References, 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.

Watercolor Painting –
Check out Stan Miller on YouTube  Start with Lesson 1 on composition, Then Lesson 2 & 3. Watch the rest when you have time. He is amazing!

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. 

Drew Struzan, You may not know his name but you will recognize his work for his movie billboards. I am currently drawn to his charcoal sketches on gray paper. I love the depth he gets in his drawings. His border within the drawing is very striking! I prefer to search on images of Drew Strazan.

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!)