Free Drawing Lessons and Tutorials-Lessons for Drawing Improvement
By Matt Fussell
Free Drawing Lessons
Looking for great drawing lessons online? Well, you've come to right place. Below, you'll find tutorials on a wide range of subject matter and media. This list is updated often and most of the drawing lessons include videos. All of the demonstrations are taught to you in an easy to understand and follow format. Tutorials offered are for art beginners, intermediate students, and advanced drawing students. Explore all that is offered and expand your drawing ability and understanding. TheVirtualInstructor.com also offers lessons on Painting and Digital Art. There are over 260 videos available and growing! You can see the full list of all of the free videos here> Art Instruction Videos
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What is Drawing?
Drawing is making any mark on any surface with any mark-making material. YOU can draw and these lessons are designed to help you draw better.
How Can I Learn to Draw?
Drawing is not rocket science. In fact, it is simple when you understand the true concept behind drawing. Drawing is about seeing. It is about looking at an object and understanding how you see it. Then it is simply taking that information and putting it on a surface through a series of marks. When you learn how to see as an artist, quality drawing naturally follows. These lessons are designed to help you learn how to see as an artist, show you a few tricks that I've picked up along the way, and help you become simply better at drawing. With practice any skill can be learned. So grab your materials and let's get started learning...
The Secrets to Drawing
This course is for beginner and intermediate artists and features over 500 minutes of HD video instruction and 178 pages of ebooks covering the true essence of drawing including the elements and principles of art, and a variety of drawing media and techniques. (28 Modules)
Pastel Landscape Mastery
“Pastel Landscape Mastery” is a members only video course on drawing landscapes using pastels. The goal of the course is to provide the student with the most comprehensive approach to drawing landscapes with pastels through easy to understand modules that include videos and ebooks. (9 Modules)
FREE DRAWING TUTORIALS (By Medium)
Learn how to draw with charcoal, including vine, compressed, pigmented (white), and charcoal pencils through video demonstrations. (21 Lessons
Colored Pencil Tutorials
Learn how to draw with colored pencils. Learn professional colored pencil techniques including layering, mixing colors, and burnishing with these video demonstrations (21 Lessons
Graphite and Pencil Tutorials
Pencil drawing lessons on a variety of subjects. Learn how to draw with graphite with these video demonstrations. (65 Lessons
Learn how to draw with ink. Lessons on hatching and cross hatching, stippling, and ink wash. including mixed media. (19 Lessons
Mixed Media Tutorials
Learn how to mix drawing media, including watercolor and colored pencils, watercolor and pen and ink, and more. (12 Lessons
Learn how to draw with pastels including soft pastels, hard pastels, pastel pencils, and oil pastels. (34 Lessons
Learn the process of etching, monotyping, relief printmaking, scratchboard and more. (5 Lessons
Drawing Concepts and Ideas
Learn drawing concepts and ideas including composition, drawing exercise, theory, observational skill building and more. (48 Lessons
Many people look at objects, immediately forget what they see and draw what they think an object should look like. Instead, when you draw, you should look for shapes, values, and lines and try to make those shapes, values, and lines on your paper. When they are matched correctly, you get a drawing that's representational. Forget what you think it should look like and just draw what you see!
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Drawing is the process or technique used while medium is the actual material used to create the artwork. There are a variety of different drawing media that can be used to create drawings. Each medium has different characteristics and produces different effects. There are also different drawing techniques associated with each medium. Many of these techniques are explored in the video drawing lessons listed above. (Remember that this list of drawing lessons is added to on a consistent basis, so if an art or drawing lesson is not listed above, it may be coming soon. So check back often.)
Graphite- most commonly referred to as pencil or lead. Graphite is a grayish material that is available in a variety of different grades. " HB" is most commonly called a #2 pencil and is found in the middle of the grades. Softer graphite pencils are named "B" pencils and range from "B" (soft) to "9B" (extremely soft). "B" pencils generally make darker marks because of the softness of the graphite. One downside to "B" pencils are that they become dull easily. "H" pencils are made of harder graphite and range from "H" (hard) to "9H" (hardest). "H" pencils make lighter marks but keep a sharp point for a longer period of time. Graphite also comes in large chunks that are not in pencils. This graphite is used for covering large areas of a surface quickly.
Charcoal- While graphite is grayish in value, charcoal provides rich, dark blacks in the creation of drawings. Charcoal is burnt organic material and is usually some type of wood. Charcoal comes in a variety of different types. Vine charcoal is soft, makes lighter marks and is easily erased. Compressed charcoal is harder, makes darker marks and is harder to erase. Charcoal is produced in both stick and pencil form.
Colored Pencils- Colored pencils are made of a pigmented stick held together by a waxy binder. Colored pencils vary in brand quality and price. They are available almost anywhere.
Chalk Pastels- Chalk pastels are powdery pigmented sticks that are held together by a gum binder. Finished chalk pastel drawings can look like paintings and are often referred to as paintings.
Oil Pastels- are colored sticks that are held together by linseed oil. They can be thinned and spread by using traditional oil painting solvents. Finished oil pastel drawings are also referred to as paintings.
Pen and Ink- Ink that is applied to a surface through the application of a pen is considered pen and ink. Inks come in a variety of different colors and can be applied in a variety of different pens. Hatching, cross hatching, and stippling are most commonly the techniques used in pen and ink drawing.
Markers- Markers are typically used for design work. Markers are generally not permanent, (despite what it may say on the marker). Therefore, markers are used in fashion design, graphic design, industrial design, and illustration. Rarely are markers used for what is considered "fine art".