• 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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  • 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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  • 18:12

    Drawing Techniques to Enhance Form

    Get inspired by the old masters and learn to combine the techniques of expressive line work and subtle gradients to create a believable and artistic sense of volume in your drawings.

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  • 17:58

    Avoiding the “Cartoon” Effect in Portrait Drawing

    Nothing is more frustrating than trying to draw a naturalistic portrait and instead creating a cartoon. If this struggle sounds familiar, join Mackenzie and learn to trouble-shoot some of the most common culprits of this issue, and how to avoid it!

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  • 13:44

    Sensitive Contours And Line Variation

    The contour is the line that shows the boundary of an object or person, sometimes called an “outline”. By paying attention to a few simple things you can bring interest and variety into the contours of your drawings!

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  • 42:37

    How To Use Comparative Measurement

    When beginning to draw or paint representationally, one of the biggest struggles that artists encounter is how to get accurate proportions, tilts, and the overall look of what they’re aiming to create on their canvas or paper. Even artists with many years of experience can…

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  • 24:25

    Colored Pencil Color Basics

    Ready to dive into color? In this video you’ll join artist and instructor Susan Rubin for an introduction to fundamental color theory using one of the most easily accessible mediums—colored pencil. With Susan’s guidance, watch how just 6 colored pencils can unlock the entire spectrum…

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