How to create the illusion of texture in a graphite drawing and the factors that most contribute to success. The second of three subjects is explored in this module.
Learn to get loose with graphite pencil drawing in this full length demonstration of a drawing of a dog.
Learn how to draw complex subjects by piecing together simple, basic forms.
Learn how to draw realistic water droplets and how light behaves within a transparent object.
Learn how to draw with water-soluble graphite in this video tutorial.
Like every other artist I know, even after I’ve signed my name, I will sometimes continue tinkering with my drawings. I can always find something to change if I look hard enough, so it can be difficult to tell when a piece is truly finished.
Learn how to create a loose and airy sketch with colored graphite in this lesson.
Learn how to keep your drawings clean from start to finish in this time lapse video of a completed drawing.
An introduction to “Pencil Drawing – The Guide to Graphite”.
Learn how to draw a realistic eye following a step by step approach.
Learn how to draw with value in order to create the illusion of light and form in this recorded live lesson.
A look at recognizing and drawing the planes of the face and the head.
This video demonstration shows you how to draw hands quickly and easily
But remember that a drawing can be overdone! Eventually, I make a conscious decision to put my drawing away and start something new. That’s when I consider my drawing done. Well, maybe…
Learn how loosening up can lead to greater accuracy in your drawings. Tackle the challenging shapes of circles and ellipses in this lesson’s drawing exercises.
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Learn how to draw hands from different angles using basic shapes and value in this full length video recorded form a live lesson.
Learn how to draw a realistic portrait using the grid technique. Develop the value within the scene with graphite and white charcoal.
How to draw from life and create accurate reproductions of what you are observing.
The basics of drawing with one point perspective, a form of linear perspective.
A detailed look at drawing an architectural landscape with graphite on charcoal paper.
Learn how to create the illusion of space with one point perspective.
An introduction to “25 Days to Better Drawings” and a look at the materials that will be used throughout the course.
A look at drawing the nose from a frontal view by placing basic shapes and adding shading / value to create the illusion of form and texture.
A look at sketching with graphite. Sketching as a study, for form, and as a preliminary drawing.
Learn drawing techniques for creating the illusion of space in a drawing.
Learn how to draw a figure quickly and with correct proportions.
Learn the basics of drawing with the exercise known as “Blind Contour Line Drawing” in this drawing video.
Five one hour lessons and exercises on the basics of drawing.
A look at drawing the eye from a frontal view using a step by step approach of observation and application of material.
Learn how to draw an eye using blending stumps and blending tortillons in this full length recorded Live Lesson.
The basics of drawing with two point perspective, a form of linear perspective.
Learn how the concept of cross contour lines can help us to better understand the form of a subject and determine directional stroking when adding shading to a drawing.
25 Days to Better Drawings – Sighting, Measuring, and Mapping
Learn seven different application techniques for graphite and strategies for blending.
Learn how to draw facial proportions from 5 different angles in this full length video tutorial.
Learn how to use water-soluble graphite in this full length video demonstration.
Learn the essence of drawing by balancing observation with mark making. Reinforce concepts with four drawing exercises.
Learn how to create smooth gradations of value using hatching and cross hatching.
See all of the steps in this creation of a portrait in graphite in this video.
The Guide to Graphite Course – Graphite Grades and Sharpening
Learn two different approaches to drawing animal fur texture in this lesson.
When I’ve checked my drawing, I check again. I have to nail down its underpinnings before I can add details. I really avoid guessing at the details; I want to make sure things are symmetrical and look right before putting down stronger and harder lines. I constantly ask myself, does this feel right?
Learn how easy it can be to draw hands in this free drawing tutorial.
Learn how to draw with blending tools like blending stumps and tortillons.
Learn how to draw realistic eyes in this free drawing lesson video.
When drawing something symmetrical, I focus on the spaces between the lines, and of course keep reevaluating as I go along.
Learn some of the common graphite drawing techniques in this free drawing lesson.
Learn how to draw with Graphitint pencils in this lesson. Graphitint pencils are colored graphite pencils.
I also like to view my drawing in a mirror, through a camera, or step away from it. This way, I can get different vantage points on my drawing and detect if anything is off.
The first step is to master how to hold a pencil correctly. When I draw, I use not the tip but the side of the lead, in order to maximise its utility. Holding my pencil like I would charcoal also keeps it sharper for longer.
