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



Welcome back to my two-part series on drawing realistic, “true black” hues with colored pencils. If you missed my earlier post on this topic, or if you’d like a review, feel free to read Part 1 here. Now, here’s the drawing I’m using as a demonstration piece,. . . read more
When it comes to creating convincing, dark black hues with colored pencils, it’s very important to do more than just use the “black” colored pencil out of the box. Without exception, those will just give you a flat, lifeless black. In fact, I’ve found that layering. . . read more
Every savvy artist knows there’s more than one way to draw a line. The normal way is easy—just put your pencil on the paper and draw! Another way, however, is to create an impression in the paper using a pointed object, and then shade color over the top of that impressed line. The. . . read more
In my previous article (Creating Distance in Landscapes, Part 1) I discussed using line, value, color temperature, and overlapping layers to begin developing pictorial depth, right from the start of your drawing. The process continues with further development of values, colors, and aerial. . . read more
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



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