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How to Draw a Portrait from Observation drawing tips Apr 09, 2024

In this lesson, I'll take you through a method for drawing a portrait from observation. The first goal is to get the face well-proportioned and looking believable. From there it's just a case of small tweaks and lots of practice to get a strong...

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How to Draw a Pair of Sneakers in Coloured Pencils coloured pencils free lessons Mar 26, 2024

In this step-by-step coloured pencils lesson, I'll show you how to draw these Converse sneakers (or trainers if you're from my part of the world!) from a blank piece of paper right through to the finished artwork.

If you don't feel confident...

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How to Draw & Sketch Animals - Part 3 free lessons graphite Mar 19, 2024

Learn how to sketch animals in this mini-series of drawing lessons. In this final part, we'll be sketching a lion. 

See beneath the video to download the reference materials for this part. There's also a materials list (but all you need is a...

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How to Draw & Sketch Animals - Part 2 free lessons graphite Mar 19, 2024

Learn how to sketch animals in this mini-series of drawing lessons. In this second part, we'll be doing a loose sketch of a horse.

See beneath the video to download reference materials for this part. There's also a materials list (but all you need...

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How to Draw & Sketch Animals - Part 1 free lessons graphite Mar 19, 2024

Learn how to sketch animals in this mini-series of drawing lessons. In this first part, we'll focus on proportion before doing more complete sketches in parts 2 and 3. 

See beneath the video to download reference materials for this part....

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Charcoal Pencils for Beginners - Simple Still Life charcoal free lessons Mar 11, 2024

Join me in this full charcoal pencils tutorial designed with newcomers in mind. This is a full step-by-step lesson so download the reference photos below, check the materials list, and follow along!

See beneath the video for materials and...

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How to Draw a Fried Egg with Coloured Pencils coloured pencils free lessons Mar 08, 2024

Here's how to draw a realistic-looking fried egg and eggshell with coloured pencils. This is a full coloured pencil tutorial designed for you to follow along with, that will take you from blank piece of paper to finished artwork!

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Beginner's Guide to Buying Gouache gouache Dec 21, 2023

Gouache has a really unique look and feel and can be more forgiving than traditional watercolour. But is it that much different from acrylic paint and what about traditional vs acrylic gouache?

In the video below, I'll cover the pros and cons of...

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Coloured Pencils Beginner Project coloured pencils Jul 24, 2023

In this coloured pencils lesson, aimed at beginners and newcomers, follow along with me as we create a simple pear study.

This project is designed to get you familiar and comfortable with the most important coloured pencil techniques that you...

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6 Mixed Media Combinations You Have To Try free lessons mixed media Nov 10, 2022

Combining two different mediums into a single drawing is a great way to mix things up, try new styles, and get creative playing about with your art materials. 

In this video, I'll show you six options for combining different...

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An Artist's Guide to Colour Schemes free lessons Jul 04, 2022

You've decided to make your next piece of art. And this one is going to be with a coloured medium.

You'd like to make full use of your artistic licence and come up with your own unique mix of colours - rather than being a slave to the...

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Pastel Painting and Your Health materials pastels Jun 20, 2022

Pastels create dust and, when inhaled, there are some concerns amongst the artist community that it can be harmful.

The worry is that dust particles can settle in the respiratory system and, over time, potentially cause problems. Some pigments may...

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How to Stretch Watercolour Paper materials waterecolour Jun 03, 2022

By Bob Davies

If you apply watercolour paint (or water) to a dry sheet of paper, it will expand where it's wet and you end up with paper that is warped and buckled, instead of nice and flat.

It's impossible to paint on printer...

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A Complete Guide to Choosing An Easel materials May 05, 2022

By Bob Davies

So you're fed up working with your paper or canvas flat on the kitchen table because it hurts your back leaning over it, whether you're standing or sitting?

And you're trying to work in your own shadow?

Or you're in full flow but...

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A Guide To Buying Pastels materials pastels May 05, 2022

This guide covers the different types of pastels available and which ones you might want to consider starting with. I’m assuming you’re either a newcomer or early on in your pastel painting adventure and my aim is to save you from lots...

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How to Use The Enveloping Method for Better Proportions charcoal drawing tips free lessons Mar 18, 2022

The enveloping method helps you to draw proportions more accurately and is often used in figure drawing. In this lesson, I take you through a drawing of a simple figure using a white charcoal pencil on a black piece of paper.

However, you can...

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Free Pen & Ink Lesson: Drawing A Skull free lessons ink Mar 16, 2022

Learn how to draw a human skull in pen and ink with this in-depth drawing tutorial. 

Materials List

Pen: I used Sakura Pigma Micron pens - a couple of small nibs and a brush pen (more like a felt pen for large areas of black). Any brand will...

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Free Pencil Drawing Lesson: Boat On A Shore free lessons graphite Mar 16, 2022

In this pencil drawing lesson, I take you through the steps to re-create this landscape scene of a small boat resting on a shore. 

Materials List

1. Paper: I used Strathmore Bristol Board (Vellum surface, which has more tooth than the Smooth...

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A Guide to Pastel Papers materials pastels Mar 14, 2022

Surface choices in most mediums are so varied nowadays that it can become a bit overwhelming. Pastel papers and surfaces are no exception!

Fortunately, we can simplify things a lot by looking at the main categories and skimming over the more...

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Five Coloured Pencil Techniques That Will Improve Your Next Drawing coloured pencils Mar 11, 2022

I'd like to share with you five techniques and tips that form the backbone of my approach to drawing with coloured pencils.

I think drawing with coloured pencils is often made far more complicated than it needs to be. Especially for...

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