The best way is to have a great teacher — one who is already an expert in their field. When you’re starting, find three or four well-curated resources on the subject you want to learn and look for pointers when you look at a drawing. The best teachers can explain it in some way, sometimes even by telling you how to draw.
If you prefer a more hands-on approach, check out some of the free tutorials below and try them out. You’ll find yourself going back to them after you’ve drawn some of these techniques, so try to have them in your bag of tricks so you’re ready to move on.
As always, if you have any suggestions for what could be added to this list, please leave a comment below!
This was a fun one, I wanted to start with a little history lesson first. I recently saw this movie. The movie was called “Barry Lyndon” and it starred Robert Duvall and was released in the UK in 1969. The movie was directed by Stanley Kramer, who I’ve written a few blog posts about, check out this one here, and a list of movies that were “cult” or “cult classic” for a brief time in the late 1970s.
Anyway, Barry Lyndon, in all it’s pomp and circumstance and all that, is the story of Lyndon Johnson, who was Vice President under Richard Nixon during the Vietnam War, with whom Barry and the President developed an uneasy friendship. After LBJ gets assassinated in Dallas, LBJ returns to the White house and becomes president, where we learn that Barry Lyndon was one of those things we saw as being important before all that stuff got started on campus and was so exciting before the whole “social justice” bullshit went down in college, and they are basically like this. LBJ and Barry become great friends during that time, which is also my personal favorite part of it.
The story comes from John Le Carre, who wrote a few pieces in the 40s and 50s, and it would be great to see his version of the movie now, since he is, or at least was, an excellent writer when the movie debuted in 1969. One of his best pieces was a piece about Barry, and what a terrific character the book Barry Lyndon was. This book has some of the most interesting, if not the most interesting, and most poignant, dialogue and thoughts of any book that ever went to print. It’s almost as if Le Carre felt that the film
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