Thursday, March 24, 2011

Free Art Lessons For All

Free Art Lessons For All

     Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be able to draw your own stuff? Perhaps you were like me and kept putting off improving your amateur art standing until you work up the courage to make some time.  I've always admired the many talented artists who manage to capture with pictures, sketches and paintings what I can only seem to do with words. Sure, I've tried and while my efforts aren't exactly laughable with pencil and paper, my computer generated sketches make me cringe. I know that drawing is like anything else that's worth pursuing.  Practice leads to improvement and more time spent learning to get better usually leads to surpassing our goals.  
     Well, thanks to Adam Park and his super cool blog at Bachelor's Degree Online, all of us who read Knight Chills and are closet artists can finally take a step in the right direction.  With his permission I'm posting the beginning of the article 100 Awesome Art Lessons on YouTube.  When you're through perusing through this list, feel free to visit his blog.  The link is provided at the bottom. 
     I know what you're thinking... how can a blog with a name like Bachelor's Degree Online be interesting enough to maintain my interests.  Well, just like the different degrees offered, the series of fantastic articles posted on the site's blog will keep you busy for many a night to come.  
     Feel free to enjoy.  I promise I'll feature more articles in the future from that super duper blog.   Here's an excerpt of the article:

100 Awesome Art Lessons on YouTube

Whether you're getting your bachelor's degree in painting, graphic design or sculpture, there's so much to learn about art — from its lush history to materials — that it can sometimes feel overwhelming. Yet art students shouldn't fret. There's a whole lifetime ahead to learn and numerous resources both in the classroom and outside of it for expanding your knowledge. One great place to seek out help with becoming a better artist is on YouTube. There, other artists, teachers and experts share their lessons on just about everything you could want to know. Here are a just a few of the thousands of art-related videos on YouTube to get you started with your creative education. Drawing
From how to sketch parts of the body to the best materials to use, these videos will help educate you on all things drawing-related.
  1. How to Draw a Realistic Eye: Eyes have been called the window to the soul, and if you want to create a realistic portrait you have to get them just right to give your drawing the emotion it needs. This lesson can help you learn the basics of eye sketching.
  2. Hatching & Blending Techniques: Hatching and blending are two ways to shade your drawings and give them depth. Learn the basics from this video.
  3. Learn to Draw Portraits: This video will show you some of the fundamentals that you'll need to know when it comes to drawing accurate portraits.
  4. Drawing heads/faces from different angles Part 1: Apply the skills learned in this video to any kind of figure drawing, whether realistic or not.
  5. Drawing Environment: It's all well and good to know how to draw people, but they will just be floating in space unless you know how to give them a setting. This video can help.
  6. How To Draw Two-Point Perspective, with Karl Gude: This video will help you learn to perfect your use of perspective, making any buildings, rooms or landscapes you draw more realistic.
  7. Gesture Drawing Tutorial: Sometimes gesture drawing can be a great way to quickly get the spirit of a model or subject. Learn from the work of this artist through his video.
  8. Drawing Bodies: Bodies are some of the hardest things to draw, so you can use all the help you can get. This video is a good place to start.
  9. Drawing Board Basics: Check out this video to learn how to set up a drawing board so that it's most conducive to creating great works.
  10. Types of Art Pencils for Drawing: If you need to learn a bit about art supplies, this video will help to point you in the right direction when it comes to drawing materials.

The article includes links to painting, illustration, photography (one of my favorites), graphic design, sculpture, printmaking, comics, textiles, and more. 

To read the rest of the article follow the link here

Have fun!

Catch you on the dark side

Nomar Knight

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1 comment:

  1. Cool. I'm going to have to come back to this. I was doing some acryllics, but haven't attempted anything as ambitious as a person.