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Drawing tutorials available on DVD and for iTunes, iPhone, iPad, and iPod

Watch This First

Core Concepts and Exercises

Before you watch any other 5-Pencil Method drawing lessons, you need to watch — and practice — the Core Concepts and Exercises.
Every other drawing lesson is based on these fundamental core concepts. Don’t skip this!
You will find out...
  • The stroke to use in 99% of your drawing
  • How to be in control of your pencil
  • How to have “flow and grace”
  • The secret to building smooth shading
  • Which materials give the best, proven results
  • And much, much more

Draw a Portrait from Start to Finish

How to Draw a Portrait

In this 3-DVD set, you’ll start with how to create an accurate layout — and how to train yourself to see. Then, follow along as Darrel shows you how to take the skills you learned in “Core Concepts and Exercises” to draw an entire portrait from start to finish.

Draw Awesome Hair

How to Draw Hair

  • Afros
  • Dreadlocks
  • White beards
  • Short beards
  • Dark beards
  • Part in hair
  • Blond hair
  • Black hair
  • Curly hair
  • Wavy hair
  • Braids
  • Hairline transitions

...and the rest of the "wow-I-get-it-now" drawing lessons.

Window to the Soul

How to Draw Eyes

Let's Talk About...

How to Draw Mouths

As plain as...

How to Draw Noses

Hear ye, hear ye

How to Draw Ears

Art Studio Lesson Sets

Start Here

The Must-Have Pencil Skills
for Every 5-Pencil Method Artist
(Art Studio Lessons 1-8)

Peek-a-Boo Baby

The 5-Pencil Method Approach
to Portrait Drawing
(Art Studio Lessons 9-16)

Capture the right expression

How to Draw Realistic Expressions


How to Draw Touchable Textures
(Art Studio Lessons 24-32)

Draw in reverse...

Art Studio Lessons 33-40 Set

The Straightedge and Divider Method

How to Draw Accurately Every Time

Mr. Mulligan

A Moment-by-Moment Journey Through Drawing a Soul-Stirring Portrait

Lazy Cat

The Cat Lover’s Guide
to Drawing a Purrrfect Pet Portrait!


The Portrait Artist’s Guide
to Drawing Storybook Curls!


Darrel Tank Presents:
Intro to Drawing With Colored Pencils

Daddy's Hands

How to Draw Lifelike Hands
That Tell a Story

Days Gone By

Draw a Stunning Landscape

Drawing Studies










Art supplies

Art supplies

NEW! Starter Materials Kit

This kit contains all materials you need for starting with the first lessons in the Core Concepts and Exercises lessons.
  • 9" x 12" drawing pad
  • 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, and 4B pencils
  • kneaded rubber eraser
  • dry cleaning pad eraser
  • medium camel hair brush
  • circle template
add to cart   US$24.95

Art supplies

NEW! Portrait Materials Kit

This kit contains all materials that are used in the "How to Draw a Portrait" series.
  • 14" x 17" drawing pad
  • 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, and 4B pencils
  • kneaded rubber eraser
  • dry cleaning pad eraser
  • medium camel hair brush
  • circle template
  • metal divider
  • 18" clear acrylic ruler
add to cart   US$39.95

NEW! Blick® Studio Graphite 5-Pencil Set

Here's the new Blick® Studio 5-Pencil Method pencil set. This set contains one each of the Blick Studio 4H, 2H, HB, 2B, and 4B pencils.
add to cart   US$5.75 (list $6.10)

Large Kneaded Eraser

This is most-used eraser in the 5-Pencil Method. You may want to have several on hand. If you buy from your local art store, be sure to get the large size as the size is important for getting the proper contact with the paper.
add to cart  US$1.87

Dry Cleaning Pad Eraser

This is the eraser bag that Darrel explained in the tutorial video on erasers.
add to cart US$5.49

Strathmore 300 Series Vellum Paper

After experimenting with many papers, Darrel found Strathmore 300 series to be the right texture for his technique.
But that wasn’t the only goal. It was equally important to find a paper that was very affordable for just about anyone. So, even though there are many other papers that are much more expensive, the Strathmore 300 series is Darrel’s choice for quality and price.
add to cart  US$8.95 — 9" x 12" (List $9.79)
add to cart  US$16.95 — 14" x 17" (List $20.29 )
add to cart  US$29.95 — 19" x 24" (List $33.79)

18" Clear Acrylic Ruler

This ruler is used as a straight-edge in Darrel’s primary layout method. Any clear straight-edge that’s about 18" will work. This should be an easy item to find at most art or office supply stores, but if you need one, here’s an option.
While you’re getting a ruler, be sure you also have a divider tool, as the ruler and divider work hand-in-hand in Darrel’s approach to laying out a drawing.
add to cart  US$4.95

Staedtler Divider Tool

The divider tool is used along with the ruler for Darrel’s primary layout method. There are many ways to lay out a drawing. Darrel’s simple approach to laying out a drawing uses just the ruler and the divider.
add to cart US$8.95

X-acto Powerhouse Pencil Sharpener Model 1792

add to cart  US$39.95
PLEASE NOTE: This item requires a 120 volt power source. Using without the correct voltage will ruin this sharpener so it is not usable. International customers, please take note of this as we can no longer refund or replace this item due to use with an incorrect power source.

Langnickel Camel Hair Brush

add to cart Single brush US$5.95
add to cart 3-Pack US$9.95