FOUNDATION SKILLS

These resources by no means represent the entire spectrum of tools and software available online. While they are not presented in any particular order, we have tried to conveniently arrange them in a way that will make each section easier to find.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

These are the websites, tutorials, books and other media that we think every aspiring artist ought to know about. Start here when looking for help.

  • Dynamic Sketching 1
    by Peter Han
    Dynamic Sketching 1
    Why We Like It
    Peter Han offers a traditional approach in taking you through the basic drawing skills, by breaking down objects to their most simplistic forms.
  • Analytical Figure Drawing
    by Ron Lemen
    Analytical Figure Drawing
    Why We Like It
    Ron Lemen does an in-depth study of the figure and surface anatomy while focusing on the analysis of form, construction, and perspective of the human structure.
  • Painting with Confidence
    by Learned Squared
    Painting with Confidence
    Why We Like It
    Anthony Jones goes through an intensive 8-week course where he teaches you what it takes to become a better artist and painter through a variety of exercises.
  • How to Draw
    by Scott Robertson and Thomas Bertling
    How to Draw
    Why We Like It
    Scott Robertson and Thomas Bertling show how to accurately draw in perspective by using foundation techniques used by artists, architects, and designers.
  • How to Render
    by Scott Robertson and Thomas Bertling
    How to Render
    Why We Like It
    Scott Robertson and Thomas Bertling teach the fundamentals of lights, shadow, and reflectivity when rendering objects while helping to improve the visual understanding of the world around us.
  • Framed Ink
    by Marcos Mateu-Mestre
    Framed Ink
    Why We Like It
    Marcos Mateu Mestre guides you through visual storytelling by teaching effective composition and shot techniques as well as good environment development in a graphical way.
  • Figure Drawing for All It's Worth
    by Andrew Loomis
    Figure Drawing for All It's Worth
    Why We Like It
    Andrew Loomis goes through his drawing process covering a variety of topics like anatomy, planes and lighting, drawing from a live model, and figures in action.
  • Foundation Group
    through Patreon
    Foundation Group
    Why We Like It
    John Park, Matthew Zikry, and Daniel Park are great in teaching the fundamentals of art and design with the opportunity of work submission and critique.

PAY TO VIEW TUTORIAL VIDEOS

Tutorial videos are a great way to learn new skills in tandem with your main education. Artistic progress is measured in slow, steady improvements in your work and work ethic. Even if you only learn one new thing from a tutorial video, you are still headed in the right direction.

  • Approaching Master Studies
    Kalen Chock
  • Lines, Lines, Lines
    with Scott Robertson
  • Perspective Drawing Series
    with Marshall Vandruff
  • Intro to Marker Rendering Part 2: Color
    by Foundation Patreon
  • Silhouette Design
    by Foundation Patreon
  • Figure Drawing Fundamentals Course
    by Proko
  • Dynamic Figure Drawing Vol. 3: The Body
    with David Finch
  • Approaching Composition
    with Kalen Chock
  • Basics of Composition
    with Daarken
  • Figure Painting: Reclining Female Figure
    with Daarken
  • Portraits in the Wild
    with James Gurney
  • Watercolor in the Wild
    with James Gurney
  • Primate Anatomy Bundle
    with Ben Mauro
  • The Techniques of Scott Robertson
    with Scott Robertson
  • Fundamentals Of Perspective
    with Matthew Zikry
  • Intro to Environment Lighting Part 2: Refinement
    by The Foundation Group
  • Intro to Environment Lighting Part 1: Thumbnails
    by The Foundation Group
  • Intro to Color: Part 2 Still Life
    by Foundation Patreon
  • Intro to Color: Part 3 Virtual Plein Air
    by Foundation Patreon
  • Dynamic Sketching: The Basics
    by The Foundation Group
  • Dynamic Sketching: Hard Surface
    by The Foundation Group
  • Improving Your Line Art
    with Anthony Jones
  • Intro to Brush Pen
    by Foundation Patreon
  • Ideation Drawing
    by Foundation Patreon
  • Speed Designing
    with Anthony Jones
  • Approaching Color
    with Kalen Chock
  • Illustration with Confidence
    with Anthony Jones
  • How to Approach Shape Painting
    with Anthony Jones
  • How to Improve Your Values
    with Anthony Jones
  • Matte Surface Rendering
    by The Foundation Group
  • Dynamic Sketching: Organics
    by The Foundation Group
  • Basic Object Rendering
    by The Foundation Group
  • Intro to Marker Rendering
    by The Foundation Group
  • Compound Geoforms
    by The Foundation Group
  • Material Rendering
    by The Foundation Group
  • Material Rendering
    by The Foundation Group
  • Introduction to Color
    by The Foundation Group
  • More Tutorials Coming Soon

FREE STREAMING TUTORIAL VIDEOS

Tutorial videos are a great way to learn new skills in tandem with your main education. Artistic progress is measured in slow, steady improvements in your work and work ethic. Even if you only learn one new thing from a tutorial video, you are still headed in the right direction.

