Student of Drawing Camp
My name is David and I have thoroughly enjoyed the drawing camp.
Chapter one with the basic principles of drawing lines, shapes, and forms helped me greatly and it was a great refresher for the skills that I've learned before. The chapter also helped my line quality which I think was a little rough and I definitely needed to work on it. The bonus drawings at the end of the classes I loved working on. It really helped me to practice the techniques that you demonstrated in the videos. I actually completed level one before, so my before and after drawing is of an old man from the Pinterest page you posted. I'm really happy with the improvement from the 'before' to 'after'.
Chapter two I felt I had the most trouble with. Dynamic drawing has always been an area I struggled with. So the exercises to draw more loosely were a challenge, but fun. Throughout the chapter I felt that I was getting better at being more expressive and dynamic with the lines I made. Though some of the drawings are a little stiff still. On day 1, the bonus drawing of just doodling a picture was very freeing and relaxing. In the 'before' and 'after' drawing of this chapter, I was really impressed with the improvements that I saw. the horse in the 'before' drawing felt flat and didn't have dimension. The 'after' drawing was a lot more expressive and I felt I did a good job of adding the dimension that the first one lacked.
Chapter three is the one that I had the easiest time with. I have loved perspective art and this was an amazing refresher for me. In the 3-point perspective section the trick to using a Y on the page to roughly point to the vanishing points was a new idea to me and I loved using it.
Chapter four was the one that I felt that I had the biggest improvement with. Drawing the swatches of the grey scale really helped me to visualize the shading that I needed to use for the drawings. I tend to go too light with my shading so it was a big improvement. The final drawing of level 1 was one of the best drawings I have done in a long time so thank you for your guidance sir.
Lastly I found your teaching style fun, engaging, and informative. The commentary is hilarious. Thank you and I'm looking forward to more classes.
Student of Drawing Camp
Drawing Camp was just amazing. It was a fabulous experience to draw the fundamentals and lay a strong foundation. I used to procrastinate a lot drawing daily. But during Drawing Camp, somehow I didn't feel it. It was super fun with Keshav giving short, to the point, fun and interactive lessons. I somehow never procrastinated during Drawing Camp.
All I had to do was just sit down lazily, open the Sketchbook and hit the play button, see Kesh and get super motivated.
- Chapter 1 was a great experience. Learning the very foundation, like the curves and lines was so good.
- Chapter 2 allowed me to see life around me in a different energy and replicate it on the paper.
- Chapter 3 was the BEST level of drawing camp ever. I improved unbelievably. I could suddenly draw things exactly as it was after
completing chapter 3, as well as draw soundly from my blank imagination.
- Chapter 4 was an eye opener. I could FINALLY render my drawing at the end. I would recommend this to everyone.
Student of Drawing Camp
Hi my name is Sam Andersen I am 15 years old and this is my experience with drawing camp.
I had just finished the 100 days of sketching challenge when I entered the drawing camp. The first thing that i needed to do was to establish a time in my day to do the 20- 30 min classes. For me this was when I got home from school. I would sit down and do it and then continue on with my day.
I think that the 20-30 minutes is a great time because it is short enough to not affect your entire day, some of the other drawing classes I know take like 2 hours. I know that I am not the best at drawing but I think that drawing camp really helped me to improve in multiple different ways. One section helped me with my shading so I could create more realistic drawings as well as make my more cartoon drawings seem more real.
I also learned how to look for the shapes of animals and items to draw them in a simpler form before adding all of the details. I also learned about how to make things in 1, 2 and 3 point perspectives. This helped me to make more 3D drawings using one of the perspectives. It also helped me come up with new ideas because I got some inspiration from the class.
I will now talk about the things that were hard about drawing camp for me. It was hard to remember to do it every single day I forgot a few times I got frustrated at myself because of that. Another thing that was hard for me was seeing how what we were learning at that time was important. Looking back I can now see why what I was learning was important but it was hard while I was currently doing the particular class or lesson. Probably the final hard thing for me was posting my drawings. I did not like to think that anyone would be able to see the crappy stuff that I had done but whatever it is fine.
My overall opinion of Drawing Camp is this. Drawing camp is a really cool way to help improve your art as a whole, no matter what your style is or what you are trying to do with your art (be it a professional or just for fun). I also like this because people don’t have to do it every day they can go at their own pace and do it when they want. I have learned so much from Drawing Camp and even though some things were hard I would still like to thank Kesh for putting all of that time and effort into It. I am going to continue Drawing Camp and finish all of the levels. I know it will make me better at art.
Student of Drawing Camp
In recent years, it has been my kids who have influenced and fed my creative energy. Being a creative individual who works as a communicator, there is usually no shortage of inspiration to do interesting work, but sometimes you just want to do something fun! This is where my kids offer the perfect audience for my creative experimentation.
This past December, I took two weeks to make a 60 second animation of Santa having a conversation with an elf. It was at this moment that I realized that I had more stories to tell that my kids could enjoy. It was when I was perusing YouTube for tutorials on illustration when I came upon your channel and enjoyed the positivity of your videos and the fun that you infuse to your teaching.
Almost as if it were meant to be, I noticed that you offered a Drawing Camp that could teach me the fundamentals needed to tell more visual stories. I have always been interested in learning illustration and have watched many tutorials on YouTube, but I have never completed a structured course. I was not quite sure what to expect, but I was not disappointed to see your positive and fun persona from your YouTube videos translate into a more structured course environment.
The order in which you have students progress through different concepts make sense as each subsequent chapter builds on the skills gained in the previous section. Throughout the process, I have always taken advantage of the bonus drawings and have found them to be a great exercise to review concepts – I do not consider them ‘Bonus’, but essential!
