Portrait TRACK: Lesson 2

Prompt Draw a skull inside a head as a means of figuring out where bony landmarks and muscles align. tips You can start your drawing with either the skull or the head, in fact, it’s fun to try both approaches. Going back and forth between drawing the skull and the portrait is important, don’t let […]

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: Lesson 1

Prompt Draw 3 sets of 5-10 min. drawings which address line and tone. Include the head and neck. Set 1: line only Set 2: tone only Set 3: line + tone Aim to draw 12 heads per set, for a total of 36 head drawings. Reference images Portraits, Children Portraits, Female Portraits, Male Portraits by […]

Color TRACK: Lesson 1

Prompt Create 3 color charts, for each complementary color pair: red & green blue & orange yellow & purple This color chart is very effective in terms of training your eye to see subtle shifts of color, to develop a more sensitive color mixing technique, and mixing different levels of saturation with the opposite color instead of […]

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 […]

MFA Portfolios TRACK: Lesson 4

mfa interviews Getting an interview is great news! This means the school is interested in your candidacy and they want to know more about you as an artist. That said, interviews are always nerve-wracking! Practicing what to say out loud, and how to say it is a great way to prepare. practice questions Why do […]

MFA Portfolios TRACK: Lesson 3

artist curriculum vitae Write your curriculum vitae, which is a comprehensive list of your work experience, exhibition history, awards, residencies, publications, and more. tips The toughest part of writing a curriculum vitae is what to include, and what to remove. Start by writing down literally everything, it’s better to start with too much and then […]

Anatomy TRACK: Lesson 6

Prompt Do a sustained drawing of a torso that focuses on lighting as a means of emphasizing the volume and form. Use any drawing style you want, this video uses smudging to create soft shadows, whereas this video uses cross-hatching to build the shadows. tips Keep on eye on what the centerline is doing; it’s […]

Anatomy TRACK: Lesson 5

Prompt Draw 6 hours of 5-20 min. gesture drawings of poses that show foreshortening. Emphasize bony landmarks, especially the joints in the arms and legs. Foreshortening can be extremely dramatic, or it can be very subtle, sometimes it’s barely there! Aim to bring out the foreshortening anywhere you can. tips Search for overlaps in the […]

Anatomy TRACK: Lesson 4

Prompt Draw 6 hours of 5-20 min. gesture drawings of full figures that emphasize tone to show the volume and form of the human figure. Think about the process as if you were sculpting a figure in 3D. Muscles are rarely confined to a single point of view, many “wrap” around the figure from one […]

Anatomy TRACK: Lesson 3

Prompt Draw a skeleton inside a figure in order to see where bony landmarks and muscles align. Remember that this prompt is not about accuracy, and it’s not about making a beautiful drawing. In fact, it’s pretty much guaranteed that your drawing is going to be pretty wonky in terms of being anatomically correct! The […]

Anatomy TRACK: Lesson 2

Prompt Do 6 hours of gesture drawings of hands and feet. 3 hours of feet, 2-15 min. drawings 3 hours of hands, 2-15 min. drawings We recommend making the hands and feet in your drawings at least life size or larger. reference images We have many photos of hands and feet in our free reference […]

Anatomy TRACK: Lesson 1

Prompt Complete six hours in total of gesture drawings of figures. A huge part of figure drawing is simply logging the “pencil mileage” and developing the muscle memory. 3 hours of 2 min. drawings 3 hours of 5 min. drawings REFERENCE IMAGES Eadward Muybridge‘s book The Human Figure in Motion Free downloads of Muybridge Stills, […]

Character Design TRACK: Lesson 4

Prompt Color one of your characters using 3 different color schemes. Consider your character, what colors will help tell your character’s story and background? Color is not just a visual experience, it is a story telling tool as well! Tips Traditional: place tracing paper over your drawing and draw the colors on the tracing paper. […]

Character Design TRACK: Lesson 5

Prompt Complete a 3/4 front pose and 3/4 rear pose for your character. Optional: front, back and side poses. Be willing to push your expressions and angles in your figures. Aim for a very wide range of emotions and try not to let any two look the same. Don’t pick random emotions, show emotions that […]

Character Design TRACK: Lesson 3

Prompt Draw one of your own characters in 3-5 contrasting styles. You can reference styles from TV shows and movies if you like. Experiment with shape language and story elements to create the different styles. inspiration Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Looney Tunes, The Flintstones, The Prince of Egypt, The Jetsons, Aeon Flux, The Triplettes of […]

Character Design TRACK: Lesson 2

Prompt Choose an occupation/title for your character. Draw 6 thumbnail sketches of your character that portray their occupation/title. Be as specific as possible with your character’s occupation. If your character is a teacher, what subject do they teach? Do they teach elementary school students, or continuing education students? What type of school does your character […]

Character Design TRACK: Lesson 1

Prompt Explore shape language by sketching 3 characters from other popular designs. Use a broad range of shapes to communicate the feeling of each character being cute, strong and dangerous. You’ll do a total of 9 drawings. inspiration, Tv series Steven Universe, Inside Out, SpongeBob Squarepants, Powerpuff girls, Samurai Jack, Chowder, Fairly Odd Parents, Carmen […]

MFA Portfolios TRACK: Lesson 2

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 someone at an […]

MFA Portfolios TRACK: Lesson 1

Prompt Self-critique the current state of your portfolio and create a plan of action for how you will develop your portfolio. Weed out class assignments Any artworks that are obviously assignments from a class should be removed: sketches of a nude model posing in class, color exercises, a still life that an instructor set up […]

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. The lessons we use are from our free Digital Basics Track. Texture Cubes Create 8 cubes that each have the texture of a real life object. Try to choose as many […]

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. Explained are the various bony landmarks, providing a fundamental understanding of how the skeletal structure in a figure […]

Comics Basics TRACK: Lesson 3

Prompt Create a 4 panel comic based on a birthday party you had at some point in your life. comics techniques Point of View Portraying the passing of time Backgrounds Props art media Use any art media you want: digital and/or traditional art media. Consider beforehand whether you want to do a black and white […]

Comics Basics TRACK: Lesson 2

Prompt Create a comic that has animal sounds in the narrative. What will get an animal or create to make a sound? Example: a person steps on a cat’s tail, so the cat yowls. The comic can be of any length, any number of panels. You can use keyboard symbols for this prompt: numbers, letters, […]

Comics Basics TRACK: Lesson 1

Prompt Create an instructional comic on how to prepare your favorite snack. You may not use any keyboard symbols in your comic: no letters, no numbers, no punctuation. Arrows can be used to explain motions and direction in your comic. Tips Start by making a list of all the ingredients used in your snack. For […]

Comics 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 from the weekly assignments, our suggestion is to do the ongoing assignment for 3 weeks straight. The […]

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: Centerline

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 […]