50 Heads Drawing Challenge

Take the 50 heads drawing challenge with me to become a better artist. Draw 5 heads per day for 10 days. Use hashtag #50JuiceHeads to post your work to share our progress.

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Portrait drawing demo with artist Xiaonan

I did a portrait drawing demo with artist Xiaonan, creator of the popular YouTube channel "The Portrait Art". We did a succession of rapid portraits for my 50 Heads Drawing Challenge and talked all things art in the process, my professional history, my drawing thought process and much more.

To find out details about the 50 Heads Drawing Challenge and how to enter go here:

To visit Xianon's channel go here:



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Problem with arm control and drawing with accuracy

How to Begin Controlling Your Mark Making

A student of mine recently asked about mark making and pencil control when drawing portraits with traditional media.

He says, "can you give me some advice in relation with the pencil grip and arm control? actually I do want to draw with just my arm and shoulder movement. I see that great masters do it that way, but it's pretty difficult. I know it requires practice but can you help me with some trick or something, because I feel that I loose a lot of accuracy and precision.

There's no 'trick' or magic or even a pill for this that'll make it suddenly better.

To start, in the early stages of doing a new motion/skill, even if you've been doing it for a while, everything is kind of random. You are doing it a mix of wrong and right, and you really can't tell when you are in either camp, and, there are a lot of completing movements that are trying to take over, most of which you are not conscious of.

According to Troy Grady, who teaches...

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