I just recently finished a brand new portrait drawing course over at Drawing Tutorials Online. I wanted to share with you a few of the chapters since the drawing has gotten a lot positive feedback. It’s been a while since I’ve posted any drawing tutorials outside of the members area.
It’s basically one month and one day before I start teaching a whole new group of students at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. I still have some sketchbook videos that I really need to post. This is a short but sweet sketchbook that Alice worked on when she was all out of ideas.
Every so often I film a Master Class lesson. What is a Master Class lesson you say? It’s where I analyze the work of an old master. In this case it’s the work of Albert Bierstadt. It’s a great way for members of DTO to hone their image making skills.
Thanks Alice for sharing your sketchbook with us. Alice’s improvement over the entire academic year was pretty incredible. She really is an example of what hard work and devotion can do for one’s portfolio of drawings. Improve them immensely.
Emily has really made some great strides with her artwork over two semesters. Her art is definitely unique to Emily. The shapes of her characters are really interesting. Emily also has this great knack for drawing really thin detailed line which I totally love.
I remember back in the day when song was a student in my class she was a little lost. She was completely unsure of herself. Her confidence just was not there. However she perservered and her skill set began to grow. Her confidence also started to grow.
Alice has ton of raw natural talent. She is doing a really great job of cultivating that talent with her hard work in class. Her two mini sketchbooks are a pleasure to look through. Thanks Alice so much for sharing your art.
Working on rough sketches is a great time to plan and think. You can certainly use a multitude of techniques when composing your scene. I like using a grid, I also like to use big compositional shapes. Compositional shapes are big areas of light and shade.
Finding background reference helps you to figure out all of the nitty gritty details in your scene. It helps to take the guess work out of your image making process. Even if you work only from your imagination I encourage you to use background reference.
Helen sketchbook is pretty amazing. Helen is a super quiet student who arrives to class each week ready to draw. She methodically creates very beautiful drawings time and time again. Her life drawings and sketchbook drawings are both quintessential Helen.
Thumbnail sketches are a fast way to get you ideas out onto the paper fast. They are not meant for details. Use them to place you character in an environment, think impressionistic.
Joie is really into drawing fast in a very bold way. Using crayons markers and crayon’s she has the uncanny ability to create very strong looking images that pop right off of the page.
Incorporating a sentence into your work process is a wonderful way to fight the dreaded artist block. The next time you sit down to create an illustration, start with a descriptive sentence first.
Sometimes I completely forget all about my past life. I once was a full time freelance illustrator working on several book projects at one time. My life was all about creating high quality artwork under the pressure of deadlines. Sitting down to paint for eight to ten...
What I like most about Emily’s sketchbook is her originality. I like so much that she expresses how she is feeling through her drawings. I really do see a ton of improvement in Emily’s drawings midway through the sketchbook video. Her black ballpoint pen line is amazing.
Ren’s line quality is really clean and delicate. Her improvement in this sketchbook video is fun to watch. Enjoy looking through her drawings. It’s a pleasure to have Ren as a student in class.
It's been a while since I've posted a sketchbook video. I think Emily's sketchbook is totally worth the wait. Over the course of the semester I've really enjoyed seeing Emily's work progress into something special. Her style of art is so perfectly suited for...
Paul a member of Drawing Tutorials Online just recently uploaded one of his images for a critique. I really liked his drawing of this cute fury cat. The drawing was done in a combination of pencil, colored pencil, pastels (both pencil and stick), as well as charcoal.
Every Monday at Drawing Tutorials Online I film three to fours of video critiques. Members who take the time to upload their artwork definitely improve weekly. It’s pretty amazing what a different set of eyes can do to help you improve. Sometimes we get much too close to our drawings.
As you flip through her sketchbook like I said you might get a bit overwhelmed. Some self doubt might start to creep into your mind. The antidote to self doubt is focusing on what you can control right now. What you can control is working within your own sketchbook. Focus on you and your drawings.
Sometimes we get so caught up in the details, the textures that we forget to organize a simple value structure. I recommend creating a value structure study in your sketchbook with a soft 2B mechanical pencil. It should take you less than five minutes to complete.
I just recently discovered that I had Ting’s sketchbooks on my iPhone. Her work is definitely special and I wanted to make sure that I shared it with you.
Sometimes I’ll step away from my drawing and it looks too light. I then realize I need sit back down and put more pencil down on the paper. You see a lot of artists stop too soon. They leave so much mood and depth on the table.
The main suggestion was to simplify how to apply shadow shapes. When you place shadow shapes everywhere in essence you muddy up your portrait drawing. It’s always best to simplify where you decide to put your shadow shapes.
Since the first day I met Phoebe back in 2015 wow has she really grown into an amazing artist. Her location watercolor paintings are just to die for. The way she crams so much information into one painting in just so awesome.
Recently Maria, a member of Drawing Tutorials Online, posted up a portrait drawing for feedback. Her main question was why is the drawing flat? First off I want to thank you Maria for presenting this awesome teaching opportunity.
Are you passionate about drawing portraits? One of the biggest portrait drawing techniques I teach in the classroom is shape of hair versus shapes of face. If you can draw the shape of the models hair, that is half the battle to drawing a likeness.
Understanding form is paramount when trying to incorporate three dimension into your figure drawings. We have a pretty cool lesson for members of Drawing Tutorials Online in our Begin Here Step By Step course titled, you guessed it, “Understanding Form”.
After many years of trial and error I finally learned why my paintings and drawings looked flat. I was putting much too much detail everywhere. I was putting detail in the light, I was also rendering detail in the shadows. I was putting details in the background as well as the foreground.
Have you ever tried to draw a portrait for a friend that didn’t go so well? You had a great photo of a friend or family member and when you tried to draw from it, it was not a good experience. It’s most likely the photo had front lighting from flash photography.
This video critique will help you to see and draw better gestures. Being able to see the gesture of a pose will certainly help you draw relaxed loose figures.
If you are into cartoons you will definitely be into Madeleine’s drawings! Her sketchbooks are definitely authentic to say the least. You can really she Madeleine’s passion show through on each page. Her attention to detail within textures is really cool.
If you are looking to improve your portrait drawings watch the video critique below. In this video critique we help out Ilse with drawing a better likeness of the model within the photo plus achieve much more three dimension.
What I love so much about Sydney is that she is super comfortable in her shoes. She is not wishy washy about what her work is all about. She loves drawing bouncy cartoon characters and she is really good at it.
Have you ever tried to draw a portrait where the person in the photo reference had no contrasting shadow shapes? In other words the lighting within the photo was very flat. When there aren’t many shadow shapes to draw it’s much more difficult to capture a likeness.
Natalie’s sketchbooks totally rock! I totally appreciate you sharing your sketchbooks Natalie. They are really inspiring.
My favorite line of the sketchbook video – I love drawing with cheap bank pens. The cheaper the better I guess.
Nefer is one of the many gifted students who has agreed to share her sketchbook with us all. Of course I get to review it each week in class. But sharing it with the World on Youtube is another story.
In an ever polarized internet where people feel very isolated something very different is happening at members.drawing-tutorials-online.com. People are not only connecting but they are learning how to improve their art in a consistent way.
If you are into fun, cute and cartoony looking characters you are going to be into Kaelin’s sketchbook.