Pencil Sketching and Rendering

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This is a 10 week long intermediate course teaching students the art of sketching and rendering using a pencil. Students will be first taught the basics of using pencils as a medium. The types of pencils required to get the desired result. Application of pressure while using a pencil to get varied tones. The different shading techniques and the use of kneaded eraser to enhance the drawing. Followed by, training on spheres with three types of finishes, finally culminating into rendering photoreal renderings of a pot, apple or onion, woolen cloth and sand.

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This 10 week long intermediate course will educate students on the basics of pencil sketching and rendering, starting from the materials required, to the apt use of materials such as the pencil and other stationery. This course will further the student's ability to use different pencils for making desired strokes in a drawing, filling up various shapes with plane tones. The art of amalgamating or blending of two tones to add values of light or contrast to the drawing. Usage of the kneaded eraser to enhance the drawing. Complete drawing of a pot while changing its material properties with simple tricks and training on spheres with three types of finishes. The final leg of the course will train students on creating photoreal representations of an apple, onion as well as representing the texture and volume visible in woolen cloth and sand. 

Other courses on Sketching by Sadashiv Sawant: (Advanced Level) Drawing Realistic Animals and (Beginner Level) Sketching Classes For Beginners | Basics Of Pencil Portraits 

About Sadashiv Sawant: Sadashiv Sawant’s keen interest in photoreal rendering using graphite on paper or in simple terms pencils arose while doing architectural visualisations for his clients. Two decades of experience in the field of architectural visualisation sharpened his vision and understanding about the various aspects of an image such as the light contours, shades and shadows leading him to apply the very principles to his pencil drawings. In the past four years he has perfected the art and is adept at producing photoreal pencil drawings or renderings of any subject be it hollywood legend Sir Sean Connery, bollywood diva Katrina Kaif, a lifelike rendition of a cat or any object for that matter. 

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Students pursuing the intermediate course in pencil sketching and rendering will gain control over their hand movements when working on paper. They will learn the different strokes and renditions possible using a pencil. It will enhance their understanding about the different grades of pencils such as hard and soft lead, the kneaded eraser as well as other stationery and their exact use. It will also mentally prepare students on how to approach the artform to get best results on paper.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this long term course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since, long term courses are detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

Course Specific Benefits

Students interested in pencil drawing can hone their skills through this intermediate course that will equip them with the terminologies as well as techniques required to render lifelike sketches or drawings. This course can provide a firm base for students interested to explore and further their interest in the artform of pencil drawing to graduate into artists who can confidently draw photoreal images such as portraits or landscapes, using the medium of graphite on paper. With more than two decades of experience in architectural visualisations and an undying passion for pencil drawing, Sadashiv Sawant is the perfect guide for students interested to learn more about the artform. He will be imparting live demonstrations sharing his valuable experience and tricks of the trade, he has perfected by practising the art with utmost devotion.



This intermediate pencil sketching and rendering course requires each student to be aware of the basics of sketching and shading. The course is best suited for students with great amount of patience as rendering photoreal drawings takes a lot of effort and precision, which can only be mastered through patiently practising the art on a regular basis.  

The tangibles required for the course are listed below:

1) Brusto or Fabriano Accademia A4 size paper;

2) Staedtler pencils of grades H, B, 2B, 4B and 8B;

3) Kneaded Eraser;

4) Good pencil sharpener;

5) Paper stumps; and

6) Flat brush of half inch width.

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Thu 10:30 PM - 11:45 PM America/New_York
Fri 10:30 PM - 11:45 PM America/New_York
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Can anyone learn to draw realistic images?
Yes, surely. It's a pure science and after doing practice in certain way you will be able to bring realism in the drawing.
Can someone with no knowledge about drawing or using pencil on paper as an artform enroll for this course?
Yes, it can be done if the student is keenly interested. It can be achieved by adhering to a scientific approach followed by the teacher imparting the course.
What tools are required to learn the artform of pencil sketching and rendering?
In terms of the tangible requirements the student will need different grades of pencils, drawing paper, kneaded eraser, pencil eraser and a couple other stationery products that will be mentioned during the course.
How much time should an individual spend everyday practising the artform?
A minimum of one hour of practice everyday is required for the student to make noticeable progress.
As a teacher and mentor, are their some specific attributes you wish to see in your students?
As in any artform the students pursuing it should be dedicated, with a deep interest in the subject complemented by a can do attitude.
Would students be getting additional resources to complement their learning apart from the live sessions?
Students will get links for images, videos and other course related content to improve their understanding on the subject.
What rules imply incase the student misses a class?
The teacher will provide the students with recordings for the missed class(es) and will be available to clarify doubts if any. However, the teacher will not share the same in real time.
Will there be an assessment to judge the progress of a student?
Assessment will be part of the program and will be carried out after every class.
Can the course be customized as per the requirement of a student or a group of students?
Yes, it can be customized on the discretion of the teacher. Accordingly, the duration and fee structure could vary.
Who do you think will find it tough to comprehend and complete the course?
Children below the age of 13 might find it tough to comprehend and progress.
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.

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