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3 Random-Ass Tips on Drawing Legs

November 8, 20180 Comments

These 3 tips will help you avoid some of the common mistakes I’m seeing from the leg assignments. So pull up a chair and let’s talk about shading and drawing your muscles like tattoos on the body.

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Butt Muscle Critiques

How to Draw Poses that are THICC – Butt Muscle Critiques

November 1, 20180 Comments

Prepare your butts for the cheekiest critique I’ve ever made. This week I’m looking at all the butts students drew for this assignment and evaluating them on a scale of 1 to THICC. Just kidding! I’m actually going to be helping you guys out by showing you some of the common problems students had with drawing the forms.

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Daily Routine of Successful Artists – Asking Pros

August 30, 20180 Comments

What’s a professional artist’s daily routine look like? And what should students be doing to improve their skills faster? We’re back at San Diego Comic Con getting advice from a bunch of the top pros in the industry. You’d be surprised what it’s like being a full time artist. It’s not always about drawing and painting all day :p

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Best Drawing Exercises – Asking Pros

August 16, 20180 Comments

In the third installment of my Asking Pros series, I ask 17 professional artists about the best drawing exercises. If you feel like you’ve hit a wall with your art, try some of these drawing exercises.

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Drawing Advice for Students – Asking Pros

August 9, 20181 Comment

Part 2 of Interviewing pros at Comic-Con! They talk about the biggest drawing mistakes they see from their art students. Spoiler alert: you’re gonna hear about anatomy a lot.

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What Holds Back Beginner Artists – Asking Pros

August 2, 20185 Comments

This year I decided to do something useful at Comic-Con. With so many pros crammed in one room, it was the perfect opportunity to do rapid fire interviews. In the first of this series I ask them what held them back when they were starting out. I’m sure everyone can related and learn from them.

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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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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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Applying Facial Anatomy to Caricature

June 1, 20180 Comments

Are your portrait caricatures looking mushy and unstructured? An otherwise well painted face will look “off” if the artist doesn’t think of the facial anatomy beneath the skin. If you want your art to look finished, you need to consider the anatomy and shape design. Actively thinking of these things while you work is what separates amateurs from professionals. In this critique, you’ll learn how to improve upon your caricature’s strong visual design by learning how to improve the facial anatomy.

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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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