Under Control

under control

Many people dream about getting better at drawing
or becoming a professional artist...

...but only a handful actually take the steps to achieve it.

My name is Marlena Mozgawa.
I’m a professional artist and art tutor.


During my studies, I’ve obtained the fundamental knowledge necessary for comfortable sketching and painting. Now, during my professional career, things like composition, shading and value control are ingrained in every piece I paint. I may create illustrations, characters and portraits, but I assure you, that at the beginning of the creative process there is always a sketch. It doesn’t matter if at the end you want to create visual novels, game arts or work as a character designer. Every idea, design or concept art starts with a simple line.

I have prepared this course as a guide for those who want to create better, more engaging artwork, but don’t know where to start. From my experience, going back to the basics and reviewing this essential knowledge can make a huge difference.

So let’s start learning from the beginning!

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“Under Control” lessons include in-depth studies of art fundamentals and methods I use in my creative processes. I want this course to be an exciting exploration of visual art elements through both theoretical and practical painting approach. I will teach you the principles of critical art thinking to help you create outstanding artworks in a comfortable and confident way. On top of that, I will briefly discuss important information from art history and culture to give you a better feeling of how these ideas were developed throughout the ages.

draw with confidence

draw light and shadow

imitate various textures

take your art to next level

create thumbnails

control values

construct a perspective grid

simplify complicated objects

combine art elements together

spot and fix composition issues

build appealing colour pallettes

adjust your images with digital tools

Many students struggle with self motivation
and have a problem finding reliable resources to master art fundamentals.
I know how laborious these exercises may seem, but with time and practice they get easier and faster.

Believe me. I've been there.

How will this course help you?

7 Learning Modules

Learn how to create appealing illustrations from scratch! Step by step I’ll guide you through essential illustration elements and teach you how to combine them into one, eye-catching composition.

Bonus Lessons

Additional lessons that will give you some background about art history, culture and physics (no rockets, though)! Something fun and useful at the same time!

Over 30 Exercises

Complete assignments and run experiments to easily memorize and put the newfound knowledge into action!

Optional Quizzes

Test your knowledge and have fun with quizzes. While it’s recommended to complete them, these are entirely optional. No pressure!


Carefully prepared lesson schedule with email notifications will help you get organised and finally learn these fundamentals!

Lifetime access

You will be able to retake the course anytime in the future. This means you will get access to updates, next course editions and exercises for free!

Group of friends

Sharing your art and experience is really important for developing your self-confidence and growing as an artist. So let’s make friends and meet through Discord and Facebook.

Personalized Feedback

Upon completing each lesson you will receive a professional critique from me, along with tips on how to take your art to the next level.


Have you ever felt discouraged or didn't know how to "fix" your drawing?

This course will help you take your art to the next level!

Get to know how to apply art principles to your current creative process.
Train your perception and learn how to develop and enhance artistic intuition.

Art fundamentals are all about construction and control. Mastering the basics will not only teach you how to create appealing illustrations but, more importantly, they will help you avoid frustrations in the future. After some practice in chiaroscuro and composition, they will become more intuitive and natural.



Many beginner artists ignore art fundamentals, because mastering them seems daunting. From my experience, rushing into more complicated tasks without learning basic artistic concepts, can bring a lot of frustration later on. Too many artists are dragged into stagnation and boredom, or struggle “fixing” difficult pieces. This puts them at a greater risk of getting “art block” and can really slow down their artistic career.


Great things do not come easy, they require patience, but they are worth the effort.

What are the lessons about?

This is not a course that will sell you tricks or shortcuts on how to draw a tree or a human face (but we will draw both, for sure). We’re going to do it the hard way: by UNDERSTANDING every method used. I want to guide you through how all these fundamentals work together, so that you can use this knowledge to draw all the wild ideas you have stored in your imagination.


The course already started. Future editions are possible.


During the introduction, we will examine how art is defined. I’ll explain how exercises introduced across this course will solidify your skills and help develop work habits that will make your drawing more accurate and efficient. We will also discuss why is it so important to get a firm grip of art fundamentals.

Lesson 1: Contour

During this lesson, we will take a closer look at the properties of the most basic artistic technique, the contour, and learn the importance of confident line drawing.

Lesson 2: Proportions

During this lesson, we will explore the properties of real-life objects. You will learn how to measure proportions based on human body. We will also begin to learn the methods of setting elements in order to create balanced compositions.

Lesson 3: Perspective

During this lesson, you will learn about various perspective types and their use. We will also build a “perspective grid”, and learn how to place basic objects in the 3D space created this way.

Lesson 4: Form

During this lesson, we will examine the properties of more complicated objects and learn how to use the contour to recreate them in a 2D space.

Lesson 5: Value

During this lesson, you will learn about the properties of light and shadow, and explore how does light behaves when it hits various forms. We will also examine the importance of value levels and their use in creating well-mapped textures.

Lesson 6: Colour

During this lesson, you will learn to understand colour theory. We will explore colour properties, as well as correlation between value and colour tone. We will also examine how colours work when used together to create contrasts and harmonies. Finally, we will find efficient ways to to build interesting colour palettes that communicate specific ideas and meaning to the viewer.

Lesson 7: Composition

During this lesson, we will analyse how the elements in artwork are arranged and orchestrated in various composition types. We will also learn how to lay down a solid foundation for your drawing with thumbnails.


