Landscape Drawing with Colored Pencils – Excerpts

Landscape Drawing with Polychromos Colored pencils
In this recorded Live Lesson series, we take a look at drawing a fairly simple landscape with oil-based Polychromos colored pencils by Faber-Castell. The drawing is developed on 100% cotton Stonehenge paper. The video above features excerpts taken from this Live Lesson series. The recorded lesson series (5 hours) is available to members here. Materials Used in This Lesson Oil-based pencils are used in this lesson. While similar results can be achieved with wax-based colored pencils, application Read more [...]

You Voted. The Next Course Is…

The next art course is...
This site is designed, constructed, and lovingly crafted for you. It is my goal to serve you as student. A big part of achieving this is learning from you. I want to teach what you want to learn. For this reason, I reach out to you after each course has been developed and ask for feedback regarding which course you would like to see next. Each course that has been developed over the years has been the result of you telling me what you want to learn. Based on your suggestions and results Read more [...]

What Course Would You Like To See Next?

"Creative Mixed Media" is now complete, making it the ninth complete course added to our library of courses - which are all available to members. The addition of this course brings the total of course video hours up to 35 with over 1000 pages of ebooks included. (Each course includes logically sequenced modules that include videos and downloadable ebooks.) At the conclusion of each course, I reach out to you for input on the next course that will be developed. Everyone is able to vote! When Read more [...]

Is It OK to Draw and Paint From Photos?

Is it ok to draw and paint from photos
The world of art has its fair share of controversies that extend beyond the realm of subject matter. Artists typically have their own opinions on process, ideas, and materials and many of them are extremely passionate over their beliefs. Some people believe that certain colors should be used in a palette and others excluded. Some artists believe that there is only one approach to drawing or painting that should work for everyone. And some artists believe that anyone that uses a photo as a reference Read more [...]

7 Drawing Techniques For Accuracy

drawing Techniques For Accuracy
Drawing is about observation. And if you want to improve your drawing skills, then you must focus on how you see the subjects that you draw. It seems simple enough - "draw what you see".  We've all heard it before and it is a fine suggestion because it does work. We do need to draw what we see. But if you don't know what to look for, or perhaps more importantly - how to look for it, then this statement can be frustrating. Fortunately, there are several techniques we can use to help us see Read more [...]

Why You Believe You Can’t Draw and What To Do About It

Why you believe that you can't draw and what to do about it.
Why is it that such a large majority of people believe that they simply cannot draw? What exactly happens to us that makes us believe this untrue statement? If you ask a room of one hundred average adults to raise their hands if they believe they can draw, only a handful will raise their hands. If you ask one hundred 5 year olds the same question, nearly all of them will raise their hands. What happens to us to make our opinions about ourselves change so drastically? Can this belief be changed Read more [...]

Drawing on a Flat Or Tilted Surface – Which is Best?

Drawing on a flat surface vs a tilted surface or easel
Some of us draw on flat surfaces, like a table, while others prefer to draw on a tilted surface, like an easel or a drafting table. But which is better? Which setup leads to more accuracy in our drawings? In this post, we'll look at the pros and cons of each arrangement and I'll let you decide which is best for you. Considering Comfort When Drawing It's important to be comfortable when you are drawing. When your body is comfortable, you're less likely to be distracted by your posture and you Read more [...]

Real Masters Are Life-Long Learners

Strategies For Learning Art
One of the most attractive qualities in the world of art-making is the possibilities of multiple "rights". We can be successful in so many different ways. The pathways to success in a work are many. There is no true "wrong way" to create - instead there are a multitude of "right" ways. It's true that there are those that proclaim to have found the "right" way to develop a work. Whether it be a drawing, painting, sculpture, or collage, these intellectuals deem their approach to be the best Read more [...]