How To Get More Dimension In Your Portrait Drawings

How To Get More Dimension In Your Portrait Drawings

Every Monday over at I film a video critique for members of Drawing Tutorials Online.

In this video you will learn how to utilize surface planes to create more dimension within your portrait drawings. Every artist who wishes to get better at drawing portraits should go through the exercise of drawing surface planes.

No drawing the technique itself won’t make your drawings look pretty. But understanding the concept of surface planes and form most certainly will.

If you are stuck and need another set of eyes to look at your work I’m here to help. Sign up to Drawing Tutorials Online and get a video critique this upcoming Monday.

Drawing Tutorials Online is a safe, non judgmental place to get your artwork critiqued.



Thanks so much for watching. Now get out there and draw something today. It will make you feel better.

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Madeleine’s Sketchbook – Total Power

Madeleine’s Sketchbook – Total Power

Madeleine is a student currently enrolled in my foundation drawing class at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan New York. Madeleine is definitely playing by her own set of rules. She wants to create her own animated series for Cartoon Network. Hey why not.

Madeleine has the drive, the talent and a clear vision for what she wants. The sheer volume of drawings Madeleine has created in her sketchbook is pretty amazing.

I ask my students to fill two sketchbooks in a fifteen week semester, Madeleine completed her two in eight weeks. You definitely have to take note of that.

Finishing two sketchbooks in fifteen weeks is what every student should strive for. There is definitely something magical that happens when you draw that much. That magic is happening with Madeleine.

I really teach drawing in a very traditional way. Madeleine is far from traditional and I totally accept that. I love all of the drawings Madeleine works on in class. They are so very different, they really make you take a step back.

It’s so very important to expose yourself to different kinds of art. For that I thank you Madeleine for sharing your sketchbooks with us.

Check out Madeleine’s website. Thanks again Madeline for sharing your art. looking forward to the next sketchbooks.

Rex’s Sketchbook – Lot’s of Pencil Mileage

Rex’s Sketchbook – Lot’s of Pencil Mileage

Rex is a student currently enrolled in my foundation drawing class at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan New York. Rex is from Shanghai China. Her story is pretty unbelievable.

She was a physics major in hight school, not an art major. Considering how good she is at drawing it’s pretty incredible to witness her raw talent. Rex’s sketchbook shows her very raw talent and I thank her very much for sharing it.

Her talent combined her tireless work ethic is a lethal combination for success. During the first couple of classes I had a hard time convincing Rex to draw in a big 18 x 24 drawing pad. She actually said she didn’t want to waste the paper.

That really made me smile. I immediately said Rex please, I will buy you a pad, you have to draw in a big drawing pad during class. She agreed and for the rest of the semester she has really shined.

I hope you enjoyed looking through Rex’s sketchbook. The video was a little shaky but totally worth it.

Thanks for watching!