Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Techniques

How to Use a Blending Stump for Realistic Effects

If you are new to the world of art and do not know how to use a blending stump, then you have come to the right place. This is a tool that is made up of a cylindrical piece of paper which has been compressed and has a point situated on each end. When I first learned about blending stumps, …

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What Is a Kneaded Eraser? Here’s Everything You Ever Wanted to Know

If you have ever known anyone who draws pencil portraits or other types of pencil art, maybe you have heard them mention using a kneaded eraser. If you are a regular reader of tutorials here on this site, then you have undoubtedly seen the kneaded eraser mentioned on more than one occasion. But just exactly what is a kneaded eraser? This …

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Drawing Materials for Both the Beginner and the Advanced

If you are interested in being an artist or at least making drawing a major hobby in your life, then you will need to have extended knowledge over the drawing materials you will need. Oh sure you’ll need the basic pencil, eraser, and something to draw on but there’s so much more to it. Notice how one artist can make things look so …

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What to Consider When Making a Composition

Before you start drawing, it helps to plan your ideas. Composition is the idea of setting up your drawing. How many ideas, people, and objects do you want to use in your drawing? In the drawing below, I thought to create a small still-frame of a scene. In the drawing of the two people, I wanted to show how you …

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Four Drawing Shortcut Techniques You Will Not Regret Using

What I’m about to share with you is a risk for me. I’m risking mobs of angry artists coming and burning down my house and crucifying me upside down. I will be sharing a secret that many artists use that make us look like we can do the outline of a drawing without any type of help. It can be said that most of …

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“Where Should I Begin Setting Pencil Portrait Drawing Prices?”

You really love to draw pencil portraits. You love creating pencil portrait drawings so much that you practice all the time. As you practice, you get noticeably better and better. In fact, you begin to get so much better that people are beginning to come to you to ask you to draw a portrait for them! Maybe you have experienced …

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See How to Draw in Pencil by Studying This Portrait

Look at this old pencil portrait drawing I did many years ago… What can you learn from it? Can just looking at a pencil drawing done by another artist teach you how to draw in pencil? Well, maybe not all by itself, but it can certainly help. You can easily use a pencil drawing done by someone else as a model …

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If You Think You Cannot Draw, This App Will Prove You Wrong

Imagine having no artistic talent and being able to draw Taylor Swift effortlessly, with no pre-sketched facial guidelines and no grid. Is that even possible? Well, the makers of a new app claim to make that possibility a reality. Tech company Osmo recently released their app, Masterpiece, to encourage kids (and adults) to build better spatial awareness and creativity while …

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10 Drawing Ideas for When You Don’t Know What to Draw

To become better at something, you should practice it often. Ideally, everyday. This especially applies to drawing people. Sometimes, though, you just get to the point where you don’t know who or what to draw. Your mind is blank. Or, your mind is going in so many different directions, you don’t know where to begin. How do you decide? Following …

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Grid Drawing For Perfect Faces And Forms

Though often considered a beginner’s tool, grid drawing is used by new and experienced artists alike. Drawing faces and the human form is one of the most difficult tasks an artist faces, which is why so many despair at the thought and stick to landscapes or still lifes. Drawing people takes practice and dedication, as well as an arsenal of …

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Your Eyes Will Tell You These Pencil Portraits Are Photographs

Age and experience don’t always have everything to do with artistic skill. Take the case of Diego Fazio – a 25 year-old Italian artist. With only eight years of experience under his belt, Diego produces hyperrealistic pencil portraits of real people, capturing the details of their faces in a manner that seems not quite human. Despite the seeming impossibility, Fazio has made a …

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Are You a Lazy Artist If You Just Make Line-Drawing Portraits?

Learning how to sketch line drawings helps you develop strong techniques. Unfortunately, some more experienced artists might look down on you if you are a beginner and can only make line drawings. It’s sad to say, but I’ve known a few artists in my day who forgot what it was like to be a beginner. These artists won’t hesitate to criticize …

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