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Today’s post is the last in my series on how to draw a portrait using classical drawing techniques. If you’ve been. . . read more

Some of you may recall my tutorial on brush illustration for beginners last year. That technique, using a brush marker with. . . read more

In Parts 1 through 7 of this series, I've demonstrated how to "build" a portrait using classical drawing techniques—and we're almost finished. Today, I'll pick up the tutorial where we left off last time and show you how to complete the lips and ears:

36. Drawing the outlines of the mouth

Last time I instructed you to put three circles as the base of the. . . read more

Welcome back for part 2 of a series on how stamps can embellish hand-lettered projects. (For more stamping information, refer to. . . read more

As a calligrapher, I’m often looking for easy ways to accomplish design tasks. One project I repeat quite often is making name. . . read more

In each of my previous lessons, I've shown you step-by-step how to "build" a portrait of your model, using classical drawing techniques. Let's continue where we left off, and start adding some features of the mouth and lips:

31. How to place a mouth correctly

Begin by placing a horizontal line to go between the lips. This line is typically located a third of the. . . read more

Some time ago, I shared a list of fast, easy backgrounds for colored pencil drawings. The list included really simple things like. . . read more

When we think of writing using computers, we typically imagine rows of fonts, smashing keys, and endless backspacing. Those. . . read more

Throughout each of the previous lessons in this series, I've showed the classical way of starting a portrait drawing, from building the shape of the head, to adding simple shadows, ears, eye sockets, etc.

Today, let's continue where we left off, and add eyes and a nose to our portrait:

26. Shading the area above the upper eyelids

The area immediately below the. . . read more

As I mentioned last week, scraping off as much of the old painting as possible is only half the job if you want to re-use a wood. . . read more

If you’re like me, you have at least a couple paintings lying around somewhere that will never be finished. They started. . . read more




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