Draw like Don Gale – Wild & Expressive Gestures

These figures are drawn with extravagant movement and energy, but they still work. They feel more human than much more carefully rendered drawings by other artists. How is it possible to have such clear structure and humanity captured with such wild lines? Today we are going to look at the work of Don Gale. Don […]

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Drawing Tiny Faces – useful simplification exercise

We are going to look at how to draw tiny faces, to go with our last video about drawing tiny figures. One reason to do this is because it’s a great exercise – it’ll push you to find only the most important information in the face to capture. You’ll need to leave out anything unnecessary […]

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How to Draw Tiny Figures – a powerful & fun exercise

We are going to draw small, smaller and then tiny figures, which is a good exercise since to draw that small you have to simplify the figure which is an essential skill to develop. We decided to do this exercise because a number of people commented that they’d like to know how to draw faces […]

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How to Draw Figures like Chris Glib – Pen, Contour & Hatching

Lets break down the figure drawings of Chris Glib, and see what we can learn for our own drawings. You can see Chris’ figure drawings on his Instagram account – @chrisglibart. Big thanks to Chris for giving me permission to make this video/article, and for answering my questions about his drawings and his process, which […]

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Draw Along Club 5 – real time drawing practice

Welcome to another Draw Along Club. In these videos, we put up a series of drawings on the screen, we draw them and narrate the process. If you want to get out your sketchbook and draw along with us, that would be great! This time we started with 5 blind drawings, each one lasting 1 […]

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Beginner Gesture Drawing 3 – Keeping Longer Poses Dynamic

We have started to push ourselves to loosen up in our quicker gesture drawings. Now let’s bring that focus on movement and those looser lines to our longer drawings. Often the energy and dynamism of gesture drawings seems to be limited to quick 2 or 3 minute poses, and is often lost in the longer […]

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Beginner Gesture Drawing 1 – Seeing and Respecting Movement

It’s easy to say ‘draw loosely and expressively’ or ‘just capture the feeling of the pose with a few lines’. It’s really hard to actually do that. In this video, we are going to start the gesture drawing learning process from the point of view of a beginner. Gesture drawing when you’re a beginner When […]

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Draw Along Club 4: movement and gesture

This is the fourth Draw Along Club video, where we put up a series of reference photos of life models and show ourselves drawing them, and narrate the drawing process. In this one, we are working out an exercise to help achieve movement and rhythm in our quick drawings. The idea is that in our […]

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Lane Brown part 2: Composition, Anatomy and Form

How can we draw like this amazing artist? In this video/article we are going to learn how Lane Brown approaches composition, anatomy & form and more. We have another video/article about Lane’s approach to light which I’ll link to below, so if you’ve not seen it yet check it out after this one. Lane’s Instagram […]

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How to draw like Lane Brown part 1: Master of Light

How can we draw like this amazing artist? In this video / article we are going to learn about Lane Brown and how he approaches light in his figure drawings. This is the first in a 2 part series – the second video is here. Have you ever seen amazing figure drawings and felt like […]

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Love Drawing podcast 20 – Drawing faces & other challenges

The Love Drawing podcast is all about drawing and the process of learning to draw. We talk over technique and mindset. In this episode we discuss drawing faces and getting likenesses, a difficult task for the most seasoned artists. We also look back on our experiences with the challenges we put on ourselves in the […]

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Draw Along Club 3 – draw with us

This is the third Draw Along Club video, where we put up a series of reference photos of life models and show ourselves drawing them, and narrate the drawing process. We talk about what we are doing and what we could improve, including the things we are getting wrong, plus extra tips and techniques. We use […]

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Drawing faces – Adam Driver practice

Here’s the video version for this tutorial, and below we have written it out as an article: Adam Driver is an excellent actor best known for … playing Garupe in the film adaptation of Silence … oh and obviously as the NSA guy in Midnight Special. Can’t think of many other big films he’s been […]

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Getting a likeness when drawing faces

John Singer Sargeant once said “a portrait is a painting in which something is wrong with the mouth.” When it comes to drawing accuracy, I’m not sure there’s anything more demanding than achieving a likeness in a portrait. Achieving a likeness means that your drawing of a person is recognisable as that person. But when […]

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Hatching mechanics – fluidity and pressure

In past videos/articles, we looked at the different types of hatching and their roles, and some exercises to get better at hatching. In this video, we are going to look at how the movements of your fingers, hand and arm create hatching of different sizes and characteristics. The video has demonstrations, but if you prefer […]

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Love Drawing Podcast 19 – Proactive Progress

iTunes In this episode we discuss a question from listener Toby about how to ensure we are making the most of our practice and progressing as well as we can. We think through the progression strategies beyond just drawing a lot, such as reflecting on what we need to work on next, deliberate practice and […]

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