FREE Pro Drawing Lesson 3!

Hatch Forms with Burnishing and Erasing

Learn two invaluable shading techniques for creating a smooth texture with hatching.

This lesson is available for free until Sept 31.


New Classroom with Mike Sibley!

Last Week to Register! Drawing from Line to Life online classroom (with my long-time friend Mike Sibley) begins October 2!

Based on Mike Sibley’s drawing bible “Drawing from Line to Life”, this course is for artists who have a little knowledge, a few basic drawing skills, and a desire to progress to a higher level.


You will be taken step-by-step through the fundamental drawing techniques – each technique leading naturally to the next. Using a series of drawing exercises, you’ll learn not only the ‘How’ but also the more important ‘Why’, which Mike will explain in depth. You need to devote a minimum of four to six hours per week, and possibly more in the final week.

The course uses the same natural progression of drawing techniques that Mike teaches in his UK and USA physical workshops, which has benefited artists who work in many mediums – including watercolour, pen & ink, pastels and sculpture.

FREE Pro Drawing Lesson 2!

Rhino in Pajamas (based on a work by Albrecht Dürer)

Available: Sept. 18 to 23

Identify the value and thickness of diverse lines as you accurately duplicate the broad range of lineweights used this drawing

This project has four sections:
– Set up a Drawing Space and Grid
– Sketch Accurate Proportions inside a Grid
– Outline Rhino with Neat Contour Lines
– Add Final Details to Rhino and His PJ’s


Download FREE Drawing Lesson!

Crisscrossing a Surreal Scene: Outline a background, middle ground, and foreground; then use a crosshatching technique to add patterned shading

Offer ends September 16

Download Your Free Lesson here:


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Mr. Bean Goes Digital!

This graphite drawing (see – I really do finish everything, eventually!) is based on a paper collage by Matisse, of an alien musician shaped like a kidney bean (obviously my own interpretation). The translation from collage to drawing was fun, but it still didn’t seem finished.

So, I used soft grades of pencils to add a few cast shadows. Then, I scanned my drawing into Photoshop and the real fun began! Without losing any of the wonderful textures of graphite on medium-tooth paper, I played with Photoshop tools and ended up with this hybrid, graphite-digital drawing.

Tip! All visual artists need to become familiar with Photoshop (or a similar product). While I can’t imagine ever abandoning the smell, feel, and appearance of traditional mediums, digital is here to stay (for the next 50 years or so anyway) (grin). A good quality scanner or digital camera is also invaluable for translating traditional works to digital. 


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