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Tonal Landscape Drawing in Chalk + Charoal

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcMZZH8ozAU This drawing was made with white chalk and a few odds and ends of charcoal (some Nitram, compressed charcoal pencil) on toned Canson Mi-Teintes paper. This is a great way to get a study or idea for a landscape down quickly; work with big shapes and focus on tonal relationships rather than detail - selective rendering works better than finishing everything to the same level of...

Self Portrait in Oils – Complete Demonstration from Start to Finish

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdJrGpEeAZI This video shows the complete process of painting a self portrait in oils, working from a mirror over three sittings (each about 45 mins long). The video is sped up about 4x. This is the palette I used: Titanium White, Ivory Black, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Light. The panel is 5x7 inches, prepared with gesso and a wash of Red Gold Lake. Enjoy! Music: Erik Satie's 'Gymnopedie No. 1', 'Gymnopedie No. 2' and 'Gymnopedie No. 3' by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0...

Drawing a Charcoal Portrait from Start to Finish

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaqgPebbmVQ Drawing a portrait can be a daunting task - it can be difficult to know where to start and how to keep your proportions in check while you try to add more detail. You can watch this time lapse to get an idea of how you can make the process more manageable. Start with the biggest, simplest proportions first: The overall height and width, placement of the ear and then the facial features.Add shadow shapes early, using straight lines.These early stages are crucial as they become the scaffolding for the rest of the drawing as you add more detail. If you get these early stage right, you will find the process of adding a detail much more fun. If you want to learn about drawing portraits in more detail you can check out my upcoming Live Online Workshops to see if I have a class coming up. Comment below if you have any...