OCAD Studio: Shape Exercises

Shape exercises are a great, quick exercise to improve your observational drawing skills. They will help you to accurately copy shapes when you’re copying from life or a…

Task 4- Still life in Graphite

We have been building up a very basic foundation here for drawing in tonal media. Now task 4 explores taking on a ‘final outcome’ to put some techniques…

OCAD Studio: Articulating Constructs

This lesson will explain how to go about adding more detail to a drawing by breaking the simple curved lines into more complex articulations. You do not need…

OCAD Studio: Two Point Perspective

When we look at the world around us, we notice that as objects move further away, they become smaller. In order to make images on a flat surface…

OCAD Studio: One Point Perspective

When we look at the world around us, we notice that as objects move further away, they become smaller. In order to make images on a flat surface…

Task 3- Part 2: Charcoal Still Life

After you have trialed and experimented with using Charcoal on different papers, you should take on a still life drawing to test your technique. Universal forms now need…

OCAD Studio: Cast Shadows

Watch the accompanying video lesson to get a better idea of the concepts explained below. Notes The softness of cast shadows is affected by the consistency of the…

Task 3-Part 1: Universal Forms in Charcoal

Drawing the universal forms is great practice before taking on more challenging still life drawing. It allows you to learn about how light and shadow work on the…

OCAD Studio: Urban Sketching – Tonal Drawing

Tonal drawings of urban landscapes make a bold statement and are a great way to capture the mood of a place. They are especially good for night scenes…

Task 2: Tonal Scale and Universal Forms

The aim is to add a tonal scale to Universal Forms. Each of your Graphite Pencils will give you different variations of tone. Use each of the pencils…

OCAD Studio: Urban Sketching – Line Drawing

Line drawings are a great way to quickly evoke an urban scene. Cities are typically made up of lots of complex geometric shapes and details so lend themselves…

OCAD Studio: Urban Sketching – Thumbnails

Thumbnails are a great way to test out compositions. You can see how the major statement of shapes and values works in any particular scene without being able…

OCAD Studio: Painting in Progress – Still Life

Things to Remember after Watching the Video:   Avoid Smearing Your Work   When working in oils the paint will stay wet for at least a day, so…

OCAD Studio: Charcoal Still Life Part 4

In this lesson we will be adding final details to the focal point of the drawing and make the transition between the detailed and textured areas more gradual….

OCAD Studio: Charcoal Still Life Part 3

In this lesson we will be refining the forms in your subject. Adding and removing tone where necessary to give the main subject in the drawing a 3D…

Task 1: Observational Drawing

Observe this line drawing. Copy the direction of the lines, the angles of the lines and carefully observe where they start and where they end. Look into the…

OCAD Studio: Charcoal Still Life Part 2

In this lesson we will be building on the lines and shapes from Part 1 by adding tone and some texture before starting to refine parts of the…

OCAD Studio: Charcoal Still life Part 1

This exercise introduces techniques in charcoal which will provide you with a broad range of expression. We will look at loose textural application techniques that can be used…

OCAD Studio: Alla Prima Still Life Part 3

Following on from Part 2, here are a few suggestion for carrying on your painting: Now that all the major shapes and colours are established, you can begin…

OCAD Studio: Alla Prima Still Life Part 2

Following on from Part 1, here are a few suggestion for carrying on your painting: Once you have sketched in all the major shadow shapes, you will need…

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