Free Drawing and Sketching Lessons

Welcome to the drawing and sketching section of CreativeSpotlite.com. We have searched far and wide to bring you the best drawing lessons, demonstrations and techniques. The art instruction lessons on the following pages have been generously donated by professional artists from all over the world. We are most grateful for their generosity and we hope you enjoy!

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  • Step by Step Charcoal and Graphite pencil Drawing Demo

    Portrait Drawing Techniques by Faith Te

    By Faith Te

    The outline on Canson Grain Paper. I try to make the outline as accurately and detailed as I can at this early stage so that I can concentrate more on tones, shadows, and highlights later on instead of the placement of features. I am using the smoother side of Canson paper.....

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  • Portrait Drawing Lesson in Pencil by Faith Te

    Portrait Drawing Techniques by Faith Te

    By Faith Te

    I was working in a time frame to finish this drawing so I was not able to post it as a “moving” work in progress. But I did manage to scan the portrait as I worked on it. Here is the outline on acid-free paper. Transferred using graphite-coated paper. Here is the outline on acid-free paper. Transferred using graphite-coated paper....

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  • Pencil Shading Technique How to Shade a Drawing Using Pointillism

    Pointillism Pencil Shading Technique

    By Miranda Aschenbrenner

    Pointillism is a technique using a series of dots to create an image. It takes time, and loads of patience, but the results can be incredibly impressive! For pointillism, you’re going to need some special pens. The best are fine tip pens with free-flowing ink. Ball point pens don’t work well because they need to be moving for the ink to flow. My favourites are Staedtler Pigment Liners. You’ll also want a range of sizes as well, from very fine to a wider tip. Something like a 01, a 03, and a 05 would work well......

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  • Drawing Lesson How to Shade Pencil Drawings

    How to Shade Pencil Drawing

    By Miranda Aschenbrenner

    In your drawings, you will generally have one light source, which determines the location of highlights and the direction of shadows. The spot where the light hits your subject directly is called the highlight, and is usually pure white. The side facing away from the light source will be in shadow. The midtones refer to the gradation of tones between the shadow and the highlight. Most objects will also have an area of reflected light. This reflection happens when light hits the surface next to your object and bounces back. You will notice that these values blend into each other smoothly, which communicates to us the shape of the object. The only time you will see a hard edge is when there is a cast shadow, otherwise the tones change gradually. The closer the cast shadow is to the object, the darker it will be, fading as it moves farther away.....

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  • How to Draw Skies and Clouds

    How to Draw Skies and Clouds by Diane Wright

    By Diane Wright

    Ever since a fellow artist challenged me to include a sky in one of my drawings, I have been keeping my mind in the clouds. I am continually amazed at the beauty of just looking up in the sky! Over the past couple of years, I have been learning the importance of toning the sky and adding clouds as part of overall compositional improvement in my landscapes. I think I could spend hours and hours fiddling with each puff of white! Start looking up to the sky and observe cloud formations. Take photos of clouds and you will be amazed at what you will start to “see”!

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  • Rock Drawing Tutorial

    Rock Drawing Tutorial

    By Diane Wright

    While I haven’t had the opportunity to draw many rocks in my landscapes (yet), they can certainly add interest to any landscape. I consider them just one more opportunity to add a different texture to the scene. There are different kinds of rock formations. From sandstone, shale, limestone, volcanic to boulders. Each one will hold different textures and ‘feel’ to them.
    This lesson will be very specific and we are going to study the drawing of a close-up view of rocks. Our goal is two fold. 1) To understand the how to create the shape and depth of rocks, and 2) to learn how to create textured, realistic looking rocks...

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  • Drawing Lesson - A Theory of Light and Shade

    Drawing Lesson By Sheri Doty

    By Sheri Doty

    All Illustrations for a theory of light and shade are by Sheri Doty accept for Manet’s painting “The Railway” showing an undefined light source. Before you undertake your practice of the use of light and shade in your art you need to understand the significance that light and dark contrast has in making a painting or drawing visually believable.

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  • Drawing the Human Head Tutorial

    Simon Mackie

    By Ron Lemen

    Step by step demonstration on drawing the human head.

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  • How To Draw Cars - Top 10 Online Resources To Help You Learn

    Lachlan Donald

    Learning how to draw cars is a very popular hobby as of late, so I decided to dedicate a post that lists some great resources online to help you learn how to draw cars fast. The following links include free step by step drawing tutorials of race cars, sports cars and other great tips for car drawing enthusiasts.

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  • An introduction to Negative Drawing with Mike Sibley

    Lachlan Donald

    By Mike Sibley

    I often hear the phrases 'negative drawing' and 'negative space' used as if they are synonymous. They aren't. Negative space is employed as a brain-fooling method of seeing shapes with clarity. Negative Drawing is a conscious method of working that isolates and protects areas of your paper. These areas can be entire elements that are often completed later; smaller areas where the intention is to leave them as virgin highlights or white shapes against a darker background; or minute areas that, for example, form white hairs between their cast shadows.

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  • "THE PRACTICE & SCIENCE OF DRAWING"

    Lachlan Donald

    By HAROLD SPEED

    Permit me in the first place to anticipate the disappointment of any student who opens this book with the idea of finding "wrinkles" on how to draw faces, trees, clouds, or what not, short cuts to excellence in drawing, or any of the tricks so popular with the drawing masters of our grandmothers and still dearly loved by a large number of people. No good can come of such methods, for there are no short cuts to excellence.

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  • Drapery Tutorial 1

    Simon Mackie

    By Ron Lemen

    Step by step demonstration on drawing drapery.

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  • Nice Little Series of Drawing Lessons

    Simon Mackie

    I am not by any stretch of the imagination (I'm sure I've said this before!) a professional or master artist. But some of the exercises which are helping me may also be of help to you.

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