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Secrets to Drawing Realistic Faces

If you are intrigued by artists' abilities to capture those elusive qualities and characteristics that make a portrait so incredibly realistic, you won't want to miss these effective techniques.


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Drawing Realistic Pets from Photographs

29 step-by-step demonstrations show you how surprisingly easy it is to render all your favorite animals, including cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, hamsters and more.


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Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier

This essential book teaches the underlying principles of drawing, and comes with a DVD to underscore the lessons and techniques presented.


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Colored Pencil Painting Bible: Techniques for Achieving Luminous Color and Ultrarealistic Effects

Learn to create brilliant hyper-realistic colored pencil paintings with Alyona's unique color layering techniques and use of odorless solvents.


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Botanical Portraits with Colored Pencils

This botanical illustration guide shows how to work with water-soluble and oil-based colored pencils to create detailed drawings of flowers, foliage, fruits and vegetables.


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Keys to Drawing

Teaches the "how-tos" of drawing: composition, proportion, shading.


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Basic Colored Pencil Techniques

Teaches about layering, lifting, color interactions, error corrections, light and much more.


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Colored Pencil Portraits

Helpful step by step demonstrations with highlighted hints sprinkled throughout the text.


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Drawing Techniques, Lessons, Tutorials, and Resources

Lifting Color: Two Methods -- This tutorial from Bet Borgeson demonstrates how an artist can make changes or fix problems in any colored pencil drawing. Techniques include using frisket film, masking tape, and burnishing tools.

"From Aunt Wilmot's Things" by Bet Borgeson -- This seven-step demonstration teaches the many stages involved in creating a masterful colored pencil drawing and provides helpful tips for establishing a good composition, an effective range of values, and a variety of edges.

Drawing Tutorials and Tips -- Brian Duey's online drawing tutorials focus primarily on drawing facial features and creating life-like portraits. His tips for attaining a wet, reflective look when drawing eyes are especially helpful.

Mini - Tutorial: Instruction for Charcoal & Graphite Pencil Artists -- J. D. Hillberry discusses the characteristics of graphite pencil and charcoal, his favorite brands and tools he uses for blending. He also gives a step-by-step tutorial demonstrating how to produce trompe l'oeil effects and a step-by-step drawing lesson demonstrating how to create a classical still life.

Drawing Tutorials -- Mike Malaska shares techniques for drawing shapes, lines, perspective, and people.

Figure Drawing -- Artist Tenaya Sims provides a thorough explanation of rendering the figure using brown, red, and black pencils to establish color temperature relationships. Key points emphasized include: capturing the movement or gesture of the pose, focusing on the most critical aspect of the pose, working from the broad to the specific, establishing and maintaining accurate value relationships, controlling direction of strokes/hatching, and paying special attention to the 'planar' qualities of hands and feet.

Drawing: Instructional Notes, Tips and Techniques -- Keene Wilson provides key points gathered from instructors and professional artists on Construction, Planes, Anatomy, Edges, Reflections, Perspective, Depth, Form, and the Figure.

Colored Pencil Demonstration of a Flower -- Kristy Kutch explains the step-by-step process she uses to create her colored pencil drawings.

Colored Pencil Demonstration of a Dog -- Brigitte M. Botnick describes her process as she uses colored pencil to create pet portraits.

Painting with Colored Pencils -- Barbara Newton discusses grisaille, juxtapositioning of colors, and preserving the white of the paper.

Color Pencil Tips & Techniques -- Advice from Carol Moore.

Pen and Ink Drawing Techniques -- Drawing lessons that explain various techniques for creating tones and textures: Cross Hatching, Stippling, and Ink Washes.

Bet Borgeson's Colored Pencil Studio -- This educational site offers both free and tuition-based online instruction in colored pencil drawing. Issues range from getting started with colored pencils to dealing with professional concerns such as approaching galleries.

Free Drawing Lessons -- TheVirtualInstructor.com provides free art lessons for learning how to draw. Most of the lessons include video tutorials.

Learning To Draw Buildings -- Jim Stilwell offers a free easy to follow course on Architectural Illustration techniques. It includes basic perspective lessons, tips on drawing from a photograph, and the basics of watercolor painting. He also has a section on how to photograph architecture.

About.com Articles -- A collection of drawing lessons and tips covering everything from perspective and anatomy to selecting and caring for paper.

Learn-to-draw-expressively.com -- Doug Boomhower provides tips for drawing people, pets, and caricatures in charcoal pencil. Sections are dedicated to drawing difficult areas like hands, eyes, and clothing. The site has many excellent examples of fine art portraiture.

OnlyPencil Tutorials -- Lisandro Pena's blog includes pencil drawing tutorials for "Drawing the Human Eye", "Drawing With a Grid", "Negative Drawing" and more.

