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How can I draw lightly with the pencil

How can I draw lightly with the pencil

Why should beginners learn to draw lightly with the pencil? It is my experience that learning to draw lightly is one of the major skills to acquire by the student in drawing and painting. This is difficult to master since most of us are experts at making hard and distinct marks that are essential to Read more

Why is realistic drawing so hard to learn?

Why is realistic drawing so hard to learn?

Before asking why realistic drawing is so hard to learn, we should start asking why we want realism in art. When did artists start searching for reality as if they could never have enough of it? Wasn’t there a time where proximity to the real was deemed ungraceful and profane? Because why go through all Read more

The most efficient way of drawing

The most efficient way of drawing

The most efficient way of drawing : Why are efficient drawing methods hidden from us? It seems useless to accumulate knowledge when the simplest drawing methods are at hand. But we might not want to look it in the eye. Diversity and richness are qualities everyone searches for nowadays but are they really what we Read more

How to practice drawing efficiently

How to practice drawing efficiently

How to practice drawing efficiently n°1 : by considering learning itself as an art. Our cultures don’t encourage us to think much about learning. Instead we regard it as something that just happens to us. But learning must itself consist of sets of skills we grow ourselves; we start with only some of them and Read more

Why it is so hard to practice drawing

Why it is so hard to practice drawing

Why it is so hard to practice drawing n°1 : Because most drawing methods are too difficult! In my own experience as an aspiring artist, I have often felt frustrated with not making any progress in my work. After years of practice of drawing and painting, after years of looking at how others strive in Read more

How to draw with charcoal : an introduction

How to draw with charcoal : an introduction

How to draw with charcoal : What makes charcoal drawing so fascinating? If graphite’s use in art seems relatively recent (17th century), charcoal’s seems to be much more deeply ingrained in the past. Look at the beautiful drawing of a bison in the cave of Niaux here below to get an idea of the virtuosity Read more

What are the advantages of graphite for drawing?

What are the advantages of graphite for drawing?

Graphite versus charcoal and other media : does graphite have specific advantages? There are a lot of advantages to graphite for drawing that make it a medium of choice for beginners in most contemporary modern ateliers. Fluid and versatile, it has made its way in a few centuries into being one of the artists’ main Read more

Leonardo’s lost eye and why you should be careful about closing one eye

Leonardo’s lost eye and why you should be careful about closing one eye

Two years ago, I was sitting relaxed in my chair listening to the examination of the patient before me. Strangely enough, the doctor’s office didn’t have any door. No doctor patient confidentiality! Can you believe that? But I didn’t mind! On the contrary, I like listening to people’s stories and problems.  There’s always something one Read more