A collection of online resources I’ve found particularly useful or inspiring.
Tuition & Video Channels
Many of these are YouTube channels with frequently updated content, so if you have YouTube account it might be worth subscribing to any channel you find interesting to get all the new videos in one place. Warning: Some of the links go to pages with autoplay videos.
Videos covering the fundamentals of figure and portrait drawing. Everything from how to sharpen and hold a pencil to the Robo Bean. His ever-expanding collection of lessons go into detail about how to draw anatomy. Click the title to go directly to Proko.com or click here for a direct link to his video channel.
Videos showing in detail how to paint realism with oil. Even if you use a different medium or don’t follow the technique precisely there are valuable lessons in how to see colour and value. There is also an active forum and question & answer videos.
Paul Foxton’s site is full of valuable information about the core skills of drawing and painting: composition, values, colour perception, edge control, with practical exercises and some really useful advice about the process of learning.
Jeff Watts is one of those rare teachers who has great talent and can communicate what he’s doing as he’s doing it. Watch his Friday Night Live sessions to look over his shoulder as he discusses anything and everything to do with art training.
An introduction to the fundamentals of painting and drawing, including video demonstrations and exercises. He started me on the right track with his lessons on the basics of using acrylics.
Cesar has impressive technical skills in realist art and his videos cover all kinds of topics relating to art, from technical advice through to inspiration and motivation.
Really useful and inspiring videos. Watch her introductory video for a summary.
A detailed week-by-week account of her experiences at a traditional atelier, with lots of progress reports on her current work and details about the lessons learnt and the thinking process behind her decisions
A mixture of live streaming of Florent in his studio as he paints, lessons on specific topics and live stream analysis of specific artists.
The real-time Wake and Draw episodes are great to draw along with. A high-res reference photo is in the video description.
Inspiring just to watch him draw. Watch him build up a figure from a basic structure using dynamic lines and a deep knowledge of anatomy.
His Quick Sketch videos are particularly useful for showing the different ways to construct the figure.
Watch over his shoulder as he creates wonderfully fluid figure drawings and portratis in oil and charcoal. Many are short teasers, but there are some longer videos if you scroll to the bottom of the list.
Figure Drawing Reference
Scroll down to the bottom for the figure reference videos. Nude and non-nude.
Timed figure reference in real-time. Non-nude.
Lessons and real-time timed figure reference. Nudity.
Updated daily with posts covering all aspects of art, this blog by James Gurney (author of the Dinotopia series) includes his own sketches with photos or video of the work in progress.
I love the way Terry Miura paints, and luckily he’s very open with his working methods. His posts go in to detail about the decisions he makes throughout the painting process.
These tend to be long conversations. I find them ideal for playing in the background as I paint or draw. Sometimes I need silence, but often I find listening to speech helps me focus — better still, listening to people talk about art.
These are links to websites, but it’s more convenient to subscribe to the podcasts using iTunes (or similar).
Interviews with artists, updated weekly.
Artists Tony Curanaj and Edward Minoff talk art with a range of guests.
More interviews with artists.
Art history and interviews with figurative sculptors by Jason Arkles.
Brooks Jensen talks about photography with an emphasis on the creative process rather than cameras.