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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Choosing A Pencil for Life Drawing

I love pencils, specifically non-graphite pencils including charcoal and pastel pencils – but a few times, these pencils have driven me bonkers. This post is about finding the best pencil for you, how to sharpen and use these pencils. After using willow charcoal sticks for a while, I decided to commit to pencils, non-graphite pencils, […]

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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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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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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 – […]

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Artist eye training: Highlights & Reflections

We talk a lot about shadows in drawing, but it’s super important to also think about how light reflects off different surfaces. That determines highlights and other things we need to see for figure drawing, landscapes or objects. This time we’re going to train our eyes by observing things we would see during daily life, […]

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Seeing Light. Artist’s eye training while out and about

When you’re walking down the street, you can train your eye to see different types of light and shadow, which is a skill that will help you whether you’re drawing people, landscapes or objects. The video is the best way to take in this tutorial, but if you’d prefer to read it as an article, […]

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Eye Level. An essential perspective tip for artists

When you’re out walking in the street, you can practise seeing some super important principles about your eye level and how that affects what you’re seeing. It’s useful training for your eye whether you are drawing landscapes, objects or figures.  This series is about ways to get extra practice in for your artist’s eye even […]

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Top 5 figure drawing progression tips with Simon Luty

How did Simon Luty learn to combine gesture, structure, volume, and an expressive and creative style? He has 5 tips for you if you are also learning to draw figures. In my meanderings around Instagram I came across a really good artist. He has managed to build up a variety of skills to a high […]

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How to Draw Backs

In this video / article, we are going to learn to draw backs. Sometimes backs are tricky because it feels like there aren’t many clear features to see and draw, so hopefully after this video, you’ll know what to look for. The video is the best way to see the demonstrations, but the lesson is […]

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How to use colors like Marta Nael

In this tutorial video, we learn from the wonderful paintings of Marta Nael. If you’d prefer to read it, it is also written out as an article below the video.   This character has bright blue and red in her skin, but it works so well. Why and how? Keep reading to find out – […]

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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 […]

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The Drawing Habit

If there’s one word that is the centrepiece to learning to draw, it’s ‘habits’. This video is all about building a drawing habit. If you’d prefer to read it, it is also written out as an article below the video. If you have a habit of practising and studying drawing, you can become amazing at […]

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Train your eye: Perspective practice while walking

Today we’re outside looking at how to train your eye to better see perspective while you’re walking in the street. It’s a great way to get in extra practice when you’re not drawing. There is a video and an article version of this tutorial below. Perspective is something that I used to find quite intimidating. […]

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