Monthly Archives: Jun 2020

The 7 Elements of Art: Line

Using Line effectively as an Element in your Art Today’s lesson is about one of the seven elements of art – Line. A line is simply a mark that is longer than what it is wide, so it’s simple right, every line is just a point A to B, or is it? Paul Klee said […]

Who is the fantastic South African Artist Mary Sibande? And the 4 concepts you have to know to truly understand her art.

South African Artist Mary Sibande

In order for you to truly understand the artwork of Mary Sibande we need to backtrack into history a bit and I need to explain a few important concepts to you. What do you see? What work does this woman do? Is her dress African? What is her ethnicity? What colour is the dress? Why is she knitting […]

6 Steps to Drawing a Human Figure

Lillian Gray Figure Drawing Course 6 Easy Steps to Drawing a Figure

Easy Steps to Follow for Figure Drawing In this lesson, this third part of this figure drawing course,  I’m going to be breaking figure drawing down into easy-to-understand steps and I’m going to show you how to start and slowly construct the human body. These are the basic steps for starting to draw a figure. […]

Figure Drawing Course – The Various Canons

The various canons Figure Drawing Course Lillian Gray

Using the Various Canons of Human Proportion in Figure Drawing This figure drawing lesson is all about measuring the human body: how do we decide what is the correct proportions. A lot of people argue about this, some say 6 and 3/4 of a head is the length of a human body, others say it’s […]

Figure Drawing Course Outline and Introduction

Figure Drawing Course Lillian Gray

  Goal Setting and Reasons to Study Anatomy This first lesson in the figure drawing course is all about setting your goals with drawing figures: knowing exactly where you’re going and why, and also understanding why we as artists need to understand bone structure and muscles to be able to draw the human figure. Be […]

Who was South African artist Esther Mahlangu and the breathtaking art of the Ndebele Tribe?

Esther Mahlangu

South African Art History Hi, I am artist Lillian Gray,  and I have someone you need to meet. South African artist Esther Mahlangu.  Esther Mahlangu is one of South Africa’s most globally acclaimed visual artists. Esther became the first artist to transfer the traditional Ndebele designs, that would typically decorate walls, to canvases. This allowed her to tour the world, acting […]

Who was South African Artist Cecil Skotnes?

Cartoon version of Cecil Skotnes designed by Lillian Gray

South African Art History: Cecil Skotnes Hi, I am artist Lillian Gray,  and I have someone you need to meet. South African artist Cecil Skotnes.   Cecil Skotnes – 1926 –  2009 When I think of Cecil Skotnes work, I think, high contrast, bold lines combined with thin ones, monochrome colours and an African story captured […]