  • How to Think About Line Weight
    with Scott Robertson
  • Sketching with a Brushpen
    with Scott Robertson
  • How to Draw Noses
    with Aaron Blaise
  • Drawing a Likeness
    with Aaron Blaise
  • How to Draw the Head and Face: Part 1
    with Steve Huston
  • Introduction to Perspective Drawing
    with Marshall Vandruff
  • Quick Sketch: 5 Minutes Part 4
    with Ron Lemen
  • Quick Sketch: 3 Minutes Part 3
    with Ron Lemen
  • Quick Sketch: 2 Minutes Part 2
    with Ron Lemen
  • Quick Sketch: Part 1
    with Ron Lemen
  • Drawing the Perfect Cube: Part 3
    with Ron Lemen
  • Drawing the Perfect Cube: Part 2
    with Ron Lemen
  • How to Draw a Perfect Cube: Part 1
    with Ron Lemen
  • Picture Making Lecture
    with Marshall Vandruff
  • How to Draw and Shade the Human Torso
    by Proko
  • How to Draw the Pelvis from Any Angle: Human Anatomy for Artists
    by Proko
  • Anatomy of the Pelvis for Artists
    by Proko
  • How to Draw the Rib Cage: Human Anatomy for the Artists
    by Proko
  • Anatomy of the Rib Cage for Artists
    by Proko
  • How to Do an Anatomy Tracing
    by Proko
  • How to Draw Structure in the Body: Robo Bean
    by Proko
  • How to Simplify the Motion of the Torso: The Bean
    by Proko
  • Drawing from Life - 3 (Non Nude)
    by New Masters Academy
  • Drawing from Life - 2 (Non Nude)
    by New Masters Academy
  • Landmarks of the Human Body
    by Proko
  • Drawing from Life 1 (Non Nude)
    by New Masters Academy
  • Understanding Composition
    by Blender Guru
  • Picture Making
    with Marshall Vandruff
  • Tips for Color and Lighting
    with Kalen Chock
  • Sketching with Graphite
    with Scott Robertson
  • How to Add Colors to a Grayscale Painting
    with Stanley Artgerm Lau
  • Accuracy: A Drawing Guide
    with Dorian Iten
  • Drawing Demo by Glenn Vilppu
    with Proko
  • Anatomy of the Shoulder Bones
    by Proko
  • Mannequinization Drawing: Example 3
    by Proko
  • How to Draw the Shoulder Bones
    by Proko
  • How to Shade a Drawing
    by Proko
  • Mannequinization Drawing: Example 1
    by Proko
  • Color Wheel Chart Mixing Theory
    by PaintBasket Art Lessons
  • Color Theory
    with Ron Lemen
  • Understanding Color
    with Andrew Price
  • Structure Basics Making Things Look 3D
    by Proko
  • Painting Heads
    with Marcel Domke
  • How to Draw The Perfect Cube
    with Ron Lemen
  • Drawing Measuring Techniques
    by Proko
  • Shading Light and Form Basics
    by Proko
  • Strengthening Foundations
    with Ron Lemen
  • How to Draw: Ortho Views
    with Scott Robertson
  • How to Draw: Freehand Ellipses
    with Scott Robertson
  • Creating Your Own Sources of Inspiration
    by Scott Robertson
  • Improving Your Visual Library Part 1: Vehicles
    by Scott Robertson
  • Photoshop Basics
    by The Foundation Group
  • Photoshop Basics
    with Kalen Chock
  • Aproaching Studies
    with Kalen Chock
  • More Tutorials Coming Soon

BOOKS, MAGAZINES AND PRINTED PUBLICATIONS

Printed media is not dead! There is so much knowledge documented within the pages of books and magazines. Use them to your advantage.

  • Framed Perspective 2
    by Marcos Mateu Mestre
  • Framed Perspective
    by Marcos Mateu Mestre
  • Sketching: The Basics
    by Roselien Steur and Koos Eissen
  • Facial Expressions: A Visual Reference for Artists
    by Mark Simon
  • Successful Drawing
    by Andrew Loomis
  • Figure Drawing: Design and Invention
    by Michael Hampton
  • General Foundation Tutorials
  • The Weatherly Guide to Drawing Animals
    by Joe Weatherly
  • An Atlas of Animal Anatomy for Artists
    by W. Ellenger, H. Braum, and H. Dittrich
  • Dynamic Figure Drawing
    by Burne Hogarth
  • Human Anatomy for the Artist
    by Eliot Goldfinger
  • Color Theory Resource
  • The Visual Story: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media
    by Bruce Block
  • Creative Perspective for Artists and Illustrators
    by Ernest Watson
  • Interpreting the Figure in Watercolor
    with Don Andrews
  • Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter
    with James Gurney
  • 14 Tips for Nailing Composition Like a Pro
    with James Gurney
  • More Tutorials Coming Soon

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