• 7:50

    Using Inspriation Photos to Sketch Floral Arrangements

    Artist Mia Whittemore finds sketching flowers from photos to be a great artistic warmup. Mia collects photos of flowers and leaves that inspire her and prints them out so she has them handy for reference. In her drawing warmup, Mia mixes flowers and leaves from…

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  • 2:49

    How to Hold a Pencil the Artist’s Way

    Even though you’ve been holding pencils all your life, as an artist, you can achieve more by holding them using a specific technique. Artist Savannah Tate Cuff emphasizes that this simple shift is important, and she has plenty of pro tips to guide you. You’ll…

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  • 11:37

    Understanding Highlights

    When a drawing or painting catches our eye, an element that often grabs our attention is the highlight. Nothing adds visual sparkle quite like a well-placed gleam in the eye or reflection on a vase! However, for many artists, depicting this visual phenomenon can be…

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  • 52:44

    Understanding Form: Drawing A Sphere From Imagination

    In this lesson, artist and instructor Mackenzie Swenson shows you how to render a highly realistic sphere entirely based on logic and imagination! This kind of “conceptual drawing” is also known as “form drawing”, as it is a sculptural that uses an understanding of the…

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  • 20:42

    Instantly Improve Value Consistency in Pencil

    Level up your pencil handling to achieve stunning, nuanced results with a simple technique for improving value consistency. Artist and instructor Mackenzie Swenson walks you through mastering the skill of creating an extremely flat, even tone in pencil without using a blending tool. Practicing this…

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  • 40:55

    Visual Tricks to Improve Your Drawing

    You’ve done the initial hard work of setting up your drawing with a beautiful gesture and a solid scaffolding of measurements and proportions. How do you then add more detail and information without losing track of the big look? Mackenzie takes you through her five…

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  • 21:39

    Finding The “Abstract Gesture” To Start Any Drawing

    The moment you take your paper or canvas from “nothing” to “something” can be one of the hardest—and scariest—parts of the drawing process! Those first few lines say a lot, and they set the stage for the entire direction of your drawing or painting. At…

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  • 5:46

    Choosing A Color Palette for Floral Illustration

    When it comes to choosing a floral color palette, the color wheel is a great place to get information about how colors work together, says artist Mia Whittemore. The color wheel is anchored by the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. Mix any two…

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  • 7:43

    Tips For Using Tracing Paper

    Tracing paper is an essential tool for artists that allows them to transfer their designs to their final paper or helps them sketch out ideas before committing to them, which is often how artist Mia Whittemore uses it. When Mia is working on a sketch…

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