Hi friends! Today I want to encourage you to draw whatever the heck you want to! Don’t worry if it is too weird or too common. If you are inspired by it, draw it!
I had more fun sketching this colorful ramen bowl than I have on anything else in a long while! Don’t worry if what you want to draw is odd, just draw it!
That’s what your sketchbook is for! Your sketchbook is for YOU! Pick something interesting and challenging and give your brain a good workout as you pick apart how to draw it. When you challenge yourself you grow, and growth is the key to avoiding burnout. If you are feeling bored in your current art/life routine find something that’s a little it bit hard but within reach of your skill level. This approach can apply to any hobby whether it be drawing, sports, music or any skill you wish to improve. Working towards mastering a skill, technique or medium brings long-lasting pleasure and the great thing is with art is there is so much to learn!
Since it is Memorial Day weekend there are bound to be sales and Arteza is offering an
EXTRA 20% off all supplies on their website with coupon code MEMORIAL20 I will link to comparable products that I have personally used from Arteza that would work for today’s tutorial so you can get a deal. Honestly, I have used most of Artezas products and I recommend them highly with the exception of their watercolor paints, they are OK and well priced but there are other budget brands that I prefer. 🙂
This watercolor sketchbook is very similar to what I used today. I also recommend their colored pencils, Gouache (this is the 24 set, 60 set also available), Real Brush watercolor ink Pens (12-96 pen sets available) and Waterbrush set of 5 (pushbutton style, I used these in the video)
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Specific supplies I used *Feel free to substitute with the supplies you already own.
40% off any class with coupon code MEM2019
Click the discount link for the class you want below to learn more about the course and the 40% off coupon will be automatically applied if you choose to purchase it.
This deal ends on May 28, 2019 but you can take as long as you want to complete the classes so it’s a good chance to stock up while they are on sale!
I hope you enjoyed today’s sketchbook Sunday and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! Today we will draw and paint some crocus flowers! This would be pretty to paint on a greeting card to send someone a springtime greeting. Crocuses are often the first flowers of spring and they even pop up through the snow! Talk about optimism!
In this beginner watercolor tutorial you will learn how to paint translucent flower petals and add details.
Supplies (Affiliate links to Arteza and Amazon used, if shopping on the Arteza website use coupon code FRUGAL10 for 10% off)
If you would like more flower painting watercolor tutorials check out my Watercolor Flower Workshop! I hope your first full day of spring is a good one and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends, here is a bright and cheerful painting you can paint!
Clearly I am ready for spring and I love watching these sweet birds on the thistle feeder out my back window. To tide us (in the North) over until warm weather returns you can paint this sweet painting. Watch the video to see how!
Supplies (Affiliate links used)
If you liked this tutorial and want more in-depth instructions for painting birds you may enjoy my class Technique Toolbox: Feather’s and Foul. That class explores painting birds and feathers in detail should you want more:) Thanks for painting with me today and til next time happy crafting!
Edited to add giveaway winner: Congrats to Tara Chan who won the complete sketching set from Royal & Langnickel! Please check your email for details:)
Hi friends! The time has finally come! Learn to Draw with Lindsay is open for enrollment! All the lessons are up in the classroom and ready when you sign up! You can work through the lessons at your own pace and, as with all of my online classes, you get lifetime access!
This class contains nearly 8 hours of step by step video instruction to teach you the fundamentals of drawing. The first 10 lessons focus on charcoal and graphite and are designed to teach you to draw what you see.
You will learn how to:
- Break a complex picture up to basic shapes
- Turn basic shapes into three-dimensional forms by shading
- See the difference between tonal values
- Use linework to help your drawing
- Draw scenes in correct perspective
- Use negative space to accurately place your subject.
- Start drawing today by employing techniques to turn off the inner critic and start creating!
Then we branch out into other drawing mediums that can help you make the leap from drawing to painting!
I have taught students of all ages to draw and you do not need “natural talent” to be successful. I created this class so anyone can learn to draw on their own schedule from the comfort of their home at a much lower price than my in-person classes. The regular price for this course is $79 but I want my faithful viewers to get the best price so I am offering it for half off this month. Use the coupon code DRAWME if the discounted price doesn’t show up. If you have painted for years but have struggled with the drawing or had to rely on patterns to get started this class is for you! If you are a homeschooling family wanting to broaden your art curriculum this class is for you! If you have a curious mind and want to experience the rewarding feeling of joy and satisfaction when you learn to draw what you see this class is for you to! Everyone is welcome in my classroom! Click here to find out more or enroll at 50% off today!
EDIT: If you are buying a payment plan use the coupon code DRAWMEX3 to get the discount on each payment.
To celebrate the launch of my new class I thought it would be fun to draw and paint with inexpensive chalk pastels. We will be painting an orchid on toded paper, you can use any shade of paper or cardstock you like but grey of soft blue would be especailly lovely for this. You can watch the live broadcast or replay in the player below but if you want to chat with fellow painters or ask me questions live be sure to tune in on the YouTube watch page at 12:30 ET today!
You only need a few basic supplies to take my new class. This set from Royal & Langnickel has everything you need for the first 10 lessons and they are giving a set away to one lucky reader! I will choose a winner at random from a comment left on this blog post! Due to shipping restrictions this giveaway is only open to USA and Canada residents. Thanks to Royal & Langnickel for providing the prize!
Lastly I want to thank you for your support as I was building Learn to Draw with Lindsay, your kind comments on Instagram and emails asking after the class made my day. I hope it meets your expectations because I know that you can learn to draw and create whatever wonderful artwork you put your mind to! Thanks for sharing in my excitement today and as always, happy crafting!
