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Drawing the Male Figure

In this video, Michael Lewis renders the back view of a male model in pencil. It also includes a diagram of the back muscles.

How to Draw the Hand

Hands are complex but beautiful. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis draws a males left hand in pencil.

Painting the Nose

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis shows how to paint the human nose. Painting a nose involves some basic drawing skills and knowledge of skin tones, values, and color.

Painting a Woman’s Eyes

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis shows the subtle nuances of painting eyes. He teaches the techniques used to make the eyes look convincing and real. Color, value, shape, composition and more.

How to draw the ear

This tutorial teaches how to draw the human ear. Learn how to begin and how to work with all the shadows and highlights of the ear.

How to draw the eye

This tutorial teaches how to draw the human eye. Learn where to begin, what to emphasize, and where to highlight.

How to draw the mouth

This tutorial teaches how to draw the front view of the mouth. Values, edges, drawing and highlights are all part of rendering a convincing mouth.

Drawing a Woman in Profile

In this video, Michael Lewis shows how to draw a woman’s face in profile. Learn how to control values, line, and the small details that make a face look convincing and real.

Drawing the mouth

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis draws the mouth in a 3/4 view. Learn how to use strait lines to accuately define the mouth from this common view of the face.

Drawing the nose from below

The nose is almost as complicated as the ear. In this tutorial, learn how to draw the nose from below. Michael Lewis shows how to use shadows and line to define this.

Drawing the nose in profile

In this video, Michael Lewis draws a man’s nose in profile. He explains how to begin and how to develop values which define the human nose.

Painting the mouth

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis paints the mouth from the front. Learn how to use a wide range of values to define the mouth.

Basic lines in art

There are a few basic lines in art. The strait line, the curved line, and the angle. Anything can be drawn with a combination of these basic lines. Art becomes much easier when you see objects drawn with these lines.

Drawing the nose from below

The nose is almost as complicated as the ear. In this tutorial, learn how to draw the nose from below. Michael Lewis shows how to use shadows and line to define this.

Recommended Reading

There are some good books out there by some great authors. In this video, Michael Lewis recommends a few of them that will help you grow as an artist.

The Quickdraw (part 1)

The quickdraw is one of the best exercises an artist can do. These paintings are rendered in 10-15 minutes using burnt sienna. Michael Lewis explains this fun and valuable tutorial.

The Quickdraw (part2)

This video is part 2 of the quickdraw. Possibly the best exercise an artist can do. Michael Lewis says this lesson should be a daily part of painting for an artist.

Finding Reference Points

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis explains the important process of finding reference points when you are beginning a drawing or painting.

Contour Drawing Still Life

Contour drawing is a great exercise for beginners thru advanced. Michael Lewis offers some tricks for getting it right.

Brushes

Brushes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This video explains uses and needs an artist may have while using a paint brush.

The Plein Air Painting Rig

This video explains how to make the most efficient use of your time and tools when you paint outdoors.

Make your own brush cleaner

Learn how to make an inexpensive brush cleaner. Clean brushes mean clean paintings. This video explains the tools and materials needed to make a good brush cleaner.

Tools needed for drawing

Pencil, drawing paper, eraser, sand paper, smudge tool, pencil sharpener. These are a few tools you will need in your drawing box. In this video, Michael Lewis explains why.

How to Make a Glass Palette

Michael Lewis explains how to make a glass palette. Mixing paint and cleaning your palette are real time consumers. Make it easy by making your own glass palette.

Make your own value scale

A value scale (greyscale, grayscale) is an important tool all artists should have. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis shows how to make your own valuescale using Photoshop.

Make your own canvas panels

Many artists paint on canvas panels because they are easy to store and carry, they are less likely to get damaged, and they are less expensive. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis shows how to make your own panels.

Understanding mediums for painting

In this video, Michael Lewis explains why artists use mediums while painting. He provides information about the products and formulas and shows how to make your own studio medium.

My Current Palette

In this tutorial, Michael explains his current palette as of December, 2012. He shows how to mix the colors and where he uses them in a painting.

Cleaning Your Palette

Cleaning your palette is a real time consumer (especially if your palette is dry). Michael Lewis shows how to make it fast and easy in this video.

Studio Safety

Art studio safety is an important part of your daily routine. In this video you will learn what products and practices are harmful or safe.

Tubing Up Paint

Not all colors can be purchased in an art supply store. If you have a favorite color that you mix and want to save, Michael Lewis shows how to do it.

