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. […]

Pan Pastel Drawing: Baron Harkonnen

See how to capture the dark personality of Baron Harkonnen in the 2021 Dune movie using PanPastel drawing techniques. Techniques for shading, blending, and creating a range of slick and smooth surfaces are explored in this tutorial. It also looks at how to render form in a convincing manner using a limited color scheme. Demo […]

Drawing Cats from The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

Watch a demo on drawing cats from The Electrical Life of Louis Wain. Sketching techniques using sumi inks for capturing the personality and gesture of the cats in the film are explained, as well as how to build up a range of textures and volumes in the drawings. Explained in the video is how to […]

Draw a Skull Inside a Portrait

Drawing a skull inside a portrait is a terrific exercise to practice your anatomical understanding of a portrait. This video provides beginning to end, the entire process for building the skull structure into the portrait. Various techniques are explained, that can be used to build up three dimensional volume with colored pencil layering, blending, creating […]

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 […]

Gesture Drawing: Sketching Horses

This video shows drawing tips for how to do quick gesture drawings of horses. Techniques explained include how to capture the entire anatomy of the horse efficiently, and then how to build upon that gesture to create a convincing sense of movement and form. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Deepti Menon. […]

How to Draw Clothing: Diaper Folds

This video is a drawing demo and a brief discussion on how to draw clothing, focusing on the diaper fold. There are several different fold types: pipe fold, moving fold, half lock fold, dead fold, diaper fold, zig zag fold, and spiral fold. The draw demo shows techniques for drawing in Procreate and with colored […]

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 […]

Drawing Curriculum 2: Techniques

This video is part 2 in a Drawing Curriculum designed for self-taught artists. (Watch Part 1 & Part 3) This video is an overview of the broad range of stylistic ways you can draw: line drawings, tonal drawings, cross-hatched drawings, and more, using examples from art history and contemporary art. Discussion led by Art Prof […]

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 […]

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 […]

Adobe Fresco & Brush Pens: Drawing an Oil Refinery

This video demonstrates techniques for drawing man made structures, focusing on an oil refinery. Media used in this tutorial are Adobe Fresco and brush pens with a water brush. Explored in the video is how to tackle large, complex structures in a drawing, what to focus on, and how to compose the piece in a […]

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 […]

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 […]

Self-Portrait Drawing in Crayon

Art Prof Clara Lieu demonstrates how to draw a self-portrait using a mirror and a color layering technique using Caran d’Ache Neocolor I crayons. Prof Lieu shows how to set up your easel, drawing, clamp light, and mirror in order to have a smooth drawing experience. Prof Lieu walks you through the thumbnail sketching process […]

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! […]

Drawing a Female Back Torso in Pencil

See a drawing demo which explains the anatomy of the back while also showing pencil drawing techniques to achieve a convincing sense of realistic form. Anatomical landmarks shown include the scapula, pelvis, centerline, the Posterior Superior Iliac Spine, and more. Techniques for creating tone are shown using graphite powder, a white plastic eraser, a kneaded […]

Art Prof Timed Drawing Videos

Practice your drawing skills with our timed drawing session videos! These videos makes drawing practice easy: get your drawing supplies and follow along as each pose plays with a timer. The videos have a variety of pose lengths, anything from 2 min. to 20 min. Want to do a longer drawing from one of these […]

Visual Journaling

Visual Journaling is an easy, effective visual exercise. You can do it on a regular basis as a refreshing way to renew your artistic thinking and process. This video talks about different techniques for creating mixed media collages in a visual journal. It includes: searching for imagery in art magazines, using photo copies from books, […]

Colored Pencil Drawing: Tea & Scones

See colored pencil techniques for drawing a scene of tea and scones. Techniques shown in colored pencil include how to layer colors, how to create gradients and blend to get specific colors, and how to create a balance of saturated and muted colors, and more. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu. Video Walkthrough Being […]

Soft Pastel: Drawing Guinea Pigs

See how to draw guinea pigs using soft pastel gesture drawing techniques. Drawing a moving guinea pig IS possible, get some tips and tricks for how to achieve that. This video also explains how to capture each guinea pig’s personality by using soft pastel techniques like layering and smudging. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu, […]

Drawing Male Portrait in Pencil

See a demo of pencil techniques from beginning to end to create a compelling portrait. Various techniques are explained, that can be used to build up three dimensional volume with pencil layering, blending, creating a diverse range of textures and marks, pencil grip, and more. Tools like woodless pencils, kneaded erasers, and eraser sticks are […]

Drawing in China

The Art Prof team travels to Guangzhou, China where they draw on site using alcohol based markers, water based brush pens, felt tip pens, and mixed media collage to show the urban sketching process from beginning to end. Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Eloise Sherrid, Casey Roonan, and Lauryn Welch discuss the challenges […]

Drawing a Portrait in Oil Pastel

See a demo of oil pastel techniques that will show how to create a compelling portrait. Various techniques are 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 […]

Pen & Ink Wash Illustration

Teaching Artist Alex Rowe shows how to brainstorm, research, sketch, and complete an illustration based on a historical event from the colonial era in America. Alex talks about how to come up with an idea for an illustration. He takes a trip to the library to research a story about sheep in colonial America. Another […]

Dip Pens & Liquid Watercolor Drawing Techniques

Learn useful tips for inking techniques with a dip pen using liquid watercolor. There are many tricks that can make your experience much easier and allow for greater control over your line work. This drawing demonstration will show how you can develop your skills for inking techniques to create elegant cross-hatching and dynamic line work […]

Dip Pen Drawing with Ink & Markers

Dip pens and ink can create a beautiful effect when combined with layers of markers and white gesso. This video demos a unique technique with these art supplies that produce a drawing with delicate line work and subtle colors. Tips for how to draw with a dip pen using cross-hatching techniques are explained, as well […]

Drawing Foreshortened Legs

This video demos how you can draw convincing foreshortening in your figure drawings, focusing on legs and arms. Techniques for how to draw foreshortening are explained as well as what anatomical landmarks to look for, using Photoshop and a Wacom Cintiq 22, and also Procreate with an iPad. Demo by Art Prof Clara Lieu and […]

How to Draw Glass in Soft Pastel

This video demos techniques for drawing glass using soft pastel. Glass is very challenging to draw because of the transparency! You’ll get concrete tips for how to create the illusion of glass in soft pastel that is convincing and believable. Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu. Video Walkthrough Why is transparency so challenging to […]

Proportions for Figure Drawing

This video explains & demonstrates how to draw convincing proportions when drawing the human figure. Techniques for figuring out 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. Watch […]