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Urban Sketching For Beginners Drawing Course – New Course!

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Morning Class! This new Urban Sketching for Beginners Course, reveals how observing everyday life can give an eye-opening appreciation for the towns and cities that we live in. You don’t need to drive out to the country to draw from life, from an artistic point of view, urban settings have just as much appeal! The […]

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An Art Material Addicts Guide to becoming a Minimalist Sketcher

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Hi, my name is Will and I am an art material addict. When the new season art catalogue arrives, I prepare a large cafetiere of coffee, find a comfy chair and indulge in a little bit of window shopping. If I spot a new ‘innovative ink system’, it’s hard to imagine how my drawings can exist […]

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Urban Sketching Tutorial for Beginners

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This week we’re going to be bringing our pen sketching skills into the urban environment. Sketching your surroundings can be such a fantastic way to create a visual diary of your daily experiences and I’m always a sucker for a sketch of a bike. This video tutorial looks at how you can use different thicknesses […]

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New Landscape Sketching Course is Live

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I’ve just finished creating a new sketching course taking some of my drawing techniques out of the studio into the countryside. In ‘The Essential Guide to Sketching the Landscape’ we look at new materials, techniques but most importantly what ‘works’ in a landscape sketch, from composition and simple perspective to changing your viewpoint to achieve […]

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Painting, Pasties & Padstow – A Cornish Painting trip

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Considering it was mid-April in England, we were treated to some truly amazing weather. We’d travelled down the coast to an area of South East Cornwall called ‘The Forgotten Corner’. Often overlooked due to its remote location but we found some cracking little-secluded coves and practically empty sandy beaches. Artist’s have always been drawn to […]

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Landscape Sketching in the Highlands

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After a long drive we arrived at Laundry cottage in the pitch black, the only sound was running water from the nearby waterfall. There had been a few minor worries en-route, slight overheating, suspicious drips from under the car and the Sat-Nav had given up the ghost but we were here…and the pack of shortbread […]

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How to Draw Light & Shadow Course is Live!

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I’ve just finished creating a new drawing course that follows on from the Absolute Beginners Drawing Course. In ‘How to Draw Light & Shadow for Beginners’ we look at new materials, techniques and work on some figurative drawings. A lot of students come to me who already have basic understanding of drawing and confidence with […]

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New Updated Drawing Course is live!

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Sketch by Will Kemp, View from The Uffizi Gallery Window in Florence, Italy New Updated step-by-step Online Drawing Course I’ve been super busy updating and ‘polishing up’ my Absolute Beginners Drawing Class to help aspiring artists to fulfill their creative potential and I’m delighted with the results. The Artists Eye Having studied film and cinematography, I’ve […]

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How to shade a drawing (Light & Shadow : Part 2)

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In this light and shadow series we look at the theory, drawing and painting of a simple form focusing on shadow, light and edges. in Part 1 we looked at the theory of light and shadow. This week we’re going to put pencil to paper and see how the theory works in a simple pencil […]

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A Beginners Guide to Light & Shadow : Part 1

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Cezanne, Oil on Canvas, still life with seven apples, 1878 Ever felt frustrated having worked so hard on a drawing – only to find it still looks ‘flat’? Is it the proportions? The perspective? Perhaps the composition? Whilst these all play an integral part, the most effective method of making your drawings appear three dimensional, […]

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Are you 1cm away from the perfect composition? Part 2 of 3

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Creating a great still life painting often occurs before you’ve even picked up the brush. In this part of Setting up a Still Life series, we’re going to look at using natural light, whilst also considering the incremental changes in the actual composition of the piece. In Part 1 we looked at how to master […]

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Are you unwittingly creating a compositional cardinal sin?

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Ever looked at  your drawing composition and something feels wrong? You just can’t put your finger on it, 90% of the piece looks great but somethings not quite right. You could have fallen prey to an easy slip up, you might have drawn a ‘tangent’ by mistake. A few simple changes can transform your drawings […]

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The 3 reasons why you can’t draw, (and what to do about it)

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Sometimes you just can’t figure it out. It seems no matter how hard you try, how intensely you look at a subject, your drawings look wrong. You’ve read how to draw books, maybe gone to a few art classes but the art of drawing still seems to elude you. And you begin to question yourself […]

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New Absolute Beginners Drawing Class

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Sketch by Will Kemp, whilst eating gelato in Rome Step-by-step Online drawing instruction course I’m developing a New Absolute Beginners Drawing Class to help aspiring artists to fulfill their creative potential. If you’re here from Lateral Action – 7 ways learning to draw can improve your productivity then hello! The reason I’m creating this easy […]

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How to instantly add depth to your mountains in acrylic landscape painting

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Leonardo da Vinci – The Virgin of the Rocks (detail), 1491-1508 Why do mountains look blue in the distance? Have you ever wondered why a hill, that you know is covered in green trees, looks purple or blue when viewed from a long distance away? Trying to create a sense of depth and distance in […]

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How to draw perspective for beginners

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Caneletto, Venice, The Grand Canal, about 1740 Perspective techniques for absolute beginners How to solve a problem like perspective? Perspective is one of the most common issues beginners have with drawing and painting. Get it wrong and it can easily ruin a great start, get it right and it can instantly improve your work. If […]

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The Rule of Thirds in landscape painting (video)

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Video Transcript How to use the ‘rule of thirds’ in your landscape paintings Morning class, today we are going to have a quick look at composition and the rule of thirds. Even though it’s called a rule it’s really just a guide to help you compose a picture that looks natural within a rectangle, or […]

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The secret of good composition

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‘And after drawing comes composition. A well-composed painting is half done’ Pierre Bonnard Imagine a lovely drawing of a house with a path meandering up to it, trees either side in careful balance, a classic landscape scene that just ‘works’. Where is this masterpiece? The Tate? The National? No, stuck to your fridge door, created […]

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The Importance of Contrast in Painting

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Contrast is really important when you’re starting to learn how to paint. A good knowledge of contrast in drawing helps significantly because you will have learnt the value of light and dark. If you are coming from a non-drawing background, you will have to be more aware that to make a dramatic painting “contrast is […]

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