Hi friends! Today we are starting a new series called “Sketchbook Sunday” where I share a process video from my own personal sketchbook. I have developed the habit of getting up before other members of my family on sunday mornings, making coffee, putting on a podcast or audio book and working in my sketchbook. I’d often share photos of my sketchbook work on Instagram later that day and many folks asked me if I had a video tutorial of the projects so last week I let the camera roll as I worked and then I took the footage and narrated it.
I hope you enjoy this time-lapse and more than that I hope you make a bit of time every week to work in your sketchbook too:)
Supplies I used:
Speaking of sketching I am working on a new online drawing course. Here is a sneak peek!
My new drawing class will be in my online school on March 9th 2018. Stay tuned for an exclusive discount offer for current viewers! Drawing and sketching can provide so much happiness and satisfaction and I am so excited to help people learn how to draw! Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!
Hi Friends! I totally skipped Inktober Friday and I did not go with the Inktober prompt yesterday, instead I am honoring 2 viewer requests: 1. Draw a Pumpkin and 2. Use Inktense pencils:
You can see my process in today’s video!
Supplies I used:
OK, now for my
excuses reasons I did not have an inktober sketch Friday or today. Friday it took all I had to get the live show up and going and the kids were off school (4 day Columbus weekend) and today I did actually sketch but I wasn’t in my filming location (because that was strewed with various supplies for a card tutorial coming up this week) and honestly the sketch is not totally done but perhaps I will snap a pic of in the morning and post it to Instagram. Look at me, falling of the wagon and making excuses already LOL! The kids are off tomorrow too and we just bought paint to repaint the girls bedrooms so I am not holding out hope that I will get tomorrow’s Inktober done either but you never know. I’ll be painting something either way:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! I am feeling a bit under the weather today, I have a sore throat. I had two kids home sick today and the school secretary said that middle-schoolers were dropping like flies (and I chaperoned a class trip with the entire middle school Friday!) I thought while my voice held out and since it was the first day of Spring (paying no attention to the foot of snow on my lawn) that I would paint a springy picture!
This was one f of the reference pictures I asked you to vote on last week and so many of you liked it so how could I refuse!
Watch the video and sketch along! I am using watercolor pencils but you can use what you have, if graphite blend with your fingers and if wax pencil you can blend with paint thinner or leave it unblended. It is daily practice that will make you better, not a certain kind of materials:)
I am using Aquablend Pencils from Spectrum Noir. They come in sets of 24 (4 sets total-primaries, naturals, florals, essentials) with no duplicate colors between sets. Because things sell out quickly I found a few shops that have them in stock at an affordable price. *If you want all 4 sets the best price is at Hallmark Scrapbook when you buy the collection.
Shops & Prices
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If you want more spring painting tutorials in watercolor or watercolor pencils please check out my Paintings for Spring YouTube playlist! There are different length videos so you can try something according to your time and it’s free! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Hi friends! A fun way to learn how to draw is to copy the drawing of the old masters. Trying out someone else’s style can help you develop your own!
This is a time-lapse, if you want real-time drawing tutorials let me know in the comments, meanwhile enjoy this quick video!
I am using the supplies that came in my Smart Art Box, it is so fun to challenge myself to use the supplies in the box each month! They also deliver to many countries. I also wanted to mention if you don’t like subscription boxes because you are afraid you will already have the stuff in the box they also sell past boxes (while supplies last) so you can buy a kit you are sure to use!
Creatacolor Artist Pencils (black, sepia, white)
Creatacolor NERO Charcoal sticks and pencils
(Eraser if desired-does not come in kit)
Old Masters Drawings I copied:
Pietro Berrettini- Study of a Young Woman (real-time 10 minutes)
Jean-Baptiste Greuze – Head of a Girl (real-time 11 minutes)
Peter Paul Rubens-Portrait of Susanna Fourment (real-time 16 minutes)
Let me know if you would like real-time drawing tutorials! I would be happy to film some:) Here are close-ups of the drawings I did in the video:
Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!
Sponsored by Smart Art Box
Hi friends! I have been having a lot of fun sketching the past few days. I think I like the minimal amount of supplies and effort while I have been feeling under the weather. All of the supplies I am using came in this months SmartArt subscription box but of course you can use what you have. I want to thank Smart Art for sponsoring this video and let you know that they are now shipping to Canada as well as the US. Now, grab your charcoal and let’s get sketchy!
The first video is in real-time with live narration. We discuss a lot of techniques as well as finding the light source and shading. Email subscribers will need to click over to watch the video and see the projects because video thumbnails are not visible in emails. Enjoy!
It’s fun AND easy! I also got a chance to upload a speed draw of the moon tutorial I showed in the fist video. I’m glad I sped it up because that was as long as my voice lasted today. I am so wishing I bought stock in Kleenex this week! Enough of the snot-talk, here is the tutorial. 😀 This is also part of the #lovefallart collaboration with the Creative Arts Community on YouTube! Oh and I added 2 things that were not in the SmartArt kit: Hairspray and white chalk, now you can enjoy. 😉
If you want to see what is in next’s month’s Smart Art box (and create right along with me with the same supplies) make sure to visit Smart Art and subscribe, the boxes get cheaper the longer you sign up for. I’ve got 3 boxes so far and they have all been a great value of high quality supplies. To find out more visit SmartArtBox.com. I hope this inspired you to grab some simple supplies and draw, it is so much fun and you don’t need a ton of supplies to do it. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!