14 Ways to Improve Your Drawing Skills in 2014

14 Ways to Improve Your Drawing Skills in 2014

A New Year means new drawings, so to help you make 2014 your most creative year yet, I have rounded up 14 of my favorite drawing tips and techniques to kick-start your artwork and help you to achieve stunning results. Pens and pencils at the ready… Draw upside down Nope, I haven’t lost my mind – drawing upside down helps you to ‘unlearn’ the bad habit most of us have of drawing what we think we see, not what we actually see. For example, … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why Artists Should Draw More

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Most little children love to draw. You can see this 'phenomenon' for yourself. Go into any family restaurant and notice how a box of crayons, and a piece of paper will keep restless children happy. So later, why do so many aspiring artists and even seasoned painters abandon drawing? The fundamentals for both drawing and painting are the same. Yet, the most important factor in drawing and painting is the ability to see. After careful … [Read more...]

Sketching Peregrine Falcon Birds From Life

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Sketching is one of the purist forms of artistic expression. A sketch is a swiftly executed freehand drawing that captures an idea, a gesture or a moment in time. It is not intended to be a finished work. Sketching birds from life is a difficult task. I know this from personal experience. As a young child, I grew up trying to capture the birds that flocked to our yard. Frustrated, I finally decided to capture them on paper with a pencil. I have … [Read more...]

My Tips for Painting Animal Fur: Monkey Video Demo


Believe it or not, I started my professional art career as a wildlife artist! ...and I learned from the best. Robert Bateman, John Seerey-Lester, Guy Coheleach, Alan Hunt and Carl Brenders taught me how to paint eyes, feathers and animal fur really well, while the late Vivi Crandall shared her amazing brushwork and color theory secrets with me. In the speed video below, I demonstrate how to paint a realistic monkey. The same techniques can be … [Read more...]

Charcoal Drawing Tips & Techniques


Drawing pencils are often considered sturdy, reliable and precise. Charcoal, on the other hand, is a wild counterpart: it's bold, daring and dramatic. It's much darker than any pencil and has a richness, making drawing with charcoal completely unique experience. Charcoal is also a versatile medium. While you can create extremely realistic, sensitive drawings with it, there is something about picking up that dusty stump of charcoal that frees us … [Read more...]

5 Websites to Help You Learn to Draw

14 Ways to Improve Your Drawing Skills in 2014

by guest author: Andrew Salmon Love to doodle while on the phone or while trying to stay awake during staff meetings or in class? Well, why not develop that natural talent? Whether you’re looking for a career as an artist or just want to indulge in drawing as a hobby, the internet is a great place to learn the basics or further develop the talent you’re already cultivating. Here are five websites that will help you learn to draw. 1. … [Read more...]

Photo Realistic Graphite Drawing Tips


Here are a few simple steps to achieve a realistic still life graphite drawing. Caravaggio is one of my favorite classic painters, he's famous for his use of dramatic lighting in his paintings during the Baroque era.  You don't have to be tied down to this particular technique, but I plan to use a similar effect in demonstating this drawing. Subject Matter & Materials: First decide on the subject matter and materials to use: there … [Read more...]




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