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  • Look at You!  How to Draw Male and Female Faces

    Look at You! How to Draw Male and Female Faces

    By now, you should have a fairly good grasp of the head and its proportions, from any angle. So, today, I have a video lesson in drawing male and female faces. Actually, this post includes three videos, one for the male face, one for the female face, and a bonus “combo” portrait. The “trick” for you is distinguishing exactly what makes the face male or female because, while the instructor is fairly thorough about proportions and lines, he doesn’t ever […]

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  • Look at You! How to Draw the Head from Different Angles

    Look at You! How to Draw the Head from Different Angles

    Yesterday, you learned the basics of drawing the face. But you learned it from head on, and, let’s face it (“face it,” get it?), sometimes people being the unreasonable, frenetic creatures they are, turn their heads. And if you want to draw them then. . .  Well, it’s a whole different kettle of fish. But, fortunately, there’s a way to deal with it and, today, in Part 2 of the How to Draw the Face micro series, you’ll learn it. […]

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  • Look at You! Basic Facial Proportions

    Look at You! Basic Facial Proportions

    Do you remember the post with the elephant drawing elephants? Well, elephants — apparently — like to draw elephants, and people . . .  well, they  like to draw people. Strangers in a crowd, celebrities, prototypes, portraits. You name it.  If it’s human, we want to draw it. The thing is: Drawing people, even drawing their faces, is tricky. Fortunately, the other thing is:  Once you know the tricks, you’re good to go. And this site is here to show […]

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  • Portrait in Pastel

    Portrait in Pastel

    Lately, you’ve seen doodles and micro art and and comic book artists and a lot of bits and pieces. So, I think it’s time to get back to something more traditional. Today’s video is a portrait done in pastels. It’s a pretty drawing, but it is also instructional. The video is pretty fast, so you may have to pause it if you’re really studying what this artist does, but I think it’s worth that (minimal) effort.     “Just” a […]

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  • Drawing Jake in Pastels

    Drawing Jake in Pastels

    Today’s post is about a lumberjack who for some reason will only wear pastels. Yes, Yes, of course, I’m kidding. Jake is actually a Gordon setter, and today’s video is a portrait of him done in pastels. The artist is Mary Herbert, and the (speed) drawing is . . .  well, watch it and see.     I told you — sort of — didn’t I? The portrait in itself is beautiful, but the video is so instructive. Look at […]

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  • The Digital Eye

    The Digital Eye

    There are some fairly stunningly realistic drawings of eyes on YouTube. In fact, the very first post on the blog was a drawing of one of them. So, you’ve probably guessed that today’s video is of a drawing of an eye. But this one’s special: It’s drawn (okay: painted, potAto/poTAHto) digitally.     I don’t know what program was used to draw this eye, but . . .  I’m jealous. Because I don’t know about you, but the more I […]

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  • How to Create Realistic Skin Tones

    How to Create Realistic Skin Tones

    There are lots of difficult aspects in drawing portraits. The nose, the hair, the expression, etc. But the one that new artists seem to overlook in the beginning is the skin. And — at least in most people — the skin tales up a great deal of the actual area in a portrait. So, for today’s video I have a (deceptively) simple lesson in achieving realistic skin tones.   ve   The skin isn’t just a blank canvas (so to […]

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  • Is That a Da Vinci or Are You Just Good at Photoshop?

    Is That a Da Vinci or Are You Just Good at Photoshop?

    Years ago, a friend of mine — an extremely talented friend of mine — decided he wanted a Renaissance painting to hang over his fireplace in his new home. Well, he wasn’t even close to wealthy, but, as I said, he was talented.  So, he painted one. Since this is a drawing site and not a painting site, today’s post is going to teach you how to draw a Renaissance picture for over your fireplace. Or wherever you feel you […]

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  • The Lotsa Luck Portrait

    The Lotsa Luck Portrait

    Yesterday’s post had a charcoal portrait and so does today’s. But look at the difference in the lighting on this one. The whole effect is so different. And that’s one of the (many) reasons I love art: same (samish) subject matter, same medium, both realistic and traditional, but . . . so different.   Of course, this portrait does have one very special thing about it that is lacking in yesterday’s: The artist drew it upside down. As soon as […]

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  • The Lotsa Charcoal Portrait

    The Lotsa Charcoal Portrait

    I’ve got a video of a nice charcoal portrait today.  It’s realistic and traditional, and there’s a lot to learn from it. But what’s most interesting to me is just how much charcoal the artist used. He likes his medium. But more on that later. Here’s the video:     Okay, without being critical (because it’s a really nice picture), what do you think of the amount of charcoal that was used? Just right. Perfect. Captures the shadows but doesn’t […]

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