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  • Drawing: In the Mood

    Drawing: In the Mood

    What emotion is going to show up on your face when I tell you that today’s video is the longest one I’ve ever posted? Well, it doesn’t matter which one because if you watch the video, you’ll be able to draw it. Yes, today’s post is on how to draw emotions.  This video reduces everything to a minimum while still enabling you to create easily recognizable moods and emotions in your subject So, since the video is longish and time […]

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  • Sketching History and Humor

    Sketching History and Humor

    We’ve seen a lot of sketchbooks here, but not for a while. So that — along with the fact that you can’t see too many sketchbooks — means it’s time for another one. Or two. The artist of these sketchbooks is June. She is (obviously) an art student, but she’s also a history buff and a comic book creator. Watching how these interests come together adds even more to what are already some fantastic sketches.   I never would have […]

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  • Before You Draw the Wrinkles

    Before You Draw the Wrinkles

    You’ve decided to draw a picture. You’ve chosen your subject and medium. You’ve positioned the subject in a particular environment or against a certain backdrop. And you’re ready. Well, you thought you were, but now you find that you are overwhelmed. How are you going to look at the subject? Straight on? From above? From the side? What part of it are you going to draw? All of it? Just a profile? Just a fragment? Should the subject be centered? […]

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  • Drawing As Meditation

    Drawing As Meditation

    We’ve all heard that famous saying, “Art for art’s sake,” right?  Well, that’s all well and good, but art has been and is used for a lot of other things, too: advertising, teaching, propaganda, etc. In today’s video, you’ll see one of the many ways you can use art: meditation. And, you don’t have to be an artist to do it.     It seems as if everyone is stressed these days, and drawing is a great (non-anger-management-requiring or substance-abusing) […]

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  • Student Sketchbook

    Student Sketchbook

    Yesterday, we (okay, I) talked about the importance of sketching. Not just buying a sketchbook, but actually using it. To inspire you some more, today I’ve got a student’s sketchbook to show you. His sketches are interesting and beautiful, but they aren’t finished works. Let me repeat that: His sketches are not finished works. He has drawn them for practicing, exploring, and playing. Take a look at the video to see what I’m talking about.     See what I […]

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  • It’s 10:30 a.m.: Do You Know Where Your Sketchbook Is?

    It’s 10:30 a.m.: Do You Know Where Your Sketchbook Is?

    So you think you want to be an artist? Well, do you know where your sketchbook is at this very moment? Have you used it today? Yesterday? And what are you waiting for?     The point is: Sketchbooks are not finished works of art, so don’t wait until you have something perfect to put in yours. Sketchbooks are tools for learning, exploring, playing, etc., etc., etc., and if you do those things enough . . . well, maybe you’ll […]

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  • Drawing: In Reference to Your . . .

    Drawing: In Reference to Your . . .

    Okay, I have to admit it: I’m not so crazy about this artist’s girly subject matter, but . . . I’m putting up with it because he has one very good tip on this video and his demonstration is instructive. So, that’s my disclaimer. His tip is that if you are right-handed, you should concentrate on drawing from the left (vice versa for lefties). This will allow you to see what you have drawn as you try to detect reference […]

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  • Colors and Blending and Teaching, Oh My!

    Colors and Blending and Teaching, Oh My!

    I know some of you are going to see the drawing on this video and flip away thinking it’s just one of those structured doodle drawings for “hobbyists.” But give it a chance. This video really has something for most everyone. For those of you who do like those “structured doodles,” here you go. For those of you who want to introduce color into your drawings, here you go. For those of you who would like to understand color blending […]

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  • What to Draw. What to Draw.

    What to Draw. What to Draw.

    Do you ever sit down with your pencil and pad already to draw and . . . BAM . . . nothing comes to you? You don’t see anything appealing to draw, and you can’t think of anything appealing to draw. But you need to keep drawing. So I have two inspirational little (yes, they’re short) videos that will show you how to get your mind and your pencil working.       Oh no, was that a skull in […]

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  • White Chalk Drawing Lesson . . . Sort Of

    The other day I posted a white chalk drawing of a cat. I thought that if you liked that white-on-black technique you might want to learn more about it (well, I hope you do anyway).  So I’ve got a really lovely video of a portrait drawn in white chalk on black for you today. Although I called it “sort of” a lesson, it isn’t . . . technically. But if you watch this artist’s technique, you’ll learn a ton. Pay […]

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