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the BASIC TECHNIQUE series

To draw you need pencils, a desire to draw, and knowledge of the basic techniques.

The DRAW WITH MIKE videos are designed to provide the knowledge you need - in a very easy to understand form. And they build step-by-step from one video to the next.

No fluff - they are deliberately concise but packed full of help, information, and advice.

A professional graphite artist for over 40 years, I know the techniques and the tricks. I know the common errors too, and I understand what you need to know, because they're based on my 8-week Drawspace Beginners course.

The pencil chisel point
The Chisel Point
Duration:
8½ mins
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Pencil leads and their grades
Pencil Grades
Duration:
7¼ mins
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Choosing Pencil Types and pencil leads
Choosing Pencils & Leads
Duration:
9¼ mins
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First Steps in pencil drawing
First Steps
Duration:
10 mins
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Layering and Burnishing to create smooth shading and intense darks with graphite pencil
Layer and Burnish
Duration:
10½ mins
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Graphite pencil tapered lines - Why and how to draw tapered lines.
Tapered Lines
Duration:
9½ mins
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Shading and Blending a lovely lily - excellent shading practice!
Shade and Blend a Lily
Duration:
11¼ mins
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Linear Shading - hatching, cross-hatching, scribble, and stippling explained
Linear Shading
Duration:
10¼ mins
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Contour Shading - hatching, cross-hatching, and flat shading following the surface contour - and blending of the result
Contour Shading
Duration:
10¼ mins
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Tonal Shading - flat and gradated shading following the perspective of the subject - and blending of the result
Tonal Shading
Duration:
10½ mins
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Erasing Basics - the different types of eraser.  Which erasers to use, which to avoid, and why
Erasing Basics
Duration:
8¼ mins
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Erasing Selectively - cutting shapes into existing drawing
Erasing Selectively
Duration:
10¾ mins
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Erasing to Fine Tune - fine-tuning values in pencil drawing
Erasing to Fine Tune
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10¼ mins
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Indenting Basics - All the basic techniques of intending directly to your paper in pencil drawing
Indenting Basics
Duration:
13½ mins
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Indirect Indenting - Indenting through a cover sheet to your paper in pencil drawing with all the benefits and problems explained
Indirect Indenting
Duration:
7½ mins
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Graphite Indenting - Indenting with a hard grade pencil to your paper in pencil drawing with all the benefits and problems explained
Graphite Indenting
Duration:
12½ mins
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Introduction to breaking a drawing down into manageable sections
Divide and Conquer
Duration:
12 mins
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Crispin Gundry
I have found Mike's videos really helpful in my drawing development. The techniques are well explained and demonstrated with examples of what they look like in his artwork. These will work for any subject you wish to draw. I highly recommend these video tutorials if you are wishing to expand your drawing skill and understanding of basic techniques and their applications.

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