Tag: How To Draw

Shrink Your Painting–Does It Still Work?

What Makes Small Canvas Paintings Loom Large? I don’t mean literally shrink it, though small canvas paintings are proving more and more popular these days, but if you take a photo of your painting and reduce it to the size of a thumbnail and it still holds together compositionally, you’ve got a good piece on…

Daniel in the Lion's Den by Sir Peter Paul Rubens, c. 1614/1616, oil on canvas.

Know Your Model

Painting Animals in the Right Environments It always makes me smile when I see an artist who loves a pet so much that the drawing or painting they do of their four-legged companion comes out a little like a tall tale, where Snowball the pet cat is drawn like a wild lion prowling the grasslands.…

How to Draw Caricatures

How does one draw caricatures? Believe it or not that is one of the most commonly asked questions that I get about learning to draw. Everyone wants to know the secret and I tell them there is no one secret. In fact, there are THREE!!! The first is simple–good draftsmanship. The second is great distortion,…

Drawing Basics: Think Egg!

Ethel Smyth by John Singer Sargent, chalk drawing, 1901. Adapted from an article by Dan Gheno Facial features can be used and contorted to tell us all kinds of things in a drawing. But you don’t always have to think up dramatic scenarios for a drawing. Ideas can be subtle, too. Like using the mere…

Colored Pencil: Waiting for Nightfall by Anna Hammer.

They Can Be Moody, Too

The Depth of Colored Pencil I’ll admit that in the past I have been guilty of thinking of colored pencil art as colorful and bright and not necessarily able to be coupled with serious subjects or moody narratives. But that was my own bias. As I’ve spent time looking at sketchbooks of draftsmen creating colored…

Seriously, All You Need Is Average Eye-Hand Coordination

Just to demonstrate the statement that everyone can learn to draw. Here, and below, are two comparison drawings of my students from the last term. The progress they made in just nine three-hour sessions is noteworthy. Drawing Skills Everyone Has Everyone with average eye-hand coordination can learn to draw the human figure. I mean everyone.…

Drawings: Rockwell Kent Moby Dick

Hunting the White Whale

Rockwell Kent’s Drawings of Moby-Dick Art makes stories come alive. To me, it is as simple as that. And sometimes without art, there is no story-—or, at least, it’s not quite as good. This was the case for the great American novel Moby-Dick. It is hard to imagine that Melville’s opus was once relatively unknown,…

The Simplest & Most Common Mistake

Don’t Stumble with Figure Drawing Let’s talk about common mistakes we all make because if you are making these figure drawing mistakes and are told to look out for them, it will speed up your progress considerably. I am using examples of my student’s drawings from the masterclass I teach to illustrate my points. Drawing…

Figure drawing fundamentals. Bellows painting.

Olivia Newton-Jon & Her Sweatband

Convey Movement in Fine Art Oil Painting & Figure Drawing Ugh, after all the summer splurging I’ve been doing, I should probably go exercise or run laps (note to find indoor track because there ain’t no way I’m going outside to do it!). But as a warm up I thought I would talk about how…