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The best thing about online and video education is that it’s so easy to follow along. You can pause and rewind over and over again, all while seeing how your favorite artist pulls off what seems so difficult–and they make it look easy!
For Jen’s Pick this week, we return to one of our favorite artists, Lee Hammond. She has some new videos out and we’re loving every bit of the instruction we find in them. Check out this great interview she did with us, then preview the videos to get a glimpse of all the new techniques you can learn.
Draw Animals in Nature
Achieve lifelike drawings of animals in their natural environments by adopting Lee’s favorite drawing tips, such as how to do smooth blending and gradual tonal changes. You’ll learn about how to use a grid and work with soft and hard edges for more realism in your drawings. Then draw along with Lee to practice a variety of animal topics such as fur, eyes and anatomy, as well as background elements like grass, water and trees to set them within their environment.
This is a fantastic video if you want to get:
- Step-by-step instruction on drawing from photos
- Step-by-step instruction on basic drawing
YOu can find the Art Lessons with Lee Hammond: Draw Animals in Nature video download, stream the video on artistsnetwork.tv, or get it as a DVD.
Acrylic Landscape Painting
You’ll get great instruction on how to achieve realistic landscapes using Lee’s favorite acrylic painting techniques. Start by learning about painting tools and how to use them to achieve your desired results.
Lee’s instruction also covers blending, layering, varying brushstrokes and other basic techniques so you can add more realism to your landscapes. And follow her exercises to paint a variety of elements, such as skies, clouds, trees, grasses and water to get a gorgeous scene full of light and color.
Get this if you want:
- Step-by-step instruction on creating acrylic landscapes from photos
- Step-by-step instruction on basic acrylic painting techniques
You can find the streaming video on artistsnetwork.tv, or you can buy the video download or DVD through northlightshop.com.
Draw Faces in Colored Pencil
Learn how to draw a face in colored pencil by checking out this great DVD title. You can also get it as a video download and keep an eye out, because soon it’ll be up for streaming straight to your computer, just like the other titles!
What will you get? Clear, friendly, and easy-to-follow instruction as Lee demonstrates colored pencil techniques for achieving realistic portraits. You’ll learn about what tools to use and how to use them. Techniques she covers include smooth blending, layering color, gradual tonal changes and more basic techniques for adding a lifelike feel to your portraits. You’ll also practice using your colored pencils to create facial features and hair, using layering and pencil strokes. Finally, you’ll learn the most valuable tool an artist needs: how to go about fixing mistakes.
In a nutshell:
- Step-by-step instruction on creating colored pencil portraits from photos
- Step-by-step instruction on basic colored pencil techniques
- Copyright information reviewed (for use when practicing from photos)
Love the online learning environment? You can also join our class on Drawing Faces at Artist’s Network University, featuring Lee’s books on Drawing, which you can also pick up at northlightshop.com.