Painting a woman in profile

Michael Lewis shows how to begin and then develop a painting of a woman in profile. In this tutorial watch how an abstract beginning becomes a finished painting.

Painting Dark Skin (part 1)

Thank Heaven Mother Nature made us all different colors. Painting dark skin can be a challenge but Michael Lewis shows some short cuts to finding just the right mix.

Painting Dark Skin (part 2)

Michael Lewis continues the process of developing a figure with dark skin. He shows how to begin tying edges together in a painting of a person with dark skin.

Painting Dark Skin (part 3)

Michael Lewis finishes a painting of a person with dark skin. See how the final details effect the finished product.

Drawing The Human Head

In this video, you’ll learn how to draw the structure or foundation of the human head.

Drawing the Human Head Part 2

This is part 2 of Drawing the Human Head. We continue the process of understanding the 3 dimensional layout of the head a different positions.

Drawing the Human Head Part 3

This is part 3 of Drawing the Human Head. There are three different poses and angles that we draw.

How to measure your subject (part 1)

Learn how to measure your subject with your eyes and paintbrush. This tutorial explains how a grid can help you replicate your subject.

How to measure your subject (part 2)

Learn how to measure your subject with your eyes and paintbrush. Part 2 of this tutorial explains how to draw your subject using your measurements.

Make your own business cards

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis shows how to make your own business cards with Photoshop. Artists often need changes made to their business cards because of new images, etc.

Make your own business cards (part 2)

Michael Lewis continues to explain how to use Photoshop to make business cards. Use some of the same procedures to make postcards and brochures.

The brush tool

Michael Lewis explains the brush tip, tip options, tip hardness, shortcuts, foreground and background colors, and why to use the brush tool in photoshop.

Create a new sky (part 1)

Many artists use Photoshop to manipulate parts of photos and to change composition, etc. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis uses the marquee tools to select and change a sky in an existing photo.

Create a new sky (part 2)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis uses the marquee tools to select and change a sky in an existing photo. Learn how to cut a sky from one photo and paste it into another photo.

Copy and save an image from the internet

Michael Lewis explains how to legally copy and save an image from the internet. Many artists use photos as reference material for painting and drawing. This video will walk you through the process.

The lasso tools

In this Photoshop tutorial, learn about the features of the lasso tools. Michael Lewis explains how to use the round, polygonal, and magnetic lasso tools. Also, when and why to feather the lasso tools.

Working with layers (part 1)

Layers can be very confusing in photoshop. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis explains how to organize, understand, and manipulate layers in Photoshop.

Working with layers (part 2)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis provides more information on layers. Layers are the key to organizing a good layout for your posters, promotional material, and photos.

The Line Tool

In this tutorial Michael Lewis explains how to use the line tool. How to open it, make horizontal lines, vertical lines, zig zags, and arrows.

The marquee tool (part 1)

Michael Lewis explains the rectangular and elliptical marquee tools and their uses. In this tutorial, learn how to use the selection option, feathering, and how to make perfect circles and squares.

The marquee tool (part 2)

Michael Lewis continues with part 2 of the marquee tool in Photoshop. In this video, he shows how to change some options.

Understanding Pixels

Pixels have been a mystery for people from the beginning. In this video Michael Lewis explains the origin, meaning and uses of pixels in photography and the internet.

Saving files the right way

In this tutorial Michael Lewis explains how to save photo files in photoshop that can be used in high quality printing, medium quality brochures and postcards, and the correct way to save files for the internet.

Painting Fall Trees (part 2)

In this tutorial, Michael completes the fall trees and shows how to put the finishing touches and make the trees look convincing and real.

Painting Snow With Water (part 2)

This is part 2 of Painting Snow With Water in which Michael finishes the background and middle ground.

Painting Snow With Water (part 3)

This is part 3 of Painting Snow With Water. Michael explains and shows how to finish the water with reflections and details.

Anatomy of a Tree Trunk

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis paints a tree trunk at the base of the tree. Learn how to paint all the details to make it look real.

Painting Old Barnwood

Michael Lewis show some shortcuts and tricks for painting old barnwood. He paints the same barnwood fence in cool colors and then warm colors.

Painting Waves at Dawn (Part 1)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis shows how to prepare for and then paint ocean waves at dawn. He explains the special challenges of painting the ocean and beach.

