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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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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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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Top 5 figure drawing progression tips with Simon Luty

There is a video version of this article which you can see on YouTube here. 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 […]

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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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