Are you sketches looking a bit flat? Not sure how to make your drawings more effective? Outlines maybe the problem. Drawing with outlines is fine, but all too often the outlines destroys the 3D effect the sketch is trying to create. The trick is to suggest outlines and edges in your drawing. This makes sketches […]

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In this easy drawing tutorial I’ll show you how to draw a simple object, like a mushroom and make it look really convincing. I’ll explain how to get the proportion of the mushroom correct by measuring with your pencil. But the most important thing to remember when learning to draw mushroom is to get the […]

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This is the second in my series on how to draw with charcoal and chalk. In this video I shall be showing you how to draw a landscape with trees and reflections in water using charcoal and chalk. The crucial thing to remember is to get the tones correct, light tones in the background and […]

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Want to know how to draw with charcoal and chalk? In this art tutorial we will use grey sugar paper and learn to draw with charcoal and chalk. The tutorial starts with me showing you how to apply charcoal to create dark tones. I do the same with the chalk, combining the two effects creates […]

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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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Drawing a Face Drawing faces is easy with these simple tips for absolute beginners. All you need is 3 pieces of card and a pencil, oh, and some paper. If you were to measure your own face you’ll find some interesting facts. Did you know that the width of an eye equals the gap between […]

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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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Outline This is the fourth of my art tutorials on starting to draw for absolute beginners. This art tutorial brings together all the elements covered in the previous three drawing tutorials; curves, lines, tone, shading, create depth and using the pencil. The drawing consists of three paint brushes in a pot, each one drawn with […]

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This is the third of my art tutorials on starting to draw for absolute beginners. In this video I look at three things you need to know; hatching, tone and line. If you want to learn to draw you need to know these three elememnts.We start with a simple outline of a tree against a […]

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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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Outline This Starting to Draw? Part 1 (4 things you need) tutorial is the first in a series of art tutorials for absolute beginners to drawing. It covers 4 things that you need to know to start drawing with confidence. The video talks about getting into a positive frame of mind because you’ll draw better. […]

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