4 Line Control Exercises with Straight Lines

Four line control exercises that will help you improve pencil control. I used a 6B graphite pencil for each of these because I enjoy the way a soft lead goes onto paper. You can use any hardness of lead you prefer, or any dry medium you prefer. They’re excellent exercises for colored pencil, chalk, charcoal or pastel.

5 Line Control Exercises for Curved Lines

Five line control exercises to help you improve pencil control. Like the four exercises for straight lines, you can use any hardness of graphite pencil or do the exercises with colored pencils.

How to Use Line Quality to Show Pictorial Depth

There are a number of ways to depict pictorial depth in a landscape drawing (or in any drawing). One of the simplest and most basic is the way you draw a simple line.

What Is Reflected Light and How Does It Affect My Art?

Reflected light is light that comes from a source other than the primary light source. When you’re talking about art and drawing or painting, reflected light is the light that bounces off something else and strikes whatever object you’re painting.

How to Draw the Legs and Feet of Horses

A horse’s feet are nearly as distinctive to each horse as human fingerprints are to each person. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits all foot for the artist who is interested in painting individual horses.

How to Draw a Standing Hoof with Graphite

A step-by-step demonstration showing you how to draw a standing hoof based on this reference photo.

How to Draw Thunderhead Clouds

In this drawing mini clinic, we’ll look at a six-step process for drawing thunderhead clouds. This method can be used to draw any subject you want to draw.

How to Draw a Horse Using the Grid System

A basic step-by-step lesson on how to use the grid method to draw a horse’s head, neck, and shoulders.

How to Lift Color in a Colored Pencil Drawing

There are ways to lift color and make corrections, even over heavy applications of color. First, let’s take a look at a couple of ways to lift color. Then I’ll show you how to layer fresh color over the damaged area.

How to Draw a Dark Background with Colored Pencil

This step-by-step demonstration shows you one way to draw a dark background on white or light-colored paper.

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