Tag Archives: South African Artist

The 7 Elements of Art: Value

Value Scale

Using Value as an element in improving your art This lesson is about one of the 7 elements of art: value. Value is simply the light and the dark of a picture. Values can be better understood when they are visualized as a scale. I like working with a value scale from one to ten […]

The 7 Elements of Art: Line

7 Elements of art line dog Lillian Gray

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 […]

Mary Sibande

South African Artist Mary Sibande

The Fantastic South African Artist Mary Sibande Let’s start by first looking at one of Mary Sibande’s artworks. 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 a Superman outfit? Is it for her or for someone else? […]

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 […]

George Pemba | South African Art History

South African Artist George Pemba

South African Art History Hi, I am artist Lillian Gray,  and I have someone you need to meet. South African artist George Pemba!   George Pemba is an artist who defeated the stereotype that black people could not become professional painters during the Apartheid regime in South Africa. Pemba is often referred to as the Grand-master of […]