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Techniques and Gestures: Drawing

Drawing is the artist's most direct and spontaneous expression, a species of writing: it reveals, better than does painting, his true personality. (Edgar Degas)

General References /  Gesture Drawing / Contour Drawing

Access Art
Draw! explore drawing for age 16+ This site is from the UK and is an excellent resource. There are a number of exercices which take you from "learning to see"

Links to lessons using a variety of drawing media as well as links to other drawing sites.

Scroll down the left-hand menu and click on drawing. There is a lot of information as well as examples of drawing from petroglyphs to contemporary artists.

Wikipedia: Drawing
 The Wikipedia article gives a good overview of drawing and has links to explain the terms used.

Drawing Grass: an introduction to "negative" drawing

Learning to see the white space

Creative Spotlite
Links to a variety of drawing lessons

Learning How to Draw: Illustrated Lesson Notes for Teachers
"This is a free drawing lesson site for students who need to learn to draw and teachers who require practical lesson notes. We aim for improved visual literacy and begin here with the basics."

Incredible @rt Department: Line Drawing
KinderArt: Portrait Drawing - grid system
lesson plan aimed at Grades 6 - 8

The Figure Drawing Lab
"This site is devoted to better understanding of the elements that make up the human figure and how to better portray them."

Figure Drawing Links
Best for high school - there are nude models

Gesture Drawing - a mini lesson
tips on drawing with a live model
(try not to be put off by the multiple ads)

Blind Contour Drawing
Try this exercice to train your eye

Basics in Ink Drawing
a basic overview of drawing with ink