Proportions for Figure Drawing

This video explains & demos how to draw convincing proportions in when drawing the human figure. Techniques for figuring our proportions in the drawing process are explained in detail, as well as the basic anatomical relationships of the largest parts of the human figure. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Cat Huang. […]

Oil Pastel Portrait Drawings

This video demonstrates step by step how to draw a portrait using oil pastel. Various techniques are shown and explained that can be used to build up vibrant colors and three dimensional volume with oil pastels including layering, blending, creating a diverse range of textures and marks, and more. Demo led by Art Prof Clara […]

Gesture Drawing of Animals

This video shows how to do quick gesture drawings of animals, using Eadweard Muybridge’s book, Animals in Motion, as a reference to show believable action and movement. Technique explored in this video are how to capture the most important essentials of the animal as quickly as possible, while creating a compelling sense of structure and […]

2500 Drawing Challenge

This is the art challenge if you want to level up your figure drawing skills! The 2500 Drawing Challenge consist of drawing 1000 heads, 500 arms (including hands), 500 legs (including feet), 250 hands, and 250 feet. This video provides tips for how to complete the challenge, and the many benefits and skills you will […]

Food Illustration in Soft Pastel

This video demonstrates how to illustrate a plate of cookies using soft pastel. Starting with a quick thumbnail sketch, decisions about composition, creating depth and emphasis are discussed. Techniques shown in soft pastel include how to layer colors, how to create gradients and blend to get specific colors, and how to create a balance of […]

Drawing Celebs as Monsters

Draw a celebrity and transform them into a monster! Techniques in Procreate and oil pastel + colored pencil are shown here as a means to illustrating these monster portraits, and approaches to distortion, drawing a range of textures and forms are explained. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Deepti Menon. Art […]

Top 5 Figure Drawing Mistakes!

Avoid these mistakes when drawing the human figure: tracing the outline, drawing too dark too soon, leaving the hands and feet to the last minute and more. See these mistakes demonstrated, and followed up with more effective and efficient techniques for drawing the figure. using stills from Eadweard Muybridge’s book The Human Figure in Action. […]

Scratchboard Drawing

Professor Clara Lieu and Art Prof Guest Teaching Artist Song Kang demonstrate and explain all of the art supplies and drawing techniques you need to create a detailed scratchboard drawing from beginning to end. Song and Prof Lieu begin the process by shopping for reference objects to observe in order to create an imaginary underwater […]

Pen & Ink & Pencil Drawing

Art Prof Clara Lieu and Guest Teaching Artist Song Kang demonstrate Song’s drawing technique to create effects similar to ink wash using pen & ink, pencil, and matt medium. Getting inspiration from unusual vegetables at the grocery store, Song creates a lively, imaginative composition based on textures and forms in nature. Song begins the drawing […]

Drawing Roses in Pencil & Charcoal

Art Prof Clara Lieu and Guest Teaching Artist Kathleen Speranza show how to draw roses with pencil and charcoal as preparatory drawings for oil paintings. Kathleen explains her engagement with roses as a figurative subject for her paintings, providing a comprehensive demo on how to set up the lighting and placement of the roses, how […]

Wet Charcoal Drawing

Art Prof Clara Lieu demonstrates techniques for wet charcoal drawing. Prof Lieu shows how to use a spray bottle, newsprint, and compressed charcoal in order to experiment with making abstract strokes on the paper to create a dynamic and engaging range of contrasting marks. Art Supplies Spray bottle  Newsprint, 18″ x 14″ Compressed Charcoal NOTE: […]

Oil Pastel & Oil Stick Drawing: Peacocks

Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Lauryn Welch demonstrate how to draw with oil sticks and oil pastels by drawing peacocks. Prof Lieu and Lauryn explain the differences and similarities between oil sticks and oil pastels as well as their distinct qualities as drawing media. Art Supplies Oil Pastels Caran D’ache Neopastel Oil Pastels […]

Soft Pastel Landscape Drawing

Art Prof Clara Lieu demonstrates drawing a landscape with soft pastels, using three different reference photos to create a new landscape. Techniques for how to start and develop a soft pastel drawings are explained. Prof Lieu talks about various techniques specific to soft pastels including layering, blending, creating a diverse range of textures and marks, […]

2 minute Figure Gesture Drawings

Art Prof Clara Lieu demonstrates 2 minute gesture drawings using stills from Eadweard Muybridge’s book “The Human Figure in Action.” Prof Lieu explains how to capture the most essential masses and forms of the human figure within 2 minutes.  Art Supplies General’s Woodless graphite pencils  Daley-Rowney Sketchbook Resources Reference photos of Muybridge. Sourced from “The […]

Brush Pen Drawing in Taiwan

Professor Clara Lieu draws on site throughout several cities in Taiwan including Taipei, Beitou, Taitung, Hualien, using Tombow brush pens, a sketchbook, and Bristol board. Lieu gives tips for urban sketching, demonstrates step by step her drawing process with brush pens, and talks about how the culture and experience of traveling in Taiwan affects her […]

Still Life Drawing in Crayon

Drawing a still life in color is a great exercise for learning fundamentals in drawing. Techniques shown in this video include how to set up a still life, the basics of color theory, and a drawing technique using Caran d’Ache Neocolor I crayons. You’ll get insight into how to select objects for a still life, […]