Drawing Tips: Learn to Sketch and Draw Better with these Tutorials



For many representational artists—myself included—the biggest hurdle to successful and believable artwork is creating the illusion of space, which is also known as pictorial depth. But how in the world do you depict a three-dimensional subject on a two-dimensional surface? In truth, MANY. . . read more
Every artist I know is always on the lookout for tips, tools, and techniques to improve his or her work. (I know I am!) But many times the search for new methods causes us to overlook the basics. So, this week, I wanted to share a brief refresher on a few basics worthy of note [...]. . . read more
One of the worst things that can happen to a work-in-progress is finding a scratch, indent, or scrape in your paper. This is especially frustrating when you’ve worked a long time on a drawing, and it seems like all your hard work is about to go to waste. Here’s some good. . . read more
If you enjoy making landscapes or other outdoor scenes, it’s important to know how to draw dirt in a manner that fits your subject and style. But for many artists, dirt is. . . well, just dirt, and not nearly as interesting as water or as monumental as mountains. Maybe you’ve never. . . read more
Welcome back, everyone! Today we’re exploring an absolutely free Craftsy mini class, Draw Better Portraits: Capturing Likeness, taught by the very talented Gary Faigin. This class is currently available to EmptyEasel readers at no charge, so feel free to click the link above to enroll,. . . read more
This weekend we’re doing something extra special. Craftsy is giving free, full access to an online drawing class (valued at $29.99) to one lucky EmptyEasel reader! The class is Sketchbooks: Drawing the Everyday, led by the talented Paul Heaston. Click the link above to enter to win, or. . . read more
A short while back I wrote an article for EmptyEasel describing how to blend colored pencils with rubbing alcohol—but, as you might expect, that’s not the only way to get a blended, painterly look in your drawings. Other standard studio solvents work just as well, and have their own. . . read more
Welcome back for a special Saturday edition of EmptyEasel! Craftsy’s latest free guide to drawing animals is now available for download. Click the link above to get it now, or read on to see what’s inside. (Spoiler alert: they’ve included 7 different animal tutorials in one. . . read more
Not every drawing is finished when you think it is. Sometimes, no matter how long you spend on a piece or how finished you make it, you come to realize that it could use a little more work. With some mediums it’s easy to add additional color. . . with colored pencil, not so much. [. . . read more
If you’re an artist working in dry media (such as colored pencils, pastels, etc) you already know that spills and stains can be a nightmare to deal with. Coffee, tea, juices, and many soft drinks will easily stain paper and do damage to finished drawings in the blink of an eye. And,. . . read more



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