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.
Pencil and sketch artist Matthew Archambault teaches you in this concise pencil drawing tutorial a different and less conventional way to blend your sketches by introducing the use of a large bristle brush.
With a pre drawn sketch already in place he explains why he doesn’t particularly like the orthodox use of the blending stump which most artists tend to use because during the smudging procedure you tend to get an almost metallic and silvery finish which if overdone can detract from the natural qualities of the pencil’s texture and the drawings overall presence. The pencil he has selected to use in this tutorial is a Col-erase by Prismacolor and the paper which he is drawing on is a slightly textured regular white 70 lb sheet.
The reason for using the 4 inch flat bristle brush for blending works on two levels; firstly when you use your eraser on the drawing it produces dead shavings so it is easy to just brush them away without jeopardising the drawing which can quite easily happen with your hand, and secondly the brush allows you to blend a variety of tones into each other creating a very natural transition which then allows you do go in and draw with your kneaded eraser creating highlights which are valuable to your pencil sketch.
And lastly he talks about how the brush creates a loose and natural texture which you really cannot imitate with the likes of a blending stump or your fingers. So with all this advice taken on board you should be able to progress one step closer to a more realistic pencil drawing.
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 little video tutorial shows a young girl using Crayola coloring pencils to present to the beginner artist how to control and blend with them. She takes you through the application of putting pressure on them to create a darker shade and also shows how two colors can easily be blended together. The result is four separate flowers of different color combinations.
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.
Another instalment from favourite artist Mark Crilley. He discusses the depiction between the male and female eyes within manga drawings. There are guidelines to follow but luckily Crilley covers all the bases and allows you to follow along at a steady pace. A very nice video tutorial to learn from for adding definition to your anime characters. If learning to draw anime characters or even just produce rough sketches within an art pad then this tutorial will definitely get you on your way. Reach for your pencils and pens and learn how to draw manga with Mark Crilley!
Using the tablet and pen which most digital artists are familiar with, this particular artist demonstrates how to draw the correct proportions of the adult female face. There is a very basic first few minutes where the artist draws the standard proportions if the face, ie, the eyes, ears, mouth and general head shape. This is then advanced onto a more detailed drawing to the right of it. The classic crosshatching technique is used to achieve the shading on areas of the face where tone is expected from hypothetical directional light. Have a watch and have a go, digital or just standard pencils. You might just be surprised with your own result.
This is a step by step oil painting demonstration by Sheldon Art’s Academy. If you are a beginner to intermediate artist then this video will be a great tool to learn from. As well as learning oil paints in portraiture you can also benefit from learning the correct techniques for using coloring crayons within the painting. Sheldon Art’s Academy are a well established company in the world of arts and their videos act as a great resource to learn from and improve your artistic capabilties. Be sure to venture through their establish range of tutorials including, watercolors, pencils, oils,inks and many many more. Have fun and learn something today.
This art tutorial focuses on the techniques you can use to draw a still life image using charcoal and pencils and capture the tones and highlights which are necessary for achieving a realistic drawing.
The artist who presents the video narrates clearly and concisely throughout and discusses the process which needs to be followed in order to best manage the way your own still life drawing is conducted. Sketching can be a very difficult skill to master if it is not undertaken in the correct manner so knowing your materials and what is needed to create a greater sense of realism within your drawing is essential before you begin.
The artist in this video has opted to use soft pencils like a HB and 2B alongside some vine charcoal and a blending stump to soften and blend these materials together to give the illusion of a more realistic still life composition. The object which the artist has selected to draw is a half full glass of water and as most people are aware water is a very tricky subject matter to draw when you have little experience or are just beginning out in sketching and drawing. There are three rules which the artist asks you to consider whilst you learn from him and they are as follows, 1)See things as shapes 2)Pay attention to the edges and 3)Make your image appear like a Polaroid photo.
The artist suggests that by imagining the glass as a series of different shapes it can make the drawing process much simpler and establish the form of your glass quicker. Your eye can become too distracted if you try and take on too many elements within the drawing at once, so by picking out basic geometric shapes which help form the composition you can draw with much more confidence. When studying your still life from which you are drawing it is important to draw exactly what you see and not what you think you see. For example if there is a thick line on the right hand side of the glass and a thin line on the opposing side then you must draw these lines just like that. Even if the difference in thickness is minute it could still cause a dramatic disparity in the composition in either the current, middle or later stages and create a disproportionate or slightly awkward drawing.
Looking for tonal values within your composition is also key to attain depth and accuracy as well as create a more engaging drawing that escapes the all too familiar flat appearance. When the artist mentions that the charcoal drawing should be drawn like a Polaroid photo he means that you should pay attention to all areas of the drawing and not get too locked in to one particular point. This is especially important in the early development stages of a sketch or drawing because it is very easy to gather a kind of tunnel vision and lose all sense of perspective if you spend too much time on say the base of the glass and neglect the sides and top of glass for example. The Polaroid photo was the first photo to develop instantly when exposed to light in front of the photographer and it was its consistency in the way in which it developed which made it unique and intriguing to its users.
The use of hatching, or cross hatching with a selection of soft pencils is another clever way to develop layers within a sketch or observational drawing. Cross hatching is the technique which is used by many artists to cover large surface area without relying solely on the use of blending with the hand, blending stumps or other artistic implements. With hatching you draw a series of lines in parallel within a section of your sketch with the aim to get them as close together as possible so when they are viewed from a distance they appear to be one continuous tone. The cross hatch method is where you draw at a ninety degree angle over these parallel lines to create a ‘cross’ and with this technique you can achieve an even more dense tonal region due to less white of the paper remaining visible amongst the pencil.
In this art video it isn’t just pencil which has been used but also charcoal, and to cover the larger background areas of the drawing paper the artist has used the side of the vine charcoal to allow a greater surface area to come in contact with the paper. This is a popular drawing technique amongst artists to achieve their mid tones. With the mid tones in place it becomes easier for the darker values to be placed which instantly reveals the depth of the object under observation. To compliment these darker shadow tones you are then able to place in your highlights to bring a sense of realism to your drawing and start to gather a fuller bodied and greater structured drawing.
The final technique this artist uses within this educational art video is the use of a resting sheet which he uses to disregard any unwanted smudging whilst uses the charcoal and pencil mediums. When you are drawing or sketching in pencil or charcoal it is very easy to smudge you work with the side of your hand even without realising until it’s too late so the use of these ‘slip sheets’ as they are more commonly known in the artists circle is to irradiate any unintentional wrong doing within areas of your drawing which could potentially ruin your work. Charcoal is possibly one of the hardest mediums to work with especially if you have never used them before so it is probably a good idea to begin with softer pencils which to some extent mimic the consistency of the charcoal. You must be confident when applying your charcoal and try to develop techniques which keep smudging and blending down to an absolute minimum otherwise your drawing will appear flat and lack decent body. Using shadows and highlights in harmony on the page is possibly one of the most difficult areas to perfect within drawing with charcoals but by far the most effective for creating a wonderful drawing.
Use this video to learn the basic steps for how to draw from observation in charcoal and keep on practicing to get the feel of how the charcoal and pencils work together and move across the page. Much can be learned from the guidelines offered to you in this drawing tutorial so be sure to take the time to assess and copy the advice which is presented to you.
This video is a segment of a twenty minute portrait of a young woman. The artist Matthew Archambault expresses heavy focus on the hair and eyes giving you tips and techniques on how to attain the best results. He uses an eraser to add highlights to the areas surrounding the eyes and upper cheek to give a more three dimensional drawing. Fantastic narration and easy to follow instructional advice. Great for the intermediate artist looking to improve their technique in pencil drawing.