Painting Snow With Water (part 3)

This is part 3 of Painting Snow With Water. Michael explains and shows how to finish the water with reflections and details.

Anatomy of a Tree Trunk

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis paints a tree trunk at the base of the tree. Learn how to paint all the details to make it look real.

Painting Old Barnwood

Michael Lewis show some shortcuts and tricks for painting old barnwood. He paints the same barnwood fence in cool colors and then warm colors.

Painting Waves at Dawn (Part 1)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis shows how to prepare for and then paint ocean waves at dawn. He explains the special challenges of painting the ocean and beach.

Painting Waves at Dawn (Part 2)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis shows how to finish the details of painting ocean waves at dawn. He explains the special challenges of painting the ocean and beach.

How to paint a bush

Michael Lewis begins with the palette, brushes, and panel to explain the process of painting a simple bush. In this video, learn some shortcuts and tricks to make your bushes look real.

Painting bushes at sunset

In this tutorial, learn how to paint bushes with backlighting. Michael Lewis shows how to carefully define edges of bushes without making them “muddy”.

How to Paint Big White Fluffy Clouds

Painted skies can become dirty quickly. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis demonstrates how to produce clean beautiful clouds.

How to Paint Clouds with a Silver Lining

Clouds with backlighting provide a dramatic view of the sky. In this video, Michel Lewis illustrates the method for producing clouds with a silver lining.

How to Paint Cumulus Clouds

In this tutorial, learn how to paint cumulus clouds. Michael offers ideas on how to keep your brushes clean and your panel clean.

Painting Dappled Light (Part 1)

The mystery of painting dappled light is solved in this tutorial by Michael Lewis. Learn how to manage shadows on concrete in this 2 part video.

Painting Dappled Light (Part 2)

In part 2 of Painting Dappled Light Michael Lewis shows how to mix shadow color and then how to paint dappled light on concrete.

Painting Fall Trees (part 1)

In this tutorial, Michael shows how to paint trees when they have turned orange, yellow and red. An easy to use color palette is explained and shown.

Finding Luminosity in Rocks (part 1)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis begins a painting of sandstone rocks to demonstrate how to layer colors in order to find luminosity. Reflected light with warm and cool colors are explained.

Finding Luminosity in Rocks (part 2)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis continues a painting of New Mexico sandstone rocks to show how to layer colors in order to find luminosity. Reflected light with warm and cool colors are explained.

Finding Luminosity in Rocks (part 3)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis completes a painting of New Mexico redrocks to show how to layer colors in order to find luminosity. Reflected light with warm and cool colors are explained.

Mist on Mountains (part 1)

This tutorial shows how to capture that magical look when a cloud engulfs the top of a mountain. Learn how to manage the paint and the colors when creating a distant mountain with clouds.

Mist on Mountains (part 2)

This is part 2 showing how to capture that magical look when a cloud engulfs the top of a mountain. Michael Lewis shows how to manage the paint and the colors when creating a distant mountain with clouds.

A Good Formula for Painting Clouds (part 1)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis provides a simple but effective formula for painting good clouds.

A Good Formula for Painting Clouds (part 2)

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis continues developing simple clouds with a simple formula that never fails.

Getting to Know the Oak Tree

The oak tree comes in many different varieties and sizes. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis show how to paint the trunk of the oak tree.

Drawing the ponderosa pine

Michael Lewis looks at the details of a ponderosa pine tree in this video. Learn how to draw the subtle shapes that create the character of the ponderosa.

Ponderosa Closeup

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis looks at the ponderosa pine up close. Understanding how it grows makes it easier to paint and draw.

Redrock Bluffs Part 1

This tutorial shows how to paint Redrock Bluffs. This look is common throughout the Southwestern US but can also be seen in other parts of the world. Michael shows what colors to use and how to handle the paint.

Redrock Bluffs Part 2

This tutorial is part 2 of how to paint Redrock Bluffs. Michael Lewis shows how to finish the details and how to handle the knife to create that finished look.

Painting Rocks Under Water (Part 1)

In this video, Michael Lewis begins a 3 part tutorial on how to paint rocks under water. Learn how to create that special convincing look of water with rocks beneath the surface.

Painting Rocks Under Water (Part 2)

In this video, Michael Lewis continues a tutorial explaining the technique of painting rocks under water.

Painting Rocks Under Water (Part 3)

In this video, Michael Lewis completes a tutorial explaining the technique of painting rocks under water.

