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HOW TO HOLD A PENCIL CORRECTLY • The first step to improving your drawing is to make sure you’re holding your pencil correctly. PAUL TYSALL explains the different methods and what each is used for.
HOW TO DRAW BASIC SHAPES • The complex world around us can be divided into simple shapes. Learn how to draw them accurately and your artwork will take off, PAUL TYSALL explains.
COMBINE SHAPES TO MAKE OBJECTS • Now you’ve mastered drawing simple shapes, PAUL TYSALL explains how to apply that skill to reproducing real world objects, in the form of still-life drawings.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT DRAWING TOOLS • Different pencils suit different styles of drawing, and there’s other equipment you need too. Here we explain how to choose the best materials for your toolkit.
START DRAWING WITH INK • Pencils are not the only drawing medium. We explain what ink has to offer the artist and how to get more out of this versatile medium.
START DRAWING WITH PASTELS • Pastels let you produce vibrant colour with the ease of drawing with pencils. There are many different types: here’s what they are and how to get the best from them.
DRAWING NEXT STEPS
HOW TO DRAW IN COLOUR • Moving from monochrome to colour is a big step. CHRIS LEGASPI explains how he uses a limited colour palette to add life and vibrancy to his drawings.
HOW TO DRAW AND SHADE IN 3D • Shading is key to giving a sense of depth to your two-dimensional drawings. CHRIS LEGASPI walks you through the process he uses.
HOW TO ADD SOFT SHADOWS • CHRIS LEGASPI explains how to render diffused or ambient light and immerse your art in soft and subtle shadows, with these tried-and-tested pointers.
HOW TO DRAW HEADS • There is a crucial science to depicting the head accurately, either from life or observation. CHRIS LEGASPI explains the basic principles to follow.
HOW TO SKETCH ANIMAL SHAPES • BRYNN METHENEY explains how working from general to specific is an effective technique for drawing animals.
HOW TO DRAW WITH MIXED MEDIA • Mixing mediums is one of the best ways to create imaginative art. YOANN LOSSEL demonstrates how to combine gold and graphite for stunning results.
HOW TO PREPARE A SKETCH FOR PAINT • Illustrator TERESE NIELSEN explains a fast way to mount your final sketch to a paintable surface, with a little help from a scanner and a printer.
TRAN NGUYEN • Get inspired by this gallery artist’s sketches, which explore themes of memory and emotion
ALEX STEAD • This storyboard artist’s sketchbook features everything from street fashion to killer cyborgs.
KIM JUNG GI • This artist has a string of viral videos to his name, each showing him spinning a web of interwoven drawings.
CHARLIE BOWATER • This concept artist reveals a series of character sketches that are both intimate and evocative.
PAINTING CORE SKILLS
HOW TO SET UP AN ART WORKSPACE • Before you start painting, you need to create a workspace. DAVE KENDALL explains how what you’ll need and how to go about it.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT PAINTBRUSHES • Are you using the right brushes for the art you want to create? CHRIS LEGASPI explains how to make the most of your trip to the art store.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT PAPER • Discovering a new type of paper can change the way you think about your painting and improve your results, explains KEVIN CROSSLEY.
HOLDING YOUR BRUSH & MAKING STROKES • Could holding your paintbrushes differently help improve your art? Painting is something you need to put your whole body into, explains KEVIN CROSSLEY.
HOW TO CORRECTLY MIX PAINTS • KEVIN CROSSLEY introduces the basics of colour theory, and offers tips on the different ways of mixing...