The most complete guide to drawing noses. This page focuses on drawing realistic noses using a pencil.
Learn how to create a loose and airy sketch with colored graphite in this lesson.
Learn how to draw with Graphitint pencils in this lesson. Graphitint pencils are colored graphite pencils.
Take control of your pencil by holding it correctly, says illustrator Sylwia Bomba. “If you position your hand closer to the end of the pencil, you have more control and precision, but heavier strokes (darker markings). Gripping further up the pencil will give you less control and precision, but lighter strokes (lighter markings).”
Learn how to use shading and manipulate light to create the illusion of form in a drawing.
Learn how to draw feet from several different angles in this full length video tutorial.
Learn the power of value and how to use it to create the illusion of form and volume.
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A two part video series on creating the illusion of texture in a pencil drawing.
Learn the placement of the facial features and how this information can be used to draw any portrait.
A detailed look at drawing an architectural landscape with graphite on charcoal paper.
Learn how to draw a realistic feather. Use shape, line, and value to create realistic textures.
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See all of the steps in this creation of a portrait in graphite in this video.
Learn how to draw facial proportions from 5 different angles in this full length video tutorial.
A look at drawing the mouth and teeth using a structured approach of observation and application of media.
Learn the stages to artistic development and why they are important to drawing improvement.
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 draw a figure quickly and with correct proportions.
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Learn how to use sighting, measuring, and mapping to ensure greater accuracy in your drawings.
Create a quick sketch of a skull in just 30 minutes using basic forms and shapes to ensure accuracy.
If you want to sketch a sky, artist Marisa Lewis has some advice: “Sometimes it’s preferable for your shading to be less sketchy and more smooth and subtle. Pencil lines don’t blend perfectly unless you’re very careful. We don’t want a sky full of scribbles, unless it’s on purpose.
Learn how to draw a realistic mouth with graphite pencil. Two videos are included as well as still images.
Learn the secret to drawing reflective surfaces in this recorded live lesson.
How to use value to create the illusion of convincing rocks in the landscape in this full length video.
Learn how to draw hands from different angles using basic shapes and value in this full length video recorded form a live lesson.
Learn the steps to drawing a seated figure in this recorded live lesson.
Basic drawing techniques including blending, hatching and cross hatching, rendering, and more.
Learn how to manipulate value to create the illusion of muscles in the arms and back in this recorded live lesson.
Learn basic facial proportions and take a close look at each feature in these recorded live lessons.
Learn the basics of figure drawing. A four step approach to creating accurate proportions is explored.
Learn how easy it can be to draw hands in this free drawing tutorial.
Learn how to break complex subjects down into easy to draw shapes. Apply this concept to a complex subject with a drawing exercise.
Learn how to draw with colored graphite (Graphitint pencils) in this recorded Live Lesson.
An eight part video series on drawing a representational portrait with graphite pencil.
The ultimate guide to drawing trees with four lessons included. Lesson one teaches you how to draw a tree with graphite pencils.
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 create the illusion of space using two point perspective in this free drawing lesson video.
Create subtle shading by smudging large areas of soft charcoal
“The use of irregular lines when shading adds a lot of dynamism to your sketch,” Bomba says. “If you want to create a fresh and unique sketch of a portrait, architecture, or concept art, you should definitely use this technique. I use it to sketch loosely, flat backgrounds (if there is no texture, this technique will add some), bushes, or grass.”
“There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to make a clean-looking drawing that loses its brilliance and value thanks to smudging. Instead, use smudging to your advantage every now and then to smooth out shading. You can do this with several tools. I use a simple piece of tissue paper to get the job done.”
“To test out whether your characters are readable as silhouettes, grab a piece of tracing paper and trace around your character, filling it in with a solid colour. A great way to test your silhouettes is to show them to your friends or colleagues and ask them what they see.”
Learn the basics of drawing with graphite in its various forms.
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 how to group basic shapes together to draw complex subjects.
An introduction to “25 Days to Better Drawings” and a look at the materials that will be used throughout the course.
Learn how to create a value finder, a useful tool for drawing.
Learn how to create the illusion of space with two point perspective.
Learn how to draw realistic eyes in this free drawing lesson video.
Learn how to draw a figure in perspective with a simple step by step approach.
Learn how to draw from photographs to produce accurate results.
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.
A look at sketching with graphite. Sketching as a study, for form, and as a preliminary drawing.
