The road to mastering drawing starts here.

There is often a mystery that clouds the visual arts with confusion and uncertainty. This is largely because most of us were never given serious art instruction in our adolescent years. Jake Parker breaks down the fundamentals of basic drawing and cuts through the fog with so much clarity you'll be saying, "I could do that".

This course takes you from simple line construction under-drawings all the way to solid render lines of objects and characters, including his famous "Skull Chaser!" If you struggle with drawing characters, objects, or any form, you will understand how easy it can be if you follow his simple instructions.

In this class you will learn:

  • how to use simple shapes as the groundwork for any object
  • how to draw those simple shapes in perspective
  • how those shapes can be used to construct a tree, car, or character and virtually anything
  • how the under-drawing is essential to drawing complex objects


This class is 10 weeks long and includes weekly draw-overs and personal instruction from Jake.

The first 5 weeks we go over fundamental instruction. Assignments are exercises based on these fundamentals.

The last 5 weeks are weekly drawing assignments beginning with simple objects and progressing to more complex drawings like characters and vehicles. 

Each week you get a personalized video review of your assignment from Jake with specific instruction on how you can improve your drawings.


Refund Policy:

  • cancellation up to 14 days before class starts: full refund
  • cancellation 1 - 13 days before class starts: 75% refund
  • cancellation during the first week of class: 50% refund
  • cancellation during the second week of class and after: 0%

Please Note: When you enroll, we are reserving your seat, and others are not able to sign up. Because it can be challenging to fill seats when there are last minute cancellations, we only offer partial refunds once we are within 13 days of the class start date. However, if you are able to sell your seat to another student, we are happy to give a full refund 😀

In this class you will learn:

  • how to use simple shapes as the groundwork for any object
  • how to draw those simple shapes in perspective
  • how those shapes can be used to construct a tree, car, or character and virtually anything
  • how the under-drawing is essential to drawing complex objects


This class is 10 weeks long and includes weekly draw-overs and personal instruction from Jake.

The first 5 weeks we go over fundamental instruction. Assignments are exercises based on these fundamentals.

The last 5 weeks are weekly drawing assignments beginning with simple objects and progressing to more complex drawings like characters and vehicles. 

Each week you get a personalized video review of your assignment from Jake with specific instruction on how you can improve your drawings.


Refund Policy:

  • cancellation up to 14 days before class starts: full refund
  • cancellation 1 - 13 days before class starts: 75% refund
  • cancellation during the first week of class: 50% refund
  • cancellation during the second week of class and after: 0%

Please Note: When you enroll, we are reserving your seat, and others are not able to sign up. Because it can be challenging to fill seats when there are last minute cancellations, we only offer partial refunds once we are within 13 days of the class start date. However, if you are able to sell your seat to another student, we are happy to give a full refund 😀

About the Instructor

Illustrator/Cartoonist

Jake Parker

For the last 19 years Jake has worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books. For several years he worked for Reel FX and Blue Sky Studios on such projects as Horton Hears a Who, Rio, and Epic. He is the creator of the popular Inktober drawing challenge. Jake currently works as an illustrator and cartoonist on children's books and comics. He works out of his home studio in Utah.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome To Class!

    • Hi Everyone!

    • Introduce yourself!

    • Questions and Comments

  • 2

    Week 1 - Introduction, Tools, and Exercises

    • Assignment 01 - 3 Exersizes

    • Introduction

    • The 3 Elements

    • Eye vs Brain

    • Tools Introduction

    • 1 - Paper

    • 2 - Pencils

    • 3 - Pens

    • 4 - Erasers

    • 5 - Markers

    • Tools Closing

    • Tools List

    • Drawing Exercises Introduction

    • Contour Lines

    • 1 - Upside Down Drawing

    • 2 - Contour Line Drawing

    • 3 - Negative Space Drawing

    • Drawing Exercises Print Packet

    • Assignment 01 - Critiques and notes

  • 3

    Week 2 - Basic techniques

    • Assignment 02 - Cubes in Space!

    • Introduction

    • Physiology

    • Straight Lines

    • Sketching VS Drawing

    • Parallel Line Exercise

    • Points and Lines Exercise

    • Drawing Ellipses

    • Drawing Squares

    • Perspective Drawing

    • Assignment 02 - Critiques and notes

  • 4

    Week 3 - Shape

    • Assignment 03 - Fun With Shapes

    • Introduction

    • Primary Shapes

    • Shapes in Perspective

    • Drawing a Cube

    • Drawing 3D Shapes

    • Combining Shapes

    • Cutting Shapes

    • Shape Packet

    • Assignment 03 - Critiques and Notes

  • 5

    Week 4 - Line

    • Assignment 04 - Line Time

    • Introduction

    • 6 Kinds of Lines

    • 4 Classes of Line

    • Line Exercise

    • Line Examples

    • Cube Sheet

    • Assignment 04 - Critiques and Notes

  • 6

    Week 5 - Tone

    • Assignment 05 - Tone Time

    • Introduction

    • Rendering Tone

    • Tone Examples

    • Assignment 05 - Critiques and Notes

  • 7

    Week 6 - Drawing a Building

    • Assignment 06 - Draw a Building

    • Drawing a Building

    • Assignment 06 - Critiques and notes

  • 8

    Week 7 - Drawing a Vehicle

    • Drawing a Vehicle

    • Assignment 07 - Draw a Vehicle

    • Assignment 07 - Demo, Critiques, and Notes

    • Food Demo PSD

  • 9

    Week 8 - Drawing a Tree or Something Organic

    • Drawing a Tree or Something Organic

    • Assignment 08 - Drawing Organics

    • Assignment 08 - Demo, Critiques, and Notes

    • Character Demo PSD

  • 10

    Week 9 - Drawing a Character

    • Drawing a Character

    • Assignment 09 - Drawing Characters

    • Assignment 09 - Critiques

  • 11

    Week 10 - Drawing your character in ACTION

    • Assignment 10 - Your Character in Action

    • Assignment 10 - Critiques

  • 12

    Thank you and Good Luck!

    • In Closing...

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