Drawing Technique Videos

DVD - Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain with Betty Edwards

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain with Betty Edwards

Are you intimidated by the drawing process, or just have trouble interpreting real life scenes and subjects as accurate drawings?

This two-hour art instruction workshop featuring Dr. Betty Edwards is designed for students of all levels, and will enhance your creativity as well as reinforce your confidence while drawing.

For your learning convenience, this workshop DVD is divided into seven, easy to follow lessons about drawing theory, process, and technique. The lessons are designed to be watched and practices sequentially, with the methods discussed in each new workshop building on the ones that came before.
Edwards will present each lesson in the context of easy to grasp principles and techniques that will clarify the process for those that have been struggling with drawing realistic figures and shapes.

After Edwards has discussed the theory behind a technique or practice, she provides a clear demonstration so that you can see these philosophies at work in a real studio setting. Edwards’ patient style of teaching will help you to anticipate and overcome challenges as you improve your drawing style.

You’ll be sure to enjoy the way that Edwards incorporates a discussion of the parts of the brain needed for successful drawing skills. No matter whether this is your first attempt at drawing, or whether you’ve been drawing successfully for years, this series of drawing classes will help you to think about the process in a productive, enjoyable manner.

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DVD - Drawing with Pastel and Charcoal: Tips and Techniques with Craig Nelson

Drawing with Pastel and Charcoal: Tips and Techniques with Craig Nelson

This film is great for anyone interested in drawing, whether you want to improve your painting skills or just enjoy knocking out a quick sketch. Part of what you learn is how to block in preliminary shapes, achieve proper placement and proportion, and how to pick out and render elements for a convincing three-dimensional scene. You learn how to sequence your drawing for the best chance of success, where to look for the brightest lights, anticipate soft and hard edges, and how to take advantage of reflected light and bounced color. As head of the Fine Art Painting Department of the Academy of Art College in San Francisco, Craig Nelson helps you hone your observation skills and bring what you see back to your drawing (or painting). Craig’s drawings come to life in a matter of minutes. (Craig works from photographs)

Craig Nelson, CAC, discusses and demonstrates lighting, preparing the painting surface, developing a ghost drawing to a final drawing, color selections, blocking in skin tones and hair, subtle adjustments to achieve life-like flesh, when not to refine your strokes, delicate brush work for successful hair plus much more.

Craig talks about all his decisions as he paints. You will learn where to look for details, touches of strong color and value that add energy to your portrait. Craig’s Quick Study approach helps you gain confidence to paint larger, more refined portraits after many of the basic issues are resolved in the quick studies format.

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DVD - Drawing a Duotone Portrait with Craig Nelson

Drawing a Duotone Portrait

Master the art of portrait drawing with professor of illustration Craig Nelson. With this instructional video workshop, Drawing a Duotone Portrait, you will soon master portrait drawing following the logical and intuitive progression Craig has refined.

Craig Nelson emphasizes logical order while drawing. He compares his drawing process to focusing a photograph. He builds layers of soft lines and swatches of tone then rapidly sharpens his subject with crisp edges and bold darks.

You see Craig translate angles from his source photo to his paper, as he looks for reference points to guide him. He completes a gentle outline of his subject then dusts in a layer of tone. With tissue and fi ngertips, Craig diffuses blocks of color to avoid locking in detail too early in the drawing.
With his value in place, Craig finishes the drawing with dark charcoal lines and deliberate strokes. He carves out the well worn character of his subject’s face and lifts out highlights with a kneaded eraser.

Throughout the workshop, Craig emphasizes restraint, “under doing” each step until he finds the right moment to bring his subject into focus. As he adds last details to the nose and chin, you’ll see this logical, intuitive process come to fruition.

Craig Nelson has been teaching for over 30 years and is currently the director of Fine Art, Drawing and Painting at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco.

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Drawing - Drawing Gesture in Charcoal & Pastel with Craig Nelson

Drawing Gesture in Charcoal & Pastel with Craig Nelson

A reference photo of a dancer allows Craig Nelson to emphasize gesture in a charcoal drawing and capture an exciting pose not possible with a live model. Craig eases into the drawing by translating lines from his photo to his paper. He concentrates on angles and uses an imaginary grid and plumb lines to render a ghost drawing of his subject. You’ll have continual access to Craig’s reference photo as he works, allowing you to follow his interpretation of gesture.

Craig adds facial features and shadows early in the process but plans for later changes. Craig offers tips for effective shading. He demonstrates multiple strokes, rubs in subtle gradients and contrasts deliberate variation in the hair with diffused uniformity in the background reflection. He polishes his darks with a kneaded eraser and a layer of chalk and charcoal whites. To finish the drawing, Craig perfects his lost and found edges. He both redefines outlines with dark charcoal pencil and blends away soft edges to create ambiguous transitions between the dancer’s hair and the background darks. He concludes the workshop with a self review, helping you understand the final effects of his techniques and reviewing his original goals.

