Imagine there’s a magic pencil

…and every time you pick up this pencil, you’re able to create incredible drawings like this one — drawings will leave your viewers speechless:


  • Sitting down and doing amazing drawings that others will marvel at

  • Having the confidence that you can draw stunning, lifelike masterpieces

  • Knowing that all of your artwork will be better once your drawings improve

  • No more frustrating trial and error

Quite simply, every second that you put   your magic pencil   to work, you create something so lifelike and visually powerful that time seems to stop every time you view it.

Sadly, we all know there is no such thing as a magic pencil…


If you want to learn how to create drawings like the one above, then what we’re about to share with you is the next best thing…

You see, there’s a master artist who has some of the finest drawing skills in the world. His drawings are highly collectable.  

In fact, one of the top realism collectors in the world purchased one of this artist’s sketch pads because he knows it could become a national treasure.

You see, this artist you are about to meet was trained in Florence, Italy, at a very special school that few people in the world ever get to attend. It was there that he discovered these special techniques so few artists possess.

His name is Cesar Santos, and he’s one of the world’s greatest when it comes to drawing the human figure. And when we saw his sketchbooks, we begged him to create a historic documentation of his entire step-by-step process on video.

But we did not want just another drawing video. We wanted a full course that gives you the depth of training that will allow you to create masterful drawings with the skills he teaches you.

Cesar spent weeks preparing for this special video, and created dozens of in-depth drawings, starting with a skeletal drawing, then adding layers of muscles, and then the skin and the textures. He really did his homework to deliver an absolutely top-notch drawing course that will improve your lifetime body of work.

So Who Is Cesar Santos, and  
Why Are We So Sure He Can Help YOU?

Cesar Santos was just a young boy when his family fled the desolation of early ’90s Cuba in search of a better life in the United States.  

Becoming a painter was a dream most people in his situation didn’t dare to have…

And yet Cesar defied the odds and went on to become one of the most celebrated and respected artists in the world.

Today his work is on display in prestigious galleries and museums around the globe, from New York to Beijing — and just about everywhere in between.

He’s won far too many awards to list here, and he’s been featured in such prestigious art publications as American Art Collector, American Arts QuarterlyFine Art Connoisseur, and many more.

His work has been shown at the world’s largest art show, Art Basel, and he is one of the few contemporary realists to bridge the contemporary and the traditional art worlds.

His style?

A rare and wonderful combination of Old Master realist techniques fused with a vivid contemporary expressionist approach — and collectors love it .

In his own words:

My artistic energy drives me to capture the people of my time. I am fascinated with the way our daily activities establish identity in a specific way…

I seek to establish a relationship between the subject and their place in contemporary society. My ultimate interest is in the unnoticeable, yet irreplaceable, people in my community.

Cesar is one of the preeminent authorities on figure drawing today.

He’s a true master in every sense of the word.

And his figure drawing technique is unlike anything you’ve ever come across.
Follow along as Cesar reveals:

  • The hidden secret to preparing for your drawing — everything you need in the beginning to give your figure drawing a bulletproof foundation

  • EXACTLY how to photograph a model in order to reduce lens distortion, and how to treat the photograph as if it were a live model in the studio, so you don’t have to pay for hours of modeling time – This alone will save you enough to pay for this video

  • How to create a gesture study that will help you understand the subject and capture the movement and energy of the model

  • A proven way to simplify your forms (and the surprising reason this makes things 10 times easier as you go)

  • A complete A-to-Z solution for creating your first sketches

  • How to craft your gesture lines to create the *exact* movements found around the outline of the model

  • All of the fascinating and unique tools Cesar uses to get vivid texture and beautiful effects with his drawings

  • The easiest way to work with thick, thin, soft, and hard lines in charcoal

  • An in-depth “crash course on the go” covering the important elements and landmarks of the human anatomy you MUST know

  • When you should step back and completely IGNORE the values — and why this makes it so much easier to make refinements and adjustments

  • The secret to working with shapes, volume, values, and light

  • How to know when you should “copy” and when you should “represent” when drawing

  • How to avoid the fatal mistakes people typically make when drawing in charcoal

  • How to create a sense of balance and  flow between the different elements of your work

…and so much more!

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Cesar Santos
“I have watched this video and found it invaluable. You can call these lessons secrets or anything you want. New knowledge is new knowledge regardless.”
Mark Caselius
Cesar Santos
“This is one of the best tutorials DVD s because shows everything from start to finish I am happy to purchase it”
Ashkan Moradinejad
Cesar Santos
“Santos is a real maven, very impressive work.”
Kei Constantinov
Cesar Santos
“I bought this and it is an amazing video. Extremely detailed.”
Bryan Robinson
Superb Instruction
This is an extremely long and detailed video about figure drawing that shows the process in its entirety. I learned to see the details while he was explaining his process and i was amazed at the improvement in my drawings at our local figure drawing session. This is a serious work and I highly recommend it.
- Bryan Robinson, MD
detailed instruction
This is a long DVD 16+hours. He starts with gesture, then a contour drawing, which he erases, and then redraws the contour more definitively. Then he fills in the spaces and then goes to the detail, carefully adding and erasing charcoal, starting with the head and going to the feet. He admits it can be tedious to watch all that he does and a viewer may skip forward sometimes. However it is worth spending the time watching and learning. He enjoys what he is doing and jokes along with his work. Only negative is that it is difficult to hear some of what he says, even with the volume at max. Worthwhile none the less.
- Kenneth Kant, TN
This teaching video by Cesar Santos is in my opinion excellent and of first class quality. The filming and close up views showing how Cesar Santos works is the next best thing to having a studio presence. For any artist, beginner or experienced I highly recommend this video. Cesar is very transparent with his teaching technique. He wholeheartedly debunks the myth regarding secrets of drawing and painting. This video by the way is strictly drawing in charcoal and understanding the value of studying human anatomy. There are no secrets, not that we didnt know that, but there are many art videos out there which are sold on the premise that a particular artist has some hidden secret only he or she knows of and if you are fortunate enough to be initiated into the inner circle low and behold your paintings will transformed over night into museum quality... No, a thousand times no. Cesar consciously and subconsciously debunks the whole myth. If there is a secret to producing great art its called hard work - concentrated effort. What I admire and respect about Lilliedahl art videos is how educational and informative they are. In my opinion they are producing the best art instruction videos available to the art world and no I dont work for them and no Im on no retainer. If you want to learn how to draw the figure then this video is a must. You will see in detail the careful rendering of each precise mark Santos applies to the support. He does have his quiet moments when he needs to concentrate on a particular section of the drawing, but also, there is a great deal more to learn from just listening to him and how his mind set works as an accomplished artist. In someways he inadvertently teaches that the route to success whatever they maybe is through hard work, application and a desire to improve. Not to compete with anyone else but be the best YOU can be and seek to excel for your own self worth. You will be taken on a journey through the entire drawing process from the first mark on a blank support to the very last one completing the work...with total transparency all the way through. For me, this is one of the flagship videos of Liliedahl. I highly, highly recommend it not just to understand how to draw the figure but what it takes to be an artist.
- Colin Boardman, INT
Excellence throughout the Video
Cesar Santos strives for excellence and encourages the student to grow and develop the skills necessary to draw the figure. I found his interview particularly touching as he described his youth in Cuba. Cesar is a sensitive soul in spite of his crazy humor on You Tube. Thank you Cesar for sharing your techniques and thoughts about the figure. I have learned a great deal!
One of the best DVDs on this subject that I have purchased.
- Gilbert Roux, CA