Sometimes it’s important to do certain things before you do others, even if you prefer not to. If you are trying to learn how to draw or paint it is best to begin by working from a still life. Even if you see yourself in the future as an artist successfully creating gigantic landscapes or whimsical caricatures, I’m going to ask you to put those dreams on hold until you develop a certain skill set. I know you’re patient and I know you want to increase your drawing skills, but just in case you are feeling a wee bit rebellious let me tell you why I would like you to stick to still lifes as your educational subject matter.
In addition to the balanced lighting that gives your studio its overall illumination you are going to need a way to put objects you are drawing or painting into a spotlight. When you’re learning to draw it’s a good thing to limit all the general lighting you have in your studio and try to illuminate your subject matter with a single spotlight.Continue Reading
I love to garden and naturally I love to paint. What could be better than combining these two passions. While gardening I somehow came up with the idea to paint a series of still lifes that Continue Reading
Here’s a time elapsed video documenting each step I used to create a painting of this antique garden trowel.
Learn to paint a sphere. While this basic painting demonstration uses acrylics the painting techniques used here can also be applied to oil paints.
This beginners tutorial teaches you how to shade in a cube using charcoal. The focus of this drawing lesson is in the values (tones) of Continue Reading
This beginners tutorial teaches you how to shade in a Cylinder using charcoal. The different parts of the cylinder are taught and gone over Continue Reading
This tutorial covers the basics of shading a 3D looking sphere on paper. Perfect for beginner artists as this simple drawing tutorial goes over Continue Reading
In this short tutorial, you will learn how to shade a basic 3-D looking cone on a piece of paper. The demonstration will use Continue Reading