Sept. Newsletter Preview

My September newsletter is going out next week, so sign up now if you want to get my latest drawing tutorial. This Killer Whale drawing is good for students of all ages, and might come in handy for a few school reports too.

Draw an Abstract Self-Portrait

Here is an older student adaptation of my popular Abstract Face project. It still has simple features that fill the face, but allows for some personalization with hair. I think it might make a good early self portrait project for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders as it bypasses all the fussy eye and mouth details that … Read More

Abstract Face Tutorial

Many children have a natural tendency to draw small, so I like to direct them in simple shapes that must touch the sides of the paper. I’ve used this drawing with tempera paint, but thought I’d also post a watercolor version that includes colorful crayon lines and patterns. • View and download Abstract Face Tutorial   … Read More

NEW! Draw More Animals 2 eBook

Just posted to My PDF Shop, my latest How to Draw ebook. In it you’ll find diagrams on how to draw an Armadillo, Baby Chick, Bald Eagle, Bird on Cat, Bunnies, Big and Little, Chickadee Bird, Dolphin, Easter Bunny, Elephant, Fox Sideways, Giraffe Face, Goose, Hippo, Horse, Cartoon, Kangaroo, Koala, Lab Puppy, Lion, Pig, Polar Bear, … Read More

Draw Lady Liberty’s Portrait

I’ve used this approach for drawing and painting the Statue of Liberty for years, and even kinders amaze me with how well they do. Just make sure to start with the guide lines shown on the tutorial, as they help keep the head in scale to the page. I also pre-mix the liquid turquoise color as … Read More

Draw the US Capitol

The United States Capitol is among the most architecturally impressive buildings in the nation. It has housed the meeting chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate for two centuries. I’ve made a tutorial that includes graph paper to help students align all of its beautiful features. • View and download US Capitol Building Tutorial … Read More

Draw a Whale

I found this simple whale drawing to work especially well with younger elementary students, as in kinder through 2nd grade. One of my favorite new media combinations is to have students trace their drawing with a Sharpie, add crayon patterns and decorations, and then cover all with liquid watercolor paint. I think you get definition of … Read More

Draw Big Ben

Studying England? Learning how to tell time? Learn about both by drawing Big Ben and then choosing a specific time for the hands of your clock. Who says art projects can’t support other studies? Not me. 1. For extra straight lines, try drawing this clock on 1/4 grid paper. Follow the steps above for the drawing. … Read More

How to Draw an Elf

Need an elf to go with your Santa drawing? Here’s a pretty cute little guy to draw (which could easily be turned into a girl, by the way.) My sample above was colored with Twistable Crayola crayons. They seem to have a little more color than the paper Crayola crayons for some reason. All I know … Read More

Drawing Plants & Animals Book

I’ve collected 25 of my favorite plant and animals drawings in my first step-by-step Drawing Book. Included are easy diagrams on how to draw a Cactus, Tree of Life, Sunflowers, Flowers, Rose, Clover Leaf, Hand Tree, Dandelion, Teddy Bear,  Chameleon, Rooster, Flamingo, Koi Fish, Dragonfly, Fox, Duck, Coiled Snake, Snake in a Tree, Cow, Cow Head, … Read More