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Featured Graphite Lessons
How to draw water droplets
Learn how to draw a realistic feather. Use shape, line, and value to create realistic textures.
Drawing Bootcamp
Five one hour lessons and exercises on the basics of drawing. (Membership Required)
Graphite House Portrait Lesson Series
Nine one hour lessons on drawing an accurate house portrait with graphite. (Membership Required)

A Bit About Graphite

 All of the tutorials on this page involve the use of graphite.  Graphite is the dark gray material that is found in most pencils.  Graphite is 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.Free Drawing Lessons-Graphite

*NOTE: The quality of the graphite pencil that you use for your drawings does affect the quality of the result. Check out the brands I recommend here.


How to draw a feather
Learn how to draw a realistic feather. Use shape, line, and value to create realistic textures.
Shading Techniques with Pencil
Learn how to create accurate shading in a drawing. This tutorial includes shading techniques as well as the principles of understanding light.
How to draw a sphere
Learn how to draw a sphere and the proper terminology on shading in this free drawing lesson video.
Continuous Line Drawing Exercise
Creating a continuous line drawing is an easy and effective drawing exercise. Learn the "ends and outs" of creating one in this tutorial. 
Free Drawing Lessons- Blind Contour Line
Learn the basics of drawing with the exercise known as "Blind Contour Line Drawing" in this drawing video.


How to draw a realistic eye
Learn how to draw realistic eyes in this free drawing lesson video.
How to draw a face with pencil
Learn how to draw a face with graphite. Both male and female examples, and the profile view are explored in 4 video demonstrations and illustrations.
How to draw a hand
Learn how easy it can be to draw hands in this free drawing tutorial.
Free Drawing Lessons- How to Draw Noses
The most complete guide to drawing noses. This page focuses on drawing realistic noses using a pencil.
How to draw hair - drawing lesson
Learn how to draw hair in this ultimate guide that demonstrates a four-step process.


How to draw a realistic tree
The ultimate guide to drawing trees with four lessons included. Lesson one teaches you how to draw a tree with graphite pencils.
One point perspective lesson
Learn how to create the illusion of space using one point perspective in this free drawing lesson video.
Two point perspective lesson
Learn how to create the illusion of space using two point perspective in this free drawing lesson video.




Drawing Course Examples

This course is for beginner and intermediate artists and features over 300 minutes of HD video instruction and 178 pages of eBooks covering the true essence of drawing including the elements and principles of art, and a variety of drawing media and techniques.  (28 Modules)

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“Portrait Drawing The Smart Way” is a video course devoted to portraiture.  Featuring nearly 5 hours of video instruction and 139 pages of eBooks, the goal of the course is to provide the student with a comprehensive exposure to portrait drawing. This course is designed to guide absolute beginners and intermediate artists to a level of producing realistic and accurate portraits through concise and “easy to digest” modules that include HD videos and Ebooks. (19 Modules)

Portrait Drawing Course

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