The lessons are a perfect length, and being a parent of two, I can easily fit my drawing practice in, as my kids play or eat. I have been doing the lessons traditionally while watching the videos on my computer and have found the lessons easy to follow using the traditional method. Of the four chapters that I have completed, I find Shading to be the hardest, specifically trying to keep an even stroke of the pencil without having lines in my shading. I use a mechanical pencil, so finding the dull end to shade can sometimes be difficult.
The one component that I have found very satisfying is the requirement to share my sketches on social media. While at first embarrassed, I have enjoyed sharing my progress with friends and family as they support and motivate me. Overall, I am very pleased with the pace and breadth of content in this course and look forward to continuing my learning with Chapter 5 and beyond.
My own kids book seems much more attainable today than it did before this course. Thank you!
Student of Drawing Camp
The 'Drawing Camp' Program has taught me really many things which are not only related to drawing, but also about how being consistent is the key to make anything a great success. Also the list doesn’t end here.
- I learnt how to be patient with my drawings,
- Learnt to set mini goals to complete my work to just get it done,
- Learnt the basics of drawing which will really helped me to improve my art,
- And also to finish things, but not look at how perfect it is.
I am Anvesha Pande, a class 9th student, who want to take art as a profession in the future, I had to understand these life lessons/drawing tips and tricks for excelling. I am highly honored and fortunate to have Kesh as my teacher, who is always fun, helping, happy for others, and always appreciative as he congratulates us after finishing every single chapter.
My Experience: I started DRAWING CAMP in August with the first chapter, as to look at what it was. I was really excited to start because I was one of the followers on YouTube who absolutely loved his work and his way of explaining things. First chapter of LEVEL 1 was really fun and addictive for me. As at the end of it, I wanted to do more.
“MY HEAD TELLS ME TO STOP AFTER EACH DAY, BUT MY HEART GOES ON AND ON..” ~Anvesha Pande
This happened with me each and every single day. This is what I like about the camp, it motivates me to do more, which never happened to me in other drawing programs in which I have participated till now. I love the camp so much and I am really looking forward for the future classes. Thank you very much Kesh for thinking about us and creating such a wonderful program in which we get all the things we want to know about art from the very basics to detailed art pieces. Also, I took up a resolution to draw regularly. As they say,
“IF YOU ARE PERSISTANT YOU WILL GET IT.IF YOU ARE CONSISTENT YOU WILL KEEP IT”
Caleb Peterson Hunt
Student of Drawing Camp
I learned so much in Drawing Camp. This has probably been the most beneficial online class I have ever taken.
In Chapter 1 of Drawing Camp I learned how to be relaxed. This really helped me because I tend to grip on my pencil really hard.
I also learned about how learning how to draw, is learning how to see. This was really helpful, although it took me a day or 2 to understand what it really meant. In general I really enjoyed chapter 1.
In Chapter 2 of drawing camp I learned about flow and ¨breathing spirit into my art¨ as you said. I loved doing the gesture sketches and I often find myself looking up cool poses and doing a real quick gesture sketch of it.
Chapter 3 was by far my favorite chapter. I loved learning to draw cylinders and drawing shapes in 1 point, 2 point, and 3 point perspective. This helped me get better at drawing buildings.
Chapter 4 was the hardest chapter for me, but I still really enjoyed it. I liked learning about all the terms of light and shadow, and I also loved shading with hatching and cross hatching. What I also learned in this chapter is that you can have super dark shades and super light shades with just one pencil.
I loved doing Drawing Camp so much. It has helped me incorporate all of the things I learned into almost every drawing I do. Thank you so much to the whole entire Kesh art team for everything.
Student of Drawing Camp
My experience with level 1 of Drawing Camp was that I tapped into unrealized potential and was able to build my confidence by drawing things I was not sure I could draw.
Throughout my journey in level 1 of Drawing Camp I learned many things about the basics of drawing. Before camp, when drawing, I knew I could do some of the “basics” well, and did them subconsciously but others parts I knew I had to work at because I know with a strong drawing foundation I will be able to conceptualize drawings better.
In Drawing Camp I was able to practice those basics I struggled with and learned they weren't as bad as I thought they were. Once I got started I saw great improvement. What I never did consider was pacing myself so that I wasn't burning myself out. At the beginning of the first chapter I tried to make sure I did the days consecutively and kept with a process of drawing everyday.
Though that burned me out, and realistically I didn't feel like drawing the rest of the month. But if I didn't do it that way I felt like I was failing. Once I was half way through chapter 2, I realized that I could space things out and still get it done by the end of the month. I tried that more in chapter 3, essentially just taking a break on days I really wasn't feeling up to drawing, but I still never thought about actually creating me a schedule or process to follow. Until chapter 4, and the beginning drawing challenge, I decided that I needed to finish the course by January but I also didn't want to burn out.
So I decided, 2-3 days a week sounded like a good plan and then thinking more realistically with doing online school most of the time I decided 2 days was the better option. I at first wanted to do it on Tuesdays and Thursdays because that sounded like an ideal placement in the middle of the week where I wouldn't feel too sluggish, but it turned about that I actually felt good about drawing on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Keeping up with the routine from the other drawing camps I realized I prefer to draw at night after my naps. Though in contrast from the beginning where I would start at 10 p.m. I now try to start around 8:30 p.m.
Overall through my experience I learned that I can do a lot of things that I thought I couldn't, because they're not my abilities. And in terms of schedules I feel like drawing most of the time at night on Wednesdays, Fridays, and sometimes the weekends.
