Learn to Sketch Draw and Paint
Free Art Lessons
Developing your art skills requires learning to see and possessing the discipline for regular practice - no innate talent or school is required even if all you can muster is sickly looking stickmen! This website features more than one hundred quality free art lessons to develop your skills in a variety of mediums from graphite, oils, and watercolor through to charcoal, acrylics and ink, and from sketches to finished works. Inside you can find free art tutorials teaching how to draw faces and sketch people, how to paint landscapes and scenes both real and imaginary. Learn to Draw through our extensive list of lessons and books including drawing for beginners, and freehand drawing amongst numerous others.
Artists are as diverse and varied as they come, not only in experience (or lack thereof), but style and attitude, yet many things are shared, from meditative time alone to a mutual love for aesthetics and the cathartic feelings that stem from purging our imaginations and desires onto a sheet of paper or canvas
The beauty of art is that it can be picked up at any age. If it looks magical to a beginner then that is probably because they never spent any real time painting or drawing since leaving school. The process of seeing can be mastered by all, and seeing is the key to drawing and sketching, and thus the key to using any medium. To draw correcltly amounts to measuring, coordinating the hand to interpret a representation seen by the eyes. The more accurate those measurements, the more like the subject it will resemble (true, it can be easier said than done!). The basic skills learnt correctly can lead you towards your goals be it striving for photorealism, expressionism, impressionism or anything inbetween.
With the right instruction and background reading, combined with astute observation anybody can develop as a proficient self-taught artist. This website is geared to developing and harnessing both the latent skills of beginners, and those with some experience behind them (whether self-taught or a student). Primarily the in-depth and structured demonstrations and instructions are represented through the series of unique multimedia titles, combining video, animation, and photographs with careful and thorough descriptions of each stage. Also provided are a set of completely free tutorials, and whilst not representative of the commercial products, they are written to a high standard and it is my intention that they serve as a means to develop, aid and instruct others interested in producing and creating their own artworks.
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We have a good collection of unabridged books from old masters and great teachers, suited to art students. Some of the books can be viewed below, or you can view the whole library here: art books.
John Singer Sargent
The life of John Sargent through his personal letters to friends like Claude Monet, providing an intimate glance into the artist's thoughts on painting and life in general. Illustrated throughout with Sargent's paintings and sketches... John Singer Sargent...
Drawing For Beginners
Beginners guide to drawing, from figures and portraits, to pets, animals and architecture. Teaches perspective, measuring with plumblines etc.. Drawing For Beginners...
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Drawing for Art Students, Book
A book for students is a great general guide for artist's of various abilities, to grow and improve their artistic skills. Drawing for Art Students...
Learn to draw without rulers and mechanical aids provides a strong background in draughtsmanship. Book is suited to teachers and students. Freehand Drawing...
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Landscape Painting in oil colours, is dedicated to the painting of landscape and nature, from skies to trees and grass, with a strong emphasise on daily practice, plein air. Landscape Painting...
Light and Shade
Study the principals of Light and Shade, with additional chapters on charcoal, pencil and brush. Original written for both teachers and students.. Light and Shade...
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Perspective For Artists
Learning to Draw in Perspective is an invaluable skill for creating landscapes, architecture, figures and animals. This in depth book covers everything you need to know on the subject of perspective .. Drawing in Perspective...
Drawing and Painting Trees - Art Books
Learn how to draw and paint trees. This is a free online version of Rex Vicat Cole's: Drawing Trees...
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Teach yourself how to draw and paint
As a self-taught artist, I have always been wary of guides that purport to turn you into a Gogh or Monet in a day. It is important to become the artist you are to become (not that emulation is a bad thing - copying old masters has many benefits), becoming an artist is a path you have to dedicate yourself to, and be prepared to work at. Stick figures represented the best of my 'talents' back in Spring of 2002. I became a proficient reader and maintained a high standard of discipline when it came to practice.
My journey continues and I've yet to fall into a niche, but evolution is the fun part to development and it would be a pleasure to help others along their evolutionary artistic adventures.