The basics of drawing with two point perspective, a form of linear perspective.
Learn how to draw a realistic strand of hair in this recorded Live Lesson.
Learn how to create value studies and sketches quickly with water-soluble graphite
An introduction to “Pencil Drawing – The Guide to Graphite”.
The basics of drawing with three point perspective, a form of linear perspective.
Creating a continuous line drawing is an easy and effective drawing exercise. Learn the “ends and outs” of creating one in this tutorial.
A detailed lesson series on drawing a realistic light bulb with graphite on smooth Bristol paper.
A look at drawing hair using a step by step approach of developing values and textures.
Learn the different types of graphite that artists use in this video tutorial.
Learn how to draw with value in order to create the illusion of light and form in this recorded live lesson.
If you look at the examples here, it’s clear that the first girl is holding a mug, but what about the second one? It’s not as clear!
Learn how to create the illusion of texture found on highly reflective surfaces. Practice concepts learned with a drawing exercise.
Learn how to create the illusion of texture in a drawing by combining shapes of value with directional stroking.
Learn how to use water-soluble graphite in this full length video demonstration.
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.
In this module, we’re introduced to the element of art, value. Learn its importance to drawing, proper terminology, and blending techniques.
The basic facial proportions and spacial relationships of the features of the head.
Learn to get loose with graphite pencil drawing in this full length demonstration of a drawing of a dog.
Learn pencil techniques to create the illusion of a realistic tree in this recorded live lesson.
See all of steps in the creation of this drawing of a dog in graphite in this video.
Learn and explore the different grades of graphite pencils used by artists and strategies for sharpening your pencil in this course module.
Learn the basics of drawing with the exercise known as “Blind Contour Line Drawing” in this drawing video.
A comprehensive lesson series on drawing a house portrait with graphite pencils on charcoal paper.
Learn how to create the illusion of reflection and transparency with graphite and white charcoal while developing a drawing of five marbles.
The basics of drawing with one point perspective, a form of linear perspective.
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How to draw from life and create accurate reproductions of what you are observing.
Learn two different approaches to drawing animal fur texture in this lesson.
Designer Patricia Ann Lewis-MacDougall suggests keeping some texture. “Some artists might find using watercolour pencils a little on the grainy side; however I like the added life the grain gives to a sketch. You don’t have to add water over the whole image. Leave some areas untouched to add a bit of texture to your sketch.”
Use varied lines, says illustrator Rovina Cai. “Not all lines are equal. Subtle shifts in the width and darkness of your lines will create a dynamic, visually interesting drawing. Controlling the kind of mark you put down can be tricky in the beginning, but with practice you will be able to create a variety of marks that work together to make a cohesive image. Experiment with different pencil grades (from 3H to 6B) and with holding the pencil at different angles.”
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.
Learn how to draw the figure in perspective in this drawing lesson.
Learn how to draw a bird with basic shapes and render the image with pencil and white charcoal.
“When shading, use an extra piece of paper underneath your hand,” advises artist Brun Croes. “This will minimise the amount your hand smudges your pencil lines. If you’re right-handed, start shading from left to right; if you’re left-handed, start at the right and move to the left.
Learn how to draw basic forms by starting with simple shapes. Create the illusion of form through the use of value and tone.
“Double this wavy line a little below the first. You can already see a curly ribbon forming before you. Now connect the open parts on the sides, remove the guidelines, and add some details.”
Learn how to draw realistic water droplets and how light behaves within a transparent object.
Learn how to create the illusion of space with one point perspective.
Learn how to draw a realistic eye following a step by step approach.
Learn how to draw a sphere and the proper terminology on shading in this free drawing lesson video.
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 use value to create the illusion of form and light in this tutorial that features excerpts from a 1 hour drawing demonstration.
Learn how to draw with blending tools like blending stumps and tortillons.
“I like symmetrical drawings but they often look boring all too quickly,” says Croes. “A good way to prevent this is to add some subtle changes and only keep the general lines symmetrical instead of mirroring every small part. Keeping some elements asymmetrical helps to avoid boring repetition.”
The Guide to Graphite Course – Graphite Grades and Sharpening
Shifts in the width and darkness of your lines will create interest
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.
In this module, we’ll learn how to use value to create the illusion of light and form in a drawing.
Learn some of the common graphite drawing techniques in this free drawing lesson.
