Still Life Drawing and Painting Tutorials

Still Life Drawing and Painting Tutorials

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Below you'll find a collection of tutorials focused on still life.  This includes demonstrations on floral subjects and various other objects. The media and technique vary, so the approach to each subject will vary as well.

STILL LIFE TUTORIALS

Charcoal Still Life DrawingCharcoal Still Life Excerpts
Draw a still life using white and black charcoal on gray paper in this tutorial that features excerpts from a 1 hour live tutorial.

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How to Draw DraperyHow to Draw Drapery with Conte - Full Length Video (59:17)
Learn how to draw cloth or drapery in this recorded live lesson. Members Only Become a member
The Secrets to Drawing Basic Drawing TechniquesThe Secrets to Drawing- Basic Drawing Techniques
Learn the secrets to drawing in this members only video series- Part 10 Premium Video
The Secrets to Drawing CharcoalThe Secrets to Drawing- Charcoal
Learn the secrets to drawing in this members only video series- Part 15 Premium Video
Highlight Rendering Drawing lessonHighlight Rendering
Learn how to use the eraser to create a drawing in this free drawing lesson video.

How to Draw a Rose with CharcoalHow to Draw a Rose with Charcoal
Learn how to draw a rose with charcoal by using the eraser to erase out highlights.

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Colored Pencil Orchid DemonstrationColored Pencil Demo "Orchid" - Full Length Videos (2:17:30)
Watch and learn how to draw an orchid with colored pencils in this two part tutorial. Part One (1:02:53) Part Two (1:14:37) Members Only Become a member
Abstract Drawing with Oil PastelsAbstract Still Life - Full Length Video (52:51)
Create an abstract still life in this recorded live lesson. Members Only Become a member
Free Drawing Lessons- Blind Contour LineBlind Contour Line Drawing
Learn the basics of drawing with the exercise known as "Blind Contour Line Drawing" in this drawing video.
Oil Painting Basic Forms- Full Length Video (1:20:30)
Learn how to blend oil paint in this full length recorded Live Lesson on painting basic forms (cone, sphere, cylinder, and a cube) Members Only Become a member
Oil Painting Master Series - Blending Oil Paint
A look at isolating values in a painting and using the "stitch method" to blend smooth transitions of tone.
Pastel TechniquesPastel Drawing Techniques - 3 Approaches
Learn three different approaches to drawing with pastels including the techniques of blending, scumbling, and feathering.
Oil Painting Master Series - Indirect Painting
A look at adding glazes to an underpainting.
Oil Painting Master Series - Direct Painting
A look at adding paint to the surface using premixed hues and values.
Oil Painting Master Series - Painting Cloth
A look at finding geometric shapes in cloth and directly painting cloth from observation.
Wet into WetOil Painting Master Series - Wet into Wet Technique
A look at the painting technique known as "wet into wet".
Knife PaintingOil Painting Master Series - Knife Painting
This tutorial looks at applying heavy applications of oil paint with a painting knife in order to create a textured painting surface.
Alla Prima Painting with OilsStill Life Painting with Oils - Full Length Video (56:08)
Paint a still life in one sitting using a wet into wet approach (Alla Prima). Members Only Become a member

Expressive Watercolor PaintingExpressive Watercolor Painting
Learn how an underpainting can be used to produce expressive colors in a watercolor painting.

How to Use Oil PastelsHow to Use Oil Pastels - Pear Demo
Learn how to draw with oil pastels in this demonstration of a drawing of a pear.
Pastel Still Life Live LessonPastel Still Life Full Length Video (1:06:32)
Learn how to paint a quick pastel still life using Rembrandt pastels in this recorded live lesson.
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Dual Tone Watercolor PaintingDual Tone Watercolor Painting - Full Length Video (1:01:16)
Paint with just two colors and the values of those colors in this recorded live lesson. Members Only Become a member

Ink Wash Still LifeInk Wash Still Life - Excerpts
Learn how to use ink wash to create a still life painting in this tutorial that features excerpts of a 1 hour Live Lesson.

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Watercolor and Colored PencilsWatercolor and Colored Pencils- Full Length Videos (2:38:16)
Learn how to combine watercolor and colored pencils in this two part recorded Live Lesson. Part One (1:20:19) Part Two (1:18:03) Members Only Become a member

Paint with GouacheThe Basics of Gouache Painting
Excerpts of a 1 hour Live Lesson on painting with gouache

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Watercolor Painting of OrangesWatercolor Painting of Oranges - Full Length Video (1:00:48)
Learn how to layer watercolor to create a still life painting in this recorded live lesson.  Members Only Become a member
Free Painting Lessons-Watercolor PencilsWatercolor Pencil Techniques
Learn how to use watercolor pencils in this video tutorial.

Watercolor Pencils ExcerptsWatercolor Pencil Demonstration
Learn how to paint an iris using watercolor pencils in this video. (excerpts from a Live Lesson)

Watch the Full Length Video (1:14:07)  Members Only

How-to-Use-colored-pencils-with-watercolorHow to Combine Watercolor and Colored Pencils
Learn how to use watercolor with colored pencils in this drawing/painting lesson

Knife Painting with Acrylics
Learn how to create an acrylic painting using painting knives in this free video tutorial.

