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  • Drawing: Best Foot Forward

    Drawing: Best Foot Forward

    It occurred to me today that I have seriously neglected something all of you who like to or want to draw figures really need a video about. That’s right. I’m talking about feet. The problem with finding instructional videos on drawing feet is (1) the videos are pretty long or (2) the feet don’t look like those of earthlings. But I think I have solved the problem because I managed to find a video that’s just over five minutes and […]

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  • The Nuts and “Bolts” of Sketching Poses

    The Nuts and “Bolts” of Sketching Poses

    My last post was about a method of non-traditional sketching, drawing tonally. Today’s post is also about a method of non-traditional sketching, but it’s much more linear. The artist in this video found that by creating “lightning bolts” for the arms and legs, he was able to create a skeleton of sorts that enabled him to build muscles on his figures very quickly. In fact, he uses this method in 30 second gesture drawings. Obviously, this method isn’t a cure-all; […]

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  • No Model?  No Problem.

    No Model? No Problem.

    Picture a figure drawing class. What comes to mind? When you see a figure drawing class portrayed (way too many puns are cropping up in this post) it seems like there’s always a big, light-filled room with easels everywhere.  Students sit at the easels while the instructor mills around the room checking their work and making comments. And, right at the center of focus is The Model. So, what if you aren’t in a class or don’t have access to […]

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  • Every Head Needs a Body

    Every Head Needs a Body

    Yesterday’s post was a little “cheat sheet” of sorts on facial proportions. But unless you’re drawing portraits of your grandmother or talking heads, you may want to put that well proportioned face on a body. Which, of course, should be equally well proportioned. So, today’s post has a video with a quick lesson —  Because who needs years of college anyway? — in capturing the proportions of the human figure.     So, there you go: Another little cheat sheet […]

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  • Worth a Look: The Art of Robert Liberace

    Worth a Look: The Art of Robert Liberace

    Besides being enjoyable for the art spectators among you, looking at art by different artists can be a really good lesson for other artists and aspiring artists. Today’s video is a sampling of artwork — painting, sculpture, and drawing — by Robert Liberace. Most of the work in this video is figurative, with a few portraits and a landscape thrown in. It’s also classical, beautiful,  and a good demonstration of line. Note:  The drawings begin about half way through the […]

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  • How To Draw Hands Mini Series: Part 5

    How To Draw Hands Mini Series: Part 5

    Today is the final day of the How To Draw Hands Mini Series. So far, you’ve seen the basic construction of the hand and a couple of techniques for  “building” it on paper as well as a number of positions it can take. The lesson today is about adding the finishing details to your drawing. How to cross hatch and blend and how to add highlights to give your drawing depth and dimension.     So . . . now […]

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  • How To Draw Hands Mini Series: Part 4

    How To Draw Hands Mini Series: Part 4

    One of the most beautiful things about hands — and about drawing hands — is the number of “poses” they can take. Today’s video will show you twelve different poses — all in about three minutes. (Thank heavens for that pause button.)     I’m sure you noticed that this instructor blocks in the shapes of the hands first.  That could be because he’s the same instructor as in the first video. It could also be because — as he […]

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  • How To Draw Hands Mini Series: Part 3

    How To Draw Hands Mini Series: Part 3

    Continuing today with Part 3 of the How To Draw Hands Mini Series, we have yet another instructor As you watch this video, you’ll notice that this artist always keeps the proportions in mind, but he doesn’t block them in as much as the artists in the first two parts of the series did. He also demonstrates some different positions a hand can take and even shows a bit on shading.     Although all three of the first parts […]

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  • How To Draw Hands Mini Series: Part 2

    How To Draw Hands Mini Series: Part 2

    Friday, I posted part 1 of the How To Draw Hands Mini Series. The instructor in that video broke hands down into basic shapes and — I hope — made drawing them as easy as I can imagine anyone doing. Today’s video does something similar but . . .  different. This instructor starts with line and then moves to “finding” the shapes within the lines. Like the first lesson, the drawing is logical and easy to follow. And (again, I […]

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  • How To Draw Hands Mini Series: Part 1

    How To Draw Hands Mini Series: Part 1

    The weekend is coming up so I thought since you’ll probably have time on your hands, it might be a good time to start a mini series on drawing them. Hands that is. But before we get started let me repeat something I said before the sketchbook mini series:  There are lots of great videos on drawing hands out there. You could learn a lot.  But since this isn’t exactly art school and since you really don’t have unlimited time, […]

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