Student of Drawing Camp
Somehow I have been drawing my whole life. As a teenager I even went to an art school in the evenings pushing my passion somewhere further. As a young adult I lost my strong connection to the pencil but always kept scribbling: graffiti in my math book, small characters in my scripts at university.
Not much time ago, I discovered the art community on YouTube. At first I just enjoyed the things that were created in the videos, but soon I felt the urge to create again, too. Shortly after that Drawing Camp launched. I got very hyped about the concept and decided to trust the awesome quality that I knew from all the videos and artworks. It matched my art journey perfectly.
The weeks before I tried to establish a drawing routine but could not find a way to draw on a regular basis. I remember myself on some days trying to find things to draw, ending up drawing nothing because the process took too much time. After starting the Camp this problem was solved: sit down, learn a quick lesson, go through a practice and, if enough time, do a bonus drawing. It turned out that this fits my daily routine very well.
Until now I have established a routine of drawing on 4 out of 7 days a week which I am happy and proud of. Starting with the foundations I was a bit skeptical if there was much to learn for me, having done some kind of "foundations" several times in the past. Drawing camp proved me totally wrong. I have been using some basic principles but more intuitively.
The theory provided in each lesson has a perfect quantity - not too much, not too less - filling my knowledge gaps perfectly. Every lesson has at least some little information, skill or method I didn't know.
Besides the content I also have to mention the way of teaching: very well structured, with a pleasant voice and way of talking, always loose and sometimes funny, always with the right speed. After having done all the lessons I'm spending much more time on planning and observing than before and use every skill much more considered and targeted (although I still sometimes fade into losing myself in just doing and then have to take myself back).
Life taught me that nothing of good quality is for free but, having paid with a big discount at launch and although I was wondering if it is the right decision, I don't regret any cent I invested and am convinced the whole drawing camp will be worth so much more. I'm very excited about what's to come in the next chapters and hope I will be able to find "my style" or I should better say: I hope my style will find me!
Kesh, thank you and your team for your great and encouraging work and keep on creating even more awesome content.
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Ymarie Janine Radam
I have been drawing since I was a kid but I only got serious in art since 2017. I explored all kinds of traditional medium. Over the years, my learning curve felt stagnant and I got tired drawing realistic portraits. All I did was binge watch tutorials and listen to unending best art tips and advices on YouTube and actually do nothing with them. April last year, when I got interested in digital drawing and I wanted to learn how to draw my own cartoons and characters. I then bought a simple graphic tablet to get started with digital drawing only to find out that it wasn’t easy as I thought it would be. I got overwhelmed trying to learn digital drawing softwares.
My lines were sloppy because I’m not used to the drawing surface of the tablet. I knew I just have to practice but I didn’t know exactly how. There’s really a lot of free information in the internet but that’s the problem, determining the good sources is a lot of work. That’s when Drawing Camp came into my rescue. Lol. You launched Drawing Camp and I knew I had to join since the program is medium agnostic as you would say. Also, I joined so that there is someone who can teach me the right way because I want to draw not just for a hobby but to become a freelance illustrator.
Drawing Camp is structured to teach the fundamentals that I lack. It allowed me to be a beginner again. The lessons are stupid simple that when my 10-year old brother saw me drawing, he literally said, “yuck, too basic!”. Its simplicity makes me feel motivated to show in front of my desk and draw. I learned that I don’t have to draw every day so I could still have time learning other skills. I just have to draw 2 or 3 days a week, that way I can enjoy practicing without feeling burnout.
When I’m not drawing, I’m learning digital marketing as I also like the business side of things. I like that I can access the video lessons anytime to go back to them so I can get a good grasp of the principles. Drawing Camp has showed me the boring formula that generates results. Show up – press play – follow along.
I will never binge watch again without a goal in mind. The goal is to implement what I’ve learned and it doesn’t have to look good. I just have to take action because I will progress over time. I can now confidently draw on my graphic tablet because of the warm ups. I don’t have to be stagnant in my practice again. I will continue to learn by doing and repetition.
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Sneha M B
For the longest time, I was searching for courses which are not just passively teaching you, but are providing you a space for creative stimulation. When I tried putting my imagination on paper, I realized how bad my execution skills were, even if my drawing skills were fairly decent. When I joined drawing classes, I think I was only getting better at copying something after a point.
I understood how much of a conscious effort and hard work goes into creating something of my own, That was when I felt like I wanted something which guides you into putting your ideas on paper systematically. My sister used to follow your IG and she recommended that I take up this course if I liked it and hence, she bought it for me. Initially when I started with the course, I honestly felt like I was too good for these simple exercises and I was bored, But I was super wrong about it.
Eventually I got a hang of the course and it was fun. I could see shapes in objects and objects in shapes which helped me visualize different forms. First time when I finished the course I could not see what had changed and I was reverting to my old habits and felt that my way was more comfortable.
For me, my perspectives changed after Day 4 of chapter 2, because I could understand what I was trying to learn. I did not understand the concept of flow at first, but when I repeated it somehow it made better sense and by the end of chapter 2 I could see how things are shaping up.
Chapter 3 was a completely different level for me and it was something that I had no clue about. So it was a little harder when compared to the previous ones. I had attempted to learn about perspectives through YouTube and Pinterest earlier and it was not so clear. But in this chapter, these complex things were made very simple and easy to understand. It changed how I see things and if I wanted to draw something, I knew where to start. I felt like my lines are clearer and there’s no confusion, or I didn’t have to do things by trial and error to see which was better.
Chapter 4 for me was a feel good chapter. It was nice and therapeutic to follow along with the course. I liked how shading by layers changed everything. These methods of shading help to keep things clear and simple. But at the same time I wish there was one or two portrait studies to understand how to put these techniques into practice. When it comes to consistency, I don’t know how far Drawing Camp has helped me compared to 100 days of sketching, because most of the times I have shown up to draw because of the 100 days challenge, while drawing happened at its own pace according to the difficulty of each chapter. That is still something that I’m working on.
