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VIDEO: How to See (and Draw) the Basic Shapes Within Objects

When you want to draw an object with realistic volume, or mass, it helps to be able to “see” the underlying shapes that make up that object.

These aren’t complicated geometric patterns—basically, you’re just looking for shapes like circles, squares, triangles, etc, and combining them together to form the structure of your drawings. In the following video, David Kitler demonstrates how he does it:

You can also get David Kitler’s full-length instructional video at Creative Catalyst.

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If you're like me, you probably like a lot of control over your paintings. . . with watercolors, however, that control can be hard to come by. In the following video, John Salminen, shares a great little trick for using regular masking tape and a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to effectively "lift" paint off the surface of your painting to create sharp, crisp details. As you'll see, by combining organic brushstrokes with a few well-defined, almost mechanical lines, John is able to create an engaging city scene that appears both fundamentally man-made and vibrantly alive. . . read more

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