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



Have you ever seen a landscape painting that looked so real, it seemed like you could walk right into it? Or maybe you’ve recently stumbled upon a big, bold abstract that reached out and grabbed you from across the room. Do you know the one thing both of those (very different!) types of. . . read more
As I worked through my latest Craftsy class, Drawing Facial Features (which you can enter to win until next Saturday) I was once again impressed by the wonderful teacher and high-quality instruction that is offered by Craftsy. The instructor for this course is Gary Faigin, founder of the Gage. . . read more
Perspective is one of those things that many artists (myself included) may try to “eyeball” rather than measure. After all, when you’re drawing a figure, a landscape, or anything else without hard lines and angles, focusing on perspective may seem unnecessary. But what about. . . read more
Found texture is any type of texture you encounter in day-to-day life. It can be dramatic or subtle, organic or inorganic. If you can capture the pattern on paper, then it’s “found” texture. Today, I want to talk about ordinary concrete texture, and how you might use it in your colored. . . read more
Recently I had the chance to enroll in Craftsy’s The Art of the Picture Book, an online video course on writing and illustrating children’s books taught by the very talented Shadra Strickland. Shadra is a children’s book illustrator in her own right, as well as a teacher at. . . read more
Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in Crafty’s Drawing Anime Style class and enjoyed learning not only the anime technique, but also the complexities of some of the subgenres within it. If you’re not extremely familiar with anime (correctly pronounced ah-knee-may ),. . . read more
I think most artists will agree: one of the trickiest subjects to draw HAS to be the human face. Not only is every face different (making it hard to capture a specific person’s likeness) but our brains have developed in such a way that we intuitively recognize faces without even. . . read more
No matter how long you’ve been using colored pencils, or how skilled you are, eventually you’ll need to lift color or lighten an area that has become too dark. I guarantee it. And yes, we all know about erasers in their many forms. . . but today, I want to share two tricks you. . . read more
I’ve always had a love of flowers. Some of my earliest memories are planting pansies and sweet peas with my grandmother in early spring. As a military brat we moved a lot, but my mother always left her yard filled with flowers for the next family. Combining my love of flowers and art. . . read more
When most people think of colored pencils and colored pencil art, they also think of paper. Why? Because pencils and paper go together like peanut butter and jelly. But drawing papers aren’t the only option for colored pencil artists! Here are 8 great surfaces for drawing on that you may. . . read more



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