Early Life Ferdinand Holder was born in Bern in Switzerland in 1853, the eldest of 6 children. Tuberculosis killed his father and his 2 younger brothers by the time he was 8 years old. As a result, his mother later remarried, marrying Gottlieb Schüpach, a decorative painter who had 5 children from a previous marriage. […]

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Outline Do you like drawing outside in the landscape? Do you find it hard to to decide what to draw and how to get the tones correct? This art tutorial will help you make those decisions. I explain how to create a viewfinder using a piece of card and a length of cord. The cord […]

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Using Graphite Sticks Graphite sticks are brilliant to draw with because they are so flexible. In this arts tutorial I explain how, by using the edge of the graphite stick,  wonderfully imaginative marks can be created on cartridge paper. Really creative lines can be created because  you are using an edge and not a point. […]

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This is the fifth of my art tutorials on Starting to Draw for Absolute Beginners. In this video I am going to concentrate of the idea of training our visual memory as a means to learn to draw. The idea is to look at an object for about 10 seconds and to memorise its shapes, […]

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Want to improve your drawing skills? This is the second of my art tutorials on Starting to Draw for absolute beginners. In this video I explain two things you need to practice to make your drawings more creative and interesting. Firstly, we look at drawing curves. Drawing tight curves close together requires you to move […]

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Draw a Person Standing Want to just watch the drawing? Watch the Time-Lapse Version. MATERIALS Staedtler Pencil 2B, Derwent-Artists -Pencil Ivory Black Here we draw a person standing looking at the sky. This art tutorial takes you through step by step the process of drawing a standing figure. Starting from a simple circle for the […]

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It is interesting to try different ideas from time to time. Producing a drawing of pen and ink with dots is an idea to try. Using three different pens, including a sharpened stick, you’ll be amazed the type of dots these pens can produce. This art tutorial explores drawing pen and ink with dots and […]

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In this art video I explain how to draw with shapes a complicated object simply. The easy drawing tutorial is designed for beginners, children and those looking to develop their drawing. This draw with shapes art tutorial is based around a woodman’s plane. The woodman’s plane is an object that has defined shapes which are […]

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In this art tutorial you will learn to draw with shading. this video is designed for beginners and children. I explain how to use shading to create depth and distance in a drawing. I demonstrate how, by varying the pressure on the pencil, you can create different tones of shading. I then focus on two […]

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This video covers 10 really amazing facts about the French naïve painter Henri Rousseau. It is aimed at young people and adults interested in art history. Focusing on his jungle paintings, this art video could be a great introduction to an art lesson on mixing different tones of a single colour, e.g. green. Henri Rousseau […]

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This art tutorial on How to Draw with Lines for children and beginners uses pencils. Did you know the eye reads lines and tells the brain a lot of information about your drawing? Because the brain can read lines, the angles, shape and distance in a drawing can be interpreted. Although the paper surface is […]

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This simple drawing tutorial is designed for complete beginners to drawing. I’m going to show you how you can improve your drawing when you draw with curves. With curves you can draw a lot of objects very simply such as; ribbons, flags, grass, cliffs leaves etc. I shall show you stage by stage, how to […]

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