Beautiful realist study of a male life model’s face for Kassan’s art class in NYC. Sped up to replicate the actual two hour study you can see where Kassan begins with very crude dark block filling with his charcoal. He introduces finer detailing with the charcoal and then the pencil. The face quickly takes shape and you begin to admire just how good he really is. His final touches include the use of a white pencil for highlights and tints to bring out some of the key features. A pure class video on how to draw like a realist.
This video tutorial successfully shows the keen artist all the different methods and techniques used to draw an extremely detailed eye in pencils. The basic shape of the eye in a simple line drawing is the basis for this video and then in a step by step manner combined with a selection of still images you will quickly learn the stages involved with drawing an eye. The correct places to use tone are highlighted around the eyelid in the drawing and other key areas are talked about. The use of both soft and hard pencils is key to maximise their different qualities, for example when drawing the eyelashes a harder pencil should be used. The video is a cracking representation of how to draw an eye in detail.
This video demonstrates some collective skills acquired over the years by artist and teacher Quang Ho. The video touches on three or four different areas surrounding the use of brushes, tones and highlighting and the use of the oils on the canvas. Ho talks through each practice and relays what he is doing back to the viewer. With 30 years experience he is definitely worth listening to. Wouldn’t you say?
This is a very unique and fantastic drawing of movie icon Audrey Hepburn. The back ground has been spray painted in a flat light blue whilst the detailing of the face has been constructed in black ballpoint pen. The tone within the face, jacket and hat has had watercolor detailing to leave an extremely realistic and professional look. Very nice picture as I’m sure you will agree.
Crawshaw expresses his love for watercolors here in this short video tutorial. He goes on to explain how to create a wash and merge the colors together. His popular expression of ‘practice practice practice’ is ever present and his encouraging tone of voice whilst teaching is hard not to love. Pick up your brushes and give this tutorial a chance and before you know it you’ll be a watercolors pro.
This is a snippet from a how to draw DVD by pencil artist Matthew Archambault where he demonstrates to you how to finish off a hand drawing by considering just a few different drawing techniques.
He expresses the importance of standing away from your subject matter regularly as it allows you a better grasp of the proportion and perspectives of what you are drawing. With drawing hands it can become very difficult to get too caught up in some of the finer line work and shading that you actually lose control of the whole picture and you overshoot vital proportions.
He guides you down the pre shaded side of the thumb and demonstrates how adding a darker line to that side can complete that thumb and bring it closer to the foreground adding the illusion of a three dimensional drawing. This is not apparent in a photograph which is what he is using as his study and mentions that when you are working from photographs you really need to be thinking about how to thicken up the shaded area with the pencil to really create a sense of movement.
He finishes by adding rotational lines around the thumb using faint pencil lines to add a further sense of movement which is vital to make a hand look like its affected by gravity and not just floating in mid air. This combined with heavy tonal and shading work around the wrist brings more depth to the pencil drawing and finishes it off very nicely to create a very realistic sketch.
This is short video where you will learn the very basic techniques needed to gather your proportions whilst you draw a life model. The medium charcoal has been selected because it is versatile and manipulative. You can be very bold with it but at the same time you must be quick. There is an underlying tone of humour in this video so it makes the experience less intense. So grab your charcoals and just have fun!
Paul talks of achieving different shades of tonal value by using a method called ‘wetting to wet’. In the video he also talks about the importance of creating tonal values and how you can better understand the properties of watercolor paints. In this art tutorial he tackles a seascape and a country scene to offer diversity. He is a big fan of the looser method of watercolor painting, ie, not trying to pick out every single detail. So have fun and see what you can learn.
In this video by artist Nolan Clark a very clear and concise understanding of the color wheel are delivered. These include;
1) The components of color (Hue, Value and Chroma)
2) How your eye sees color, including how to mix black
3) Primary and secondary colors that make up the color wheel
4) How to use the color wheel to match a paint color.
5) The color mixing rules that are used to mix highlight and shadow colors
6) How to create a dimension / depth in your paintings using the color mixing rules.
Very thorough and will leave you with a firm understanding of the color wheel.
Jake domonstrates in this educational video tutorial how to turn watercolor theory against the grain and paint from dark to light. His painting style is bold and dynamic and his teaching style during the video is accommodating and easy to follow. He does not believe in building up a series of glazes and would much rather attack the painting with dark shades making sure he gets them right first time, every time. A very unusual approach but extremely unique and interesting nonetheless.