Hot Fine Art How-Tos

How To: Create a one point perspective drawing

This video demonstrates how to create a one point perspective drawing. You begin by making a horizon line across your paper and adding diagonal lines from the corners which will all converge at a single point along your horizon line. You can then create boxes by creating squares or rectangles around the lines extending from the central point. The outer edges of your rectangle can further be connected to your single point in order to create a 3-dimensional shape for the boxes and cubes which y...

How To: Draw a realistic female eye

Drawing realistically proportioned eyes is one of the many aspects that make drawing the human face such a challenge for artists. This video demonstrates and includes detailed instructions for how to draw a realistic female eye in pencil. No kooky giant anime eyes here, this one looks real!

How To: Begin drawing backgrounds

Once you've learned to draw sculptural forms in perspective you will naturally want to begin placing several objects within a common space. You would like to draw a background. The trouble is, when drawing in perspective, there is no flat background. It helps to map out the space using halfway points to make note of significant objects. Watch this four part instructional video to draw several objects against a single background.

How To: Make a simple clay and ash glaze

This method of making glaze utilizes environmental supplies. That way there's no need to rely on a clay supply store, so it's great to save money or time if it's a distance to the nearest supplier. Watch this video pottery tutorial and learn how to make a simple ceramic glaze for firing out of clay remnants and wood ash. It's appropriate for use on raw glazing projects as well.

How To: Make a plaster bat for drying out your wet clay

Simon Leach is an online pottery instruction legend, and in this three-part video, he instructs us in a procedure somewhat outside his normal area of expertise by creating a homemade plaster bat, which is basically a flat plaster block used for drying wet clay. For the hardcore at-home ceramics whiz this could be a very fun and rewarding project. Just make sure you are comfortable working with both plaster and clay!

How To: Print, Cut & Fold Your Own DIY Hermès Handbag

Yay, you can now own the iconic Hermès bag for next to nothing! There's one catch—it's made of paper. Hermès is currently offering several free downloadable templates for the "Kelly Paper Bag" on the company's Facebook page. Not exactly usable in the traditional sense, but it still comes directly from the official Hermès design studio, and who doesn't love papercraft?

How To: Draw people using boxes

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw people using boxes. Start off by drawing a box for the head, then a box for the body that is bigger then the top box. Keep drawing boxes and rectangles to make the entire body, tracing over it with lines, then filling the body in with muscles and bones. After this, make the face and add on hair to the body. Use shading to make the figure look more realistic. The boxes should give you an outline of where each body part will go, and give you a guide on how...

How To: Make a pencil dress

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a pencil dress with Amaka. First, take your measurements all around your body in the chest, waist, and hips. Next, take a really large shirt and measure it to your body parts. Then, trace your measurements with a piece of chalk. After this, cut out the sleeves and collar from the large shirt. Now you will fold the square you are left with in half, then cut out the shape of your body from the shirt. After this, unfold the dress and sew it with a sewing ma...

How To: Collar a cylinder

This video shows how to collar a cylinder. The collar of a cylinder is a plate or ring used under the head of the cylinder for a lock. Put the clay on the spinner. Mold the clay while spinning the spinner. Mold it first to the shape you want. Tighten the neck of the vase that you are molding. By tightening the neck of the vase, you are now shaping the collar of the vase. Shape it to the size and design you want. Enjoy making your own vase with the color you want.

How To: Make a slap tag

Slap tags, or sticker tags, are faster, and less risky, than freestyle graffiti or stencil tags. You can design your slap tag, and put them up inconspicuously wherever you go. This how-to video shows an easy method for designing your slap tag, and even offers a tip on getting stickers on the cheap.

How To: Take photographs like Gregory Crewdson

In this Ovation TV original special, acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson shares with us his insight into his photographic techniques. Like a film, he uses a lot of production, a lot of lighting, a lot of set design. He is an American photographer best known for elaborately staged, surreal scenes of American homes and neighborhoods. Learn how to take pictures like this master artist.

How To: Draw trees using a charcoal pencil

A pine tree is an excellent addition to landscape renderings. This video demonstrates how to draw stylized pine trees using a basic charcoal pencil. First start with the frame or trunk of the tree, then add slight branches. Using your charcoal pencil, shade in the branches with careful strokes to represent pine needles.

How To: Cut plate glass

This is a Fine Art video tutorial where you will learn how to cut plate glass. Measure the plate glass and make sure the measurements are correct. Then place the guide along the line of the cut, take your glass cutter and score along the edge of the guide. If the plate is small in size, take the base of the cutter and place it underneath the score mark and apply equal pressure with your hands on both sides of the score. The plate will snap with a nice clean cut. Another way to snap the glass ...

How To: Spray paint with a layering technique

Try out a layering technique using spray paint. Always wear a mask when painting with spray paint indoors. Create interesting compositions on old shopping bags. Add depth and tone to stencils by building up layers of material texture, drawing and spray paint. Dry your work with a heat gun if you have one.

How To: Draw a cool graffiti design

Talented graffiti-artist-for-hire Wizard here demonstrates a user-requested drawing of a cholo figure and some very elaborate script. As will most of his demonstrations, he works in pencil and black ink on grid paper, creating small and somewhat austere designs with undeniable virtuosity and charm. His demonstration services are quite a bargain at only $5!

How To: Draw the Eiffel Tower

Don't have enough cash to go to Paris this summer? Bring Paris to your bedroom for no money down with help from this drawing tutorial. Learn how to draw the Eiffel Tower with help from Drawing Now. Search WonderHowTo for more videos from Drawing Now to learn how to draw a variety of sujects, characters and cartoons!

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