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  • Happy Halloween!

    Who says fine art can’t be scary? Okay, no one who has ever seen much of it. And, for a Halloween treat, here’s one of the top 10 scariest paintings.*     “The flea is reincarnated as an irreducibly eerie hominid, haunting the night corridors with the bowl in which he collects human blood. Hunched and scaly, tongue whisking between his lips, he carries his knife and cup of gore with horrible purposefulness, a far more substantial creature than his […]

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  • Options: 3 Ways to Blend Colored Pencils

    Options: 3 Ways to Blend Colored Pencils

    Yesterday’s post was on drawing with colored pencils. I pointed out the interesting (unexpected?) use of color that the artist used on his subject (gray in an apple). Color selection is part of the art of using this medium. But besides color selection, one of the keys to using color with pencils is blending. In today’s video, you’ll see three different methods for blending colored pencils.     Is it beginning to look easier? If you’ve avoided using colored pencils […]

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  • Drawing with Colored Pencils: An Apple a Day

    Drawing with Colored Pencils: An Apple a Day

    Maybe it’s just me, but do colored pencils seem to be growing in popularity? The more I look at colored pencil drawing, the more I can understand why. For those who are a little afraid of getting into painting — how on earth can you control color with a stick with little hairs on the end? — colored pencils let them use color. The colors are beautiful and numerous, and blending can enhance even those. And, of course, there’s the […]

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  • The Name That Doodle Contest!

    The Name That Doodle Contest!

    It’s time for a Best Drawing Videos contest! The YouTube title for today’s video is “Extreme Doodling – Untitled, ” and that’s just sad. The doodler has obviously put some serious thought into this doodle, and I think it deserves a “real” title. So, if you can come up with what is — in my opinion —  the best “real” title for it, you will win a terrific prize:  A Deluxe Sketching Box Set by Royal & Langnickel. This set […]

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  • Drawing: Don’t Go Shopping Hungry

    Drawing: Don’t Go Shopping Hungry

    Did anyone ever tell you not to go grocery shopping when you’re hungry? Of course, they did. I certainly heard it enough. But no one ever told me not to look at videos when I was hungry.     So, did I land on this video and did it look so great to me because it’s a really good trompe l’oeil drawing or because I’m just so hungry right now? Maybe both? Have a great weekend. Draw a little and […]

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  • Announcing: The Name That Doodle Contest!

    It’s time for another Best Drawing Videos contest! The esay peasy Name That Doodle Contest! So, here are information about and the “rules” for the contest so you can start getting excited.     The Contest The YouTube title for the Monday, October 28 video is “Extreme Doodling – Untitled, ” and that’s just sad. The doodler has obviously put some serious thought into this doodle, and I think it deserves a “real” title. So, if you can come up […]

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  • How Much Is That Pollock in the Window?

    How Much Is That Pollock in the Window?

    Lately, okay usually, a lot of Best Drawing Videos posts have been directed more towards beginning and intermediate artists.  (Not that everyone can’t use some refreshers.) The posts have emphasized how-to-draw lessons. But today I have something very different and maybe directed to a few of you who have felt left out. Today’s video isn’t on learning to draw or even on looking at other people’s drawings. It’s for those of you who want to sell or have started selling […]

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  • Self-Portrait: Well, What Do You Know?

    Self-Portrait: Well, What Do You Know?

    The last few posts have been on portraiture, drawing the face and all that. So, you can imagine how happy I was to happen upon this self-portrait when I was trolling for videos. I think this drawing is a good example of what results when someone knows the lessons in the videos of the little portraiture series, applies that knowledge to a self-portrait, and throws in some of his own personal style.     What do you think? I like […]

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  • Look at You!  How to Draw Aging

    Look at You! How to Draw Aging

    You now have a pretty good idea of facial proportions head on and from any angle. And you should be a bit more clear about what distinguishes male and female faces. So, today’s video is a lesson in how to indicate the age of a (female) model because — despite advertisements to the contrary — no one can look the same age forever. (And, yes, I am speaking from personal experience.) As you can imagine this subject (well, actually, all […]

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  • Dangerous, Insect-Influenced Doodling

    Dangerous, Insect-Influenced Doodling

    Happy Doodle Monday! Today’s video is actually a doodle tutorial!?!?!?! Most people — at least most of you — don’t need lessons in doodling, but this is an attractive doodle and could certainly be used for inspiration and ideas. So, put on your I’m-totally-concentrating-on-this-important-work-related-video-so-please-don’t-even-think-of-disturbing-me-and-breaking-my-train-of-thought face and get going.     I like this little doodle a lot. It definitely has that “tangle” influence, which I like, and the vegetable theme and color are added bonuses. Yes, it is sort of […]

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