Art techniques: top tutorials for painting and drawing


Part of honing your skills as an artist involves learning how to represent the world around you: animals, people, landscapes and so on. The other part involves getting to grips with art techniques – mastering composition, light, shadow and so on. 

Creative Bloq regularly invites the industry's most exciting artists to share their best pro drawing techniques. In this article, we bring together a host of fantastic tutorials to help you add more pro art techniques to your creative arsenal – whether you're looking to improve your sketching skills, learn how to add perspective or capture movement. You'll be able to explore some different styles, as well. 

You'll find a mixture of traditional and digital tutorials below. Regardless of medium, each one provides insight into a wide range of different art techniques that can be applied to any art project – so dive in.

After something slightly different? We also have roundups of great Photoshop tutorials, general how to draw tutorials and vector art tutorials.

Improve your art

01. 14 art techniques to improve your work

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Tiny tweaks and adjustments to your drawings can have a big impact on the final outcome. In this art techniques article, Tran Nguyen offers 14 tips to help you improve your artwork this year. 

02. 7 fundamentals of pencil drawing

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If you’re looking to learn new art techniques, a good place to start is by making sure you’ve mastered these seven pro pencil drawing techniques. Artist Bobby Chiu runs you through what you need to know.

03. 10 top speed painting tips

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Speed painting – giving yourself a limited time to finish a piece of work – is a great exercise for beginners and experienced artists alike. Here are some tips on how to do it successfully. 

04. 10 sketching tips for beginners

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In this article, top artists share their advice for getting started with sketching. It covers everything from how to avoid smudging to how to control your pencil properly.

05. Top tips for drawing in black and white

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Your artwork doesn't have to be colourful to pack a punch. Here are nine top art techniques for creating monochrome masterpieces.

06. 15 observational art techniques

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Observation is key if you want to capture figures with real life to them. This article offers some top art techniques that will take your work to the next level by observing the world around you.

07. Boost your creativity with daily sketching

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Sketching shouldn't just be a means to an end at the start of a project – it's also vital part of developing yourself as an artist. This article explores techniques for daily sketching.

Colour and effects

08. How to mix the right shadow colour

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Finding the right colour for your shadows is difficult. In this tutorial, artist Rob Lunn shows you how to mix a colour for your shadows that relates to the rest of the painting.

09. How to get harmonious colours in paintings

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Colour harmony is the theory of combining colours in a way that is harmonious to the eye. This tutorial explains some techniques for ensuring harmony in your paintings.

10. Mimic oil paint in Corel Painter

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There's a certain magic that comes with the unpredictability of traditional media. In this step-by-step guide, Magdalena Proszowska explains how you can mimic the beauty of oil paints using Corel Painter's newest tools.

11. Create an interior using one-point perspective

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In this handy tutorial, Disney vis-dev artist Nick Kennedy explores the art of backgrounds. He walks through how you can create a welcoming interior scene with help from one-point perspective.

Workflow

12. How to hold a pencil correctly

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You know how to hold a pencil, right? Well of course you do. But are you holding it correctly to draw? There's more to pencil grip than you might think… 

13. Must-know painting techniques

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This article offers the essential painting techniques that will help bring your compositions to life. Here, you'll find advice on tone, colour, texture and brushwork. You'll be painting like a pro in no time.

14. How to use reference images

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Reference images can be your best friend or they can suck all the life out of your artwork. Here's some tips for how to use them the right way. 

15. How to paint outdoors

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If landscapes are your thing (or even if they aren't), getting out and about and painting out in the real world can give your artwork a new lease of life. Here's how to get started creating paintings en plein air.