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  • Urban sketching is all about capturing the energy of the world around you, doing it quickly, and keeping it loosey goosey. That said, the best sketching isn't a total free for all; there's still plenty of technique involved. Keep these principles in mind next time you take your art to the street, then see where the mood takes you!
  • Walking into an art-supply store and buying ALL the things is pretty exciting. But if you're drawing in pen and ink, all you need are a couple of basic supplies. Here's what to think about before you shop.
    Sara Barnes, Jessie Oleson Moore and Paul Heaston
  • Sharpen your pencils, grab your best eraser — and maybe even round up a few new materials to try! These projects have our hearts for sheer fun factor, and because each one has something valuable to teach a budding (or already blossoming!) artist.
  • Everybody has at least one defining feature, the thing that makes them look like themselves and nobody else. When you're drawing somebody's portrait, you want to get that feature just right.
    Sara Barnes
  • If there's any other part of the human body that's as tricky to draw as faces, it's hands. They seem simple: just five fingers and a palm. But people can hold their hands in so many different positions. To draw hands well, you need to understand the basics of anatomy and proportions.
    Paul Heaston
  • Let's get some perspective on three-point perspective drawing. First of all, what exactly is it? Here's a quick refresher for anyone who can nail one-point and two-point perspective drawing and feels ready to take on the big three.
    Paul Heaston
  • Mistakes? What mistakes? Maybe you don't make any ever — but that would be super weird. If you do mess up now and then, like basically everyone who draws, here are some sneaky ways to hide your bloopers.
    Jessie Oleson Moore
  • Pencil lines go askew, marks end up where you don't want them, composition ideas change. People make mistakes, especially when they are new to drawing.
    Jessie Oleson Moore
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