Shading with unified lines versus shading in patches produces a different feel
In this module, we’re introduced to the element of art, value. Learn its importance to drawing, proper terminology, and blending techniques.
A look at drawing reflective surfaces with graphite pencils (2 lessons).
Learn how to create the illusion of space using two point perspective in this free drawing lesson video.
If anything seems off – even if I can’t immediately put my finger on what it is – I trust my gut and troubleshoot my drawing before continuing.
Learn how to create the illusion of texture found on highly reflective surfaces. Practice concepts learned with a drawing exercise.
Learn the basics of figure drawing. A four step approach to creating accurate proportions is explored.
In this module, we’ll learn how to use value to create the illusion of light and form in a drawing.
Learn the stages to artistic development and why they are important to drawing improvement.
Learn how to use powdered graphite to develop an underpainting and create a drawing of a dog.
Combine a variety of black and white drawing media to create a realistic drawing of a Great White shark.
Learn how to draw a bird with basic shapes and render the image with pencil and white charcoal.
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Learn how to draw basic forms by starting with simple shapes. Create the illusion of form through the use of value and tone.
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Learn how to draw from photographs to produce accurate results.
Create a quick sketch of a skull in just 30 minutes using basic forms and shapes to ensure accuracy.
I try to avoid outlining my drawings because this tends to make things look flat and deadens the 3D effect. Breaks and spaces in my lines show form in the lights and shadows.
Learn the secret to drawing reflective surfaces in this recorded live lesson.
How to create the illusion of texture in a graphite drawing and the factors that most contribute to success. The first of three subjects is explored in this module.
Learn how to create a value finder, a useful tool for drawing.
Explore the different erasers used for erasing graphite. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each eraser.
Learn how to create accurate shading in a drawing. This tutorial includes shading techniques as well as the principles of understanding light.
The basics of drawing with three point perspective, a form of linear perspective.
Learn how to draw a figure in perspective with a simple step by step approach.
Learn how to draw a realistic portrait using a modified grid. This technique greatly reduces the number of preliminary lines but ensures an accurate drawing.
Learn how to draw the basic forms that are the building blocks for more complex objects in this drawing lesson.
Learn the power of value and how to use it to create the illusion of form and volume.
Basic drawing techniques including blending, hatching and cross hatching, rendering, and more.
Learn how to draw hair in this ultimate guide that demonstrates a four-step process.
A look at drawing the ear using a step by step approach of defining specific regions through thoughtful applications of gradations of value.
Learn how value affects the illusion of light and form on a subject and how contrast can be used to create the illusion of depth.
Learn the two key components that lead to the illusion of texture in a drawing. Apply concepts to draw the texture of wood.
The most complete guide to drawing noses. This page focuses on drawing realistic noses using a pencil.
Learn how to manipulate value to create the illusion of hair.
A detailed lesson series on drawing a realistic light bulb with graphite on smooth Bristol paper.
Learn basic facial proportions and take a close look at each feature in these recorded live lessons.
Learn how to draw an imagined 3D maze using two point perspective in this lesson.
A look at drawing the structure of what lies beneath the face and head – the skull (frontal view).
See all of steps in the creation of this drawing of a dog in graphite in this video.
Graphitint pencils are used to sketch a lion in this tutorial.
For more in-depth advice on composition to how to capture light and shadow, take a look at our art techniques article. And if you’re still trying to find the right tools for the job, we also have a guide to finding the best pencil for your drawing style.
Learn how to draw a rose with pencil in this easy, step by step lesson and drawing exercise. (Photo reference included.)
A look at drawing the eye from a profile view using a step by step approach of observation and application of material.
Learn how to group basic shapes together to draw complex subjects.
Learn how to draw a face with graphite. Both male and female examples, and the profile view are explored in 4 video demonstrations and illustrations.
No matter what kind of artist you are, chances are pencil drawing was the skill that helped you learn how to draw, and the one that kicked off your artistic journey. Throughout my career as a character designer and visual development artist, I’ve realised that having a strong respect and understanding of the process and fundamentals of drawing is essential to becoming a better artist. And what’s more fundamental than pencil drawing?
Learn how to draw a realistic feather. Use shape, line, and value to create realistic textures.
Portrait Drawing The Smart Way – Triangular Grid Drawing – 3 Lessons
The basic facial proportions and spacial relationships of the features of the head.
Learn how to draw with colored graphite (Graphitint pencils) in this recorded Live Lesson.
