Drawing Portraits with Conté Crayon

Art Prof Clara Lieu demonstrates how to do drawings of a heads using Conté Crayon. Prof Lieu explains how sketch the essential bony structures of the skull, and then how to knock in big patches of tone to give the head mass and weight. Watch the 3 min. version Watch the 5 min. version Watch the 2 hour version Video […]

Portrait Track

The Portrait Track is an opportunity to immerse yourself into the tremendous world of the human face. Throughout the centuries, portraits have represented every facet of the human experience. We’ll take a deep dive into the basic structures of the human face as a premise for the vast potential of portraiture. See our Portrait Curriculum, part […]

Premium Tracks Tuition Info

We get a lot of questions regarding the high tuition fee for the premium tracks, so I’d like to be transparent about where those numbers come from. We are well aware that our tuition fees are higher than the average online art class or local in person art class. To understand why that is the […]

Portrait Curriculum

The complete Portrait Curriculum for Self-taught Artists is a series of 3 videos. We have a Portrait Track which is a sequence of structured video lessons and assignments that you can do at your own pace. Our Portraiture Premium Track provides guidance and support through weekly voice sessions and critiques from the Art Prof staff. Portraits 1: Types of Portraits […]

Student Gallery: Digital Basics Premium Track

Students in our Digital Basics Premium Track develop skills in digital drawing and painting techniques while experimenting with a range of styles, color schemes, and textures. See the Track’s curriculum here. Texture Cubes Create 8 cubes that each have the texture of a real life object. Try to choose as many different textures and colors […]

Drawing a Skeleton Inside a Figure

A great exercise for learning anatomy as an artist is drawing a skeleton inside a figure drawing. By drawing the skeleton as you draw the human figure, you are able to see the connections between the figure and the various bony landmarks, providing a fundamental understanding of how the skeletal structure in a figure functions. […]

How to Start a Comic

Learn all the logistics and art skills you’ll need to start a comic. There are many components to the process: coming up with the idea for the comic, determining the length, the panel format, designing the environments and characters, the drawing process, figuring out what art medium to work in, and more. Discussion led by […]

Artistic Anatomy Lecture: Spine & Torso

This video explains the structure of the spine in the torso, focusing on the “centerline” of the human figure. The centerline is visible on the back and the front of the figure on the torso, and is an effective reference to search for when beginning a gesture drawing of a human figure. The centerline can […]

How to Draw Clothing

This six part series demonstrates how to draw clothing, with each video focusing on a specific fold type. Each demo begins with a brief discussion of how each fold type behaves, as well as concrete tips for how to approach drawing the specific fold type. Discussions and drawing demos by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Jordan […]

How to Draw Clothing: Moving Folds

Watch a drawing demo on how to draw clothing, starting with a brief discussion to explain the different fold types. There are several different fold types: pipe fold, moving fold, half lock fold, dead fold, diaper fold, zig zag fold, and spiral fold. The drawing demo shows drawing techniques using Procreate and colored pencils on […]

Drawing Basics Premium Track

The Drawing Basics Premium Track will help you develop a foundation for drawing. You’ll develop versatility in drawing by practicing everything from a two minute gesture drawing to drawings that take several hours to complete! A broad range of subject matter will provide opportunities to expand your visual vocabulary. The curriculum we will use is […]

How to Draw Clothing: Pipe Folds

This demo is a drawing demo on how to draw clothing, starting out with a comprehensive explanation of the different fold types. These fold types include: pipe fold, moving fold, half lock fold, dead fold, diaper fold, zig zag fold, and spiral fold. The drawing demo shows Procreate and colored pencil techniques on how to […]

Mastercopies in Ballpoint Pen

Creating a mastercopy of a historical drawing is an effective exercise for honing your drawing skills. This video is a hands on demo that provides tips for how to get started with a mastercopy. There is also a discussion that provides insight into the value doing a mastercopy can have to advance and strengthen your […]

Artist Business TRACK: Lesson 2

Prompt Shoot photographs of your artwork for use on your website and on social media. The idea here is to stock up on tons of photos so you have a substantial inventory of photos to draw from. Remember, there is no such thing as having “too many” photos! Even photos you don’t use right now […]

Artist Business TRACK: Lesson 1

Prompt Write 3 artist statements of varying lengths,  that provide insight into your art practice and materials. You can write the statements so they encompass your overall practice, or statements that are focused on one specific project. 1 sentence statement This is your elevator pitch: what if you have 2 min. with something at an […]

Artist Business TRACK

The Artist Business Track will give you a solid foundation of content, presented in a professional manner to help launch your career as an artist. Whether you want to sell, network, or engage with an audience this track will get you to form a strategy for how to approach promoting your art practice. See our […]

Artist Business TRACK: Ongoing

ONGOING ASSIGNMENT + WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS This ongoing assignment is to be done simultaneously with the weekly assignments. However, if your schedule doesn’t fit well with this, and you want to do the ongoing assignment at a separate time than the weekly assignments, our suggestion is to do the ongoing assignment for 6 weeks straight. The […]

