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.
Donna Young is featured on ArtBeat on OPB in an interview about her colorful, stunning paintings
Donna is a graduate of Burnley School of Professional Art in Seattle, WA (1976), and has exhibited constantly and received numerous artistic awards. Her visions of nature have resulted in exhibitions in major corporate headquarters as well as having earned a strong following among private collectors and celebrities. Her landscape pictures are bright and colourful and show Donna’s love of the colour red in her pictures. She wanted to paint pictures that would inspire other people and allow them to see pictures through different eyes. Donna herself has had many challenges in life, she was deaf as a child and had severe allergies, fortunate for her though her hearing came back at the age of 12. She did produce fine art pieces like sinks with very detailed tiled pictures, but was diagnosed with arthritis and could no longer continue. She then discovered that she could use chalks and then paint and that is when her painting took off.
She works very hard spending most of her day painting or drawing pictures in her sketch book to refer to at a later date to transfer to a larger scale. She has found a niche market by painting the way she does and the use of her colors. A good example that every cloud has a silver lining or in Donna’s case a red one.
A well narrated video to show from start to finish how you can expect to achieve drawing a realistic eye using pencils. Why not have a try?
This artist has produced a time lapse video to present to you how he takes on drawing of a wolf. His selected mediums for this picture are chalk pastels and pastel pencils which enable much finer detail as you have a sharper point and greater control.
The artist begins with a very loose application of base colors in only a few shades before advancing with the black chalk to start adding bolder areas of coverage. He uses short stout strokes with the pastel to imitate the lie of the fur and has his finger ready to smudge and blend in the appropriate places. The eyes are the show stoppers in this drawing with their incredible detailing and realistic look. This is where the pastel pencils really come into play. Do you think you can do the same?
Cartoon Block artist Evan Burse takes to a pencil drawing of one of the most popular characters in manga, Naruto. He uses a HB pencil and anime drawing paper to replicate the heroic character from start to finish in a step by step easy to follow style.
He begins by drawing a circle for the basic head shape and follows this with a vertical central line and uses this as a guide to draw a symmetrical jawline to form the basis for his character Naruto.
The key features like the eyes, ears and mouth are all in line next to be drawn and this is the point where Burse uses an eraser to rub out some of his rough guidelines and pencils in bold dark lines to really start establishing his character’s detail. This cartoon tutorial really is easy to follow and a nice foundation from which to draw anime/manga at your own pace and level.
Here is everyone’s favourite anime/cartoonist Mark Crilley again with another video on how to draw manga characters. In this mid length video tutorial you will establish how best to draw an innocent looking manga girl in pencils. His easy to follow guide tells in depth exactly what you need to do to nail the key features like the chin, eyes and mouth. Have fun and see what you can come up with. An excellent video.
Artist Agnes Fabricious shows off her impressive speed coupled with natural eye for detail here. Watch this video and see how she flitters to and from different regions of the face The pencils which are used are special pastel pencils and are an ideal compliment to your portraiture when you are looking to add very detailed features like the eyes, teeth and lips. Pastel pencils can be used in a wide variety of drawing compositions so be sure to have ago at maybe a impressionistic landscape or a morning sunrise.Perhaps you could take this style to your own art and make it work for you?
This sculpting demonstration shows you how to professionally sculpt the Incredible Hulk using modelling clay and a few modelling tools.
Starting with the armature which forms the basis for your clay superhero you must twist, bend and manipulate it so it is at the correct angle and is strong enough to hold the weight of the clay, remembering this is the Hulk so he is pretty heavy! The main muscle groups are built up first to form a monstrous torso and the n comes the placement of the head. The detailing like the lips, eyes, ears are next followed by the use of extremely intricate tools to form the wrinkles and veins etc in the clay. The end product is absolutely fascinating and this sculptor deserves all the credit she can get. A great playlist for anyone to enjoy.
If wanting to learn how to draw film stars is your thing then this is the video for you. It is a realistic time lapse video drawing of actress Angelina Jolie. The artist uses a 7B, 4B, 2B, 2H, 4H, blu tac(eraser) and q-tips to achieve their desired result. There’s no narration just a soundtrack over but it does allow you the insight into which features the artist sketches first and how they’re tackled.
This artist has provided us with a time lapsed video of her drawing with the use of black and white charcoal pencils/ colored pencils a drawing of a Siberian husky. Unusually you will see how the artist has started from the features first in some detail so I’m certain they were lightly pre drawn, but then progressively works her way out to the ears and heavy fur regions with big areas of block blending.
Heavy applications of black charcoal pencil is used for the fur and is then complimented by the introduction of the white pastel pencil to add the highlights. Colored pencils have been used to add a warm touch to the eyes. A nice short art video which will leave you wanting to grab your pencils.