When I was finishing each chapter I wish we could follow some sort of milestones or get our work critiqued to see if we are heading in the right direction. Apart from that, I really liked the whole journey of the first level. It is very evident that the Drawing Camp is designed systematically, and the concepts are explained in a simple and illustrious way. I can see how if I practice these fundamentals, it will be easier to create things. I especially loved how the bonus session builds on itself and translates the exercises of that day into practice.
Small things like ‘keep your lines light for god sakes’ in every session and your puns make up this entire course. I genuinely like where I have reached and excited to see what’s in the store for the next level. Thank you for being such a nice instructor :)
Student of Drawing Camp
I started drawing in 2003 and I have tried to learn drawing through several books. Over time I have improved a little bit, also due to practicing, but it was never enough. All those years, something was missing in my art but I didn’t realize what it was. My drawings always looked stiff and with no life in them, no matter how hard I tried.
Let me tell you, now that I have gone through Level 1 of your Drawing Camp, I know why my drawings looked like that. I was severely lacking fundamental skills. I would have never thought that I could improve quite a bit in such a short time.
Chapter 1 (Foundations) was honestly a little bit boring for me at first because in my eyes those first few exercises were unnecessary. Especially drawing circles, lines, curves and so on. Well, clearly I was wrong ;) Because although they may not be the most exciting exercises, they are definitely important. If you already start with the wrong base, nothing good can come out of it.
Personally, I liked Chapter 2 (Dynamic Drawing) the most since it taught me what I was most interested in and I knew I desperately needed improvement in this area. The most useful advice in this Chapter for me was Day 2, Principles of Flow – the Line of Action. Suddenly, it made sense to me why my drawings looked bad and what I can do to improve the “stiffness”.
Chapter 3 (Perspective and Forms) was the least enjoyable, I never understood perspective until now. Now I finally understand the theory and of course I did all of the exercises, most of them several times, but my boxes still look wonky no matter how many times I repeated them. In my opinion the 2-point perspective was the hardest. I almost gave up at this point, but I guess I just have to practice more to see a real improvement, practice makes progress. :)
Chapter 4 (Light & Shadow) helped me very much. Before this course, I just put the shadows and lights where I thought “yeah, that looks ok like that”. Not the best way when you want your drawings to look good, I know. I often read or heard about how the source of light works, the way it casts the shadow, but it was never so well explained like you did. Also, I have never heard of the different shading techniques, except for crosshatching. In my sketches, which I did after the course, I already saw improvement in shading.
Overall I definitely loved this course and I can’t wait to continue with it. If I look at my art from the past 5 years or so, I saw the most improvement in my drawings after participating in this course. Not to mention, I finally made a habit to draw 3 or 4 days per week consistently. Please keep up the good work. :)
Student of Drawing Camp
Hey Kesh, first of all: thanks for this great course! I already did a lot of courses but they weren’t able to keep me stay motivated. It’s a great way to follow you in the exercises. You’re always a motivating person - so I finally finished 100 days of sketching last year - after I quit two years ago at day 60
So, my thoughts on the first level: I already learned a lot of drawing basics in my life. Back then in art class at school and since about four years I’m teaching myself again. Since two years I’ve also been working as an illustrator, but my drawings are very minimalistic and because of my perfectionism very stiff. This course helped me a lot!
First of all it really helped me to let go of perfect lines and more into dynamics instead. But I also recognized, that I really have to work more on this. As soon as I think too much about my drawing or the technique my lines are getting stiff again. So your course was also a great way to reflect my own work and how I work.
I will totally do the chapter of Dynamic lines a few times again! While doing it I recognized, that my motor skills of my hand are well trained - but only in those directions I always use. There are a lot of directions I never use and I was shocked how badly I was able to follow already drawn lines again. I really want to train those skills. Thanks for this self reflection.
And then in the light and shadow chapter I remembered, that I always loved to shade my drawings when I was drawing for fun. Because of this kind of painting with light and shadows I was really into photography as a teenager. But nowadays my work as an illustrator is doing line arts alone. I asked myself why it is this way. My only answer - for now - is fear. I’m having fear to do a mistake. Fear of being not good enough.
I mean - I really like minimalistic art. But I also love to bring life with shadows and contrast into art. I really want to work on this fear. I want to do a lot more stuff I’m thinking I could fail in and just learn from my mistakes.
Thanks for this a lot! I’m really looking forward to the other classes to do more from imagination and just build worlds that doesn’t exist yet to get a better expression.
All in all you are a great teacher who is able to think like his students. That’s a great gift. So keep on rocking and stay as positive and funny as you are. Lovely greeting from Germany!
Student of Drawing Camp
The biggest lesson I took away from Drawing Camp had nothing to do with any of the techniques, but with the value of practice. While it seems completely obvious that you can only get better if you actually put in the time and do the work, it’s one thing to know that in your head, and a completely different thing to actually experience it and see the results happening in front of your eyes.
I discovered Drawing Camp back in October. After failing at Inktober the year before (and the year before that), I was finding myself getting frustrated. I kept ending up spending all my time doing pencil sketches or trying to rescue terrible ink drawings. That led me to 100 Days of Sketching (which I completed while doing the Beginning Drawing Challenge!) and then to Chapter 1 of Drawing Camp.
I’d tried learning the basics of drawing in the past through other books or courses that claimed to teach me how to draw in a short number of days or weeks but never managed to stick with any of them before this. I think the relaxed, funny and upbeat videos really helped make the process enjoyable and less frustrating. Many of the other things I’d tried just made a colorful, fun activity into something that felt dry and lifeless.
