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Drawing Essentials

Learn everything you need to know about drawing in 5 step-by-step lessons.


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How to lightly draft contour with beautiful line quality

How to measure, use a scale tool, and draw proportions

How to render form through value

How to gesture draw expressively

Drawing is the foundation of all art. Master drawing skills and you will become unstoppable as an artist! This course will teach you how to draw what you see from the very basics of a straight line to the advanced skills of rendering form through value.

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Course Description

Dimitra Milan achieved worldwide recognition as a professional artist by the age of 15. And now, at 20, she is ready to share her powerful knowledge with you. Dimitra created these 5 videos with her mentor Elli Milan, the founder of Milan Art Institute and established professional artist of 24 years. Together, they will teach you the drawing essentials that will transform your art career.

In this course you will learn how to draw in just 5 lessons. You will draw a variety of subjects with 4 different engaging projects. You will draw a still life, animal, flower, and statue. This course will teach you how to draw in both charcoal and graphite which is necessary for you to be a well-rounded artist. You will learn how to properly use smudging and blending tools and a variety of erasers to create amazing realistic drawings.

This course is designed to teach foundational drawing skills for beginners and experienced artists alike. You will learn how to measure and draw exactly what you see in proportion. Drawing what you see accurately and representationally is a crucial foundation to all art and essential to truly seeing with an artist’s eye. After this course, you will feel confident in your drawing skills and begin to draw anything you see from life or photo sources with fluency. Learn amazing and unique tricks that will make drawing much easier and eliminate all your drawing frustrations and insecurities. This course will liberate you and catapult you into the  freedom of expression. 

Structure of the Course:

  • Lesson 1: Contour Drawing
  • Lesson 2: How to measure proportions
  • Lesson 3: Value and shading realistically
  • Lesson 4: Blocking in charcoal subtraction
  • Lesson 5: Gestures with expressive marks

The videos are around 20 minutes each. They include 4 separate drawing projects which will take the student between 1-3 hours to complete each project. These projects are necessary to complete if you wish to improve your drawing skills. You have access to these videos for life, so you can come back to them any time you feel the need to brush up on your drawing skills. We are incredibly excited for you to learn these essential techniques and change your life!

Price: $105.00 

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5 complete video lessons with step-by-step instruction

FREE reference photos

Life time access, learn at your own pace

Connect with the artist community on our exclusive platform (available on AppStore and GooglePlay)

About The Instructors:

Elli Milan

Founding owner of Milan Art Institute, who has sold her work professionally for the last 24 years. Elli has transformed the lives of hundreds of artists from all over the world, helping them find their voice, and turn their passion for art into a profession. She is passionate about the role of an artist in contemporary culture and a leading voice of the current Art Renaissance.

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Dimitra Milan

Generated over a million dollars of artwork sales by the age of 15. Dimitra Milan paintings are collected world-wide. She is pioneering a new age of artist influencers on social media, spreading beauty across the entire planet. She is a mentor at Milan Art Institute and passionate about equipping artists to change the world with their art.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Milan Art Institute has been teaching hundreds of students for the last 8 years from all over the world. The Milans are professional established artists who have been selling their work for over 22 years. Visit MAI Facebook page to read reviews from students and see their artwork and growth from the classes at MAI.

You will learn from the very basics of how to draw a line and quickly learn how to measure and draw proportionally. After these 5 lessons, you’ll be drawing like a pro.

  • Soft charcoal
  • Charcoal pencils 
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Plastic eraser
  • Blending stump(s)
  • Scale tool (optional)
  • Good drawing paper 
  • A variety of graphite pencils (2B-9B recommended)
  • Precision eraser (optional)

We offer unique tricks and tips that aren’t rarely known, even among professionals. 

That being said, if you can draw in perfect proportion and have an advanced understanding of value and form, don’t take this course. But if you are near an intermediate level or are lacking in one of those areas, you should take this course. It is full of extremely valuable information that is essential for all artists who strive to become a successful artist.

If you purchase a course you will have lifetime access to it.

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