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  • Winter Landscape Sketch or Who Wouldn’t Want More Snow?

    Winter Landscape Sketch or Who Wouldn’t Want More Snow?

    I have to admit it: I originally chose today’s video because it’s a sketch of a winter landscape, and I am surrounded by winter landscape at the moment. Maybe I just want to share the beauty of the season; maybe misery loves company. However, to my surprise, I really enjoyed watching this artist, and I think there’s a lot to learn from his style of working. In particular, notice how really “sketchy” this drawing is. He starts out with very […]

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  • In the Mood

    In the Mood

    Since we’ve been “talking” about pen and ink drawing for a while now, I thought today’s video would be a welcome change. It starts as a pencil sketch, then morphs into a computer-drawn landscape. And it has a little surprise. (Honestly, it’s little. Don’t get excited.) Did you see the surprise? Yes, it was the Christmas tree. I thought it might help those of you who celebrate Christmas get in the mood. If you aren’t already. And, of course, besides […]

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  • Landscape Drawing When You’re Out of Cotton Balls

    Landscape Drawing When You’re Out of Cotton Balls

    “So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric, as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea.”                                                            ― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse No, no, don’t leave! This is still Best Drawing Videos, and it’s still about drawing, but today’s subject is drawing clouds and you know how poetic clouds can be, so I […]

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  • More on Scratch Technique: What Lies Beneath

    More on Scratch Technique: What Lies Beneath

    Yesterday, I posted on a scratch technique that involved scratching a (white) drawing surface to create depressed lines. The pencil marks would then skim over the lines leaving them as a textured effect in white. Today’s scratch technique is a whole different ballgame. So to speak. In this method, the entire drawing surface is covered in a dark tone, which is scratched away to bring out the underlying white. If drawing were sculpture, the first scratch method would be more […]

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  • Drawing: When You’ve Got the Itch

    Drawing: When You’ve Got the Itch

    We haven’t done any new techniques lately, so today I have something a little different for you, Actually, you may have seen something like this used before, but this video will show you how it works. So what the heck am I talking about? Scratch technique. This video will give you a fairly good idea of how to use this technique — at least one way of how to use it — but I do have to admit that even […]

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  • It’s All About the Trees

    It’s All About the Trees

    Recently my niece in Texas had a little boy, and that made me think of families. And that made me think of family trees. So, in today’s post, I’ve got three videos on ways to draw trees. The first is a lesson in drawing three types of trees, and the different ways you approach the drawings. Second, is a lesson in drawing a tree in a landscape with some notes on treating different ranges within the drawing. And, finally, for […]

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  • Pastel Landscape 5: Advanced Tutorial Step-by-Step

    Pastel Landscape 5: Advanced Tutorial Step-by-Step

    For those of you who were off for Presidents’ Day, it’s back-to-work day. It’s also the last of the pastel landscape mini series. The artist today is another one of the “shy” pastel artists: If there’s a single sound on this video, I didn’t hear it. But she makes up for that with good text explanations of what she’s doing, and she goes into quite a lot of detail. I learned a lot from this video, so I hope you […]

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  • Pastel Landscape 4: Tutorial on Mood and Atmosphere

    Pastel Landscape 4: Tutorial on Mood and Atmosphere

    This video was supposed to be posted yesterday (because I like to take a day off on Sunday), but . . . I decided to go to The Big City (for me that means Washington). That wouldn’t have made any difference except that I managed to step into a room when I should have stepped down into the room. (Why people don’t put signs up in their houses is beyond me.) My foot is paying the price . . . […]

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  • How To Draw Mountains . . . with a BonusTrip Down Memory Lane

    How To Draw Mountains . . . with a BonusTrip Down Memory Lane

    I just got back from the Smokies, so I wanted to find a drawing video that involved mountains. Well, not only did I find a drawing demo of a mountain landscape, but I found one by Jon Gnagy! For those of you who were born yesterday — or even those of you who were born 50 years ago — Jon Gnagy was “America’s Original Television Art Teacher,” and this lesson was first shown in 1956! I hope you enjoyed this […]

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  • Weekend Artist: What YOU Can Do with Pastels

    Weekend Artist: What YOU Can Do with Pastels

    Since it’s the weekend and you’re interested in art (well, you’re here, aren’t you?), I thought you might like to learn a bit more about drawing with pastels. If you’re new to drawing, they’re a great way to get started.  Not only do they let you add color to your drawing, but they are very forgiving. You can blend and even erase areas when you make a mistake . . .  I mean when you change your mind. The first […]

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