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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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Finding the Ultimate Truth with Cesar Santos

April 5, 20182 Comments

I sit down with Cuban-American artist Cesar Santos to ask him about his journey as an artist and his thoughts about art in general. We get deep and he teaches me how to philosophize 😛

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Advanced Foot Drawing Techniques

April 1, 20180 Comments

Okay, so you’ve already learned about the foot bones from my previous lesson. Now let’s learn the advanced stuff that really makes your drawings look good. Now before we go any further, I must warn you that you might find this technique highly frustrating. You might even struggle with it for the first thousand drawings or so, but with enough practice, you’ll develop the muscle memory and it will become handy.

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How to Draw Feet with Structure – Foot Bone Anatomy

March 30, 20182 Comments

Since the foot is so bony, knowing the bones directly helps you draw the surface forms. The foot is challenging to draw because it’s flexible, asymmetrical, and should usually look like it’s on the ground (perspective). This lesson will focus on the overall design of the foot, along with the form, proportion, and mobility of the individual bones.

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Blindfolded Drawing Challenge with Cesar Santos

March 15, 20180 Comments

After doing a master study of a Sargent painting at the San Diego Museum, Cesar and I decided to draw it again from memory… Blindfolded… Very interesting experience. Your college art teacher would be proud.

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How Artists Grow Over Time (ft. Cesar Santos)

March 8, 20183 Comments

Cesar Santos and I visit the San Diego Museum of Art to talk about what artists know now that some of the Old Masters didn’t. We also sit down to do a master study drawing of a Sargent painting!

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