Learn how to break complex subjects down into easy to draw shapes. Apply this concept to a complex subject with a drawing exercise.
An eight part video series on drawing a representational portrait with graphite pencil.
A comprehensive lesson series on drawing a house portrait with graphite pencils on charcoal paper.
Learn how to draw feet from several different angles in this full length video tutorial.
The second method I use is working in patches, which help define shape. Patches of lines go around the form, which help keep things in perspective. This drawing technique is also great for backgrounds and adding texture.
Think it takes talent to draw? In this webinar, you’ll see that it doesn’t and that you CAN draw anything that you wish. Drawing exercises are included.
Learn how to draw a realistic mouth with graphite pencil. Two videos are included as well as still images.
A look at drawing hair using a step by step approach of developing values and textures.
I hope these pencil drawing techniques have helped – join in the conversation by adding your tips and tricks in the comments on Facebook or Twitter.
Learn the placement of the facial features and how this information can be used to draw any portrait.
The next drawing technique concerns line weight. Having control over my line weight is a great way to separate objects from one another, and can help emphasise shadows. Thicker lines can fade and disappear into the shadows, which can help convey the 3D form.
Learn pencil techniques to create the illusion of a realistic tree in this recorded live lesson.
Learn how to use value to create the illusion of form and light in this tutorial that features excerpts from a 1 hour drawing demonstration.
The ultimate guide to drawing trees with four lessons included. Lesson one teaches you how to draw a tree with graphite pencils.
I like to shade in two main ways: the first is with all of my lines going in the same direction, which makes my shading appear more cohesive. This pencil drawing technique also helps my details pop out from the lines I’m using for shading.
Learn how to use sighting, measuring, and mapping to ensure greater accuracy in your drawings.
Learn how to draw a realistic strand of hair in this recorded Live Lesson.
Learn how to draw a soft and nostalgic portrait with graphite pencils.
Learn how to use shading and manipulate light to create the illusion of form in a drawing.
Learn the three factors to creating smooth shading in drawing.
Learn how to manipulate value to create the illusion of muscles in the arms and back in this recorded live lesson.
This is a valuable beginner’s tip: I always put a piece of paper under my hand to keep from smudging my drawing.
A look at drawing the mouth and teeth using a structured approach of observation and application of media.
When covering large areas, I shade with my pencil perpendicular to the line I’m drawing to get wide, soft lines. For details, I hold my pencil parallel to my lines to get sharp, narrow marks. The only time I use the point is when I’m working on intricate details.
Learn how to use line to define objects and create the illusion of form.
How to use value to create the illusion of convincing rocks in the landscape in this full length video.
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Learn how to create value studies and sketches quickly with water-soluble graphite
A look at light and shadow in a drawing, the importance of value, and the role of contrast.
Learn the steps to drawing a seated figure in this recorded live lesson.
Learn how to draw a sphere and the proper terminology on shading in this free drawing lesson video.
A look at drawing the nose from a profile view using basic shapes, then developing the value to model the form and create texture.
Learn how to create the illusion of space with two point perspective.
Learn how to create the illusion of space with three point perspective.
Learn how to create the illusion of texture in a drawing by combining shapes of value with directional stroking.
Learn the different types of graphite that artists use in this video tutorial.
Learn how to create the illusion of reflection and transparency with graphite and white charcoal while developing a drawing of five marbles.
Learn how to create the illusion of space using one point perspective in this free drawing lesson video.
Creating a continuous line drawing is an easy and effective drawing exercise. Learn the “ends and outs” of creating one in this tutorial.
When I start drawing, I plan and explore using loose lines, and avoid committing too early with hard, dark lines. As I progress my lines will change, so checking and rechecking my work is vital. I darken my lines and add details at the end. I don’t focus on one area for too long to prevent overdrawing.
Learn the basics of drawing with graphite in its various forms.
A two part video series on creating the illusion of texture in a pencil drawing.
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In this article, I’ll share seven expert pencil drawing techniques to help you take your skills to the next level, whether you want to create stylised or realistic pencil drawings. Take a look at the video above to see these pencil drawing techniques in action, or read on for my expert tips.
Learn and explore the different grades of graphite pencils used by artists and strategies for sharpening your pencil in this course module.
Learn how to draw a horse in motion with graphite pencils in this lesson.
Learn how to draw the figure in perspective in this drawing lesson.