As a drawing instructor I get asked a lot of questions and the most popular one is.. “I have no drawing experience, can I still learn to draw people?” My answer is always the same...Of course you can! While you may have heard that only people with natural talent can learn to draw. I
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The skills that this home-study course will help you build will make you proud. From today, you no longer have to keep practicing the same way and getting the same results. And I'm NOT talking about drawing a decent pencil portrait; I'm talking about a lifetime skill of drawing realistic pencil portraits. Here is
Completing a pencil portrait in less than 5 hours seems impossible? By the time you sketch the outline and perfect the shape and shading most people would spend at least a few weeks getting it picture perfect. One drawing guru is changing this by giving you the step-by-step instructions you need to have a
Foam can be painted several ways. You can use white paint to sponge it on over the top of painted water, or sponge on masking fluid and paint the water over the top. You stamp it with a piece of mat board, or see what effects you can get using cloth, bubble wrap, a
Sand is fun and, typically, easy to paint. Remember, the farther away from the viewer it’s supposed to be, the fewer details it will have. So in the background, it’s just a swipe of plain color without speckles or texture visible. Concentrate your details in the foreground, and you’ll be well on your way
Painting a crashing wave takes a combination of careful planning and fearlessness as you let the paint form the actual wave on your paper. Don't expect to get it right the first time (or even the hundredth time!); it’s going to take a lot of practice, and a lot of xperimentation. Most of the
Water is one of the most fascinating subjects you can paint. It seems almost to have moods; it can ripple gently, or can plummet down a cliff, be so still that it reflects objects like a mirror, or crash and break on a shore. Because water is so varied in its behavior, there is no
Painting rocks realistically can seem overwhelming, but if you break the process down, it’s really quite simple. Start with the base color of the rock, and try to make it interesting! Rocks aren’t all gray and brown, you know. While that’s still wet, add a shadow color, as in step A pictured here. In
Every color has a value, and those values will be expressed on three-dimensional objects as various shapes. Seeing those shapes and expressing them in your drawings and paintings will allow you to simplify and at the same time, strengthen, your work. To see these shapes, it’s helpful to begin with black and white references.
Color is just what you think of; the visible reds, oranges, yellows and variations that you see in the rainbow. Every color has a value, or tone, which is the lightness or darkness of each hue ... ... and the lights or darks of colors can be translated to heir equivalent number in a shade
One of the easiest ways to create mood and increase the drama in your drawings is to learn how to make intense, flawless blacks. Use this technique to blacken any part of the portrait, shadows, details, or even entire backgrounds. Begin by protecting the essential lines. You can do this by taping or indenting the
When tracing isn't an option, there are still ways to transfer a photo to your drawing surface, and you should learn both of them. They will save time for experienced artists and LOTS of frustration for beginners. The first method is the slide method. This will only work if you want the finished work
One of the easiest ways to polish your drawings to a professional level is to take a little extra time and protect your lines. This is going to be especially important in areas of high contrast (such as the side of the face against a dark background) ... ... places where different textures touch,
Drawing expressive noses can be something of a challenge... ... in that the nose doesn't have nearly as much freedom of movement as the other features of the face. As you would expect, the change in the nose is subtle. Most of the expression is shown in the lines that run from the corners of the
In addition to what the face itself tells about the mood of the character, body and head position play a crucial role as well. We almost never hold ourselves completely still unless we're concentrating on being quiet. Even when we stand straight, the head tilts to the side, hands emphasize points by gesturing, limbs
The mouth is one of the most important features involved in creating facial expressions. It has a tremendous range of motion, and can do everything from pucker to yawn. The corners of the mouth can raise or lower, the lips can push out, stretch flat, or pull wide. And we use our mouth continually, not
Eyes are the windows of the soul, and as such, they are also the cornerstone of facial expressions. We look to the eyes first to see what a person is really feeling or thinking, and when the mouth contradicts what we see there, we believe the eyes. Expression in the eyes is shown by the outer
The most effective means of capturing a realistic hand, no matter what position it's in, is to begin by seeing the exterior shape of the whole. Visualizing the exterior shape is useful for a number of reasons: first of all, it is a simple way of starting the drawing. You have to start somewhere, and
To draw the hand flat, palm facing up, visualize two exterior shapes: the hand wrist to fingertips without the thumb, and that same area with the thumb. You'll find that the first shape is a long, skinny oval attached to the wrist and that the latter is a lopsided egg shape. Divide that shape in half
The exterior shape of the fist may be either a square or rectangle depending on the position of the hand. Observe proportions carefully to determine which best fits your drawing ... ... and don't forget to add the wrist extending off the bottom at an angle. Cut off the corners as shown to make a