Acrylic Still LifeAcrylic Still Life - Underpainting
Acrylic still life demonstration - excerpts from 2 live lessons.  Learn the importance of underpainting.

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Painting GlassOil Painting Master Series - Painting Transparency
A look at painting transparency with oil paint.  A glass of water is demonstrated in this module.
Free Painting Lessons- Acrylic Apple DemoAcrylic Apple Demo
Learn basic acrylic painting techniques in this free painting lesson video.
Free Drawing Lessons- How to Use Oil Pastels- AppleOil Pastels, Apple
Learn how to use oil pastels to draw an apple in this free drawing lesson video.

Oil Pastel Still LifeOil Pastel Still Life
Learn how to draw a still life with oil pastels with these excerpts from 2 live lessons. 

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still life skecth with pastelsStill Life Sketch with Pastels
Learn how to create a quick still life sketch using soft pastels in this video demonstration.
Graphite Drawing TechniquesGraphite Drawing Techniques
Learn some of the common graphite drawing techniques in this free drawing lesson.
How to draw glass with colored pencilsHow to Draw Glass with Colored Pencils
Learn how to draw glass with colored pencils in this video drawing tutorial.
How to draw a roseHow to Draw a Rose with Colored Pencils
Learn how to break complex objects like a rose into easy to draw steps and finish with colored pencils in this video tutorial
How to draw with water soluble graphiteHow to Draw with Water-Soluble Graphite
Learn how to draw with water-soluble graphite in this video tutorial
Drawing ExercisesDrawing Exercises - Full Length Video (56:14)
Learn a few tips to learning how to draw in this full length Live Lesson preview video.
The Secrets to Drawing ShapeThe Secrets to Drawing- Shape
Learn the secrets to drawing in this members only video series- Part 3 Premium Video
The Secrets to Drawing FormThe Secrets to Drawing- Form
Learn the secrets to drawing in this members only video series- Part 4 Premium Video
The Secrets to Drawing ValueThe Secrets to Drawing- Value
Learn the secrets to drawing in this members only video series- Part 5 Premium Video

Drawing with ValueDrawing with Value - Excerpts from a Live Lesson
Learn how to use value to create the illusion of form and light in this tutorial that features excerpts from a 1 hour drawing demonstration.

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Drawing Exercises Part 2Drawing Exercises Part 2 - Full Length Video (1:06:33)
Pick up a few more tips on improving your drawing skills in this full length video. Members Only Become a Member
Free Drawing Lessons- Composition #1Composition in Art Part 1
Learn about composition (Plato's Rule) in art in this free drawing lesson video.
Background Color Choices in ArtBackground Color Choices Full Length Video (48:36)
Learn what colors work best when choosing a background for your art in this recorded live demonstration.  Members Only Become a member
How-to-draw-a-circleHow to Draw a Circle
Learn how to draw a circle in this video drawing lesson.
Free Drawing Lessons- How to Draw a SphereHow to Draw a Sphere
Learn how to draw a sphere and the proper terminology on shading in this free drawing lesson video.
How to draw Wrinkles in FabricHow to Draw Wrinkles in Fabric
Learn how to draw wrinkles in fabric in this free video tutorial.
The Secrets to Drawing Drawing From LifeThe Secrets to Drawing- Drawing From Life
Learn the secrets to drawing in this members only video series- Part 11 Premium Video
The Secrets to Drawing GraphiteThe Secrets to Drawing- Graphite
Learn the secrets to drawing in this members only video series- Part 14 Premium Video
Geometric Forms for Still LifeMake Geometric Forms out of Paper for Still Life
Learn how to build geometric forms out of paper to use for still life material.
How to Use Color Theory In Highlights and ShadowUse Color Theory for Stimulating Highlights and Shadows
Learn how to use complementary colors to create natural highlights and shadows.
Colored Pencil Drawing TechniquesHow to Draw with Colored Pencils
Learn basic colored pencils techniques in this video tutorial.

Colored Pencil Drawing Tutorial - MarblesColored Pencils Drawing Tutorial - Marbles
How to draw marbles and other reflective objects with colored pencils.

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Colored Pencil Tutorial CherriesColored Pencil Tutorial - Cherries - Excerpts
Gain insights on how to use colored pencils in this tutorial that features excerpts from a 1 hour live lesson.

Watch the Full Length Video (1:03:24)  Members Only

Free Drawing Lessons-How to Transform Shapes into FormsHow to Turn Shapes into Forms Through Value
Learn how to draw the basic forms that are the building blocks for more complex objects in this drawing lesson.
how-to-draw-reflective-surfacesHow to Draw Reflective Surfaces
Learn how to draw reflective surfaces in this demonstration of a reflective sphere.
The Secret to Reflective DrawingThe Secret to Drawing Reflective Surfaces - Full Length Video (1:02:24)
Learn the secret to drawing reflective surfaces in this recorded live lesson. Members Only Become a member

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