Drawing Curriculum 1: Supplies

This video is part 1 in a Drawing Curriculum designed for self-taught artists. (Watch Part 2 & Part 3) This discussion provides an insight into the immense range and types of drawing media: charcoal, colored pencils, graphite, erasers, pastels, pens, markers, scratchboard, inks, drawing surfaces, drawing accessories, smudging tools, surfaces, and sketchbooks. Discussion led by […]

Procreate: Digital Mastercopies

Copying a digital painting is a great exercise to develop your digital painting skills and analyze the techniques used in great paintings. In this video we demonstrates how to make a mastercopy in Procreate, showing the step by step process how start one, while also prodiving reasons for what you can learn and gain from […]

Digital Basics TRACK

This Digital Basics Track will help develop your skills in digital drawing and painting techniques. For those of you who have experience with digital art, this track can be really useful to refresh and enhance the skills you already have. You’ll get the chance to tackle all the fundamentals in a universe where deleting a […]

Digital Basics TRACK: Lesson 6

Prompt Create a composition that includes at least 5 fish. Use any format, any style, as long as there are a minimum of 5 fish in the image, anything goes! The fish do not have to be ones that exists in real life, they can be imaginary if you like. Consider the mood you want […]

Digital Basics TRACK: Lesson 4

Prompt Create a painting using our reference photos of an oil refinery. Aim to balance between showing a convincing sense of structure with a broad range of textures in the forms and surfaces. Tips Blocking patches of color in the negative space around the oil refinery can often times be faster than trying to draw […]

Digital Basics TRACK: Lesson 2

Prompt Choose one of your character designs from the ongoing assignment. Draw 5 contrasting facial expressions for that character using only line and flat colors. Suggestions for facial expressions confused, furious, disgusted, heartbroken, flirty, lethargic, anxious, jealous, nervous, disappointed, proud, perky, feisty, apathetic Tips Look into a mirror as you draw, try out different facial […]

Digital Basics TRACK: Lesson 5

Prompt Use at least 3 reference photos to invent a fantasy landscape. Create depth in the landscape by using a diverse range of scales, atmospheric perspective, and composition. Reference images You can shoot your own photos, find photos online, and use our free reference photo collection. tips Experiment with using reference images that are less […]

Digital Basics TRACK: Lesson 3

Prompt Create 8 cubes that each have the texture of a real life object. Try to choose as many different textures and colors as you can! texture ideas candy, food, glass, bread, meat, minerals, fabric, crystals, metal, wood, translucent objects, fur, plastics, rocks, insects, fantasy textures (fairy dust, Kryptonite, etc.) reference images We recommend drawing […]

Digital Basics TRACK: Lesson 1

Prompt Create a copy of a digital artwork. We recommend choosing a digital artwork that is very different from how you usually use digital media so you can expand on your skills. digital artworks to copy Use any digital artwork of your choice, or pick from these images we compiled. Tips The accuracy of your […]

Digital Basics TRACK: Ongoing

ONGOING ASSIGNMENT + WEEKLY ASSIGNMENTS This ongoing assignment is to be done simultaneously with the weekly assignments. However, if your schedule doesn’t fit well with this, and you want to do the ongoing assignment at a separate time than the weekly assignments, our suggestion is to do the ongoing assignment for 3 weeks straight. The […]

Alcohol Inks & Colored Pencil: Table Setting

See how to get started with alcohol Inks, and the broad range of visual effects you can create. This demo shows how the alcohol inks behave with Yupo Paper, watercolor paper, and with tools like Q-tips, sumi brushes, cotton rags, and more. Techniques with the alcohol inks shown include how to layer colors, how to […]

Palette Knife Paintings: Mixing Flesh Tones

See a painting demo of how to mix flesh tones using water mixable oil paints and a palette knife. Using exclusively a palette knife is an effective way to focus entirely on the color mixing process by removing the distraction of needing to address brush technique at the same time. Painting a self-portrait from life, […]

Ballpoint Pen & Watercolor: Imagined Environment

This video shows how to draw an environment from imagination using ballpoint pen and watercolor techniques. Diverse experiences, gathering reference images and objects serve as the inspiration for creating this imaginary environment: a plein air drawing session on site using soft pastels, a trip to the grocery store to buy unusual looking produce, and finding […]

BFA Art School Portfolios TRACK: Lesson 5

Prompt Create a drawing where colors are mixed through layering. Pick a subject Interpret the Wong-Baker Faces scale (6 levels of pain) Create a contemporary version of Argus Illustrate a Mandrake brainstorming & THUMBNAILs Do brainstorming exercises to work out your ideas. Draw at least 6 thumbnail sketches to plan out the composition. Once you have chosen a […]

Gesture Drawing: Cats

This video shows how you can draw from real life! See a demo of how to do gesture drawings from life using Faber-Castell colored pencils and Pitt pens. Discussed in the video are the many advantages of drawing from life, as well as the challenges. See how to draw cats who simply won’t sit still! […]