Drawing the Rocky coast

Drawing and painting rocks can be challenging. Michael Lewis uses the broadstroke method of drawing to render the rocky coast.

Anatomy of a Rock

Many artists agonize over the painting of a rock. Michael Lewis simplifies the process with some shortcuts and tricks. This tutorial shows three easy steps for creating a convincing rock.

Painting Snow With Water (part 1)

In this tutorial, Michael paints a river bank in winter. Learn how to keep your snow clean and how to paint a convincing snowbank.

Painting a stand of Ponderosas

In this tutorial, learn how to paint a stand of Ponderosa pine trees. Michael Lewis shows how to begin, how to merge colors, and how to finish with accents.

Painting the Aspen Tree Trunk

The aspen tree is easily recognizable because of all the unique features of it’s trunk. Michael Lewis shows how to paint all the nuances that help identify the aspen trunk.

How to Paint Snow

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis demonstrates how to paint snow with shadows. Like skies, snow can become dirty quickly. Michael shows how to keep it clean

How to Paint Snow – part 2

In this tutorial, Michael Lewis continues painting snow with shadows. Learn how to keep your winter paintings clean.

Five Basic Shapes in Art

There are five basic shapes we use in art and design. The cube, the sphere, the pyramid, the cone, and the cylinder. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis explains how they all work together.

Understanding the Color Wheel

The Color Wheel can be confusing. In this tutorial, Michael Lewis breaks the color wheel down so it becomes simple to understand.

Eight choices for composition

Michael Lewis offers eight different choices for composition. The circle, the s, the cross, the diagonal line, the ell, the radiating line, the steelyard, and the tunnel. These choices will keep you busy for years.

Understanding the horizon line

The horizon line seems to be a confusing concept for most artist. Michael Lewis explains the difference between the visible horizon line and the true horizon line. He also demonstrates how to identify the true horizon line.

How to measure your subject (part 2)

Learn how to measure your subject with your eyes and paintbrush. Part 2 of this tutorial explains how to draw your subject using your measurements.

Understanding Perspective

Perspective can be confusing for many artists. Michael explains the basics of one point and two point perspective. Lewis also shows how to find the true horizon line.

Right Brain Left Brain

Michael Lewis explains how the two hemispheres of the brain play different and important roles in the creative process. Learn how the differences were discovered and are now utilized in the painting and art process.

Understanding Values in Art

What is a value scale? What is aerial perspective? Why high values and low values? The ground plane, sloping plane, upright plane, and arching plane. Michael Lewis explains it all in this tutorial.

Understanding Aerial Perspective

Objects appear higher in value and bluer as they get farther away from the eye. Michael Lewis clears up the mystery surrounding aerial perspective.

Arranging value planes

Most artists agree there are 3-4 value planes in any landscape painting. Michael Lewis explains how these planes can be arranged in different ways.

Basic lines in art

There are a few basic lines in art. The strait line, the curved line, and the angle. Anything can be drawn with a combination of these basic lines. Art becomes much easier when you see objects drawn with these lines.

Five kinds of light

There are five kinds of light we describe when painting and drawing. Direct light, halftone, shadow, reflected light, and accents. Michael Lewis explains how to identify these visual elements which define objects.

The Limited Palette

The limited palette has it’s limits, but not many. Michael Lewis demonstrates how it works and offers some beautiful examples of limited palette paintings and artists.

Wild Opical Illusions

This video provides some fun and wild optical illusions. Michael Lewis explains how your eyes can play tricks on your brain.

Understanding Oil Paint

In this video, Michael Lewis explains the origins and chemistry of oil paint. Learn about mediums, pigments, and why oil paint comes in so many colors.

Rembrandt

Michael Lewis visits the life of Rembrandt van Rijn in the video. Rembrandt was one of Europe’s best known artists. He also worked with a limited palette.

John Singer Sargent

One of Michael’s favorite painters is featured in this video. John Singer Sargent has provided a path for many painters and can provide direction for you too!

Joaquin Sorolla

The Spanish have provided some of the World’s greatest painters. Joaquin Sorolla is one of them. Michael Lewis explores his personal life, his education, and his paintings.

Diego Velazquez

Diego Velazquez is not only one of history’s best artists, he is also regarded by Manet as the first impressionist. Michael Lewis explores his life and his paintings.

Anders Zorn

Michael Lewis introduces Anders Zorn, a little known Swedish artist who was one of the great painters at the turn of the century.