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E-Book Drawing Manuals

How To Draw Journey: Learn to Draw In 10 Minutes A Week

New!  Happy Thanksgiving Day, the latest in the How to Draw Journey e-book drawing manual series is here to celebrate!

Six months of bite-size weekly lessons to gradually introduce complete beginners to realistic drawing skills.  No "talent" required. 

Each lesson is written for busy people, calling for about 10 minutes of work a week.

Readers are also invited to submit their work to Viz Think Lab for free feedback.


Price: 1.49 USD (5 AED)

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How To Draw Journey: Buying Your First Art Supplies and Setting Up

When you have no idea of what art supplies you need to buy to get started drawing and you just don’t believe the shop assistant when she says you need to spend a fortune – well, help is on the way. I give you a description of all the basic tools and materials, along with a precise (and short) shopping list. I name brands and specify types and sizes. I also tell you how to set up your workspace and describe the good habits to get into to get you off to the right start.


Price: 1.49 USD (5 AED)

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How To Draw Journey: Grid Drawing

To my knowledge, my book on grid drawing is the most complete description out there of how grids came into being, the different types of grids that exist, and how to use them to best advantage and for what purpose. I set out to answer all the questions that I had been unable to get answers for myself. Grids are a great tool, and no, they are not a crutch. If they were good enough for Dürer and Van Gogh, well, they’re good enough for us.


Price: 1.49 USD (5 AED)

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How To Draw Journey: Perspective Drawing

There are certain facts about drawing in perspective that have been forgotten over time, so that today they have virtually become secrets. I lay it out for you, with my own research and translation of Renaissance documents, putting it in terms that make it easy to understand, and not overwhelming you with the details. Many students have told me that they never understood how perspective drawing worked until reading this material.


Price: 1.49 USD (5 AED)

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Drawing Grids

The “Dürer” Drawing Grid

Dürer's illustration of himself at work using a drawing grid to draw his subject.  Notie the grid consisting of a series of squares.

A modern interpretation of Dürer’s drawing grid, created in light, portable acrylic, inked with both vertical and horizontal black lines forming squares. Ideal when you are  working in detail or where extremely precise lines are important.

16.5 cm x 22.5 cm (6 ½ in by 8 ¾ in)


Price:  15.00 USD (55 AED) (includes shipping and costs)

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The “Van Gogh” Drawing Grid

Van Gogh's illustration of the grid he had made up by a blacksmith with iron spikes for setting it up in the field. Note the diagonals.

A contemporary version of Van Gogh’s drawing grid, here in light, easy-to-carry acrylic, inked with black vertical and horizontal cross-hairs, and grey diagonal cross-hairs. Good for giving yourself guidelines, but leaving room for you to train your eye as well. My personal favorite.

15 cm x 23 cm (6 in x 9 in)


Price:  15.00 USD (55 AED) (includes shipping and costs)

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The “Oeil-de-Vieux” Drawing Grid

An early drawing of a grid imposed on a landscape to locate the reliefs.  Note the eye in the middle over the horizon, indicating the artist's viewpoint.

The 17th century landscaper’s pocket grid, called an "oeil de vieux" ("old man’s eye") in French, here in nice and light acrylic. I find it handy for museum drawing, when you can't quite make out why your picture doesn’t look quite like the statue you see – pull out your "oeil de vieux" and see where the problems are immediately. Also good for landscapes ;-)

8 cm x 12.5 cm (3 ½ in x 5 in)


Price:  10.00 USD (35 AED) (includes shipping and costs)

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Artist Sight Course

Working with principles based on neuroscience and Renaissance drawing techniques, participants learn the 5 cognitive skills necessary to create a realistic drawing, and acquire confidence in their artistic ability. 

We then develop technical skills through work on different subjects and in various exercises to draw the learnings together in the final project:  the self-portrait. 

Sessions are limited to 8 people to ensure close, quality hands-on instruction.

Above, a student holds a portrait he did before taking the Artist Sight course, and to the right is a portait he did of a fellow student after four days of instruction.

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Practical Details

Where:  at the Viz Think Lab studio:  Office 907F, Park Rotana Building, twofour54, Khalifa Park, Abu Dhabi, +971 (0)2 444 4589.

When:  on Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm starting 9 January 2016 through 12 March 2016, a total of ten classes.

Who:  offered only to adults; ages 15-18 may possibly be accepted, please contact us prior.

What:  all materials and art supplies are included; teas and coffee available at breaks. 

How much:  950 USD (3500 AED); payment is due in full prior to course start; payment may be accepted in cash directly at the Viz Think Lab studio or by credit card or Paypal on this page.

It is very important to be punctual, for yourself and for the others, and to commit to attending all sessions to achieve the remarkable results possible in so little time.


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