During this lesson, we will summarize the knowledge to help you practise the drawing and turn the exercises into your daily routine. After completing the “Under Control” course, you will be able to analyze works of art and identify the most common aesthetic issues. Thanks to the knowledge you have gained, you will be able to evaluate your work in progress and discover your own ways of self-expression.

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FAQ - frequently asked questions

When does the course start?

The “Under Control” course starts on 10th of Oct 2018. It will last 4 months and will end on 10th of Feb 2019.

How much time do I need to finish one lesson?

Lessons are meant to be finished in about 2 weeks each. Studying materials and completing assignments shouldn’t take more than 3 hours per week.

Will I have access to all lessons at once?

No. From my experience a lot of people unintentionally rush through art fundamentals. To avoid this situation I will make the lessons available in short intervals (about 2 weeks per lesson).

Why is this course discounted?

While I have experience in teaching, this is my very first online course. I did my best to make it both convenient and informative, but you may experience some technical difficulties or delays. However, I can assure you, I’ll provide you with the best service possible.

Will I be able to take a break for a few days during the course?

Of course! Subsequent lessons will become available for you every two weeks.However, this does not mean you will lose access to the previously unlocked lessons! You’re free to learn at your own pace, so taking a break is not a problem! Just try not to postpone too much, because it’s easier to learn when you stick to the schedule.

There are other free courses on the Internet. Why should I buy yours?

The “Under Control” course DOES NOT contain some mysterious knowledge. Many of of the information included within this course can be found in books. However, courses available for free offer neither feedback nor guidance from a professional artist.

This course is meant not only for those who want to upgrade their art skills, but also for those who struggle with motivation. I’m going to help each and every one of you to actually finish the course and finally learn these fundamentals!

Will this course teach me theory only, or will it contain some practical exercises?

The course has been designed to give you the theoretical knowledge necessary to quickly apply it in practice via various drawing exercises. So, both theory and exercises are included.

I'm quite an experienced artist. Should I buy this course?

If you struggle with perspective, lighting and colours, then yes! Reviewing information about art fundamentals is always good and the “Under Control” course will systematize your knowledge, making it easier to spot and fix mistakes.

Will you personally check the exercises?

Yes. I’ll check all the submitted exercises, and evaluate them. I’ll also write a short feedback upon completing each lesson, summarizing problems you encountered and giving advice on how to fix them.. Additionally, for those who decide to buy VIP Plan, I’ll be available for one-to-one chat every two weeks.

I'm not sure if I can afford this course.

The pricing is based on a summation of the lesson plans, the exercises, and my time spent with each student. Most of the information included within this course can be found within free resources. The fundamentals of art are not, by any means, a “secret.” What you’re paying for is learning these fundamentals from an industry professional with personalized guidance and feedback. It’s a highly discounted opportunity to receive tailored assessments and tips to improve your artistic ability.

How much time do I have to spend on learning?

You won’t need more than 3 hours per week to read materials and finish exercises. You’re, of course, welcome to repeat the exercises as many times as you wish.

Keep in mind that this course is an introduction only, and mastering the fundamentals may take some time and practice.

Are you planning to update this course in the future, and if so, will the upgrade be charged additionally?

If there will be people interested in buying the “Under Control”, then I’ll definitely update this course! I’m sure the feedback I’ll receive once the course ends will be really helpful. You will have a lifetime access to the course, including additional materials and exercises. You will not pay anything extra.

What supplies would I need?

The exercises introduced across the course are applicable for both traditional and digital media. If you’re a digital artist, then you probably already have a digital tablet and a program you like to work with.


If you’re a traditional artist, but don’t know what to get, then I suggest you to buy supplies listed below. From my experience working with these supplies is easy and convenient.

  1. 20 sheets of paper (160-200g/m2) with a rigid back. I suggest to use A3 or bigger. For my traditional drawings I’m using B2 (50x70cm) and a simple wooden board in a matching size.
  2. 4 paper holders (clasps) to hold paper still on the board
  3. A4 sketching sheets (120-160g/m2) – not required, but I hope you will repeat the exercises, so this will be useful 🙂
  4. Mechanical pencil for thick (1-3 mm) replaceable graphites with a matching set of graphites 2B, 4B, 6B. I use Koh-i-noor. Or whole graphite pencils 2B, 4B, 6. I’m using Progresso. Or both 🙂
  5. Eraser. I suggest you to buy kneaded eraser. In consistency it’s similar to modelling clay, so you can shape it, but unlike other erasers it leaves no fragments. I use Faber-Castell.
  6. Paint brush 6 or 8,  pointed round
  7. Acrylic paints in colours listed below. I use Vallejo or Phoenix Artist.
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Ochre Yellow
  • Alizarin Crimson Red
  • Titanium White
  • Ivory Black
  • Cadmium Yellow (optional)
  • Burnt Umber (optional)


Please note, that gathering resources from the list above is not a requirement to participate in this course. Those are suggested supplies for traditional artists, who don’t have much experience or don’t have preferred supplies. If you like to work with charcoal and sanguinary, then it’s perfectly ok to use it. If you like to use aquarelle or pastel crayons, then go for it. Just make sure you have colours listed above, because we will use them.

Get your art Under Control!


Thank you!

Contact me if you have any questions.