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



One of the worst things you can do to a landscape painting is pair it with a clear blue sky. That flat expanse overhead can bring even the most detailed painting down to just plain “boring.” The answer? Add some luminous, cotton-candy clouds! “But. . . clouds are so hard to. . . read more
Every drawing should be more than just a pretty piece of art. . . it should also represent your progress as an artist. Ideally, a look back at your work should tell a story of the lessons you’ve learned and the skills you’ve gained. These lessons don’t even need to be. . . read more
A grisaille (pronounced, gree-zay) is a form of drawing or painting that involves a detailed, monochromatic image, often created entirely in shades of black and white. In many cases, the next step is to glaze color over the grisaille, to create a finished drawing or painting. But grisailles. . . read more
NOTE: Special thanks to Craftsy for giving us free access to review “Sketching People in Motion” and for creating a 50% discount on this class for EmptyEasel readers (good through June 15th, 2015). All links included in this article are affiliate links, and help support. . . read more
Previously, I’ve explained how to use rubbing alcohol to blend colored pencils, and yes, rubbing alcohol is great for light blending. BUT. . . what if you want a more thorough blend? Or to blend heavier layers of color? In that case, you need rubber cement thinner! Not only is rubber. . . read more
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



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