Train Your Brain: Powerful Gesture Drawing Exercise

Today we’re going to go through a powerful exercise designed to build your gesture skills, test your knowledge of the figure, build your brain’s visual memory and your ability to draw from imagination. So it’s useful for a lot of things. There’s a video version and an article version below that: We’ve teamed up with Simon […]

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5 Steps to Simplify Values, demonstrated by drawing complex hair

The ability to simplify what you see is, in my opinion, the number one skill that separates an experienced artist and a beginner artist. Even artists that create detailed and nuanced drawings and paintings use that simplification skill to build the foundations of their work. Today we are going to learn 5 steps for simplifying […]

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How to find the perfect drawing tool for you

Finding and assessing the drawing material that is right for you can throw up all sorts of challenges and confusion, especially if you’re self-taught. I’ve been through it all, so hopefully hearing my story with different art supplies will help you. Here’s the video version and below is the article version:   So first a […]

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You are your own art teacher. Are you a good one?

I’ve had that deep desire to create artwork my whole life. But it’s been so difficult, especially drawing people. This whole channel is designed to help with that if you feel that too. I used to just love drawing as a kid. I drew this comic, with the x-men plus not one but two new […]

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An Epic Story of Art Progression

    You arrive in Artlandia with nothing, no abilities just passion. You pitch a tent to live in Line City, on Messy Lines Lane. Around this civilised area of the map is this sprawling jungle. It’s so wild it’s uncharted, the map is just grey.  But within that jungle, there’s little pockets that have […]

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The Most Overlooked Life Drawing Topic – FAT

Today we are going to cover what I consider the most overlooked topic in life drawing – fat. Most anatomy books for artists cover muscle and bone, which is good because they are the underlying structure of the figure. But fat tissue is hugely important to the surface we’re actually seeing. We’ll quickly look at […]

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Conversation about Colour with Jared Cullum!

Below you’ll find my full conversation with Jared Cullum, a wonderful artist and painter. We talk especially about the colours you’ll see in shadows, and how light works. We study a painting by Joaquin Sorolla and study various photos. Check out Jared’s YouTube channel Jared’s Patreon Jared’s Instagram

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If you can draw armpits, you can draw figures

Here’s a strange sentence – we have a lot to learn from armpits. They are an intersection of the pectoral muscle from the chest, lats and teres major on the back, and the tricep and bicep on the arm. So studying them is a great way to get a better handle on the muscles of the […]

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