Having Kesh work through each exercise on the video at the same time made it much easier to stick with it when compared with other videos on the internet that just tell you how to do something briefly. And for me, taking the time to actually sit down and physically work through each exercise one by one developed the skill and taught the ideas to me in a way that just hearing it never did.
The chapters on basic forms and proportions were probably my favorite as those are always challenging. I did find myself putting in extra time after they were finished to try and get things right, but I think my ability to get it right has also improved as a result. While the chapter on shading was probably the easiest for me, it’s also something that I already had some understanding of, though I think I still managed to improve a bit there as well. The reflected light wasn’t something I’d really considered before.
The gestural and dynamic sections were probably both the parts I liked the least, and the parts that helped me the most. Kind of like eating your vegetables, this was an area that I struggled with, but also pushed me to learn and grow. Having that short time limit could be kind of stressful, especially when doing a bunch of them in rapid-fire, but it also forced me to consider the overall shape and to try and pick the most defining characteristics of an image.
Overall, the course turned out to be a ton of fun and I’m looking forward to putting my new skills to good use in Level 2.
Student of Drawing Camp
Hello!! I’m so excited to finally write this thing and to say that I am finished with the first four chapters of my drawing journey!! This will be a summary of my notes through my 30 days of drawing so that I can give you an insight of what was going through my head at the time.
Sometimes it’s really hard for me to pick up a pencil and start sketching so the start of the challenge was something I kept looking forward to as it was going to push me into drawing at least something, right? And it did. Am I proud of my progress? Today I am. But in the first week I just wasn’t.
I would check Instagram or Facebook and see your stories and people who had drawn the chameleon so professionally or are already on week 2 and it made me question myself even more. Was I just THAT demotivated to improve? Or am I doing it wrong? Should I continue trying? But one thing you’d keep repeating got stuck in my head and it’s one of my favorite things in the course (beside Spidey, who is an instant serotonin boost for me whenever a video plays).
‘Draw like a kid’ turned into my mental support quote. Kids do not compare. They don’t think “Ah, I’m so busy, there’s no time to draw today’ or ‘I’m running late for school, I can’t draw now’. They feel like drawing? Well, they just pick up a piece of paper and draw. So it’s what I did as well. I would check other’s photos but wouldn’t compare our skills because everyone is going at different pace.
The whole month was filled with ups and downs in my life and I didn’t quite feel myself but I wished I wouldn’t skip because I didn’t want to break my streak. Unfortunately, I did. I skipped and felt bad about it. But it’s actually how life works, you know. Some things don’t go as planned and cause you to postpone your schedule but it doesn’t mean you cannot catch up later, right? So I started exploring and creating my own schedule. Your tone and way of presenting the material, alongside the small jokes here and there made it so much more enjoyable. I would draw very early in the morning or I would do 2 videos in one day or increase the video speed in order to challenge myself. I liked it. And it made me want to learn and practice more.
To be honest, I didn’t post regularly on Instagram because I was focusing on my progress (so I’m really sorry for spamming with more than a few pictures at a time). But what I really wanted to concentrate on was building a habit and building my confidence. It would be a lie if I said that I succeeded. But I am close to achieving this goal and I owe it to this course :) Thank you!
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Pablo Exposito Aramendia
I’ve taken this experience as a way of connecting with myself at the end of each day, it has helped me to realise what to look at, and how to do it, so I can transfer it to the paper, and really having a method to approach any creation. I used to draw a lot when I was a kid but I didn’t keep the habit, so I have been looking forward to draw again, and thanks to this course I have finally found a methodology which works for me.
I was very pleased when I began to feel how my hand was coming loose quickly and how I could let myself feel the Flow, I didn’t expect it to happen as quick as I experienced it. Of course I have to keep practicing a lot and I will for sure repeat the entire chapter, even though I have access to the next ones. I feel like I have grown through the process, at least now I feel like more driven and oriented, I have learned how to things properly and how to approach a draw from scratch.
I had tried to come back to drawing several times in these years, but I always felt like all the resources I found where way too technical and not very enjoyable, although of course it is always important to make a commitment and learn theory and practice a lot, and that’s on the student, no doubt of that, what I have found in this course, is that it’s possible to make it enjoyable and understandable, and at the same time learning the basics properly, although it’s still crucial to put a lot of work on it, that was never a doubt, but it’s much easier with this approach.
I think the lessons are very well planned and designed for complete beginners, although my girlfriend has also done this chapter and she’s a more advanced drawer than I am, and it has helped her to improve too, so that’s something that speaks for itself about this methodology.
Chapters are well divided by subjects, very well bounded, and you work on a different fundamental concept on each of them, you really feel like you interiorize them; then it’s the time to repeat and repeat again and interiorize them more, and I guess I will keep coming back to this fundamentals as I keep growing, I hope, as an artist, but even in the first attempt you realise that something has clicked inside your head, and that’s a game changer.
Summarizing, I have had a really good time, after years without drawing, now I am drawing all kind of objects around me and I know how to approach it, and even creating some characters from my imagination, I no longer feel the blocking I used to feel before. So I am very satisfied and thankful to you Kesh, and all your team. Thanks! My best wishes to you all, keep safe!
Student of Drawing Camp
Hi My name is Fred and this is my experience with #drawingcamp Level 1. I’ve started so many online classes and I rarely finish them. I just get bored too easily or distracted. I worked for several years as a self taught Graphic Designer in the sign industry. Being self taught means that there are some very large holes in my knowledge and abilities.
