What makes a skilled artist? I think, there are several important ingredients:
- love for drawing and painting,
- an ability to see joy even in difficult challenges,
- a firm determination to practice every day plus discipline,
- a vision of the scope of work or improvement,
- an ability to divide something complex into simple steps,
- time and patience.
Is talent important? To be honest, I believe that its role is too exaggerated. People often do have a bent for various kinds of activities or pursuits, but this bent is nothing without the elements I listed above.
As a teacher, I always do my best to transform any baffling complexity into a sequence of easy-to-follow, digestible steps. Any drawing or painting demonstration should inspire and provoke to action!
Examples of drawing lessons
You can find a collection of step-by-step drawing tutorials aimed for beginners on Envato Tuts+ Design & Illustration.
The main themes are drawing with ink, graphite and colored pencil techniques, creating textures, depicting animals and various natural objects.
If you’re interested in advancing your drawing skills, experimenting with various artistic media and just having an enjoyable practice time, please be sure to check out my articles and tutorials on The Virtual Instructor 🙂
There I’m going in-depth on a variety of topics:
- creating credible textures with ink liners – and everything that relates to ink art;
- drawing with water-soluble tinted graphite pencils on toned paper;
- mixing traditional and digital tools;
- improving your hatching and linework;
- strengthening the observation skills and working from imagination.
The illustrations for tutorial demonstrations:
Here is the list of all my tutorials published on The Virtual Instructor with the brief descriptions.
My ink workshop was featured in the practical art magazine Paint & Draw. Here is an excerpt from the article:
I love sharing my knowledge and skills! If you feel like I as an author could be a good fit for your website, studio, or magazine, please let me know.