How to Improve Massively At Drawing Across 12 Months

  If you follow the steps below, you will be surprised by what you can do by the end of 2021. That’s a big promise but I think you’ll agree by the end it’s reasonable. We are going to make a monthly plan and I’m going to show you the things to put into your […]

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12 Ways CONFIDENCE will transform your artwork

  What if you were the same artist, same experience and skill level, but just with loads more confidence. Would your work turn out better? Does confidence itself add something? I’m going to argue it does, and then tell you how to get it. First here are 17 ways confidence itself adds to your drawings […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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You’ve been avoiding something. What is it

On the one hand you fight a global pandemic, save the world, save lives, and at the same time, work on your drawing skills and become the artist that you always wanted to be. That’s what we’re gonna figure out how to do today, and it starts with a question, what is the skillset that […]

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The Truth About Art Motivation

Below is a partial transcript of this video: Now I don’t need motivation to draw more – I just want to draw all the time, try to stop me. But there was a time where no strategy or great plan would’ve got me to practice regularly. I wasn’t motivated. I was frustrated, and I felt […]

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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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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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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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