In this video tutorial the artist Chris Legaspi demonstrates how to draw the limbs in three different examples using charcoal. It is a gestural drawing video aimed at the intermediate to advanced artist showing how to locate the main shapes which make up the human body ie the limbs and torso. The artist narrates over the top and teaches how to select which outlines to emphasise to create a solid 3D form. Charcoal is very versatile so don’t be too reserved or scared to be bold with your application. A nice video to learn from.
In this video Washington DC artist Alexa Meade demonstrates her unique unorthodox take on portraiture and figurative painting. Imagine walking through a gallery looking at all the pretty paintings when all of a sudden one just opens his eyes and gets up for a walk! Well Meade has achieved this and it really is a great example of originality within an artist. It really must be watched to see just how it is done.
When was the last time you played around with some colorful modelling clay? Well this creative little playlist shows off one persons interest in clay and reveals a variety of unusual characters doing some pretty random stuff.
Personally I find claymation fascinating mainly for it’s concept but also because of the time it takes to create each of the characters and then photograph each frame, not to forget all the video software editing which comes at the end to tie the whole animation together!
So take a look at each of these small videos and use them to inspire your mind to potentially creat your own mini claymation series.
This is an excellent video tutorial to learn how to draw lips and teeth from in a realistic way. This is quite literally a step by step video with sped up moments and great quality narration. The artist talks about cross hatching techniques and how you can expect to gain 3D depth, shading highlights and intricate detailing around the teeth and certain areas of the lips. The beginner would have no problems learning to sketch from this. An array of different softness pencils are used throughout.
In this video is a selection of some of the finest chalk drawings around the globe. The artist spends hours and hours mapping out the dimensions on the floor to be seen from one specific viewpoint. He then takes on the arduous task of coloring, shading and finalising the end piece. All this whilst the general public are more often than not ambling around in close proximity. You have to agree though, it was well worth it and WHAT A RESULT!?
Graffiti artist ‘Rise’ teaches you the importance of rough block shaping to establish your desired font. He puts heavy emphasis on creativity and encourages you to work from your basic structures to gradually build detail and personal flare. Your eventual outcome should be one that is unique and personal to you. There are no limits to what you can create so grab a pencil and have a go.
Do you want to know how the professionals take on a 3D picture with an airbrush? Well this art tutorial shows an embossed image of an eye with wings either side of it and how you can expect to take on the airbrushing detailing to make it appear three dimensional and realistic.
He grabs his airbrush and at a distance of around 2 inches he sprays the highlights directly into the highest areas of the embossed image but also in the regions where you would expect to see tints and lighter areas and is a good example of how an artist uses his/her artistic license to create a design. The correct term for the type of stroke he uses on the wings with the white spray paint is ‘dagger strokes’ which is basically a series of small sharp strokes which give great direction and gradual build up of contrast and color depth in specific isolated areas. The same technique is adhered to with the black spray paint to tidy up the areas of white which may have been a little overdone and this is just a standard practice for touching up and finishing an are to make it look look clean and complete.
A circular stencil is used to create a sharp edge for the iris on the eye and forms the basis for him to come in with different applications and styles showing how to layer the paint to build up a realistic eye. He uses red candy as his color to get extremely detailed ‘blood shot’ effect and demonstrates just how much control can be achieved through experience with an airbrush.
The video clip is very well presented and ticks all the correct boxes for someone who wishes to start out as a trainee airbrush artist. So if you are thinking of taking the plunge into the world of airbrushing then be sure to check this video out alongside some of the other demonstration videos on Artisan HQ.
This is a fun little art tutorial where you can learn how to make a full size baby Indian elephant from paper mache.
The sculptor has her template for this design online which she refers to in the video so all you have to do it transfer the pattern cut images onto a 4×4 ft sheet of particle board and grid out the board with a pencil to be completely accurate, then use a jigsaw to cut out the different limbs and main body.
Scraps of 1×4 inch timber are added as padding and reinforcement and used to support the 2D limbs before it is screw together and bound with glue to create a wooden 3D armature. Newspaper and 2 inch masking tape is then added to form the muscle definition and general mass of body tissue before the fun task of finer detailing with paper mache is applied. A great video which is sure to bring out the creativity in you!
This beginner’s guide on how to draw a nose is ideal for the beginner artist as it uses basic geometry to describe the proportions of the nose and also goes at a steady pace to allow the viewer plenty of time with the pencil.
A 2B charcoal pencil has been used throughout the tutorial and after the basic shapes are laid out the use of simple line work is used to form all the features of the nose. There is then the next step of being brave enough to add the shading in the appropriate areas to give the nose its 3D appearance. This is a great educational drawing video which I’m sure will help a lot of people on their way to becoming better at drawing and sketching.