Top 5 Gesture Mistakes

We’re going to see 5 gesture mistakes that come down to our brains pulling us towards the familiar, boring symbol you see on the ground here: Mistake 1 – Too parallel I very often see beginner and intermediate level artists lose the variation in the widths going down the figure. Reducing the way the forearms […]

Read More

Top 5 Proportion Mistakes in Figure Drawing

When your torso bends to one side, your ribcage will come down really close to your pelvis. For some reason we are really reluctant to let the mid-section squash down this way. Making the mid-section too big and therefore elongating the whole torso is a classic issue, especially when the torso is bent to one […]

Read More

Simplifying References First = Better Practice

  We are going to create 4 exercises to train different skills. The first is a straight forward simplification of the pose. The second is posterising the image to simplify the values. The third is combining those two types of simplification and the fourth is exaggerating the pose, which is hard to do and this […]

Read More

5 details to always leave out & 5 to include instead

  Some details are going to make your drawing, include them for sure, emphasise them!   Some details are going to break your drawing, like the ones below, so just leave them out. Which is which, let’s get into it.   No ribs, just ribcage Ok so here is the outline of a pose.  Here I’m […]

Read More

The most important colour to make your art BEAUTIFUL

The lord of the colors. One color to rule them all and in the darkness, bind them. Have you ever wondered what is it? When you grab that color picker thing in Procreate on the iPad and scroll through the hues you see random colours. As you move towards the left of the box for […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

5 Big Tips on Drawing Abs & Mid-Sections

We are going to learn how to draw the area on the front of the torso between the ribcage and pelvis. There’s the abdominal muscles, fibrous structures and fat and other components, but also there’s the gesture connecting the ribcage and pelvis to think about. We’ll look at how to draw all of this – […]

Read More

Proportions in Practice

If you struggle with proportions for your figures, this video’s going to be useful for you. If you’d prefer to read it as an article, it is written out below the video. We’ve described before some techniques for getting things in the right place when you doing life drawing – alignment and negative space and […]

Read More