Isaac Levitan Sketches – Master Class

Isaac Levitan Sketches – Master Class

I wanted to take a moment to share part of a Master Class lesson featuring the sketches of Isaac Levitan. As you know I am a big fan of landscape painting. Most likely because most of my past illustrations had a landscape in the background. 

Four Ways To Promote Form

Four Ways To Promote Form

In this video critique of the week we help out Hillary with her life drawing. To quote Hillary, I was going for a precise likeness by searching for shadow shapes, but once the drawing looked like her, I didn’t know how to develop the forms.

Isaac Levitan – Master Landscape Painter

Isaac Levitan – Master Landscape Painter

I discovered the work of Isaac Levitan roughly one year ago. I wish I knew of his work back in the day when I first started working as a freelance illustrator. Isaac Levitan is a master landscape painter. You can really see in this one painting how he captures light.

Fitting The Head Onto The Body

Fitting The Head Onto The Body

In case you have not noticed I am a big believer in repetition in the mother of skill. I tend to teach the same things over and over again because they work for me. I have also seen these techniques work in the classroom on a weekly basis. The main crux is to use targets to start fitting the head onto the shoulders.

Dan’s Sketchbook

Dan’s Sketchbook

Dan has got to be one of the nicest people I have ever met. He is extremely talented and very respectful. I really love having Dan as a student is class. His appetite for learning is so infectious. Dan is always asking questions, always looking for more feedback on his work.

Modeling The Figure – Circular Blending

Modeling The Figure – Circular Blending

From critiquing artwork in the members area I often get questions concerning modeling. How to make the transition between values smoother. A lot of artists struggle with having their drawings look too rough in the shading department.

Delaney’ Sketchbook

Delaney’ Sketchbook

I knew right off the bat that I was going to ask Delaney is she wanted to film a sketchbook video, I was so happy when she said yes. I think it’s important to see a sketchbook like Delaney’s. Mainly because it shows no fear.

Complicating Your Edge Line

Complicating Your Edge Line

Have you ever wondered why your figure drawings look stiff? Perhaps they look too stylized for your liking. The antidote to stiffness is eliminating all straight lines. Straight lines on the edge of your figure drawings without a doubt create a stiff look and feel.

How To Draw The Structure Of The Lips

How To Draw The Structure Of The Lips

In this screencast portrait drawing lesson I share with you how I think about the structure of the lips. Thinking about the structure of the lips is completely different than using angles, shapes and tone to map out the lips on paper.   The key element to keep in...

Lin’s Sketchbook

Lin’s Sketchbook

Lin was a student enrolled in my drawing class last year at the School of Visual Arts. I guess I can start with the fact that Lin was the heart of the class. She really is the nicest person ever, the hardest working student truly devoted to improving.