“Have you ever noticed that every important character in an animation movie is recognisable from their shadow alone?”, says artist Leonardo Sala. “This magic has a name: the silhouette. The purpose of finding a strong and interesting silhouette is to create an easily recognisable character that will remain clear in the visual memory of the viewer.
Learn how to create the illusion of space with three point perspective.
Learn the essence of drawing by balancing observation with mark making. Reinforce concepts with four drawing exercises.
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.
A look at drawing the ear using a step by step approach of defining specific regions through thoughtful applications of gradations of value.
“Instead, use spare paper to doodle a big swatch of soft graphite or charcoal pencil, then use a large blending stick to pick up the soft dust to use for your image. Keep using the blending stick and adding more scribbles as you need more graphite. Using the same technique, start darkening some areas of the sky to define the tops of the clouds.”
Want to draw curly hair? Illustrator Eva Widermann suggests these sketching tips: “Draw two straight vertical lines; these will be your guidelines for the width and length of the curl. Now loosely draw a wavy line down between the two lines.
Learn how to use powdered graphite to develop an underpainting and create a drawing of a dog.
Learn how to create the illusion of space using one point perspective in this free drawing lesson video.
Explore the different erasers used for erasing graphite. Learn the strengths and weaknesses of each eraser.
Learn seven different application techniques for graphite and strategies for blending.
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 draw hair in this ultimate guide that demonstrates a four-step process.
A look at drawing the structure of what lies beneath the face and head – the skull (frontal view).
Learn how to draw a rose with pencil in this easy, step by step lesson and drawing exercise. (Photo reference included.)
If you’re a complete novice, you should have a look at our seven fundamental pencil drawing techniques and our 100 drawing and painting tips and tutorials. But if you’re ready to go, here some of the artists that contributed to the Beginner’s Guide to Sketching offer some expert advice to get you off to a flying start…
Keep a nice contrast going between a finished look and a more of a sketchy feel
The Beginner’s Guide to Sketching is a book that offers lots of inspiration and advice for anyone looking to take their first creative steps or wanting to add a new piece to their design portfolio. The comprehensive guide covers everything from choosing the right drawing tools to understanding shading and value, adding colour, and creating a finished scene.
“A benefit of tracing paper is that you can flip it over to see how your drawing looks from the reverse angle,” advises artist Justin Gerard. “This can help reveal errors in proportion. As you work, take advantage of this in order to arrive at a more successful drawing.”
Learn how to draw a realistic portrait using the grid technique. Develop the value within the scene with graphite and white charcoal.
Learn how to draw an imagined 3D maze using two point perspective in this lesson.
Learn drawing techniques for creating the illusion of space in a drawing.
Use an extra piece of paper under your hand to avoid smudging your work
Five one hour lessons and exercises on the basics of drawing.
A look at recognizing and drawing the planes of the face and the head.
Portrait Drawing The Smart Way – Triangular Grid Drawing – 3 Lessons
This video demonstration shows you how to draw hands quickly and easily
Combine a variety of black and white drawing media to create a realistic drawing of a Great White shark.
Learn the two key components that lead to the illusion of texture in a drawing. Apply concepts to draw the texture of wood.
A look at drawing reflective surfaces with graphite pencils (2 lessons).
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Learn how to manipulate value to create the illusion of hair.
Learn how to draw complex subjects by piecing together simple, basic forms.
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.
Graphitint pencils are used to sketch a lion in this tutorial.
25 Days to Better Drawings – Sighting, Measuring, and Mapping
Learn how to use line to define objects and create the illusion of form.
Learn how to create accurate shading in a drawing. This tutorial includes shading techniques as well as the principles of understanding light.
A look at light and shadow in a drawing, the importance of value, and the role of contrast.
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.
Learn how to keep your drawings clean from start to finish in this time lapse video of a completed drawing.
Learn how to draw a horse in motion with graphite pencils in this lesson.
Learn how to draw with water-soluble graphite in this video tutorial.
Learn how to create smooth gradations of value using hatching and cross hatching.
Learn the three factors to creating smooth shading in drawing.
Learn how to draw the basic forms that are the building blocks for more complex objects in this drawing lesson.
Learn how to draw an eye using blending stumps and blending tortillons in this full length recorded Live Lesson.
Learn how to draw a soft and nostalgic portrait with graphite pencils.