References & Sources for Drawing and Painting – Links

Artistic Reference Sites & some HOW TO!

This page is the start of a collection of favorite sites for drawing and painting reference and LEARNING. See my Inspiration page for finished words.

THE encyclopedia for watercolor is They include a ton of information on papers, brushes, paints, palettes, technique, and much more!

Watercolor Painting –
Check out Stan Miller on YouTube  Watch all 3 Composition Lesson 1 
First talks about the differences in visual pathways Left vs. Right brain
Lesson 2 he shows examples of the masters. Greatest point of contrast and greatest point of  interest. Lesson 3  More of the same. Words of the song vs. the music. Watch the rest when you have time. He is amazing!


Watch Sean D’Souza’s YouTube.
Watercolor Bead Wash,  Paint these washes on an angle so the water and pigment flows horizontally  down the paper with a bead. As you move down with a bead wash DO NOT go back or you disturb the wash. You will get a bloom!! Wait until it drys if you must correct something. you can change the color as you carry the bead down. Skies are not all the exact blue. mix up the sky with a yellow or violet. But you must do it while the bead is wet. 
Part 1 of 3  Choosing the brush, big and comes to a tip
Part 2 Glazing over a first wash
Part 3 He does the washes on thin paper. He shows how to keep the bead. Which size brush depends on the area you will cover.
Watercolor washes: how to get them wrong

Figure and Life Drawing

Figure Drawing Models and References:
Croquis Cafe. This is like actual life drawing with live nude models. It was on YouTube but because of nudity you must watch them on Vimeo. You need to set up a login. In February they produce one per day, normally one per week.

LoveLifeDrawing, Excellent lessons on drawing the figure and much more!! They collaborate with a site on Vimeo called Croquis Café. 

Other figure drawing reference images:  This is very good. and
Jeff Watts: Friday Night Workshop – August 29, 2014 Excellent 3 hr YouTube  showing 5 and 3 minute life drawings. Other YouTubes from Watts Atelier
Jeff Watts follows the Frank Reilly Method of drawing figures. Google Reilly Method for sample images. 

Friday Evening Figure Drawing. These currently have clothed models doing real time poses.

Portrait Drawing
Portrait Photo Reference – Danny Santos. He is a photographer who takes amazing candid portraits of interesting people. His sites are excellent sources of drawing reference.     facebook/    Danny Santos Portraits-of-strangers, He describes in shooting Portraits of strangers how he approaches strangers and what he says. I found this inspiring and motivating.

Photo Portrait Tips to improve your look. (PHurley links also on “interesting portraits”)
These videos are excellent for posing portrait photography. He has many more on his YouTube page.
“It’s all about the Squinch!” Peter Hurley 
This YouTube talks about your eyes and how lightly squinting makes you look better!

“It’s all about the Jaw!”   Peter Hurley
This YouTube is about how to position your jaw. Forehead out-Jaw down
Peter Hurley’s web page has amazing portrait examples

General Drawing

Sycra Yasin’s resources. Sycra is a very talented artist. He has many excellent drawing tutorial on YouTubes. This is a link to his drawing tutorials. Sycra’s Drawing Tutorials. Sycra on Composition (Note: There is nudity in these links!)