Essential Drawing Mechanics & Skills by Robert Joyner

Essential Drawing Mechanics & Skills

An easy approach for developing essential drawing techniques and skills.

Hi, I'm Robert Joyner

And I've created Master Essential Drawing Mechanics for people like you that want to learn more about building a solid foundation for their drawing skills!
If you've always wanted to...
  • Master essential drawing skills.
  • Develop the right mechanics for drawing all all shapes, forms, perspective, shading and more.
  • Build a better foundation for your painting.
Then this course is for you!
  • Start with learning proper drawing mechanics.
  • Master fundamental drawing skills with easy to apply ideas & techniques.
  • Learn how to see like an artist by converting subjects into simple shapes.


Robert makes art fun, and his teaching style can give you confidence to start drawing and painting.
P. Seaverson
I learned how to hold my pencil properly, draw from the shoulder, make the shapes above the paper, move faster, draw lighter and pay more attention to angles! I am so much better at drawing curves than I was 2 weeks ago.
Carla E.
Many thanks to Mr Joyner for an awesome class and demos.
Ruth S.

What You Will Get

  • 46 high-quality video tutorials with detailed instructions and text breakdown for each lesson.
  • Quizzes to test your knowledge.
  • Critique videos that address common problems.
  • Ask questions and get answers
  • Artist gallery to post your work and see what others have done.

What's included?

Video Icon 50 videos Text Icon 10 text files

Lesson Plan

Materials & Important Dates
Materials & Getting Started
Basic Skills
General Setup And Materials
4 mins
Mark Making Exercise
3 mins
Basic Skills: Quiz One
Circles And Ovals
12 mins
Lines, Squares And Rectangles
11 mins
Basic Skills: Quiz
Angles, Triangle, Quadrilaterals & Complex Shapes
11 mins
Try This Shape Exercise
2 mins
Artist Gallery - Shapes Exercise
Critiques - Shape Exercise Assignment
15 mins
8 mins
Bending Shapes
7 mins
Basic Skills: Quiz
Egg Shapes
5 mins
Curve & Shape Assignments
8 mins
Artist Gallery - Curves & Shapes
Critiques - Assignment Two
12 mins
Test Your Skills - Simple Subject
4 mins
Test Your Skills - Complex Subject
3 mins
Artist Gallery - Simple & Complex Subject
Critiques - Simple & Complex Subject
17 mins
Part Two
Material List For This Section
Line Types & The Ever-Changing Line
6 mins
Defining Lines And How They Impact Humans
5 mins
Getting Started: Quiz
Assignment One
3 mins
Artist Gallery - First Assignment
Emotional Lines
5 mins
Assignment Two
6 mins
Emotional Lines: Quiz
Artist Gallery - Emotional Lines
Bring Form To Life
4 mins
Combine Techniques Demonstration
9 mins
Tea Cup Assignment
3 mins
Artist Gallery - Third Assignment
Light & Heavy Demonstration
7 mins
Introduction To Tactile Lines
3 mins
Soft & Hard Demonstration
11 mins
Textile Assignment
2 mins
Artist Gallery - Fourth Assignment
Introduction To Atmosphere
3 mins
Using Side Of Pencil Technique
3 mins
Atmosphere Demonstration
6 mins
Atmosphere: Quiz
Assignment Five
1 min
Fifth Assignment - Artist Gallery Atmosphere
Recap & Closing Thoughts
2 mins
Part Three
Basic Line Exercises
10 mins
Basic Line Exercises - Part 2
12 mins
Basic Line Exercises - Part 3
7 mins
Recap & Assignment
3 mins
Tone & Value Exercises - Part One
19 mins
Value & Tone Assignment
1 min
Visual Components & Basic Shapes
8 mins
2D & 3D Shapes 101
10 mins
Perspective With Basic Shapes
24 mins
Recap For Basic Shapes & Perspective
6 mins
15 mins
Measuring 101
5 mins
Coffee Cup Demo - Project
14 mins
Paint Tube Demo
10 mins
Hammer Demo
19 mins
[NEW] Hammer Demo With Shading
14 mins
[NEW] Coffee Cup Shading Demo
9 mins
[NEW] Paint Tube Shading Demo
6 mins


What level of computer knowledge will I need for the courses & workshops?

A basic level of computer understanding is needed. Our technology is simple and very easy to use! If you can browse the Internet, type in a password, play a video, upload a photo then you can easily attend our courses. 

Why take fine art workshop/courses online?

Your instructor, Robert Joyner, is a full time renowned artists and are passionate about teaching. All of the workshop material from the filming to editing has been put together for those that who want you to excel in their art journey. These lessons and assignments have been designed for artists at every skill level and for the following mediums: acrylic, watercolor and mixed media. The lessons have a perfect blend of traditional fundamentals with expressive techniques.
There are many advantages:
• Learn and engage from the privacy & comfort of your studio
• No travel required
• Watch course lessons 24/7, whenever it fits into your schedule
• Fully optimized for your mobile devices so that learning on the go is easy and convenient

How do I ask questions?

You can ask a question anytime during your enrollment in a course. Your instructor will be as interactive as he can, so ask away. Remember, the instructor receive a lot of questions so be patient if they don't respond right away especially when it comes to communicating over different time zones.

How do online workshop and courses work?

  • Once you enroll you will have instant access to all available content plus new tutorials as it becomes available.
  • Workshops are 10-15 days long and include lessons and assignments. 
  • Online workshops included feedback tutorials which increase the online learning opportunities.
  • However critiques are no longer available if you purchase the self-study course. But you can submit your art to be included in the artist gallery.

Do these courses need to be viewed on desktop computer only?

No. As long as you have high-speed Internet connection our courses can be viewed on a desktop, laptop or mobile device.
We support Mac OS X & iOS plus Windows & Android operating systems.

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Can I get a refund if I can't complete course or workshop?

No refunds are available. We offer credit to take another course when your time allows. 

Do I need a fast Internet connection?

Yes – it will help alleviate frustration.  All Painthog courses stream in HD. A minimum download speed of 5.0 Mbps is recommended to stream video lessons and attend these courses.

You may check with your Internet provider (ISP) or click here to visit and test your download speed before enrolling in a course.. If your system downloads at less than 5.0 Mbps you will experience streaming video issues and this makes watching unenjoyable. 

For our international and frequent traveling students we recommend checking this handy link for internet speeds across the world to see if you'll have good connection. 

Lastly, if you can watch this video without interruption then your Internet is most likely fast enough for our courses.

Is this a live event? Do I need to be present a specific time?

No. Since we have students from all over the world, it makes it impossible to schedule live courses. These lessons have been pre-recorded so that you can watch anytime and anywhere as long as you have high-speed Internet connection on a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

You can watch the videos in parts if you can't watch the entire video all at once. You can forward and rewind the video lessons from your instructor as often as you wish during your enrollment in the course. This is an added bonus, because everyone knows that there is no rewinding instructors information when taking a physical workshop. We made it easy for anyone in the world to learn from the very best.