Welcome to Peter Clements Art Studios

This website is dedicated to art education & the artist's creative powers

For that purpose this website has been divided into three objective sections. Namely: Pencil Drawing, Graphics and Creativity. Each of which is designed to read as a book. Allowing you to move from page to page and review all of it's content. Alternatively, you can select a particular topic from the listed heading.

The content under each heading is expandable and collapsible text. Thereby, making it easier for the reader to navigate and read.

Pencil Drawing

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Drawing Composition •

Portraits and Other Studies •

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Point Perspective & Axonometric

• 1, 2 & 3 Point Perspectives

• Multi Point Perspective

• Axonometric Projections

• Graphic Illustrations

The Right Way of Thinking

Artistic Creativity •

Knowledge <> Passion •

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Expand your Creativity •


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Pencil Drawing

The versatility and potential of what the graphite pencil has to offer is unmatched. It is a medium that lends itself well to contrasts. Contrasts that range from the bold textures of a dramatic study to the delicate tones and finer detail needed in portraiture and other realistic studies.


Unlike other mediums that use colour to define the elements of the study, the pencil artist has only the mix of black and white to work with. Consequently, the important of contrast in tones and textures become central to the creation of a pencil study.

Besides the power of contrasts, the pencil artist has at his or her disposal some interesting advantages in the composition of a black and white study. Because of the lack of colour, a pencil study has an inherent persona of mystique. Where the language of perception and interpretation can play on to add meaning or purpose of the study.

For that purpose this section has been dedicated to the potential of that rationale. Where the whole process will be reviewed in detail. Ranging from materials and shading techniques to the composition of studies such as portraits, nudes, wildlife and land or seascapes.


To push pencil drawing beyond the sketch requires techniques not commonly used. For that purpose a tutorial section has been structured to demonstrate and assist the artist with these skills.

  • Pencil Drawing. This is a full map of all pages dedicated to the art of pencil drawing. Including an index of content of each page.
  • Drawing Methods. The first tutorial page deals with the materials and practical knowledge the artist needs to produce successful pencil drawings. It could be referred to as being a 'toolbox' fundamental to pencil drawing.
  • Pencil Shading. Shading is the backbone of your art. Besides form and detail, different methods of shading to create tone and textures will probably the most important part of your drawing. Here we will be reviewing these methods.
  • Drawing Techniques. This Page will demonstrate how different shading techniques such as hatching, toning, layering and masking can create tone, textures and some interesting details.
  • Draw Light. This tutorial page discusses how the tonal range from true light to shadow will vary depending on the source of light. And, how the different grades of graphite are used to draw these differences.
  • Draw Shadow. To follow up on how to draw the tonal range the page discusses how different shadows can affect the composition of a study.
  • Erasing Pencil. Besides correcting mistakes, this tutorial discusses how the different types of eraser can be used as tool to enhance your drawing.
  • Glossary. This glossary is of 'in context terms and definitions' used in pencil drawing.

For a detailed breakdown of the content of each page go to: Pencil Drawing.

Drawing Composition

The composition and structure of the drawing can be greatly influenced by subtle differences. Differences that will influence the viewer's perception of depth, movement, and the value of spaces.

It is not solely the methods used in pencil drawing that give the graphite studies its unique enduring quality. But rather the way it is seen, or the way it is preserved.

The mystique of the black and white study has qualities that extend beyond the obvious. Qualities that are open to interpretation, and play to the realm of sentiment, mood and character.

Here we will review the possibilities and how they can influence the viewer's perception of the study.

  • Draw Movement. Perceptions of mood, suggestion and scale are part and parcel of a pencil drawing. Here, these parameters will be reviewed and they can change or influence the composition of the study.
  • What to Draw. Lost for ideas on what to draw? This page is a guideline example on how ideas are created to find 'What to Draw'.
  • Perspective in Art. This page reviews how a different perspectives; or the lack of it, can change the focal point and depth of a study.
  • Pencil Art. This page examines advanced techniques, and some useful drawing tips.
  • How to Draw. With different shading techniques a number of tones and textures can be created. This page lists what can be drawn use different shading techniques.
  • Draw Sandstone. The page is a step-by-step demonstration on how to create a soft texture needed to draw a sandstone wall.
  • Pencil Nudes reviews techniques and composition of Pencil Nudes.
  • Land/Seascape reviews techniques and composition of Landscapes & Seascapes.
  • Wildlife reviews techniques and composition of Wildlife studies.
  • Still-life reviews techniques and composition of Still-life studies.

For a detailed breakdown of the content of each page go to: Pencil Drawing.

"No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist."

Pencil Portraits

The portrait is something the pencil artist will most likely have to tackle at some time. For the budding artist it usually comes with it's own problems.

