tutors to teach them.  We alternate - one of us leading the class while the other prepares the next part of the lesson or joins in giving you individual input regarding what you’re working on.  This ‘tag-team’ set-up results in a quickly paced course with lots of varying opportunities for you to learn and do.

Some work will be done outside of class (10 week evening classes only, not in summer school). You’ll get individual help and there’ll also be group critiques which will stress methods, analyse results and provide for lively exchanges with classmates and tutors. 

Topics covered include:

  • methods of observation, judging shape, size, proportion
  • spontaneity, personality and character in drawings
  • varying line-weight, drawing tools, ways, angles of holding tools
  • simplified observational perspective, and point of view (POV)
  • seeing and depicting shade and shadow
  • drawing natural objects - leaves, shells, flowers, etc. in colour
  • the ‘geography’ of the human head and face, drawing head models
  • life drawing, for example, figure drawing, drawing clothed figures in action poses
  • drawing from photos; drawing from memory and imagination
  • foreground and background elements and establishing depth in drawings
  • simple use of drafting tools, templates, French curves (tutor demo only)
  • developing drawings into more finished illustrations with paints, inks, pastels, etc.
  • drawing in public places with ease and good results (practice session first); reportage illustration
  • use of water-soluble materials, charcoal, different pencils, pens, markers and more
  • looking at successful drawings to understand how they were achieved


You’ll emerge from this class having been exposed to a multitude of approaches, methods and techniques of drawing. From those you’re bound to have found some that suit your drawing personality, skills and needs.

You’ll certainly have many drawings with different subjects and done in different materials.  These could form part of a portfolio, either professional or university-admittance oriented, or simply provide a jumping off point for a more active drawing and sketching life.

You leave the course with improved drawing confidence, knowledge and ability.

There is more information available on Bill Wright's website

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Who should take this course?

This course would be valuable for both beginner wanting a good foundation of skills and for a person with some drawing experience who’d like to revisit the basics. You may actually be a frequent drawer but would like to know more about materials and different drawing techniques that you usually use. This course will suit someone who wishes to improve their drawing with an eye on going into further study within art or design and someone developing a portfolio of images for this reason.

Some work will be done at easels. It’s fine to sit at a chair or on a stool when working at an easel, so if drawing while standing is a problem for you, don’t let the thought of easel work deter you from the course.

This is a course that puts a lot in front of you to think about, try out and learn from and then keeps bringing more.  If you have an eager appetite to learn, energy to put into your work and want grow your drawing skill-set, this course will welcome you.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Hello, Bill Wright here.  I’m passionate about drawing and illustration and love teaching about them and interacting with students in their creative efforts. I start each course by asking, ’What do you hope to get out of this class?’ and I think hearing that from each student is a good beginning.
As for my background, my training in New York City was as an architect and architectural illustrator, but I’ve also worked internationality on films and TV as a set designer and storyboard artist and enjoy collaborating with professionals and students from around the world.  I’ve taught drawing, illustration and design in the US and UK, including ten years at Central Saint Martins, both in BA program and in short courses. 

If you’re after individual input about your work just ask. I love digging into drawings and illustrations and seeing what makes them tick. I’ve created thousands of drawings and illustrations, but I still experience the excitement and awe I felt as a student, so I know how that feels. Similarly, I can’t help the sense of vibrant anticipation I get for how students will grow and achieve. I’m a firm believer in passing on simple techniques, tricks of the trade, approaches and methods that I’ve been fortunate enough to absorb and can share.  And sharing these methods as I do can make image-making more lively, spontaneous, engaging, easier and more fun! 

Hi, this is Sion Ap Tomos, I’m an illustrator and educator and I eat, drink and breathe drawing! I love talking about it, demonstrating it, sharing knowledge about it and helping people to get the most out of doing it. I don’t think it matters why you want to draw it’s just good for you - another way to communicate which is no bad thing to have in my opinion.

I studied illustration at Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art and have worked as a freelance illustrator for a number of years in a variety of areas including editorial illustration, poster illustration, factual and reportage illustration and Illustrating for educational reference.
I’ve been talking about and teaching drawing for 16 years including 10 years on the Central Saint Martins Illustration/Graphics BA program. I love teaching on short courses in particular with the emphasis on sharing practical knowledge and helping students to use what we pass on in a way that works for them.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • 2H HB 2B 4B 6B - Standard graphite pencils
  • Quality pens of different nib widths. Here is a link to a standard popular type:
  • Quality rubber a/k/a eraser (Staedtler Mars plastic is good)
  • Putty Rubber (this is a good one to explore as a drawing tool not just for erasing mistakes)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • A4 Cartridge paper sketchbook (with detachable or spiral bound sheets)
  • Small notebook/sketchbook.

Lots of materials will be available in class at no additional cost including: large drawing paper (A1, A2, A3 and A4 drawing paper, watercolour paper, coloured pencils, water soluble pencils, markers, a variety of drawing pens, brushes, aquabrushes, brush-pens, inks, watercolour sets, pallets, charcoal, pastels, light boxes

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