Learning Pen and Ink – Video of the week!

We have had a set of learning pen and ink videos on YouTube recommended by one of our students. The videos have been created by professional US based artist Alphonso Dunn. The video below will interest London Art College students who are learning pen and ink while on their creative journey with us. It can be a tricky medium to master and is covered in a number of our online art courses.

Alphonso Dunn has written and illustrated a book currently selling on Amazon which has 5 full stars and 36 happy customers. You might like to check it out here – Pen and Ink Drawing: A Simple Guide Amazon have written about the book which says…..

Pen & Ink Drawing: A Simple Guide covers the essential aspects of pen and ink drawing and more. It explores basic materials and instruments; fundamental properties of strokes and pen control; key elements of shading; and indispensable techniques for creating vibrant textures. As a bonus, a chapter is devoted to what the author refers to as, the secret Line of Balance. This book is not just written to instruct but also to intrigue and inspire enthusiasts of pen and ink drawing.

Learning Pen and Ink

In the learning pen and ink video below, Alphonso shows students how to create a variety of textures in cubes. These very simple studies are very effective. Why not view and pause the video to have a go yourself.

Students could also find different textures around their home and and garden to use too. Create your own 3D squares and see if you can fill them with your style of drawing and textures. We hope you have fun. Let us know how you get on!

Learning Pen and Ink

 

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Beginners Leaning to Draw Video by Brendon Shaefer

This weeks video of the week is a Beginners Leaning to Draw Video by artist Brandon Shaefer. Students who follow our college news blog are inspired by some of the beautiful pieces of artwork that we post here on the blog. Some students who are starting out on their creative path however, may be a little overawed at the skill and quality of some of our students work. Don’t worry – you will get there, it’s all a matter of time and practice!

If you are just starting out, you have joined one of our beginners courses, the drawing and painting online art course diploma, or perhaps you need to brush up on a few basic skills, Brendon’s Beginners Leaning to Draw Video is perfect for you. The video below is Episode 1 and once you have watched this one, you can follow onto his other videos in the series too.

Beginners Leaning to Draw Video by Brandon Shaefer

Brendon is an excellent artist, his paintings are fabulous. He has shared a number of his videos online for students and budding artists to view. Students can visit Brandon’s website www.brandon-schaefer.com and see more of his oil paintings. He paints many Plein Air paintings – which means he goes out into the landscape and paints from life which our landscape diploma students should definitely check out.  Brandon also has some amazing still life paintings and studies which I know will interest students who are on our Still Life Online Art Course. Brandon has created many videos which you can access on his YouTube Channel.

If you would like to join one of our online art courses, why not pop over to our website and choose your course today – You can start at any time, study online from home or with wifi when travelling. Perfect for learning on the move!

Beginners Leaning to Draw Video

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Drawing with your Eraser – by Aaron Blaise

Aaron Blaise is a proficient artist and has made many ‘how to draw and paint’ videos, which are available to view on his YouTube Channel. We have chosen the one below for our ‘Video of the Week’ this week. It shows how you can draw using your eraser. Aaron is using a photo of a Gorilla, however you can choose any subject or object to work from.

This is actually a great exercise using a still life style set up too. Choose some interesting objects with strong shapes and edges and place them on a table next to your easel or drawing area.

You might like to do a few preliminary sketches to see which composition of the objects you prefer. Then cover your paper with charcoal and start drawing the outlines and tones of the objects using your eraser.

Lighting can be important and why not make things a little more dramatic by adding a light source onto the objects. For instance an angle poise lamp will work well, so you get some lovely strong shadows and bright highlights.

A putty eraser is most often the ideal to use as an eraser in these kinds of exercises, as Aaron explains in his video, however did you know you can also use bread as an eraser too?! Mould the soft part of bread and start erasing away.

This can be quite a messy project so always be prepared and cover / protect your floor and work area as required. Most of all have fun and we hope you enjoy the video!

aaron

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Demonstration Video by Emily Gravett

Today we have another amazing video by Emily Gravett. It is absolutely incredible and a must see for students who are studying on our Illustrating Children’s Book Online Art Course.

Emily Gravett is a children’s author and illustrator and Emily demonstrates how she draws the imaginary girl from the book The Imaginary by A.F Harold.

Emily uses a mix of traditional drawing and digital techniques. She scans the artwork and works on it digitally using her Wacom touch screen tablet.  Our Digital Illustration students might be interested in watching too! Enjoy!

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Video for Illustration students to watch…

For students who are studying on our Illustrating Children’s Book Online Art Course, you might be very interested in watching the video below.

Emily Gravett is a children’s author and illustrator and Emily demonstrates how she draws a dragon and then proceeds to paint it in watercolour.

We thought our students who are just about to complete the Firey Fred exercises in their course may find this inspirational!

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