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Through our diverse course library you can pick and choose what you want to learn. The bulk of our course library focuses on figure and portrait drawing. However we also offer up diverse course subjects to help keep you well rounded.
Our site is much more than a bunch of video tutorials. We’ve set up our member area to focus on helping you improve weekly. We welcome you to post your art to our Critique Gallery for informative and encouraging feedback.
Learn how to stay on target through our weekly podcast. We will answer your art related questions keeping you informed, inspired and motivated. We’ve been in the art business since 1990, yes we will answer your business related questions too.
In our membership area you will gain access to countless downloadable PDF’s that offer you high quality photo reference. You will also gain access to our Online Pose videos helping to keep you sharp through timed gesture poses.
A simple organized course structure, hours of drawing lessons, downloadable PDF’s complementing every course, downloadable photo reference and much more
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Our brand new membership site has been designed with help from our most active members. Our members have spoke and we have listened designing a member first site. Our site will provide you with a clean decluttered learning environment helping you to avoid becoming overwhelmed. Take a tour by watching the video below.
Begin Here Step By Step
Our Begin Here Step By Step course is worth the price of your subscription alone. This course will provide you with tried and true drawing techniques. First you will learn how navigate your way though the daunting task of choosing the right materials as well as setting up your studio for success. You will be trained in academic drawing techniques. You will will learn how to control your touch, draw accurate shapes, see light and shade, understand form, model form, manage value ratios, understand light sources, set up your images value structure plus so much more. This is course is set up for the beginner as well as advanced student.
Our articles are here to help you succeed as an artist allowing you to get the most out of your time at Drawing Tutorials Online. Finally discover your true north so you don’t always feel like you are spinning your wheels. Learn the three disciplines every artist must master to become successful. Understand what the core of your practice should be and why. Learn how to control your focus so you are not all over the place with your learning. Discover how to design your life so you are creating art that matters most to you. Understand what motivates you to sit down and create quality artwork and what doesn’t. Our articles help you to take a birds eye view of how your see yourself as an artist.
Figure Drawing Courses
Figure Drawing A Layered Approach
Learn from the same lessons we teach to our foundation drawing class at the School Of Visual Arts. Figure Drawing A Layered Approach is at the heart of our philosophy of working in layers. Proportions, gesture, form, modeling as well as light and shade are all included in this course. This course has well over 11 hours of video along with multiple PDF booklets. This course is designed for artists who really want to master the skill of drawing the figure from life.
The only way to take your figure drawings up to the next level is to understand anatomy. Most of advanced figure drawing is drawing the shape of anatomical features throughout the body. This course will help you do just that. We will start with the bone structure and advance into the muscle structure. This course provides you with detailed explanations of bones and muscles. Download multiple PDF’s along with some excellent photo reference.
This course is for those of you who want to learn how to draw in a realistic academic way. Lessons one and two teach you all about shading with tone. They will provide you with a strong foundation for where to start. Included in lessons one and two are value, value ratios, value structure, reverse gradations, modeling factors and angles and measurements. Lessons three through six will teach you how to render out the detail of your cast drawing.
The Sixty Minute Figure
With over 7 hours of video the main focus behind the 60 Minute Figure is to help you to draw the figure in a systematic, loose, linear way. This course is not about rendering one pose for thirty hours. This course is designed to teach you how to draw the figure in a deliberate way starting with the core. You will learn how to draw the figure from your memory, life and photo reference. This course will teach how to become more balanced as an artist.
Long Pose Figure Drawing
This course is designed for those artist who love to work on long duration figure drawings. This course takes you from the absolute first marks to a completed polished figure drawing. You will see in detail how to model form with both the Prismacolor Col-erase pencil and white charcoal. Discover how to build up soft realistic looking tones modeling all aspects of the figure. You will also learn how to blend parts of the figure into the background.
How To Draw The Foot
This course is taken from our original DVD “How To Draw the Hand & Foot A Layered Approach”. The videos within this course are classics and have taught thousands of artists just like you. These videos are very easy to get through fast. Techniques included are strategic anatomy of the foot, gesture of the foot, angles of the foot, surface planes and light and shade. This course is two hours long and comes with great photo reference for you to download.
Figure Drawing From Memory
Learn how to draw the rough skeleton with gesture incorporating key anatomical features. Progress to learning how to draw form lines giving your figures volume. Learn how to draw specific shape orientated limbs as well as a clear way to draw feet, hands and a solid head. Draw with light and shade incorporating perspective to create atmosphere. This course has well over 7 hours of video. Struggle no longer with drawing the figure from your memory.
How To Draw Hands
This course is taken from our original DVD “How To Draw the Hand & Foot A Layered Approach”. The videos within this course are classics and have taught thousands of artists just like you. These videos are very easy to get through fast. They will give you lot’s of techniques for drawing the hand. Discover how to see the anatomy of the hand in a clear way. Learn how implement drawing the gesture and structure of the hand. This course is two hours long. It comes with downloadable reference.