Craig Nelson is the director of Fine Art, Drawing and Painting at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He is a member of the California Art Club. He has taught for over 30 years. Approx. 1 hr.

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DVD - Sketching in Perspective with Carl Dalio

Sketching in Perspective with Carl Dalio

If you’ve ever had trouble with perspective, this is the workshop for you. Watercolorist Carl Dalio presents the theories and application of perspective drawing in a way suited for artists. His techniques for spacing, orientation, and measuring distances rely on logic and intuition, rather than mathematical formulas.

Carl presents eight lessons on perspective and composition, each featuring an easy-to-follow exercise. Carl establishes the basic principles with a sketch of a country house. He explains how to recognize vanishing points, a skill that forms the foundation for the rest of the workshop. He then demonstrates one, two and three-point perspective, illustrating the advantages and pitfalls of each. Using a simple, one-story building, he establishes a system that can be used for equal spacing of any set of objects: fence posts, cars, clouds or people. Next, Carl demonstrates how to draw proportional figures from eye-level and an elevated vantage point. He introduces time-saving methods for populating landscapes and applies his techniques to larger landscapes. Carl concludes with principles for composing sketches for paintings. He selects intriguing shapes from his reference material, determines dominant values, and edits major elements to suit his design sensibilities.

This video includes bonus features on painting figures in landscape and selecting colors.

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DVD - Drawing Landscapes with Pencil & Ink with Tony Couch

 Drawing Landscapes with Pencil & Ink with Tony Couch

Have you ever wondered why some artists are always able to produce paintings that keep you interested in the scene every time you look at them? If you’re struggling to recreate that same interest and activity in your work, this art instruction video with master teacher and watercolor painter Tony Couch could be just the boost you need.

This lesson begins with Couch posing an important question about a series of four shapes on his canvas. After asking which you prefer the most, and which you like the least, Couch will explain how he predicted your response through basic knowledge of the shapes which are most appealing to the human eye. This will be the foundation for the lesson which will help you implement important elements and principles of design in all your paintings.

Couch continues by explaining that artists of all levels must learn how to utilize the basic elements and principles of design if they want to consistently provide their viewers with dynamic and interesting compositions. According to Couch, the elements of design-- line, shape, value, color, texture, and direction, and eternally connected to the principles of design-- balance, harmony, gradation, repetition, dominance, contrast, and unity.

Students will learn that all interesting shapes have three distinct characteristics: at least two dimensions, oblique lines or at least an oblique thrust, and incidents that break up the edges of the shape and provide an interesting focus for the viewer.

Couch incorporates paintings by great artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Stewart Davis, Henri Matisse, Andrew Wyeth, Edgar Degas, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Edgar Whitney, as well as his own work to demonstrate the inter-relationships of these elements and principles of design.
Students will be inspired by these examples, and learn how to emulate their design qualities for better art, more interesting paintings, and unified artistic statements.

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DVD - The Colored Pencil: Getting Started Right by Janie Gildow

Getting Started Right Colored Pencil

Janie Gildow's drawing DVD workshops provide a firm foundation to the colored pencil artist. In this drawing instruction DVD, The Colored Pencil: Getting Started Right, you learn about the basics of drawing, including how to choose your pencils, erasers and papers.

Janie Gildow shows you the proper grip for pressure control and exercises to improve variegated and smooth tones. She contrasts and demonstrates the major pencil techniques of layering and burnishing and discusses the benefits of each. Janie describes important modifications when working on dark paper, shows you how to incise lines. She describes how blending contrasting colors is considerably different with colored pencil in contrast to liquid media. There is an important discussion about the color wheel. Janie demonstrates color layering and how she achieves her elegant hues. Extra resouces are available for download on Janie's main page



DVD - The Art of Colored Pencil: The Light Touch by Janie Gildow

The Art of Colored Pencil

Janie Gildow is your guide to the rich and elegant art of colored pencil as you learn how to draw with colored pencil in this drawing instruction DVD, The Art of Colored Pencil: The Light Touch. Janie covers a few basics then jumps into a project and teaches you her process from design to completion.

Janie Gildow, CPSA, shows her photo selection process, cropping to improve composition, use of a modified grisaille approach to establish values and then demonstrates how she layers color, often using four or more colors in an area for richness. Janie Gildow uses the 'light touch' for flexibility and elegance. You will learn pointers to improve your own technique as she shares her thoughts about the process. Your view is so close you will see when Janie's pencil point starts to dull! This workshop packs days of information into 90 minutes.