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Drawing Light and Shadows

Light and shadows visually define objects. Before you can draw the light and shadows you see, you need to train your eyes to see like an artist.

Values are the different shades of gray between white and [more…]

Drawing Geometric Perspective

Geometric perspective (sometimes called linearperspective) makes subjects in a drawing look like they recede into distant space, appearing smaller the farther they are away from you. [more…]

Drawing the Furry, Fluffy, and Feathered

Drawing animals brings with it its own set of artistic difficulties. Most animals are always fully dressed. Their fashion statements vary from critter to critter, come in a variety of fashionable patterns [more…]

The Design Elements of Composing a Drawing

Composition refers to the organization, arrangement, and combination of objects within the borders of a drawing space. For a great drawing, you want to bring the eyes of the viewer toward your center of [more…]

Discovering the Joys of Drawing

Drawing can bring extraordinary and unexpected dimensions to your life. By adding drawing to your everyday experiences, you can change how you, and others, see the world. It's a powerful tool, one that [more…]

Graphite Drawing Pencil Grades

Graphite drawing pencils are essential drawing tools because they have a variety of grades and work well in all styles of drawing. This handy chart is a guide for the range of values of 16 popular graphite [more…]

Choosing Pastel Colors with the Color Wheel

When working with pastel (or any art medium), a color wheel is a tool you should be familiar with because it helps you understand hue relationships and choose colors for pastel compositions. The following [more…]

Making and Using a Viewfinder to Set Pastel Compositions

A viewfinder helps you focus your scene and determine your pastel work’s orientation. You can buy various adjustable and window viewfinders, but you can easily make your own as well. Your pastel composition [more…]

Coming Up with Fresh Ideas to Draw with Your Pastels

Whether you’re new to drawing with pastels or have drawn hundreds of pastel works, you may find yourself in need of fresh subject ideas. When the idea tank is dry, fill it up with the following drawing [more…]

Pastels For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Drawing with pastels can be both fun and intimidating, but a few tips and tools can help you set pastel compositions and choose colors like a pro. With your sketchbook, viewfinder, and color wheel in hand [more…]

Common Manga Archetypes

The type of Japanese comics or cartoons called manga has its archetypes — classic examples of the art — just like every other art form. The archetypal characters and plots you encounter in manga generally [more…]

Basic Manga Genres

Manga cartoons and comics come in several different styles, geared toward different audiences that range from young children to older readers interested in topical issues. The following list describes [more…]

Manga Materials to Bring to a Convention

If you’re promoting your manga or manga-inspired work in an exhibit or at a manga convention, you need to have a balance of freebies and money-makers to hand out as well as equipment for your display. [more…]

Manga For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Japanese comics and cartoons known as manga bring a unique style to age-old art forms. Like the art forms that precede it, manga works within specific archetypes and genres. However, the manga conventions [more…]

Essential Figure Drawing Supplies

You don’t have to feel overwhelmed when you walk into the art supplies store to buy your figure drawing materials. Remember to buy the supplies based on your budget and needs. [more…]

Portable Figure Drawing Studio Items

Once in a while step out of your art studio for a breath of fresh air. An occasional change of physical and psychological scenery is essential for figure drawing. Besides your figure drawing pad and tools [more…]

Great Spots for Studying and Drawing the Figure

Even the most motivated artist can benefit from outside education and another artist’s input to help with figure drawing. A variety of outside inspiration exists to help you create fresh figure drawing [more…]

A Simple Way to Draw the Head

If you want to build your figure drawing confidence, put down the drawing tools and use the freehand method to draw the basic structure of the head. Just follow these basic steps: [more…]

Fixing Figure Drawing Bloopers

Even the most experienced artists make mistakes in their work. Fortunately if you make a figure drawing mistake it doesn’t have to be completely removed to maintain the integrity of your drawing. Here [more…]

Figure Drawing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Learning how to draw people is a process that starts with purchasing the right art supplies. Try a simple method for drawing a human head and if you make a figure drawing mistake, use some quick techniques [more…]

How to Identify Common Drawing Styles

Style in drawing is a collection of attributes that make drawings unique. Each period in the history of art is characterized by the style of some groundbreaking artists. For example, modernism is characterized [more…]

Get Started Drawing with Basic Supplies

If you’re new to drawing, you’ll want to gather a few must-have supplies. But these drawing basics aren’t any old pencils, erasers, rulers, and paper. Here are the basic supplies you need to have in hand [more…]

How to Find Drawing Inspiration

Artist’s block (what you have when you can’t think of anything to draw) can strike at any time. Fortunately, inspiration can strike anytime, too! You just have to know where to look. To unclog your creative [more…]

Drawing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Discover everything you need to know to get started with drawing, including what supplies and styles to use to create different types of drawings. You'll also find ways to come up with ideas about what [more…]

Focusing on the Elements of Composition in Drawing

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