The newest edition of How To Draw Cool Stuff is now available!
How to Draw Cool Stuff: Holidays, Seasons and Events is a step-by-step drawing guide that illustrates popular celebrations, holidays and events for your drawing pleasure. From the Chinese New Year to April Fools' Day, Father's Day to Halloween, Christmas and New Year’s Eve - this book covers over 100 fun days, holidays, seasons and events, and offers simple lessons that will teach you how to draw like a pro and get you in the spirit of whichever season it may be! The third book in the How To Draw Cool Stuff series, this exciting new title will teach you how to create simple illustrations using basic shapes and a drawing technique that simplifies the process of drawing, all while helping you construct height, width and depth in your work. It will guide you through the creative thought process and provide plenty of ideas to get you started. The lessons in this book will also teach you how to think like an artist and remind you that you are only limited by your imagination!
Click here to view the trailer for "Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques"
“Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques” is an interactive online class on Craftsy.
I’m going to teach you how to bring your drawing skills to a new level with simple shading techniques. You’ll learn the importance of light sources, how to identify and replicate them and the fundamentals of creating shape and volume with basic shading and contrast. We’ll analyze objects to see how shape and contour affects the way we shade and you’ll see why understanding your light source can be the most important part of shading. I’ll show you how to create highlights and blend tones, then demonstrate some cross-hatching and stippling techniques using pen. We’ll discuss the importance of contrast to create mood and set a focal point, and finally we’ll put all of these skills together to create a drawing that’s sure to impress. You'll find lots of resources to help you along the way in your Class Materials. I will be there to help if you have any questions. Follow the link to Craftsy and check it out!
How to Draw Cool Stuff shows simple step-by-step illustrations that make it easy for anyone to draw cool stuff with precision and confidence. These pages will guide you through the basic principles of illustration by concentrating on easy-to-learn shapes that build into complex drawings. With the step-by-step guidelines provided, anything can become easy to draw. This book contains a series of fun, hands-on exercises that will help you see line, shape, space and other elements in everyday objects and turn them into detailed works of art in just a few simple steps. The exercises in this book will help train your brain so you can visualize ordinary objects in a different manner, allowing you to see through the eyes of an artist. From photorealistic faces to holiday themes and tattoo drawings, How to Draw Cool Stuff makes drawing easier than you would think and more fun than you ever imagined! Now is the time to learn how to draw the subjects and scenes you've always dreamt of drawing. How to Draw Cool Stuff is suitable for artists of any age benefiting everyone from teachers and students to self-learners and hobbyists. How to Draw Cool Stuff will help you realize your artistic potential and expose you to the pure joy of drawing!
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Pick up the March 2013 issue of South Shore Living to see an article about CVHolmes and the "Faux Fresco" technique