Still Life Practice

I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is—sheer miracle. –Frederick Franck, The Zen of Seeing Now that you have all the basics of ...Read More

Fabric And Drapery

Drawing is not only a way to come up with pictures: drawing is a way to educate your eye to understand visual information, organizing it into a more hierarchical way, a more economical way. When you see something, if you draw often and frequently, ...Read More

Learning To Trust Your Eyes

Everything that is made beautiful and fair and lovely is made for the eye of one who sees. –Rumi The most difficult part of learning how to draw is trusting your eyes. When most people start to draw, they let their brains trick them ...Read More

Composition For Beginners

No one is an artist unless he carries his picture in his head before painting it, and is sure of his method and composition. –Claude Monet Composition is basically the way you arrange elements in your artwork—the overall design of your drawing or painting. ...Read More

Forms Into Objects

When I see a white piece of paper, I feel I’ve got to draw. And drawing, for me, is the beginning of everything. –Ellsworth Kelly Here are the topics we’ll be discussing: Finding Forms In Objects Cubism Exercise 1: Draw A Still Life Exercise ...Read More

Measuring Objects For Your Drawing

Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs. –Pablo Picasso I’m sure you’ve all seen an artist at some ...Read More

Cylinders And Cones

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. –Gilbert K. Chesterton We’ve already learned how to make a cube and a sphere—let’s try the other two essential forms: the cylinder and the cone. Here’s what we’ll be learning about in this lesson: The ...Read More

Two Point Perspective

A little perspective, like a little humor, goes a long way. –Allen Klein We’ve already gone over one-point perspective and now you’re probably wondering what the heck two-point perspective is and how many more points you’re going to have to figure out later. Don’t ...Read More

Value And Mass

Many are they who have a taste and love for drawing, but no talent; and this will be discernible in boys who are not diligent and never finish their drawings with shading. –Leonardo da Vinci In the last lesson, you learned how to make ...Read More
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