RESOURCES and TOOLS
Here you'll find a listing of courses, programs, tools and materials, and resources that I recommend. I created this page because I receive tons of questions about what products I offer or recommend. I will continue to add to this page as I come across great products or materials.
DISCLOSURE: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, at no additional cost to you - I will earn a commission if you decide to purchase. I have experience with these products and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful.
Courses / Programs
Membership at TheVirtualInstructor.com
Gain access to over 350 videos, Live Lessons, every course (The Secrets to Drawing, Pastel Landscape Mastery, Oil Painting Master Series, The Colored Pencil Course, and The Watercolor Workshop), eBooks, The Ultimate Lesson Plan and more for a modest yearly fee.
Pastel Landscape Mastery (Stand Alone)
The "Pastel Landscape Mastery" video course as a stand alone product. Over 3 hours of video instruction and 14 eBooks on drawing landscapes with soft pastels and oil pastels. (This course is included with membership
The Watercolor Workshop (Stand Alone)
"The Watercolor Workshop" video course as a stand alone product. Over 4 hours of video instruction and 18 eBooks on basic watercolor painting techniques and processes. (This course is included with membership
Guides / Infographics / Comparison Charts
The Ultimate Guide To Paint Brushes
Everything you need to know about paint brushes. Brush hair types, shapes, marks, and parts are all covered in this video, comprehensive guide, and infographic.
Am I finished?
A guide that helps answer the question, "Am I finished?"
Drawing Course - Charles Bargue and Jean-Léon Gérôme
This book is the
classical drawing course developed to teach the concepts of observational drawing. Complete with drawing exercises and examples, this book/course will equip you with the knowledge to create masterful drawings.
Highly Recommended Materials
General's Layout Pencil
This drawing pencil features a darker but stronger lead. It produces marks similar to a 4B pencil, but retains a sharper point for a longer period of time. My favorite pencil for drawing.
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
Prismacolor Premier colored pencils deliver rich colors with a creamy, wax-based binder that are easily layered and mixed. By far, these are my favorite colored pencils.
Rembrandt soft pastels are rich and vibrant, layer easily, and are less powdery. Although expensive, these pastels provide the best painting experience by far.
Strathmore Bristol Paper
Bristol paper is a heavy paper with a smooth surface that is great for pencil drawing as well as drawing with colored pencils.
Canson Mi-Teintes Pastel Paper
Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper comes in a variety of tones and features a heavily-textured side and a less-textured one. This paper is great for pastels, charcoal, or colored pencils.
Resources for Teachers
The Ultimate Lesson Plan
“The Ultimate Lesson Plan” is a complete classroom solution for art teachers that includes lesson plans, videos, handouts, quizzes and more. (Included with membership
Resources for Marketing Your Art
A FREE Guide to Building Your Own Portfolio Website Step by Step
When you're ready to build your own portfolio website (and every serious artist should have one), this tutorial makes it easy. Just a couple of clicks and your website is hosted on your own domain. I created this tutorial that walks you through all of the steps of building your own site (without any coding).