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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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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Outline How to draw a face using basic proportions is very important because otherwise it will not look correct.. In this arts tutorial I explain how to get the proportions of the face correct by using little cards. Each card is cut to the width of the eye, length of the nose and the top […]

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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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Colour Mixing This is the second in my series on, ‘You want to be an artist’. This art tutorial covers how to use colour. We start by explaining how to use the 12 colour, colour wheel. Understanding how the colour wheel works is essential for an artist. Starting with the basics of colour mixing, I […]

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In this art tutorial, the third in my series on drawing basics:- Edges not Outlines, I look at drawing folds in paper. This method can be used to draw folds in clothes or any other similar objects. In this tutorial I explain how to draw folded paper accurately. If you want to learn how to […]

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Want to just watch this art tutorial on how to draw a figure? Watch the time-lapse version MATERIALS: Staedtler Pencil 2B, Derwent-Artists -Pencil Ivory Black This is a pencil drawing of a person relaxing, lying down on the ground, propped up on his arm. It should be an easy image to draw. This art tutorial […]

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