But it is a challenge that if overcome, has its reward. Being true to what is real, and an appreciation for the individual is what makes portraiture so interesting.

In the pages that follow we will be reviewing the drawing techniques and the composition of a pencil portrait. Furthermore, we will be look at the options that can change, or enhance the character of the portrait.

Then beyond that we will be looking into the methods used to draw those 'extreme' portraits. Portrait that play on the viewer's perceptions of mood, temperament and a deeper meaning.

  • Pencil Portraits. This index page lists all topical pages related to drawing pencil portraits.
  • Draw Portraits. This page covers materials and the methods used with suggestion on what is needed to draw a successful pencil portrait.
  • Portraits Types. Here the different types of portraits are listed with pointers on their composition.
  • Face Dimensions. The proportions of the face will vary a little from person to person. Here the proportions of the average adult or child are reviewed.
  • Draw Hair. Be short, long, light or dark. Or be it straight or wavy. All are drawn using common drawing techniques. Here, these methods will be revealed.
  • How to Draw Skin Tone. This is a step-by-step demonstration on how the contours of skin ranging from light to dark tone are drawn.
  • How to Draw Skin Textures.
  • How to Draw Wet Skin.
  • How to Draw Black Skin.
  • How to Facial Features.

For a detailed breakdown of the content of each page go to: Pencil Portraits.


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The Right Way of Thinking

Tracking the path of human creativity through the maze of physical and metaphysical possibilities is an ambiguous, if not, an impossible task. Existing facts and theories on the working of the human brain are continually being scrutinized and remodeled in line with different disciplines and schools of thought.


However, despite what is known through the sciences, commercial or personal experiences, we are continually being reminded of what amazing feats the creative mind can achieve.

A commonly used method to understand the thought processes of the human brain have been structured by grouping typical thought processes into either logical or creative thinking. Logical thinking is that which is processed by the left hemisphere of the brain, and creative thinking is processed by the right hemisphere.

Yet, there comes a point when even these standards start to break down and are challenged by that inner being within us. When our passion to venture beyond the norm for the sake of personal growth and satisfaction is fore filled.

  • Right Way of Thinking. This is an index of series articles that challenge logic and promote creativity.
  • Artistic Creativity. Creativity covers a wide array of activities ranging from art and sport to purpose designed objects. The article focuses on what is artistic creativity.
  • Masterpiece. This article answers the question, in today's world, what is a masterpiece?
  • Creative Exercise. This is an exercise that subdues logical thinking and promotes the momentum of unconscious creativity.
  • Inspired Art. In this series of pages on Inspired Art, focusing on what inspires the artists.

Also see: Free PDF Downloads.

Point Perspectives & Axonometric Projections

All perspectives are dependent on two factors. The first being the shape and dimensions of the 'subject' being viewed, and the second being the position from where it is been viewed.

To cover the wide range of possibilities several step by step slideshows have been structured to demonstrate the methods used to draw the different types of perspective. And, how these methods can be used to draw perspectives of different shapes and forms.


Besides the value of perspective in art, it also has an important purpose in a wide range of professions ranging from Architecture and Engineering right through to Manufacturing & Sales. In fact, if there is a need for a graphic presentation or illustration the perspective is always an option. Including the so-called 'purpose designed' transparent and exploded perspectives or axonometric projections.

The primary object of this series is to give the reader a practical and objective reference to how to create a technical perspective without the clutter of artistic style or personal bias. Giving the artist a sound knowledge of the dimensions perspective and the possibilities it offers.

Basic Perspectives:

  • Point Perspective. This is a full map of all pages dedicated to Point Perspective and Axonometric Projections.
  • Draw Perspective. All vectors in a point perspective are structured according to a series of set rules. Here we discuss how these vectors are setup depending on the type of perspective been drawn.
  • 1 Point Perspective. This page is a step-by-step demonstration on how to draw an external one-point perspective. A 1PP is setup as viewing an open space with objects or structure around it. For example, looking down a street, or sitting in an auditorium.
  • Internal Perspective. This page is a step-by-step demonstration on how to draw an internal perspective.
  • 2 Point Perspective. A 2-point perspective is of an object viewed from a point that is within the height of the object. A step-by-step demonstration will show you how it is drawn.
  • 3 Point Perspective. A 3-point perspective is of an object that is viewed from either looking up or looking down at the object. The viewing point can be either within the height of the object, otherwise from above or below the object. A step-by-step demonstration will show you how it is drawn.
  • Multi 2 Point Perspective. All 2-point perspective has their vanishing points at eye level. One for each face of the object. This page is a step-by-step demonstration of the process.
  • Multi 3 Point Perspective.

For a detailed breakdown of the content of each page go to: Point Perspective.

Special Perspective:

Graphic Illustrations

Besides the perspective, the axonometric projection is an excellent alternative method of illustration.

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