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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Drawing bananas can be interesting, but in this video I am going to take a different approach. I’m going to show you how to draw bananas with two pencils because it’s much more creative. First, you’ll need to tape the pencils together, using different types of pencil can be interesting. Then sketch the bananas as […]

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This is the second art tutorial in my series on Creative Drawing. In this video I am using bottles as the theme, much as Picasso might have done with some of his Cubist paintings. Bottles are often used as starting points in GCSE art projects. To start draw a bottle but with an unusual technique. […]

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This is the first in a series of art tutorials on Creative Drawing. We are going to explore line drawing. In this video I am going to draw my shoes, but with a piece of graphite attached to a long stick. This means I have little control over the line which creates a more interesting […]

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Why Draw? Successful drawing is essentially about confidence, perseverance and developing skills. All of which are greatly influenced by your  attitude to what you produce. I meet lots of people who can draw, but they under-estimate their abilities. They seem to be dismissive of their own work, perhaps because they lack the confidence to see […]

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What you See or What you Know? As an artist should you paint what you see or what you know. It is an interesting dilemma. Many of us strive, particularly when we start as an artist try to capture what we see in front of us in paint or pencil. We may interpret it in […]

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Successful drawing is essentially about confidence, perseverance and developing skills, all of which are greatly influenced by your  attitude to what you produce. I meet lots of people who can draw, but they under-estimate their abilities and seem to be dismissive of their work, or they lack the confidence to see the value in their […]

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Drawing is the the fundamental basis of painting. Drawing an object lets us understand it, know it and learn more about it’s structure. You can understand how light falls upon an object and can play tricks with our perception by drawing it. Picasso used to say, ‘ I do not paint what I see I […]

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