This course was the first step I’ve taken to correct these issues. I found the format of around 20min very doable. I think this is what allowed me to keep going day after day even when I was tired and didn’t have the motivation, I still could do 20 min. I found Kesh to be entertaining, and the instruction to be decent for the amount of time we spent on each subject.
My favorite part of the course was actually drawing the perspective cubes. I’d never done that exercise and was obsessed for several days. The shape building was also quite eye opening. I have mainly worked in flat vector design, and most of my clients want something classic, time honored, and boring. Getting to play with shapes more dynamically was a lot of fun. I’m going to be trying to integrate some of the lessons I learned in these lessons into my future projects.
The most difficult part of the course was the gesture drawings. I have random bouts of perfectionism and these exercises gave me a huge flare up. I honestly think it had been years since I’d held a pencil with artistic intentions and my hands rebelled. Too much drawing with a mouse has trained my body to move completely wrong for drawing with a pencil.
I remember there was a huge learning curve when I started on the computer and I feel like that curve was a whole lot more aggressive going the opposite way. As I did more gestures, it did get easier to both let them go, and to get the lines I wanted. I feel like it’s something I’m going to have to practice a lot and my brain is not so silently rebelling.
I’m going to continue learning from drawing camp for as long as I can keep going. I have ADHD and it’s pretty hard to keep going with one thing for longer periods of time. I am pretty excited about the next chapter as I one day dream of putting out a small web comic.
Anyway, keep doing what you’re doing! Let you’re personality shine through! It’s kept me learning consistently, something other teachers have failed to do.
Student of Drawing Camp
Manas Charul Shah
I am grateful to Kesh for making such an idiosyncratic and wonderful class. Thank you for thinking about the beginners in drawing, they needed to learn what was lacking in them. Even though I am not a beginner, I bought the drawing camp to improve my skill. I had trust in you. I knew that this class would surely turn fruitful. I have learned so much from your lessons. I have learned how to draw with the proper perspective, my proportions have become better and my lines have become distinct. Thank you for teaching me how to not only make things look like they are but also add the magic of ours. It was really very amazing and marvelous.
Every second was brilliant. I learned a lot. Your teaching techniques were unique and great. Although you are the teacher, your friendly and humorous behavior made me more comfortable while learning. I never felt bored during the class. Yes, there were some boring exercises but the enthusiasm of yours automatically made me feel excited and do the class. The class was so enjoyable that I didn't felt like stopping.
I always eagerly wait for the new chapter to come because they are so amazing. I have seen much development in my drawing. Just the 1st level has brought so much perfection in my drawing; just imagine how my drawings will look after I complete the whole course. The drawing camp helped me a lot during the lockdown. It helped me to get rid of stress and anxiety. The drawing camp was just like a stress buster.
Being a student, whenever I feel bored from studying I try to complete the drawing camp. The drawing is in a follow-along format that lets us do the exercise there and then with you. It helps me to understand what we need and how can I make it better. Like, as an artist the main problem we face is an art block or we procrastinate. The Drawing camp also helped me get rid of the art block whenever I had it. Instead of making excellent and completed artwork, I could focus on brushing up my skills.
When I started this class, I did know much about drawing but my skills were not up to the mark. Now as I am completing the chapters of the drawing camp one by one I have started noticing the improvement in my artworks. I can draw more clearly and easily than before.
I would like to appreciate the thought behind creating the drawing camp that is to provide beginner artists an art program that you would give to yourself If you were starting today, wanting to learn drawing the right way. This program is so great I also recommended it to many of my friends interested in drawing to take part in it.
I hope you will continue to inspire me with your artwork. And once again a big thank you.
Student of Drawing Camp
Firstly, I want to say thank you for making this course. I always wanted to learn how to draw properly as I’ve always been into art. So, when I heard about this course, I was thrilled, and I decided to get it. I’m glad I did as I’ve learned so much from these past 30 days of drawing that I would have never learned without this course. I loved how it was so easy to just start and draw. It was easy to follow and the bonus drawings were my favourite.
I’m currently doing school, so the fact that each day is only 30 minutes is wonderful. As well, I would have never drawn half of the drawings I’ve drawn if it weren’t for this course. It always makes me feel accomplished after I’ve finished each chapter or even a day, which keeps me motivated. I also did this all traditionally so it wasn’t the easiest process but I was able to just pause the lesson and quickly catch up.
Now, as I said earlier, I’ve learned a lot and not only on how to draw but also on how to be consistent. It was as simple as just starting and before I knew it, it was something that I did every day. I now know how to combine different shapes to form a drawing and how to make them flow better as I used to make them all stiff.
One of my favourite chapters was chapter 3 as I got to learn about perspective and how to implement it into drawings. I learned about 1,2, and 3 point perspectives which were very helpful. I also learned how to use 3-D shapes and how to combine them to make a drawing from different perspectives.
The shading chapter was also very informative and taught me how to make my drawings look more realistic and finished. I also learned many different techniques used in shading which was very fun to try out. The last drawing I did from this level wasn’t exactly perfect, but it was something that I am proud of and now that I know how to shade different objects (not just simple 3-D shapes) I can start drawing different things that I had a hard time drawing before. I will now use what I’ve learned to better improve my drawings and will continue to practice. I can’t wait to start the rest of the chapters and to learn more about drawing.
Student of Drawing Camp
Being the start of the New Year, I started the Level-1 of Drawing Camp with a positive note and with extreme enthusiasm. Having this course put on top of my priority list motivated me to be consistent. I decided to be serious about it so that I could complete the challenge on time. I also was being super conscious and very rigid at start. But, on Day 2 I totally lost it when you were intentionally messing up the lines and dimensions.
