Free Drawing Lessons and Tutorials-Lessons for Drawing Improvement
Free Drawing Lessons
Looking for the best drawing lessons online? Well, you've come to right place. We have drawing lessons on a wide range of subject matter and media. Click on any of the links below for drawing tutorials on a wide variety of subjects, media, and techniques. This list is updated often and most of the drawing lessons include videos. All of the lessons are taught to you in an easy to understand and follow format. Tutorials on this site are for art beginners, intermediate students, and advanced students. Explore all of the tutorials and expand your drawing ability. TheVirtualInstructor.com also offers lessons on Painting and Digital Art. You can see the full list of all of the videos here> Art Instruction Videos
What is Drawing?
Drawing is making any mark on any surface with any mark-making material. YOU can draw and these drawing lessons will help you draw better.
How Can I Learn to Draw?
Drawing is not rocket science. In fact, it is simple when you understand the true concept behind drawing. Drawing is about seeing. It is about looking at an object and understanding how you see it. Then it is simply taking that information and putting it on a surface through a series of marks. When you learn how to see as an artist, the drawing naturally follows. The point of these lessons is to help you learn how to see as an artist, show you a few tricks that I've picked up along the way, and help you become better at drawing. With practice any skill can be learned.
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FREE DRAWING LESSONS- PAGE ONE
||Learn how to create acrylic transfers in this free drawing lesson video.
||Ball Point Pen Drawing
||Learn how a ball point pen can be used to create drawings in this drawing demonstration.
||Blind Contour Line Drawing
||Learn the basics of drawing with the exercise known as "Blind Contour Line Drawing" in this drawing video.
||How to Use Contrast in Art
||There's more to using contrast than picking opposites. Find out how to use contrast in art in this video tutorial.
||Composition in Art Part 2
||Learn about composition (Eye Movement through Geometric Configurations) in art in this free drawing lesson video.
||Learn the process of crayon etching in this free drawing lesson video.
||Cut Paper Image
||Use positive and negative space to create a floating cut paper image. Learn how in this video lesson.
Many people look at objects, immediately forget what they see and draw what they think an object should look like. Instead, when you draw, you should look for shapes, values, and lines and try to make those shapes, values, and lines on your paper. When they are matched correctly, you get a drawing that's representational. Forget what you think it should look like and just draw what you see!
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Drawing is the process or technique used while medium is the actual material used to create the artwork. There are a variety of different drawing media that can be used to create drawings. Each medium has different characteristics and produces different effects. There are also different drawing techniques associated with each medium. Many of these techniques are explored in the video drawing lessons listed above. (Remember that this list of drawing lessons is added to on a consistent basis, so if an art or drawing lesson is not listed above, it may be coming soon. So check back often.)
Graphite- most commonly referred to as pencil or lead. Graphite is a grayish material that is available in a variety of different grades. " HB" is most commonly called a #2 pencil and is found in the middle of the grades. Softer graphite pencils are named "B" pencils and range from "B" (soft) to "9B" (extremely soft). "B" pencils generally make darker marks because of the softness of the graphite. One downside to "B" pencils are that they become dull easily. "H" pencils are made of harder graphite and range from "H" (hard) to "9H" (hardest). "H" pencils make lighter marks but keep a sharp point for a longer period of time. Graphite also comes in large chunks that are not in pencils. This graphite is used for covering large areas of a surface quickly.
Charcoal- While graphite is grayish in value, charcoal provides rich, dark blacks in the creation of drawings. Charcoal is burnt organic material and is usually some type of wood. Charcoal comes in a variety of different types. Vine charcoal is soft, makes lighter marks and is easily erased. Compressed charcoal is harder, makes darker marks and is harder to erase. Charcoal is produced in both stick and pencil form.
Colored Pencils- Colored pencils are made of a pigmented stick held together by a waxy binder. Colored pencils vary in brand quality and price. They are available almost anywhere.
Chalk Pastels- Chalk pastels are powdery pigmented sticks that are held together by a gum binder. Finished chalk pastel drawings can look like paintings and are often referred to as paintings.
Oil Pastels- are colored sticks that are held together by linseed oil. They can be thinned and spread by using traditional oil painting solvents. Finished oil pastel drawings are also referred to as paintings.
Pen and Ink- Ink that is applied to a surface through the application of a pen is considered pen and ink. Inks come in a variety of different colors and can be applied in a variety of different pens. Hatching, cross hatching, and stippling are most commonly the techniques used in pen and ink drawing.
Markers- Markers are typically used for design work. Markers are generally not permanent, (despite what it may say on the marker). Therefore, markers are used in fashion design, graphic design, industrial design, and illustration. Rarely are markers used for what is considered "fine art".