Ready To Become The Artist You Always Wanted To Be?


Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Pinterest
Instagram

 

 



Artist Chat Videos

We regularly have video interview chats with established artists. You’ll learn:

  • how they got started;
  • how they got where they are;
  • they’ll share tips on how to succeed
  • as well as showing you examples of their portfolio of work!

Illustrators, painters, animators, sculpters, fashion designers – there’s something for everyone!

WATCH THEM HERE!

 

“Her art has really developed & her tutors give advice regularly.”



Latest Video Tutorials, Guides & Lessons…

To get ALL our video tutorials, guides and lessons, click here.

 

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 ...
Read More...

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 ...
Read More...

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 ...
Read More...

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 ...
Read More...

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 ...
Read More...

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 ...
Read More...

Cat Sketching in Pencil – Adding Markings and Fur

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. In this session we will be adding in the cat's markings and beginning to develop the fur textures. Reference: https://unsplash.com/photos/13ky5Ycf0ts Materials PencilPaperEraser Process Begin by working from the darker areas, starting to divide the fur into separate tufts.Focus on the biggest pieces of fur first and then divide in between them. You can also start to shade in areas of the cat where there are locally darker tones (this will be mostly patterns). Carry on laying in more markings and fur textures.You can also add a bit more detail to the features (eyes and mouth) at this stage ...
Read More...

Cat Sketching in Pencil – Getting Started

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. In this session we will be lightly establishing the main shapes and features in the drawing. Reference: https://unsplash.com/photos/13ky5Ycf0ts Materials PencilPaperEraser Process Begin by using soft simple lines to form the outline of the head.You can also plot in a suggestion for the placement of the features with the face. Then gradually elaborate the lines and tones around the outside of the head.You can break longer lines down into smaller ones and also lay in tone to roll the forms. Finally, render the eyes, nose and mouth a bit more to give the drawing a focal point ...
Read More...

Cute Pet Portrait in Oils – Final Touches

In this series we will be making a pet portrait in oils. In this session we will be adding some final glazes and details. Reference Image: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/P1060173.jpg Materials CanvasBrushes (one medium and two small)Solvent (mineral spirits etc.)Linseed OilEaselPalettePalette Cup Oil Paint Titanium WhiteIvory BlackBurnt UmberRaw UmberCadmium RedCadmium Yellow Process Begin this final session by thickly oiling in the entire piece.This will ensure that all the colours are deep and fully saturated as well as providing a smooth surface to lay details and glazes into. Look for minor details like whiskers, smaller patches of textures and the smallest forms.You will likely find that pure black glazed into the shadows will be a helpful way to add detail effectively. That's it - I hope you all enjoyed this series! ...
Read More...

Cute Pet Portrait in Oils – Finishing the Forms

In this series we will be making a pet portrait in oils. In this session we will be continuing to develop the halftones. Reference Image: http://drawandpaint4free.artcoursework.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/P1060173.jpg Materials CanvasBrushes (one medium and two small)Solvent (mineral spirits etc.)Linseed OilEaselPalettePalette Cup Oil Paint Titanium WhiteIvory BlackBurnt UmberRaw UmberCadmium RedCadmium Yellow Process Using the same approach as part 3 - continue to develop smaller forms by adding more complex halftones and lights. You can use a smaller brush to add more gradual shifts in darker and lighter tones.The smaller brush will also help you to catch more specific textures (such as the strokes of the fur). Once all the medium and smaller forms are added, you can leave the piece to dry ...
Read More...

 

 

“We are so lucky to have our child in this school.”


Latest From Our Pinterest…

To get our Pinterest pins live, click here to subscribe.

 

 

 

“…the customer service was incredibly helpful and the lessons are very interactive with very little stress, would 100% recommend!”


Latest From Our Instagram…

To get our Instagram images live, click here to subscribe.

 

Something is wrong.
Instagram token error.
Load More

“…the online classes and recordings of these classes are a tremendous resource for skills development.”


Latest From Our YouTube…

To get our YouTube videos live, click here to subscribe.

 

 

 

“Excellent, helpful and friendly staff and teachers. Also very impressed with the Art & Design content. I will definitely recommend it. 5 stars from us!”


Copyright © 2018 - 2022 Cambridge Online Education Ltd. All Rights Reserved.