I really felt very relaxed and felt that it was okay to make mistakes when learning. I was very conscious not to mess up the lines in the dynamic lines class when the actual purpose of that class was to make loose and free lines. Later, I went back to day 1 and loosened my lines even more. This actually made me feel more confident about what I was doing. I’ve been passionate about drawing since I was a teenager.
But honestly, I have never done these kinda exercises before in my entire life. I’ve been attending art classes in various places before COVID but never have I ever done any of the scribble exercises or the shape exercises. Those exercises were/are really of help. I learnt to control my lines just because I learnt to leave the lines loose in the first place. Let's talk about your teaching method.
Even though it is a recorded class, I at times felt like you were guiding me exactly right. Also, there was this class where you said the word ‘curve’ in a very weird way and I found it funny and started imitating the way you were saying it. To my surprise, you imitated it yourself again and again. That was legit funny man! The whole Level 1 of Drawing Camp was fun, informative and at the right pace for me.
The first class on Chapter 4 was more like a physics class. light light light and light. I have never drawn or attempted to draw a portrait in my entire life. As soon as I saw the drawing we were to make on the last day of the challenge I panicked. As I was drawing, I could feel that it was not turning out fine. I didn't know if I was doing the eyes wrong or the chin wrong. I stared and stared and stared. I almost thought that ‘realistic faces’ is not meant for me. I lost confidence that I’d post Venus de Milo in my story because I knew it was going to be bad. I was quite embarrassed the way I was drawing.
While rendering the drawing I remembered the ‘courage’ post you had posted a while back. Quoting ‘it takes courage to face the bad ones’. I decided to finish the sketch giving my best to it. Eventually it looked fine to my eyes (just noticed that she was smiling a bit extra). IDK if it really looked nice or if I manipulated my mind by then. But I decided to post it up and improve eventually.
The Begin Drawing Challenge has revolutionized my approach. It has awakened a passion within me for learning that I never had before. I have planned to repeat the level 1 again digitally on photoshop. Thank you Keshav and team.
Student of Drawing Camp
In order to get my creative juices flowing I tried doing what every Artist/Illustrator eagerly attempts every year i.e. ‘Inktober 2020’. Eventually I realized that I lacked ideas and my lines were jagged and forms were very distorted. I did manage to complete the challenge but I knew I could improve more in the skill section.
I’ve been following your account for quite some time and was super stoked when you introduced your courses. I waited for the Black Friday sale, to get myself this particular bundle of courses and the fact that this was to be completed in the form of a challenge was a perfect opportunity to upgrade my drawing knowledge and skills simultaneously. I was unable to start the course right then and there because I knew if I did, My semester exams would have gone for a toss.
I waited patiently till January and started the course as soon as my exams got over. The first few days of the course were a surprise. I always thought I was good at drawing but I realized that ‘drawing straight continuous lines’ is more difficult than it looks. I realized that in order to draw better my foundations need to be strong.
Every chapter of drawing camp was a revelation in itself. I could see the improvement from my own eyes in terms of how to hold a pencil to the amount of pressure to be applied to get the perfect line. Dynamic drawing really helped in getting my forms right, I've ignored this aspect of drawing for the longest time. The final drawing of the horse made me realize how far I have come in terms of basics in this very chapter i.e. within 7 days! Thanks to your course, I can't stop looking at it! In fact it’s my art account display picture right now.
I’m not gonna lie, my academic requirements got the best out of me and I wasn't sure I would be able to complete the course on time at the current pace. So I had to squeeze the entire fourth chapter into the weekend. I'm not lying when I say this, it was the best productive weekend ever! Every session was packed with value and the ‘Drawing of the day’ is my favorite part when we put our gathered knowledge into use.
The systematic guided approach of this course has helped me rectify my mistakes at the basic level. I’ve had a blast completing this course. Overall I’m very satisfied with all the 4 chapters in Drawing camp and cannot wait to try more such challenges in future.
Student of Drawing Camp
Jeffin P Jaimon
I was so excited when I heard that you are going to start an Online drawing course "Drawing Camp". I was sure that I must purchase your course because I like your style of drawing the blobbiness in your character, that's what I like about your characters. And I haven't seen you make a separate tutorial kind of videos in your channel so I used to copy your drawing and learn from it.
My favorite character was your own character, Kumar. I used to draw it so often but I made a lot of mistakes in the perspective now I think I can draw in the right proportions. After drawing camp, I was so much into drawing especially after chapter 3 I started using your Pinterest board and made some quick sketches to test myself. I was able to draw some much better than ever. And I liked how you added the bonus drawing sessions every day. Because it actually helped us to recall all the topics covered before and gave a satisfaction within ourselves that we have made a drawing that day.
I now have the clarity on the parts I am weak where I have to focus more. I didn't come across any of the information you told us in chapter 2 regarding the flow line, it was very useful and the quick sketch session was very challenging and gave me more confidence in making a sketch. Before I get into this I used to draw whenever I felt to draw, like to relax, now I started drawing regularly because it gives me happiness.
In chapter 1, I was so much satisfied with my final drawing. That's when I realized that with 7 days of proper learning we can improve our drawing. And after that, I started enjoying each lesson with a lot of Interest. And I would have never found such a useful lesson.
Before drawing camp, I was in a mindset that realism is the true art and I have to learn it. But now I think realism is not fit for me. Slowing I am improving myself in perspectives and stuff. I am still finding some difficulties to allot time for drawing, I will be consistent for 4 days then for two days I disappear. I wish I will change from this. And I am planning to see the character design courses you have in this Camp. I wish to see more of your content in the future.
Honestly thinking of the upcoming lessons I am pumped out now, you have made the basics clear. And now I think I have to take a break to watch every exercise once more and start with chapter 5.
