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  • A Wave of the Hand, A Nod of the Head: Gestures Bring Your Figures to Life!

    A Wave of the Hand, A Nod of the Head: Gestures Bring Your Figures to Life!

    I promised you some information on drawing gesture to go with today’s other video on contour drawing, and this is it. What’s more, this video is by one of my favorite online instructors (Stan Prokopenko). This video is terrific in itself, but if you’d like to see more — and, of course, you’ll want to see more —  there are also follow-ups that elaborate on the technique. If you’ve never been exposed to capturing gestures in your drawing, this technique […]

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  • Over Hill, Over Dale: The Ins and Outs of Contour Drawing

    Over Hill, Over Dale: The Ins and Outs of Contour Drawing

    Despite the completely misleading title of this post, there will be no hills or dales in today’s videos. Unless you count the up and downs of someone’s face. Because today’s video is about contour drawing, in this instance of a face not a hillside. We haven’t looked too much at contour drawing, but we should have because it’s a wonderful way to help train your eye to see what is actually in front of it rather than what it thinks […]

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  • New Year’s Sketching Inspiration

    New Year’s Sketching Inspiration

    Happy New Year! I’m back from my blogcation, and if you’re back, too (it’s hard to tell from here), I’m really happy to “see” you! I hope you had wonderful holidays and are looking forward to the new year. To get you warmed up, I’ve got some sketching inspiration for you today. In the past, I’ve shown a few sketchbooks from students in Matt Archambault’s classes and this is another one. There’s not much I can add to the video […]

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  • Drawing with Lightning Bolts, As Promised

    Drawing with Lightning Bolts, As Promised

    Yesterday’s video was about creating foreshortening using coils. I told you that the instructor also had a tutorial on drawing the human figure using lightning bolts and that I’d post it sometime. Well, I decided that it was too interesting for you to have to wait on, so I’ve got it for you today. I think you’re going to find this approach unique. Maybe you’ve seen someone use this lightning bolt structure to layout a human figure, but I hadn’t. […]

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  • Fun with Foreshortening

    Fun with Foreshortening

    You know how when you study art history they make such a big deal about the discovery or invention or whatever of foreshortening? Well, there’s a reason: It’s because it’s sort of a difficult concept to grasp . . . and to draw. But if you want to draw more than stick figures or Flat Stanley’s, you’re pretty much going to have to learn it. With that in mind, I’ve found a very interesting tutorial on foreshortening. It involves coils* […]

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  • Drawing: If You Work Really Hard . . .

    Drawing: If You Work Really Hard . . .

    In the last couple of posts, you’ve seen videos on the anatomy of the nose and learned how to (well, started learning how to) draw realistic ones. Why? Why learn anatomy and realism and all that? Especially when things like Manga and comics and abstraction are so popular? So you can do things like Emanuele Dascanio. What? You mean you don’t really want to draw like this? Well, you don’t have to. . . . But wouldn’t it be great […]

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  • Drawing the Surreal

    Drawing the Surreal

    According to Wikipedia: Realism in the arts may be generally defined as the attempt to represent subject matter truthfully, without artificiality and avoiding artistic conventions, implausible, exotic and supernatural elements. Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. Surrealism . . . [aims to] “resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality.”   Okay, so if you’re aiming […]

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  • Feeling Inadequate?

    Have you heard of Kim Jung-Gi? You may have: He has a lot of fans. He’s a Korean artist whom I’ve seen referred to as a “sketching deity. A “sketching deity”?!?!?!  Pretty strong praise, right? After you watch his video, you can tell me if you think it’s deserved.     What do you think? I’ve seen some of his work described as “amazing,” but you’ve got to admit that that’s a word that gets thrown around quite a lot […]

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  • Help for Drawing Chickens

    Help for Drawing Chickens

    If you think today’s video is about drawing pictures of chickens, you are mistaken. If you think today’s video is for people who are chicken about drawing, you are mistaken. Today’s video is for people who draw as if they were actual chickens drawing with their feet. Huh? You’ll see.     Had you ever considered your lines in quite this way? It is sort of natural to  make those careful, hesitant little marks to create a line; we’ve probably […]

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  • Sticks and Stones and Drawing Bones

    Sticks and Stones and Drawing Bones

    Yesterday’s post was on drawing textures in pen and ink. Many people rely on smudging to help them with their textures, and since that isn’t possible with ink, it makes drawing with a pen a bit trickier. And speaking of tricky: What about drawing bones? In the first place, the word “anatomy” will probably come up, and that in itself is intimidating. Then you have the actual bones — something that most of us don’t see all that often — […]

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