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    The New Masters Academy Beginner Series helps aspiring artists start their artistic journey on the right foot. Your expert instructors will gently guide you to an understanding of drawing fundamentals. In this fourth lesson of the series, Chris, Heather, and renowned illustrator Mark Westermoe will show you how to apply the basics using tone, value, and line drawing exercises. You will learn the Laws of Light, rendering techniques, and how to construct basic forms in 3D.



    • Pentel EnerGize Mechanical Pencil
    • BIC Cristal Ballpoint Pen – Black
    • Staedtler Graphite Pencil
    • Conté a Paris Sketching Pencil – Black
    • Stabilo CarbOthello Pastel Pencil – Black
    • Cretacolor Monolith Woodless Pencil
    • Prismacolor Verithin Pencil – Black, White
    • Faber-Castell Graphite Pencil
    • Uniball Pen
    • General Charcoal Pencil
    • Tracing Paper
    • Bristol Paper
    • Sanding Pad
    • Toned Paper
    • Paintbrush
    • Dish Sponge
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    I noticed that the transcript of the video is not synced properly. Please fix this issue.

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    The drawing casts of the head used in this video are very interesting.  Where might I find them to purchase?


    David preni
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    No offends to the teacher but I hardly got through the video he kept putting me to sleep. Although on the bright I now have a cure for insomnia.

    Ann Bodkhe
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    All of the lessons are valuable.  I want more Mark Westermore.  Fantastic teacher!

    David CarterDavid Carter
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    I’ve looked in vain for the first drawing by Fortunino Matania.  The one with the lady prone on the beach. Does anyone know it’s title?

    Federico Gioppato
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    I state that I am Italian and novice.
    Despite being able to understand everything, or almost, I have a couple of doubts about the exercises to do !!!
    I thank in advance who can help me !!!
    What is meant by utensil? Any items I have at home?
    What is the difference between hard and soft utensil?


    Chris Austin
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    Is it expected to struggle with some of the homework? I’m drawing the basic objects and feel like I’m struggling with it a good bit.

    Mr. Mir
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    Hi Federico, I will answer your questions to the best of my ability, for I am new to this site and still learning as an artist.

    Utensils would be things like pencils, pens, colored pencils–anything that you can draw with.

    If you use Graphite pencils there are two different types of marks that they can make. Hard marks, defined by ‘H’, such as ‘2H’, ‘4H’. The bigger the number the harder it will make a mark. Soft marks, defined by ‘B” such as ‘6B’ stand for ‘Blackness”. How dark of a mark you can get with a softer pencil, I believe that’s what it means.

    I hope this helps, and anyone feel free to correct me if I’m wrong!

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    Hi Chris, I believe it’s alright and expected to struggle with some of the homework because for most this is their first introduction into art, so it’s only natural to struggle when it comes to learning new things at first, and as you keep at it you gradually get better.

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