How to Sketch, Create an Oil Painting and more with free Practical Art Lessons.

The sketch is the foundation of every oil painting, acrylic painting, greeting card design and illustration I have produced in my career. This site is for aspiring or practicing artists who want to gain the skills to improve, get to the highest level they can and ultimately sell their own artwork.

The main aim here is to use sketching to solve problems we face within our art.

Click on any of the drawing tutorials and see how I get ideas down on paper to use in more developed artwork, greeting cards and ebooks. I'll even show you how drawing cartoons can actually help develop your skills in realistic drawing and painting.

Choose drawing animals and explore my growing list of topics in this popular creative area.

Click on oil painting techniques and you'll find ten ways to use oil paint.

Explore the different lessons and demonstrations by using the Nav Bar on the left

Below are five examples of my work in different areas showing first sketches and finished artwork.

The original sketch for a Greeting Card.

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Preparatory drawing.

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Finished Design.

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Three sketches for an oil painting.

preparatory sketches

After applying some of the techniques available to you on the site I end up with the painting below.

oil painting

Simple Landscape Sketch.

simple landscape sketch

Mixed media artwork.

mixed media painting

Sketch for a comic sample page.

cartoon monster sketch

Section of the finished sample page.

cartoon strip sample

Superhero cartoon sketch for an advertising illustration.

superhero sketch

Preparatory drawing.

cartoon character sketch

The Character in Colour.

cartoon superhero

Unfinished cartoon strip panel.

cartoon drawing

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Comments By Visitors

What an amazing website! Thank you. I signed up for an oil class for the first time in my life. I have no training in art whatsoever. However, the teacher allows us to do anything and might from time to time give us pointers, so because he provides no background, I searched the Internet. I came across this. I plan on studying it and using it to learn what I am not learning in class.

Sarah US

The over-all impression I get from the website is one of compassion, empathy and understanding. Not once do you across as conceited or a Know-it-all, Your character really shines through. Very informative, whilst still being simple enough to comprehend quickly. I only wish that I had teachers (in the 80's) that were as clear and informative as you are.

Gwylym UK

I've been following your site for about six months and can say it is the clearest instruction I've ever seen.I hate sites that cover everything in mystique and insist that classic techniques are the ONLY way to use oils when clearly anyone who uses them know it is not. Yours is very practical and encouraging.

Corey UK

I've been painting for forty years and think you are the first person (on the internet at any rate) I have come across who understands that modern oil paints manufactured using modern methods and technology have freed up the form from classic techniques. Very interesting and I will follow along as you expand your tutorials.

Bob J US

My dad has got one of your paintings. I saw your sticker with the site's URL and thought I'd take a look. Glad I did. It's brilliant. I like the drawing pages best. Thanks a lot.

Jenny M UK