Live Lessons: "Blood Oranges" with Markers and Colored Pencils

Marker and colored pencil drawing of oranges
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This lesson series features:
5 Hours of Instruction
5 Videos

About This Lesson Series...

Learn how to draw with markers and colored pencils. See why this combination of media leads to realistic results and why this is a match made in heaven. Layout the composition with a light graphite sketch followed by an underpainting created with markers. Add the details with ease with colored pencils over the underpainting.

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Finished Result

Here's what you'll need...

  • Marker Paper
  • Graphite Pencil
  • Alcohol-Based Markers
  • Colored Pencils

Lesson Discussion

  1. I just starting the secrets to drawing. I figure that was a good place for me to start. My question is in your “markers and color pencils – still live” is there going to be above beginner drawing? Thanks.

    • Hi Adam,

      If you have art that you would like to submit for critique, you can submit it on The Members Minute page. Just click on the “Critique” tab in the top menu. You can also post work on the forum (“Forum” tab in the menu).

  2. Hi Matt, I don’t know what happened to your website but I guess you updated it a bit but how come I can’t access the archived or the past general videos? All of them used to be posted in the “download videos” sections but not anymore! Now, in the “download videos” section, You only have written information about downloading videos! So, where can I find the archived and past videos of your general videos?

    • Hi Nikki,

      All of the videos on the site can be found by using the menu at the top. Go to “Drawing” to find drawing videos and “Painting” to find painting videos. On these pages, videos are further organized by medium i.e.. graphite, pen and ink, colored pencil, etc. On these pages, you can find them organized by subject…landscape, still life, portraiture, etc. The site has always functioned this way. The previous “Download Videos” page was redundant and was not being used by the majority of users. Course videos can be found under the “Courses” tab and past Live Lessons can be found under the “Live Lessons” tab. You can also check out the newest general videos on the Member’s Dashboard page by scrolling down the page.

  3. Matt,
    You commented that most people watch the recorded lessons…..I watch the recorded lessons only because I live 6 time zones away and staying up til 2 or 3 in the AM is a bit difficult! 🙂 But when in the US I do watch the live lessons when I can.
    Am loving your teaching ( excellent teacher by the way ) and have learned quite a bit. Please keep up the good work!!

  4. Hi Mark. Thanks a lot for your lessons. Is it possible to be more detailed in the references of the Markers and Pencils you use in your Live Lessons? For a Beginner like me it is difficult to select properly the colors to be used.

  5. I enjoyed this part of the lesson so far. I know everyone’s colors are not going to match perfectly so I’m going to concentrate on getting it as Close as I can. I use uni.Posco markers and ArtistsLoft plus I have ARTEZA fine-liners is that ok?

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