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August 27, 2021 0 Comments Deconstruction

Starry Lion: The Making Of

Here’s an artwork I created for the #drawthisinyourstyle challenge, using this amazing piece of chenandink as my inspiration. If you want to see how I did it, keep reading! 1. Sketch As always, I started with a very general sketch of the body, trying to capture the feeling of power and majesty. I paid special…

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August 13, 2021 0 Comments Tutorial

Drawing on an XP-PEN Artist Pro 16TP Tablet

Recently I’ve been commissioned to create a sponsored tutorial for XP-PEN, which you can find here. I’ve recorded the process of drawing the main illustration of that tutorial, and I’ve created a sped-up video out of it. I don’t usually draw in Photoshop, so this is a slightly different process than I’m used to, but…

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drawing to painting
July 11, 2021 0 Comments Tutorial

How to Turn a Drawing Into a Painting

Drawing is cheap—all you need is a pencil and some paper. That’s why most of us have more experience in drawing than painting. So even if you have a graphics tablet, it may be difficult to switch from the style you’re so familiar with to the the more painterly one. In this tutorial I’ll show…

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July 4, 2021 2 Comments Tutorial

Horse Anatomy for Artists: Skeleton and Muscle Diagrams

Last time I’ve created a set of feline anatomy diagrams, now it’s time for another popular animal—the horse. If you compare them, you’ll notice that thee animals are more similar than they seem at first glance! Skeleton Although bones are mostly hidden from view, understanding their location and shape will help you understand the location…

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June 6, 2021 2 Comments Tutorial

Lion Anatomy for Artists: Skeleton and Muscle Diagrams

If you want to draw realistic felines, I’ve made a couple of handy diagrams for you! Keep in mind that these drawings have been intentionally simplified to make them more useful as artistic references—if you’re looking for veterinary-level accuracy, I suggest you use a professional anatomy atlas instead. Skeleton Although bones are mostly hidden from…

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April 11, 2021 0 Comments Tutorial

How to Paint Fur: Short, Medium, Long, and Thick

Last time I showed you a simple method to shade in digital art. However, while it’s easy enough to shade something that doesn’t have any texture on it, shading fur is another pair of shoes. And to make matters worse, fur comes in different variants, and each requires a different approach! In this tutorial I’ll…

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March 28, 2021 0 Comments Tutorial

How to Shade in Digital Art: a Simple Method

There are countless ways of shading digital art—it’s one of the reasons why there are so many distinctive styles, even when the artist is trying to paint semi-realistically. However, to create your own style of shading, first you need to know the rules. In this tutorial I’ll show you a universal method of shading that…

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January 27, 2021 0 Comments News

I’ve Created an Animal Anatomy Course!

I’ve often been asked if I wrote a book about drawing animals, and I haven’t (yet), but this course is really close to it! It’s over 4 hours of narrated video, explaining everything: from the pose and proportions, to the muscles and surface anatomy. The videos are pre-recorded, but this course is supposed to imitate…

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