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Top 5 Shading Mistakes

July 19, 20180 Comments

There are common mistakes beginner artists make when it comes to shading a drawing. After years and years of critiquing student artwork, I decided I wanted to help you out by compiling a list of the 5 worst offenders. These are fundamental issues that if you correct, will make you way better at shading (and drawing in general).

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Be a Well-Rounded Artist, Learning Anime, and More

July 13, 20181 Comment

I talk about cross-training to be a well-rounded artist, how the basics apply to any drawing style, and when (if ever) to call it quits!

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Inventing the Butt Muscles – Ass-ignment Demonstration

July 5, 20180 Comments

In this demonstration I’ll show you how to invent butt muscles on top of a skeleton and the things to think about to figure out how the muscles will deform to react to the pose.

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Making Your Art Look Finished ft. Steve Huston

June 28, 20180 Comments

Steve Huston talks about tapping into the truth of your subject, depicting it in a way that makes it look finished and worthy of hanging in a gallery.

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How to Draw BUTTS!!!

June 21, 20182 Comments

Learn about the anatomy of the glutes and some tips on drawing them. There are three major butt muscles you should know to draw good butts: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius, and tensor fasciae latae. Fat also plays an important role in the appearance on the surface.

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A Behind the Scenes Look at the Butt Lesson

June 14, 20180 Comments

I will admit, I’ve been looking forward to making this lesson. BUTT it’s not quite ready yet. Here’s a little teaser of what you can expect when I release it next week (June 21st).

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Why Your Proportions are Wrong and How to Fix Them

May 31, 20180 Comments

When you start a drawing, do you jump right in to drawing all the small parts? Knock it off!

If you’re not an advanced artist with a well trained eye, starting with details usually ends with wacky proportions. In this student critique, we’ll examine the work of two students who focused on drawing foot bones without following the big-to-small hierarchy. I’ll show you a 2D technique called “enveloping” and then a 3D process that helps keep your forms dynamic and in proportion. Woo!

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Drawing Anatomy in Perspective – Leg Bone Critiques

May 24, 20180 Comments

It’s so important to think of perspective when you’re drawing anatomy. But how’s a person supposed to think of anatomy when the human body is basically a meat sack with a bunch little bumps and curves? In this critique, I picked one student who did an overall great job with simplifying the leg bones’ forms, but had a few problems applying perspective to their anatomy.

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MY BIGGEST GIVEAWAY YET…

May 16, 20180 Comments

Last week, I reached 100,000 subscribers on Instagram. I’m really proud of this and as a thank you for your support, I’m doing my BIGGEST GIVEAWAY YET! I’ll be giving 5 subscribers EVERY SINGLE PREMIUM COURSE AND MODEL PACK in the Proko store… Find out how you can win in this instagram post.

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Simplifying the Foot for Easy Drawing

April 19, 20180 Comments

Feet are hard to draw, so I’m gonna break it down for you into simple forms. Once you learn and understand these forms, drawing feet is much easier. You’ll no longer have to draw them buried under drapery…grass…kittens or any other conveniently placed objects. Watch and learn! And don’t forget to try these out yourself. Learning from the video is important, but practicing the assignment drawings is the next important step to reaching mastery.

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