Sketching a Crab – 30 Minute Drawing Exercise

How to Sketch a Crab - 30 Minute Drawing Exercsie
For extended Live Lessons, video courses, ebooks and more, check out the membership program. Click on the button below to learn more.Learn More How to Sketch a Crab Practice makes perfect. And although perfection cannot be achieved in any drawing that we create, we can always improve our drawings skills through practice. Sketching is an excellent way to practice your drawing skills. Although a sketch is not a finished drawing, we still use and exercise the same observational "muscles". Gettin' Read more [...]

Sketching a Bird – 30 Minute Drawing Exercise

How to Sketch a Bird
For extended Live Lessons, video courses, ebooks and more, check out the membership program. Click on the button below to learn more.Learn More How to Sketch a Bird Regular time spent sketching in your sketchbook or even loose paper will dramatically improve your drawing skills over time. No matter how new you are to drawing or how long you've been at it, practice is a key component to improvement. Even if we create a quick sketch, we're still working the same "art muscles" that we use when we Read more [...]

Four Exercises To Improve Your Drawing

Four Drawing Exercise to Practice Drawing
Artist Ashley Hurst shares several essential drawing exercise designed to improve to your drawing practice. As the seasons pass and spring flowers replace the cold winter wind, so to are old thoughts replaced with new ones. I think about planting a garden, hiking with my family and baseball. I love baseball. The games begin after spring training, where the players sharpen their old skills and learn new ones. Art, unlike baseball, is always in season but spring training reminds me that it is Read more [...]

Sketching a Frog – 30 Minute Drawing Exercise

Sketch a Frog
For extended Live Lessons, video courses, ebooks and more, check out the membership program. Click on the button below to learn more.Learn More Sketch a Frog It's time for some more sketching practice and in this episode, we sketch a frog. If you missed the first two episodes of Gettin' Sketchy, you can check them out here... Gettin' Sketchy - Sketching a Skull Gettin' Sketchy - Sketching a Paint Tube with Pen and Ink This new series of lessons is designed to help you develop a regular practice Read more [...]

Sketching a Paint Tube – 30 Minute Drawing Exercise

30 Minute Sketching Exercise - Paint Tube with Pen and Ink
For extended Live Lessons, video courses, ebooks and more, check out the membership program. Click on the button below to learn more.Learn More Gettin' Sketchy - Sketching a Paint Tube in 30 Minutes A regular practice of sketching should be a part of every artist's routine. If you practice daily for just 30 minutes, you will see improvement in your drawing skills. It doesn't matter what you draw, just as long as you're drawing something. You can practice your observational drawing skills Read more [...]

How to Paint Texture

How to Paint Texture
Artist Ashley Hurst shares his process for creating textures in a painting by utilizing unexpected tools and materials. I love painting textures, but for many aspiring artists, texture is a stumbling block. When faced with a subject that is defined by texture (hair, stone, etc.), my students sometimes fail at capturing the other elements of art, like value and form. The texture distracts them from those more fundamental elements of art. Texture is an important element of art and useful in a composition, Read more [...]

Sketching a Skull – 30 Minute Drawing Exercise

Sketching a Skull - 30 Minute Drawing Exercise
For extended Live Lessons, video courses, ebooks and more, check out the membership program. Click on the button below to learn more.Learn More Gettin' Sketchy - Sketching a Skull in 30 Minutes A practice of regular sketching should a part of very artist's routine. Sketching, a looser and quicker form of drawing, helps to train our brains to see the world as an artist. There are other benefits to regular sketching such as relaxation, improving concentration and focus, and improving hand-eye coordination. Read more [...]

Experiment When Choosing Background Colors For Paintings

How to Choose the Right Background Colors for Your Paintings
Use Photoshop to Experiment with Your Art You’ve probably been there before. You dove headfirst into a drawing or a painting and completed the main subject and now it’s time to address the background. You know that you want the background to compliment the subject, but you’re not sure what to do. You’re afraid that your decision may ruin the work. As a result, you're frozen with fear. Of course, this common dilemma can easily be avoided by creating thumbnail images before you even Read more [...]