So thank you so much Kesh, for helping the young artist like me to improve themselves and helping us upgrade ourselves
Student of Drawing Camp
Hey! My name is Krish and I'm 14 years old. I just completed Drawing Camp level 1 and it's was pretty awesome! I wanted to enroll into drawing camp for long time and finally did! And honestly my first thoughts were "I got exactly what I wanted", especially light and shadow.
I was really bad with shadows and shading, and knew almost nothing about it. Now I finally understand how it works and I'm sure it'll help me in my future drawings. In fact, I've already started incorporating it in my drawings. The different shapes and forms and how it's present in every object I draw was something I didn't know was important until I learned it here.
One thing that I liked was the pattern that was incorporated, like first the exercise then bonus drawing. The 3rd and 4th chapters were the most impactful and helpful for me especially the 4th chapter as I said earlier. I just couldn't believe it when I drew those final drawings (especially the horse at the end of ch.2)
I really felt happy and satisfied with my own drawings and looking at how much I improved over the course of just 30 days. I thought I knew perspective but I definitely didn't. But to be honest I need a bit more practice of it. I've learned the most important things in this camp that are the base for making any drawing which is going to help me in my future.
My experience was satisfying and fantastic 👌🏼 Thanks! (BTW thanks for the free digital sandwich painting tutorial)
Student of Drawing Camp
My interest in drawing began when the anime Dragon Ball Z aired on television. Drawing the spiked hair, the raised eyebrows etc. were all that was important. I even spent my Christmas vacation drawing Goku, Gohan etc.
As the years went by I lost my practice of drawing due to studies and other commitments. I would still continue to make doddles in the margin of my school & college notebooks. I started drawing again after I read the biography of Vincent Van Gogh. He started his career in drawing at the age of 27 ,which was considered too late during his time. Inspired by him I decided to draw again.
I enrolled in Kesh Drawing Camp Programme and the lessons I learnt from the course are as follows.
1. Practice: Drawing is all about creating straight lines, curved lines, cubes, circles, triangles, spheres etc. If you can draw these then you can create anything. The only way to create these marks is by practicing every day. If you don’t practice these things, your drawing will suffer.
2. Break it Down: All things whether living or non-living are made up of shapes like sphere, cubes, cylinders, cones & pyramids. In order to draw you need to break the reference into these shapes. This will help you in creating sketches quickly & correctly.
3. One at a time: When you draw a subject, focus on one thing at a time. If you are drawing a human, begin with the torso. Once you get the shape correctly, move on to the next. Drawing the head, torso, arms & legs at once will not only confuse you but also lead to incorrect proportions & shapes.
4. Take your time: We like to rush & do things instantly. This leads to silly or unnecessary mistakes which could be avoided. While drawing you need to take your own time & do things as per your own pace. With constant practice we can increase our pace.
5. Be Proud of your sketches: One thing I have observed about Keshav is that he is proud of his drawing. His drawings are not at the level of South Korean artist KIM JUNG GI, who can accurately draw anything from memory, but still Keshav is proud. This Drawing Camp has taught me to be proud of my sketches & not compare it with others.
6. Bad Sketches are better than no sketches: All artists want to create perfect sketches. If we don’t create the perfect sketch we get discouraged. The more discouraged we get, the less sketches we create. Over time we just stop creating sketches. This Drawing Camp has taught me to accept my bad sketches. Learning & improving is a journey that cannot be complete in one day.
7. Consistency: In order to improve, one needs to be consistent. Consistency means doing something regularly, either daily or once/twice a week etc.
In the end “Inspite of everything I shall rise again I will take up my pencil Which I had forsaken in my discouragement & I will go on with my drawing.” - Vincent Van Gogh.
Student of Drawing Camp
First a few words about the process: The start was really easy for me. I had a lot of time on my hands because we had to work from home. I decided to do the lessons in the evenings because that is the only time when it is quiet in this household. But only a week later I got to work again and that was when it became difficult.
I have a 4-hour commute every day and I don't have a wifi connection in the train. I even slipped one day and that was when I decided to draw in the mornings because in the evenings I'd be too exhausted. It was hard for me to get up so early (4:30) but the lessons in the morning gave me a real confidence boost. I also found out that I was way more receptive in the mornings, even though I had to sustain myself on coffee for the whole week.
Now about the level itself: I really enjoyed the scribbling nature of the first week. It didn't feel like too much of a challenge and it was quite fun to try the different pencil grips.
Week two was challenging for me at first (because we were expected to work quickly). It was hard at the start but having a time constraint grew on me and it became my favorite chapter and I think it is the one that might make the biggest difference to a beginner because I can find all the other things on YouTube, but dynamic drawing was something I didn't even think of looking for before.
Week three was a real challenge and it honestly really helped, that you sometimes said "it doesn't have to be perfect", I might have given up on that chapter otherwise. The lessons were longer than usual and it felt like climbing a mountain. I even thought I'd get worse and worse but once I redid some previous exercises, I really got my motivation back.
Redoing exercises in general was something that helped me a lot throughout the challenge because when something feels hard, it is easy to think that you aren't going anywhere. Chapter 3 was my least favorite chapter. I understand that it is important and I probably gonna redo it, but it was really packed with information, and splitting some of the things up and doing it more slowly would have been helpful sometimes.
Chapter four was really fun again. Rendering objects is something that I haven't tried that often (at least not only in graphite) and I really enjoyed the theory-parts. The chapter felt like a mixture between a youtube-tutorial and an art class: It was funny and informal enough to keep me interested but informative enough to make it worthwhile.
I'm really happy that I participated because before I didn't know that I had that much discipline.