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

With spring returning to the Northern Hemisphere, it’s time to start thinking about getting outside for plein air sketching and drawing. And, while most artists are familiar with plein air work, few of us think of using colored pencils for it—even though they’re the perfect. . . read more
In my last article I described how I started a drawing of a landscape at sunrise. If you missed that article, or if you would like to review it, you can read it here. This what the drawing looked like at the end of that article. Today I’ll be demonstrating how I finished it. Like [. . . read more
When painting people, one of the best pieces of advice I heard in class was to “paint what’s under the clothes” first, meaning to focus on the body’s structure before adding details. It was the echo of this advice that led me to Roberto Osti’s Figure Anatomy for. . . read more
One of my favorite things about colored pencils is their versatility. Traditional wax-based pencils and water soluble pencils (used either wet or dry) can be combined for a wide array of stunning effects. For this project, I used Faber-Castell Art Grip Aquarelle (water soluble), Faber-Castell. . . read more
When I first began making colored pencil art, I rarely drew on anything but white paper. I loved the selection of colors available in the pencils and white paper seemed like the best way to take advantage of them. After accepting a few portrait commissions with close deadlines, however, I. . . read more
In my last two articles, we looked at how surface texture affects values and at ways to enhance contrast by pushing value ranges to their limit. This week, we’ll put those two things together in a single drawing. Here is the reference photo of the object I’ll be drawing today.. . . read more
When drawing a traditional still life, if you want to create an accurate likeness you MUST be able to see and re-create the object’s shape, form (mass), value, and color. With reflective objects, however, other factors must also be considered. Here are 4 rules to remember every time you. . . read more
The best way to create the illusion of mass and form in your colored pencil drawings is by pushing your value range to its limit. Bright highlights and dark darks are pivotal, regardless of the subjects you work with, or the style in which you render them. Take the two following. . . read more
One of the keys to capturing believable surface textures in any medium is accurate rendering of highlights, shadows, middle tones, and reflected light. . . as well as the edges between them. Don’t believe me? Take a moment and look at the highlights and shadows on the things around you.. . . read more
Over the course of the last few weeks, we’ve looked at drawing a landscape influenced by rain and gray skies. The first week, I described drawing the foreground and starting the middle ground. The second article looked at the sky and falling rain. This week, we’ll finish the middle ground. . . read more

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