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Studio Sneak Peak – Finishing a Skull

In this lesson I'll be giving you a look at a part of my process working on my own paintings (the work I create to exhibit and sell). I'll be adding the final touches to one of my miniature skulls. I begin by oiling in the dark parts of the painting (applying a thin layer of my oil and solvent mix medium)I then look for any shape errors (these are usually minor by the end of the painting)Finally, I add more subtle transitions within the shadows, lights and the halftones that connect the two ...
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Pear and Ink

Today we'll be doing a fun little study of a pear in pen and ink. Super simple materials and a nice straightforward process. You can either use the same reference as me (link below) or find your own. Reference - http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/IMG_0541-scaled.jpg Materials Quill penIndian InkWaterDrawing paperPaper towel for clean up Process Begin by faintly sketching in the width and height of the pear. Then use light, mostly short, strokes to fill out the outside of the pear and leaf before starting to use short, hatched strokes to create a tonal fill. Shadows will need a greater build up of strokes. Keep working this way until you have hatched in all the shadows and lightly added the halftones (don't add too many halftones as it will get too dark) ...
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Drawing a Detailed Urban Scene: Finishing

In this series we will be creating a detailed pencil sketch from an urban subject. In this session we will be finishing the drawing. You can download the reference image here: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG-0536-scaled.jpg Materials PencilsPaperEraser Process Begin by sketching in the outer sections of the drawing.Keep these parts looser than the focal point (central elements) Then lay in any foreground elements that hovers over the mid and backgorund portions of the drawing.Make any organic element a bit looser than the man-made subjects. Finish by erasing any smudges and re-emphasising the darkest darks and sharper edges ...
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Drawing a Detailed Urban Scene: Rendering Part 2

In this series we will be creating a detailed pencil sketch from an urban subject. In this session we will be finishing the drawing. You can download the reference image here: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG-0536-scaled.jpg Materials PencilsPaperEraser Process As in the previous section - you want to keep it quite focused and avoid the urge to move around the whole drawing as this can be distracting. You also want to continue to look for sharp and softer edges. For example - the fire escape needs to be a lot more contrasty and sharper than the soft shadow on the wall behind. This will help create the impression that the escape is sitting in front of the wall in space ...
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Drawing a Detailed Urban Scene: Starting the Rendering

In this series we will be creating a detailed pencil sketch from an urban subject. In this session we will begin redenering a specific section of the drawing. You can download the reference image here: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG-0536-scaled.jpg Materials PencilsPaperEraser Process Begin by selecting that part of the sketch you want to render.Try to keep it quite focused and avoid the urge to move around the whole drawing as this can be distracting. Look for useful architectural elements to divide the bigger shapes.Pay attention to the nature of different shadows; some will be harsh whereas others will be much softer.Capturing these variations will add a lot of visual interest to your drawing. Once you've added as much detail as you want, take a step back and make final larger adjustments to ensure that everything is cohesive ...
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Drawing a Detailed Urban Scene: Blocking in Tones

In this series we will be creating a detailed pencil sketch from an urban subject. In this session we will be laying in general tones to start arranging the values across the drawing. You can download the reference image here: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG-0536-scaled.jpg Materials PencilsPaperEraser Process Begin with a few very general passes based on the general fall of light across the scene.In this case the light is coming from the top left so the buildings get generally darker towards the bottom right portion of the scene. After laying these general tones you can start to differentiate other larger tonal differences (such as the doors, windows and the fire escape).Try to do it gradually as this approach will afford more control. Keep going with this approach until all the major parts of the scene are roughed in ...
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Drawing a Detailed Urban Scene: Laying In

In this series we will be creating a detailed pencil sketch from an urban subject. This first session will be spent lightly placing all the major elements of the scene in an easy manner. You can download the reference image here: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG-0536-scaled.jpg Materials PencilsPaperEraser Process Begin by selecting an element of the scene and sketching that in.I chose the horizontal section of the fire escape. Working from this anchor point you can then place elements in relation to it.It's best to add in parts that are closer to the anchor point before working your way out. You don't need to elaborate much - just get all the elements in place relative to one another ...
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The Basic Principles of Form

In this exercise, you will be creating a sphere, but the same principles apply whenever you’re drawing or painting any form in a representational artwork.  Use the diagram below or watch the accompanying video lesson as a guide when you create your own sphere. Materials PaperPencil or charcoalEraser Process Determining the Light Source 1. Draw a circle on the page or canvas, this will be the basis for your sphere. Then draw an ellipse on the ground plane, this will be the shadow cast from the sphere and determine the direction of light. 2. Draw the ‘bedbug line’ (the line that divides light from shadow) onto the form. Establishing the Shadow 1. Fill in the the shadow shape with an average shadow value (about a 7 on the value scale). 2. Next, fill in the cast shadow on the ground with a similar value. Adding Variations to the Shadow 1. The shadow isn’t usually evenly dark, because in most cases, light will be reflected into the shadow after bouncing off other elements in the scene. This will cause the centre of the shadow to lighten, becoming darker towards the bedbug line (the ‘core shadow’). 2. The shadow will also become ...
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Painting an Alla Prima Miniature

In this one off lesson, I will be showing my approach for painting a miniature (part of my own practice). It will be an alla prima piece - which means that I will paint the entire piece from scratch all at once. Reference Image: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/IMG-1279-scaled.jpg Materials Smooth panel or card to paint onVery small paint brushesMineral spiritsPalette cupsPaletteOil paints; titanium white, ivory black, burnt umber, cadmium yellow, alizarin crimson, prussian blue Process Begin by using thinly diluted burnt umber to sketch in the basic shapes of the petals and stem.You can erase and correct using a clean brush dipped in mineral spirits. Then paint in the flower, starting with white and the by using as simple mixtures as possible. Finally, paint in the background and shadow.Once the shadow and background are laid in, you can blend them together to soften the shadow edge ...
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Cat Sketching in Pencil – Finishing off the Drawing

In this series we will be creating a soft pencil sketch from a cat reference. You can use your own reference or work from the same one as me using the link below. Reference: https://unsplash.com/photos/13ky5Ycf0ts Materials PencilPaperEraser Process Begin by making any adjustments to values that you feel may be necessary.This might include darkening/evening the background or punching out the darkest shadows a bit further. You can also add more fur divisions to enhance the sense of texture. Finally, try to ensure that you have captured the underlying structure of the cat's head by looking for halftones around the eyes and snout ...
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