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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