Learn To Draw Tutorials -- Bob Davies provides several online demonstrations to help you improve your drawing skills: Learn to Draw Whatever You Want, Master Perspective Drawing the First Time, How To Draw Trees, How To Draw Faces, How To Draw Cars, How To Draw Hands, How To Draw Flowers, and an entire section for learning How To Draw Animals.

How To Draw Animals -- Follow along and learn techniques for drawing animals in a variety of media: oil crayons, color pencils, chalk pastels, gouache, pencil, and charcoal.

Portrait Series -- 11 Portrait lessons by Roger Elliott. Includes figures too.

Tutorial: Proportions -- Nicolien Beerens explains the 5 drawing techniques she uses to ensure accurate proportions.

Tutorial: Shading and Blending -- Nicolien Beerens provides techniques and tips for shading and blending the dark and light areas in your drawings.

How to Get the Right Proportions when Drawing a Portrait -- Ilojleen explains the basic proportions of the face and its features. She also provides 3 approaches to creating a portrait drawing - pointing out the advantages and disadvantages of each one.

Portrait Art Tutorials -- J.R. Dunster shares lessons on how to draw faces, drawing tips, tutorials on color, anatomy, and sketching people.

Pencil Portrait Drawing -- The instruction is organized so you can choose the area of interest to you: Proportions, Features, Shading, etc.

Demo by William F. Powell -- A step-by-step demonstration that shows how to draw some fairly complex objects (stack of books, eye glasses, pocket watch) in a still life setup.

HowToDrawItAll.com -- Learn how to draw with step-by-step instruction, articles, inspiration and resources for artists.

Perspective Drawing -- Brief overview of perspective by Jan Garner.

Free Art Tutorials -- Digital artist Rasmus Andersen provides tips covering different aspects of drawing and painting, such as composition, the golden ratio, and perspective.

Sketch Heroes -- Video tutorials that teach you how to draw your favorite cartoons, superheroes, manga & anime, animals, movie characters, teen idols, and more.

DrawingStep.com -- Drawing lessons illustrated with colored pictures that teach you how to draw cartoon animals, fantasy characters, holiday themes and free-style artworks. The site is great for kids and/or adults to learn and improve drawing skills.

How to Draw Caricatures: The 5 Shapes -- This article explains that the relationships of five simple shapes are the key to a successful caricature and helps artists to recognize and exaggerate a subject's uniqueness. You'll definitely want to explore the site further to find the other great tutorials that build on this first one.

How to Draw Cartoons -- Learning how to draw has never been so fun and easy! Improve your technique in record time with simple step by step cartoon drawing lessons.

How to draw funny cartoons -- Martin Bérubé's website is for anyone who wishes to learn how to draw cartoons characters, animals, cars, planes, etc. His vector drawing tips are particularly helpful.

Creating Comics -- A source of information for comic writers, artists, letterers, and self-publishers. Here you will find links to various resources on the Internet for practically every aspect of comic creation.

Dragoart Drawing Tutorials -- Learn how to draw mythical creatures: dragons, fairies, unicorns, wizards, monsters, vampires, mermaids... and a whole lot more.

DrawingCoach.com -- Mitch Bowler's step by step written tutorials and videos are designed to help people new to drawing learn how to draw - everything from flowers to portraits to cartoons.

How to draw a frog in pencil -- Gina Mikel provides a brief demonstration in graphite pencil.

All About Drawings -- Features contour drawings that you can use as templates to easily create your own pencil drawings. Subjects include: cartoons, cars, animals, flowers, and more.

Pencil Drawing Lessons -- Carol Rosinski provides drawing lessons (free and for purchase) and discusses her techniques for achieving very realistic results in graphite.

Sketching Wild Birds -- A sample of lessons from Trevor Smith's book which covers sketching techniques, behaviour, anatomy, composition and much more.

Learn How to Draw People: 15 Expert Tips on How to Draw a Person -- A free instructional eBook with images from Anthony Ryder's book, The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing.

Art Tutorials -- Michael Newberry covers a wide breadth of topics and media from drawing in charcoal or pastel to plein air painting in oil. His tutorials about creating spatial depth are particularly helpful.

The Drawing Board for Illustrators -- Theresa Brandon discusses the profession of illustration. She provides information and advice on careers, marketing, portfolios, organizations and networking.

Deterioration of Artists' Papers: Causes and Prevention -- A very informative article for artists and collectors alike. Provided by Daniel Smith, manufacturer and supplier of fine artists' materials.

Paper and pH -- Daniel Smith explains the terms often used to describe a paper's acidity.

Useful Paper Terms -- Daniel Smith explains the terms used to describe paper and its various characteristics.