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Light and Dark!
Light and Dark!

After you have the structure, you need a skin. A lot of that is about lighting, and textures! In this post we’re going to focus on the Lighting! Lighting forms and shapes. Lighting is fairly simple really but it’s common for people to take a while getting into the habit of thinking it fully through […]

Fear of Failure: learning from mistakes!
Fear of Failure: learning from mistakes!

You will never get better, unless you make mistakes. So this comes up often in my class, it’s a universal obstacle to learning, and improving rapidly. This often leads to a lot of cautious, stiff, even scratchy lines when we draw too. The hesitation, not trusting your hand to do the thing, worry. It doesn’t really help does […]

Perspective Grid tutorials & downloads
Perspective Grid tutorials & downloads

A handy time saver when working in analog or digital mode, is to lay in under your art, a perspective grid to follow when drawing objects in space! I’ve made and used many over the years. To the right is one I found on google, looked up the site credited but it’s malwared and gone. […]

White paints & ink test!
White paints & ink test!

I’m often asked by students what to use for corrections over ink… There’s other kinds of paint out there, here’s some links to other tests –  ‘White Ink: A New Player in Town‘ – ‘JetPens Guide to Choosing White Gel Pens and Markers‘ – ‘White-ink Pen Tests‘ – ‘How to get the perfect white-out consistency‘ […]

Deliberate Practice
Deliberate Practice

I get asked in class often what’s the best way to practice this or that skill, or drawing as a whole. It’s a question that gives me pause because the instinctive response is my course plan is all these discrete things to do: Gesture studies, observational sketching, pattern exercises, etc! These are the best ways I think. […]

Tip Sheets for studying Drapery
Tip Sheets for studying Drapery

Drapery is a valuable area of observational art to study, given everyone tends to where clothes. That’s in fact not the only reason, but it’s a good one. I need to do my own tutorial on this subject soon, but for now I wanted to share a cash of refrence material i’ve collected myself on various […]

Order & Chaos
Order & Chaos

Craft is when we do something well, knowledgeably. We all recognize it. It gets called talent a lot but in truth it’s always the result of practice. The application of craft.

Dynamic gesture drawing, demo and notes
Dynamic gesture drawing, demo and notes

In Dynamic Drawing one of the core ideas is the best way to learn to draw quickly with a fluid line and get greater control, is to spend time just practicing that! Here’s a few clips of me demoing the technique a little, and how to go on to apply it as a stage in your […]

Notes from Force by Mike Mattesi!
Notes from Force by Mike Mattesi!

Mike Mattesi has a fantastic take on capturing a dynamic line and form in his work and great notes to accompany his examples. The book is well worth owning! I’m just missing the middle child in his main trilogy myself. Force: Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators, and Force: Animal Drawing: Animal locomotion and design concepts for animators are currently being read […]

Pattern Texture and Technique exercises
Pattern Texture and Technique exercises

Pattern & Rendering exercises. Go here for General Line Control – Form Exercises! – 3D Forms/Lighting – A Glossary of Lines! – Perspective Exercises – Brush Exercises – Waves! Now the first ABCs of drawing exercises is… Hatching. Hatches are line made to shade, render texture and form, generally trying to achieve tonal range with line. fill in a row […]

About line for tone & value.
About line for tone & value.

About line for tone & value, cross hatching, contours, and to follow surface or not. In the this post, I introduce basic feathering, hatching, cross hatching & basket weaves as part of your regular practice regime. We’re going to explore hear how you can use them. The idea using them to do things like depict texture, and […]

An intro to the Pocket Brush, and Line Weight
An intro to the Pocket Brush, and Line Weight

To get a head start on this weeks class here’s a 10 min intro to this great little tool and some basic tips on using a brush to draw for those of you new to it. After this you might want to look at the pages on Pattern & Rendering exercises, or Applications of inking […]

George Pratt working freehand in ink
George Pratt working freehand in ink

George Pratt is one of the most impressive artists working today. This Academy Guy clip of him working on a movie poster and explaining it all as he goes is inspiring, and informative.

Applications of inking and wash techniques
Applications of inking and wash techniques

To build on the introduction to brush and texture exercises i’ve put up already, I thought i’d record myself doing some work in ink and wash for you all to observe while explaining why I use what techniques I do when I do. There’s a 5 min time lapsed version of the same footage for […]

Imposing the grid and thumbing it
Imposing the grid and thumbing it

Artists have been using mechanical aides since the beginning. Variations on the idea go all the way back to the Egyptian ‘canon of proportions’. Grinds are a classic way to break down the picture plane, compose space, alter and record it. Archaeologists use them too, in order to document the spatial relationships of dig sites on their […]

Rule of 3rds – the golden mean!
Rule of 3rds - the golden mean!

In class we talked about some basic compositional rules last weekend. The Rule of 3rds – the golden mean; Lead room; Geometry and symmetry; Rule of odds; & Simplification! To illustrate applications of the Rule of 3rds, I’ve collected some excellent images and imposed the grid on them all so you can look at how well the […]

Draw everything more than once!
Draw everything more than once!

Doing formal studies and serial studies of both live subjects and other artists work is a core learning tool! The goal is to have fun while systematically refining our skills and broadening our visual vocabulary. Related: Exercises like pattern work and gesture studies. I’ll be adding new proposals for exercise constraints here over time. A lot of professional art is […]

Single point perspective in the films of Stanly Kubric
Single point perspective in the films of Stanly Kubric

In this weeks class we’re introducing the principles of perspective, with an emphasis on using perceived/impressionistic rather than optical/mathematical applications in our art. But i Also wanted to make a point about the value of the humble single point perspective technique, and how in many cases it’s very powerful by itself. This clip is a […]

Freehanding faux 5 point perspective city streets.
Freehanding faux 5 point perspective city streets.

Here’s how these ‘pencils‘ came out [I did them in pen but these are equivalent in my comics creation process]. I posted the panel along with some others in the same sequence with a lot of the same kind of faux 5 point perspective done on them. Click ’em to see big! :: Take note: I used Foreground, Mid-ground and Background objects […]

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