How to Draw: Two Point Perspective

Today I released a few new videos that I hope everyone enjoys.  I talked with an old friend who told me a few things to make better and, although I still have a ways to go, this crop is pretty cool.

I decided to start with 2 point perspective, because I thought it would be a great use of some of the new editing techniques to make the videos tighter.  I really hope you enjoy the video below.

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It helps keep everything going.



How to Observe for a Drawing

I made a sketchnote handout for my students about good habits to form when learning observational drawing. Observational drawing is the simple act of looking at a 3D object and transforming it into a 2D artwork showing it as accurately as possible.

The simple piece of advice is to never keep your eyes off the drawing or the subject being drawn for long.

The more complex advice is to use the first thing you draw as your “moment of truth,” by which everything else you draw can be measured. Basically, just draw one part of the drawing and if something is twice as tall as it in real life, make sure it is in your drawing. Don’t be lazy, check everything. Feel free to use a measuring stick if you are really precise, but that is a whole article in itself.


Drawing Supplies: 3 Different Levels

Drawing Supplies

level 1-

A level one drawer is someone who already cares enough to want everything they are going to need when working on a drawing, but for reasons of time, money, or just life in general, they don’t have interest in getting anything more than the basics.  This is a perfect amount to buy if you are taking an art class, but aren’t sure how into it you are going to get.  In other words this is perfect for anyone who has my art class.

  1.  A Pencil Case
  2. Regular Pencils
  3. Large White Erasers (why leave a pink residue?)
  4. A Decent Set of Colored Pencils (no more searching in bins for “the same color.”)
  5. A Sharpener with a Shaving Catcher (empty it once per drawing, much neater.)
  6. Permanent Markers (you don’t have to have them, but they sure do help.)
  7. A Sketchbook (around 9×12)   (spiral bound lose pages slower)


A level 2 artist might be someone who is really starting to get into drawing.  They know that now is the time they need to be practicing as much as possible.  They need all the things mentioned before, but now they need some more specialized tools in order to explore and discover what it is they want to explore with drawing.  Other than the things in level 1, and a zillion blank pieces of paper…

  1.  Upgrade to an Art Bin (like the pros)
  2. Blending Stumps (awesome secret tool)
  3. Metallic Markers (because they are lit!)
  4. Kneaded Erasers (bendable to erase even the tiniest marks)
  5. Definitely Upgrade Your Sharpener (those tiny things are for chumps)
  6. A Killer Set of Colored Pencils (choices are nice)
  7. Or my favorite guilty art supply pleasure… GEL PENS (Don’t Judge Me!)


Level 3:

A level 3 artist is someone who has decided drawing, but more importantly, ART is for them and they are willing to spend their extra money, extra time, and really try out being an artist as a way of life (and learning.)  Other than all the supplies and required commitment to your adventure in art, there is one final art supply that every artist has used since the beginning of time to take their artwork from average to everlasting…

  1.  Practice

art supplies





How to Draw: Landscape

Drawing a landscape is an important thing to learn in your journey as an artist for many reasons.  The most important of which is learning how to properly use a horizon line.  Although the importance of the horizon line cannot be underestimated, the different lessons about how to make things appear closer and farther away (atmospheric perspective.)  Here is the video, I hope you enjoy.

***UPDATE***  I am adding my sketchnotes for easy use.


I would suggest checking out this DRAWING SET  and maybe add in these DUAL TIP MARKERS…  as of this lesson you might also want a nice SET OF COLORED PENCILS.  As always, Thanks for reading, listening, and watching… and hopefully drawing too.

How to Draw: The Hand (video and sketchnotes)

Drawing the hand is an important thing to learn on your journey as an artist. It can help you in many ways, but the most important is that it gives you an infinitely variable challenge for your drawing practice. It’s always with you, you can’t forget to bring it with you, infinite different poses, and it helps practice shape, form, shading, line, observation, and rendering skills. In short, IT’S LIT!

I hope you liked/ didn’t mind the new video intro and closer. Youtube told me to do it. lol. Here is a page of sketchnotes based off the video in case you want to base your own on it, or even just print out mine.

hand sketchnotes

I really hope you enjoyed learning about the only tool you ever need to practice drawing(except maybe THIS THING or maybe THESE) Don’t be too good for Sammy the Snail!!!

How to Draw: Bubble Letters (and prison) video and sketchnotes

This time we will be talking about something that is very basic and quite easy to succeed at, bubble letters.  I know they seem super basic to some of you, while others are thinking that you can’t even write normal letters very well, but don’t worry (my handwriting is horrible) in the video and the sketchnotes I lay out a pretty simple system that makes any bubble letter, number, symbol, random shape, pretty easy.  All it takes is a little practice to get great at it!

The other reason I made a video for bubble letters is that it teaches you how to make a connection between what your eye sees, the line or shape your mind wants to represent, and your hand holding the art supply.  This is a fluency skill when it comes to art.  You need to learn to speak the language of drawing in the same way a talented musician “speaks the language” of their instrument fluently.  The goal is to reach a place where seeing becomes drawing automatically.  Sounds impossible, I know, but it is easy with practice.

Anyway heres my great video complete with story about prison!!!

As has become our custom I later finished up the page and created a sketchnote that shows all the information I hope people are taking away from this lesson.

letter sketchnotes

Please like and subscribe to MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL if you liked the video and I would love any comments about what you would like to see me do in the future, or how to make things better (or worse) in any way.  I suggest THIS KIT. if you want to join in the fun.  It has pretty much everything you need.  Thanks.

Shading the Sphere: basic knowledge for realistic drawing

Shading the sphere is a crucial lesson when it comes to how light effects, and can be drawn interacting with, all 3-D objects.  I have been teaching it as an introduction to success in realism for over a decade to students of all ages.  I decided I would also continue with our theme of sketchnotes by taking what I made in the video and decorating it with all the information I didn’t have time to write or draw during the video.

The following video is something you might want to watch more than once, because I cannot stress enough how important and constantly applicable this information is throughout a lifetime of drawing.

After I finished the video I was naturally inclined to complete a sketchnote as I would always do, but then I remembered I have a blog to share that with too now!  So here is how it turned out in the end.  I tried to make it so that someone might be able to learn it just from the sketchnotes, and not need me talking.

sphere sketchnotes

Well, I hope you learned something about drawing, sketchnotes, or hopefully a whole lot about both!  Thanks for reading, watching, and listening.  For more info on sketchnotes check these posts out too:

Sketchnotes: Handout and Video or

Why sketchnotes work


Sketchnotes: Handout and Video

I decided there could be no better way to explain sketchnotes and how clearly they can get ideas across than to use sketchnotes to do it.  Below are the sketchnotes I made from BCPS meetings and my own research (both action and otherwise.)

sketchnotes handout

As you may have picked up, the reason I decided to write a blog was not so I could share my flawless writing skillz with the world.  Therefore, as a curtousy to all of you I decided to explain this with a video.  It is basically just what I would say to you if you were sitting in front of me being handed this at a workshop, meeting, etc.

Make sure to like and subscribe to MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL.  I hope this was helpful, and I hope you made sketchnotes along with me 🙂 Also if you are thinking of joining along, I suggest THIS KIT.  It looked like the best thing for a good price to cover it all.