The Clothed Figure
Taken from one of our early DVD’s How To Draw Fabric A Layered Approach became an instant classic years ago. This course has three parts divided into six lessons. The first part with teach you how to draw a simple fabric. Part two will teach you how to draw a not so simple fabric. Part three will teach you how to draw a very complicated dress. If you struggle with drawing fabric this course will provide you with easy to understand drawing techniques.
Portrait Drawing Courses
We are very passionate about portrait drawing. In our membership area we share with you invaluable portrait drawing techniques that will help you improve quickly. Finally discover the secrets to drawing realistic portraits in a structured learning environment.
This course provides 4 hours of video, downloadable photo reference, plus a downloadable PDF booklet. Learning our six core techniques will provide you with a clear roadmap for drawing a portrait from start to finish.
Three Quarter Portrait
This course will teach you how to draw a three quarter portrait. This jam packed course has close to 7 hours of video. Complimenting the drawing tutorials are high quality photo reference PDF’s and a comprehensive PDF booklet.
How To Draw A Profile
This portrait drawing course has 4 hours of video tutorials. Learn how to draw a realistic likeness through form, texture and proportions. Included with this course is high quality downloadable photo reference and a PDF booklet.
Draw An Older Man
Learn how to draw the character of an older man. In this 4 hour course you will learn how to draw the realistic textures of hair and wrinkled skin. In lesson one we start unconventionally drawing the eye first with all of it’s skin wrinkles.
Matt, without you I couldn’t find a good drawing teacher.
Where I live nobody teaches how to professionally draw the figure. Nobody here cares about anatomy. Even our high art school is dying here, no good old teachers left, no methodology, no anatomy class, no system. I’m so happy that I can learn from you over the internet…
You are a teacher, who I listen to breathlessly, and writing a conspectus so as not to lose a word. Your lectures are so well organized and intense! Even your critiques… Oh, God, this is the best feedback that any artist could get anywhere. I saw a dozen art teachers, I also tried to find a teacher close to home. Very often people are good at drawing but can’t teach. Anyone I could find is far from being as good as you are. You really know your job!
Even if a student is sometimes lazy, even if a drawing wasn’t elaborated enough… In such situations, many teachers usually freak out. But even then you keep calm and know how to stimulate the student and give him a constructive advice.
I’d like to stress it even more, but no words left 🙂 DTO is a great place.Alexander Shunko
Composition Through Landscape
This course will teach you the fundamentals needed to create beautifully composed landscape drawings. In lesson one you will learn how to see and implement value patterns. In lesson two you will discover how to control where the viewer looks. Lesson three will teach you how set up big compositional shapes. In lesson four you will understand the importance of composing with a centerline. Creating motion within your landscape drawings is a big part of lesson five. Finally in lesson six we pull everything together teaching you how to layer all of the techniques seamlessly. This course has well over 17 hours of video. A downloadable PDF booklet comes with every lesson.
Master Class Series
With close to 8 hours of video this Master Class Series will teach you how to analyze the works of a variety of artists. Learn the fine points of image making by studying the works of William Adolphe Bouguereau, Howard Pyle, Anders Zorn, Norman Rockwell, Thomas Eakins, John William Waterhouse as well as Tom Lovell. Each master class lesson comes with it’s own downloadable PDF. Learn how these masters controlled where the viewer looks first, second and third. Discover how these masters used edge variety to their benefit. Understand how each one of these masters used a specific color palette aligned with their personal style. Learn how each one of these artists used line and tone. Plus learn how these artists used a process to create consistently great work time and time again.
This course will teach you the fundamentals needed to understand and fully implement perspective into your drawings. In lesson one you will learn how to see one point perspective. You will start to understand how to start a perspective drawing both from life and from photo reference. In lesson two you will discover all aspects of two point perspective. Two point perspective is certainly the most common perspective used. Lesson three will teach you how to see three point perspective. Understanding how to use perspective in a strategic way will help you in creating dynamic images that grab the viewer’s attention. This perspective course takes the fear out of learning perspective once and for all with our simplified approach. This course has 10 hours of video. A downloadable PDF booklet comes with every lesson.
As An Added Bonus Gain Access To Our Archive Site
Since we’ve been in the business of online education since 2008 we’ve created a lot of very valuable content, much too much to list on this one page. We want to help you learn and grow by giving you access to our archive site. Our original membership site now acts as an additional resource for members who want to dive in even deeper.
“Matt – I’d like to thank you for this site. It’s an invaluable resource for people like me – adults who work full-time and are unable to take traditional classes, but still truly want to learn the proper way to draw the human figure. Being able to log in whenever I have time and work at my own pace is great, and the feedback you provide is the icing on the cake.”Jami M. Lynn
“There has always been art that has inspired me but never ART INSTRUCTION, until now. Feels like I have a secret playbook to creating great drawings.”Dave Jasinski
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