A different approach to pencil drawing.
Self portrait

Whether you’ve drawn before—or haven’t—learning the 5‑pencil method is sure to improve your drawing skills. For a limited time, the video tutorials that reveal the core principles of the 5-pencil method are available to you for no cost.

My name is Darrel Tank. A few years ago I began a small drawing course in Boise, ID. The students were soon blown away with how realistic and dynamic their drawings were turning out. As the weeks went by, their friends started asking to join the class.

Over 400 students have since gone through that course.

And how well has it worked?

Here are a few samples of work from actual students...

This work was done by Collin Veenstra. She was 14 when she started taking classes. She’s made very good progress.

Before classes — Age 14
After classes — Age 15


Here is the work of Constance Norris. Her work won an award at the Idaho State Fair. Her portraits are very impressive.

Before classes
Winner in Idaho State Fair


Of course, there are hundreds of others. There simply isn’t room to show them all here. Many students had never drawn before so there are no “before” drawings to show.

Here is one more. This is a self-portrait that Greg drew in class. It was his first drawing... ever.

Greg's First Drawing


And now it’s available to you...

After years of cajoling from students and friends, I’m finally sharing some of my techniques through video on this website.

The response has been tremendous!

Here’s a comment that was just left by someone who had gone through the video tutorials...


Thank you again for taking the time to put these videos together. I feel very fortunate to have found you.

“I used to think drawing was completely out of my reach. I now see that it is absolutely not the case!”


There are over 2 hours of free video that cover the core techniques. You’ll learn the exact same secrets that my students have used to draw amazing portraits that capture their subject’s personality.

You’ll learn about...

We’ll begin by learning the exact materials used in the 5-pencil method. Everything must be precise: from the paper and pencils we’ll use to the types of erasers and the pencil sharpener. We’ll even discuss the lighting for your drawing work area.

The next step will be to learn the most basic level of any drawing method: the stroke. Unlike many other methods, we’ll aim to master a single stroke style. You’ll see huge advantages to this approach.

We’ll then move on to learning some of the basic principles behind the techniques and several exercises that will build on each other to illustrate and reinforce how each principle applies when we’re actually putting our pencil to the paper.

...but could I learn this technique?

Like anything worth achieving in life, you get out what you put in. All of my students have worked hard for the results they have achieved. But by having a step-by-step recipe—a map to follow—they have been able to know where they were going and end up with the desired outcome in far less time.

These core tutorials start very basic for a reason: if you don’t use all of the correct ingredients, you’ll end up with a different result. So even if you are experienced at drawing, take it step-by-step and don’t change a component until you understand how it applies to the technique. Then branch out, experiment, and make it your own.

Do it today!

Check the technique out and stick with it. No matter what mediums or styles you decide to pursue in the future, having solid drawing skills will give you the knowledge and control you need to improve any other creative endeavor.

To launch these new videos, I’m releasing the core tutorials for no cost. You’ll have access to the same information that students have paid hundreds of dollars to learn.

So take advantage of these free tutorials while they’re available. I’m excited for the opportunity to share with you. And hopefully, I’ll be able to get to know you and see your drawings someday.

Just enter your email address in the box below and the first tutorial will be sent to you in the next few minutes. Be sure it’s a valid email so that you don’t miss out on the course.


Every couple of days, you’ll receive an email with a new tutorial.

My guarantee: I will never spam you, sell your email address or do anything uncool like that. And if you ever decide this isn’t for you, just click the unsubscribe link that is in every email you will receive. I only want you to get my emails if you want to.