Drawing Experiment – 2 beginners make rapid improvement

I asked my wife and my friend Dan to draw this face and then try the same thing with a very simple abstraction method. Neither of them draw much and they’re especially nervous about drawing people and faces, so they really did me a favour doing this. I think the results are pretty dramatically different. […]

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Powerful exercises in foreshortening

In this video/article, we are going to look at ways of practising foreshortening so that you can conquer it once and for all.   In our first foreshortening video, we looked at how foreshortening itself isn’t the problem. We draw foreshortening successfully all the time. The problem is more that there are some angles from […]

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3 Foreshortening techniques + 2 bonus tips

We are going to go through three powerful techniques, plus two quick bonus ones, to overcome the challenges of foreshortening, and Mayko’s going to demonstrate them. In the last video, we saw that foreshortening itself isn’t the big problem. In fact, we draw foreshortened objects all the time, and we are happy with all sorts […]

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Foreshortening Tutorial – How to Draw Foreshortened Figures

Foreshortening can be so tricky! With the principles, tips and exercises in these videos/articles, it’ll become easy! Or, you know, a bit less of a pain in the arse anyway. You can watch the video, or read the article below: Mayko and I talked through this topic, and realised it’s a pretty big one. We […]

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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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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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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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