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the BASIC TECHNIQUE series

To draw you need pencils, a desire to draw, and knowledge of the basic techniques.

The DRAW WITH MIKE videos are designed to provide the knowledge you need - in a very easy to understand form. And they build step-by-step from one video to the next.

No fluff - they are deliberately concise but packed full of help, information, and advice.

A professional graphite artist for over 40 years, I know the techniques and the tricks. I know the common errors too, and I understand what you need to know, because they're based on my 8-week Drawspace Beginners course.

The pencil chisel point
The Chisel Point
Duration:
8½ mins
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Pencil leads and their grades
Pencil Grades
Duration:
7¼ mins
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Choosing Pencil Types and pencil leads
Choosing Pencils & Leads
Duration:
9¼ mins
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First Steps in pencil drawing
First Steps
Duration:
10 mins
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Layering and Burnishing to create smooth shading and intense darks with graphite pencil
Layer and Burnish
Duration:
10½ mins
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Graphite pencil tapered lines - Why and how to draw tapered lines.
Tapered Lines
Duration:
9½ mins
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Shading and Blending a lovely lily - excellent shading practice!
Shade and Blend a Lily
Duration:
11¼ mins
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Linear Shading - hatching, cross-hatching, scribble, and stippling explained
Linear Shading
Duration:
10¼ mins
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Contour Shading - hatching, cross-hatching, and flat shading following the surface contour - and blending of the result
Contour Shading
Duration:
10¼ mins
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Tonal Shading - flat and gradated shading following the perspective of the subject - and blending of the result
Tonal Shading
Duration:
10½ mins
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Erasing Basics - the different types of eraser.  Which erasers to use, which to avoid, and why
Erasing Basics
Duration:
8¼ mins
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Erasing Selectively - cutting shapes into existing drawing
Erasing Selectively
Duration:
10¾ mins
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Erasing to Fine Tune - fine-tuning values in pencil drawing
Erasing to Fine Tune
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10¼ mins
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