Starting A Portrait From The Eye – Anthony Van Dyck Master Study

Starting A Portrait From The Eye – Anthony Van Dyck Master Study

This live class was held on August 22, 2020. The focus of this class was to say that there are many ways to start a portrait drawing. In this class I started with the eye.

Starting a portrait drawing from the eye is a great option. It’s called spiraling out from a place that you understand.

It’s important that you take some time to practice portrait drawing using diverse technique. This way you will find the one that works best for you.

 

 

Anthony Van Dyck at the National Portrait Gallery.

 

How To Draw The Figure In Ten Minutes

How To Draw The Figure In Ten Minutes

Well, here we are in this strange situation, Covid-19. I have basically turned off the news and have resorted to watching Tiger something on Netflix.

I have been super busy with this whole live class thing. Primarily teaching my college classes on Zoom. I have also been teaching live classes to members of DTO every Saturday.

Come mid to late April I will be teaching live classes to non-members of Drawing Tutorials Online. I’ve been working out the kinks in recording on Zoom. The quality is not great.

In the meantime I wanted to share with you this gesture drawing. I think you will most certainly get something out of watching this short figure drawing tutorial.

Please let me know if you have any questions about my technique.

 

 

 

Thank you so much for taking time to stop by and visit. Stay safe.

 

Portrait Drawing Tweaks

Portrait Drawing Tweaks

Nancy has been getting her artwork critiqued weekly for a while now. The biggest struggle I see for Nancy is her photo reference choices.

Nancy usually takes screenshots from her favorite Netflix series. Sometimes the lighting is just , well, horrible. However, as of late Nancy has been making better picks in terms of photos

What I stress over and over again in the critique gallery is repetition. I’m a big believer in systems. Most artists hate systems, they think they are too restrictive.

I find the opposite to be true. Let’s use portrait drawing as an example. When you start a portrait draw the same way every time, you will improve faster.

My system for portrait drawing is simple, first draw the outer edge hair, second draw the inner edge of the hair where it touches the skin. Then draw the shape of the face. The features should fit inside the container of the face.

In Nancy’s portrait drawing the features did not fit inside the container of the face. After a couple of tweaks we can see that Nancy was not that far off. Looking forward to the next one Nancy.

 

Sometimes it is the little things that make a huge difference. I am here to help you improve your artwork. You can get feedback in Drawing Tutorials Online member critique gallery. I also offer one to one coaching if you prefer that route.

Thanks Nancy! 

Yifei’s Sketchbook – Number Two

Yifei’s Sketchbook – Number Two

Yifei is such an incredible student to have in class. He really puts his all into everything that he does. From life drawing, to homework, to class projects, you can totally see the effort.

Yefei’s sketchbook is in essence, his diary. It’s a diary of his student life here in NYC. Yefei is such an incredible talent. He is able to draw in such detail, then switch gears and draw simple cute stuff.

For me the key takeaway from his sketchbook is the passion he has for drawing. You can clearly see that he uses his sketchbook in every part of his life. Today, many artists use their phones to document there lives. Yefei is using his sketchbook.

He certainly has a bright future. He is a true storyteller. I hope you enjoyed looking through his sketchbook as much as I did.

 

 

Check out Yifei’s Instagram. Thanks again Yifei for sharing your art.

 

How To Draw A Ten Minute Gesture Of The Figure

How To Draw A Ten Minute Gesture Of The Figure

I just recently added a new figure drawing to the members area of Drawing Tutorials Online. This course is title Figure Drawing Class Exercises.

There are so many more diverse ways of teaching in the classroom versus online. The options for creativity in the classroom is endless. You can incorporate the student in activities you just cannot do online.

The purpose of this course is not to complete the perfect drawing, quite the contrary. The purpose of this course is to share with you many of the short style twenty minute exercises completed in class.

The drawing in the video below is the type of drawing I have my students do often in the classroom. A simple top to bottom line/gesture drawing of the model using minimal shape.

The goal of this exercise to gain confidence by constantly drawing the figure from head to toe in ten minutes. Starting again, starting another one, and then another one. Kind of like doing drills.

 

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to watch this video. Make sure you get to a life drawing class and draw some quick ones. Don’t be perfect, just have fun.