A pen­cil walk­through that’s quick on the draw

Time­lapse tricks Miles John­ston’s lat­est video ex­plores the tools, ma­te­ri­als and sketch­ing tech­niques that go into his art

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Some­times the writ­ten word just isn’t enough, es­pe­cially when it comes to com­mu­ni­cat­ing a lot of artis­tic knowl­edge that’s come from years of study and prac­tice. To make the task of draw­ing less daunt­ing, English il­lus­tra­tor Miles John­ston has re­leased a new tu­to­rial video that re­veals plenty of in­sights into his work­flow.

Tak­ing eight hours of footage and con­dens­ing it down into an hour and a half of video with commentary, Miles’ Pen­cil Draw­ing Walk­through of­fers the sort of guid­ance that can’t be found in books.

“I think the best thing about video is that it en­ables you to watch and see how a piece un­folds from a blank page to a fin­ished piece,” says Miles. “This way, it’s pos­si­ble to see all the lit­tle awk­ward and ugly in-be­tween stages be­hind fin­ished work.”

With a port­fo­lio that fo­cuses on stun­ningly re­al­is­tic and haunt­ingly sur­real pen­cil draw­ings, watch­ing how they’re built up, tweaked and im­proved will prove en­light­en­ing to his fans, who have been clam­our­ing for such a tu­to­rial from the il­lus­tra­tor. Per­haps a lit­tle sur­pris­ingly, Miles re­veals that he’s taken a few things away from the video him­self.

“Hav­ing to lis­ten to so much of your own voice to record a voiceover is an easy way to de­velop some se­ri­ous self-loathing!” he jokes. “Se­ri­ously though, I feel that watch­ing your­self draw at time­lapse speed is a great way to gain some in­sight into the broader method­ol­ogy of how you work, and to spot mis­takes and in­ef­fi­ciency in your work­flow.”

Pen­cil Draw­ing Walk­through with Miles John­ston is avail­able for $5 by vis­it­ing

View­ers can ex­pect more video tu­to­ri­als from Miles, which will con­cen­trate on the ba­sics of draw­ing. Watch­ing the video will give in­sight into how Miles builds up his work. Miles tends to fo­cus on pen­cil art, so it made sense for the artist to pro­duce a video that show­cased his skills.

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