Category Archives: Tutorials

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How to Draw Still Life


Posted on August 30, 2014 by

A still life is simply a group of objects arranged together to form a composition. It can be in the form of a photograph, painting or drawing. Still life is a basic exercise for drawing and painting. It is taught at initial levels of Fine Art teachings.
Still life is most useful when learning how to look at objects, their outlines, shape, proportions, tone and composition. When your eyes and hands are in tune to draw what you see, it allows you to accurately put that image on paper and enhance your drawing abilities.
This step-by-step tutorial will teach you how to create a still life using pencils.



How to Draw a Dog (with graphite pencil)


Posted on August 4, 2014 by


In this post, we will demonstrate how to draw a dog using graphite pencils.  As always, starting with the appropriate tools is essential to successful artwork.  For this particular piece, I have used a pencil sharpener to create graphite powder for shading, a mechanical eraser, a blending stump, a facial tissue or cotton swab, and graphite pencils (2B, H, H3/H4 and HB). Let’s look at some of these tools in detail. (more…)

How to Draw Hands Using Colored Pencils


Posted on July 5, 2014 by


This tutorial will explain step-by-step how to draw hands using colored pencils. However, before starting our drawing, I want to take a step back and discuss how to effectively use colored pencils for any sketch. Take note of the initial tutorials as they will be referred to once we begin drawing our hands.

Unlike graphite pencils, colored pencils cannot be erased, so it is very important to draw carefully, particularly in the darker areas. When using colored pencils, it’s best to draw tentatively, start lightly, and if it looks good, color over the same area pressing down harder. The choice of color pencils is also important to the sketch quality. Buy good brand of colored pencils and smooth paper. We recommend Polychromos 36 Pencil Metal Tin Set by Faber-Castell. (more…)

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How to Draw a Landscape


Posted on June 1, 2014 by

Landscape drawing is capturing a scene from nature, and drawing it on paper. Scenery drawing has always been attractive and pleasing to all art lovers.

Planning the Landscape:

Most landscapes are drawn and painted in a horizontal ‘picture plane’. A ‘picture plane’ is referred to the paper or canvas you are drawing upon.


Composition is critical in order for a landscape to look appealing upon completion, and is thus the key to any good scenic work of art. It is important to know where to begin when drawing a landscape. If all the elements to be drawn are placed right, the final product will end up being a well-composed picture. When you are drawing on the spot, and standing at a point to draw, you tend to admire the whole scene and want to place it all on your paper or canvas. This, however, should not be attempted. Only a part of the scene should be chosen and depicted in a drawing. It is also good to take photos of the spot to better choose your composition. (more…)

Final drawing

How to Draw a Portrait


Posted on May 19, 2014 by


First things first, when beginning any work of art, it’s important that you have the right tools for the job. For this demonstration we will be sketching a portrait and I recommend: at least two kinds of pencils. If you don’t draw regularly, you may not be aware that pencil graphite comes in various densities allowing for greater variety when sketching. In the image below I explain the different nuances from hardest to softest graphite:

pencil nuances