Sunday 15 October 2017

Walk Cycles

I'm just writing the section on walk cycles for the basic cartooning course, and it's impossible to forget the master, Preston Blair, not just a great cartoonist but a great teacher:

Keep an eye out for the Basic cartooning course coming soon to

Monday 25 September 2017

Supplementary and Complementary Colours


A basic colour wheel can help you understand the relationships between different colours. Two of these relationships are supplementary and complementary colours.

Supplementary Colours

Supplementary Colours are those that are next to each other on the color wheel. Together, they create a sense of calmness as they work well together.

An artwork with a lot of supplementary colours can seem peaceful and pleasant, as in this painting by Claude Monet which uses blues, greens and yellows, all supplementary colours.

Claude Monet, water Lillies

Complementary Colours

Complementary colours  come from the opposite side of the colour wheel. These colours bounce off of each other, that is, they have maximum colour impact. An artwork with a lot of complementary colours will look busy and striking.

You can see this in this painting by Van Gogh, where he use purples in the sky to bring the light out even more. the oranges in the sky bounce off their complement - blue.

Vincent Van Gogh, Starry Night, c. 1889

Usually artists use a combination of these relationships to draw your eye towards certain parts. For example, a painting with a lot of greens, blues and purples might have a few yellows, reds and oranges added to really stand out.

You can see this in this beautiful painting of water lillies by Monet:

Claude Monet, Water Lillies, 1916

Keep an eye out for our colour course for more about colour! (Coming soon!)

Thursday 17 August 2017

Eraser Joke

Learn Wherever and Whenever it Suits You Best!

You can take our Basic Drawing course with you - out to coffee, on the train to work or learn after the kids go to sleep!

Our course will teach you how to analyse your subject matter, (what you see), simplify it, create a plan, measure it and shade it realistically. It covers perspective, tone, basic colour, the basic shapes, forms, light and shading, drawing materials, shading techniques, measuring and trouble-shooting!

Check it out at: Basic Drawing Course

Monday 14 August 2017

Learn to Draw!

Our Basic Drawing course is up and running and ready for enrolments!

 Learn HOW to draw in a hands-on course that teaches you the fundamentals of drawing and painting, including tone (light and dark), stroke, form, drawing materials, perspective and how to analyse your subject matter. This course has hands-on exercises, in order to train you to be your own artist, in addition to videos and written materials which will build up your skills slowly and progressively.

Check it out at Blueberry Beetle Courses.

Saturday 5 August 2017

We're Online!!

Yes, today we are up and running and offering Basic Drawing and the first of our Mini-courses! Let me teach you HOW to draw!!

Tuesday 1 August 2017

When You Are Ruffling Through Old Drawings...

I was looking through some old art school works and found this (: It brings back nice memories!

Lesson learnt - keep the old works - you may appreciate them more in the future!