The artist has numerous arrows in her quiver when it comes to selecting the medium in which to practice her art. For the illustrator, the arrow of choice is the colored pencil, owing to its ready availability, portability, relatively low cost, and the range of artistic purposes with which colored pencils can be put to […]
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Maximizing Your Eraser: Five Simple Tips & Techniques Whether you’re a serious graphite artist, a casual sketcher or a student who refuses to surrender their trusty #2, you already know how valuable your eraser can be – or do you? Erasers come in all shapes and sizes; there’s pencil-mounted, block-style and pen-style precision models available […]
One look at my bedspread would be enough to tell you that I love colors – all of the colors, at the same time. In fact, my whole room is pretty colorful. Throughout college I took notes with different colored gel pens, and at work I post my daily fun fact on my whiteboard in […]
Charcoal is one of the oldest art mediums, having been used for cave drawings by early man. Back then, charcoal was used in the form of the ends of burned sticks. Today’s charcoal artists have more modern options: compressed charcoal, vine charcoal, and powdered charcoal. The charcoal you used in art class in elementary school […]
3D sketches take the art of drawing to a whole new level (pun definitely intended). Artists like Alessandro, Ramon Bruin, and Fredo create mind-blowing 3D drawings that appear to jump right off the page through a combination of shading techniques borrowed from airbrushing, flawless perspective, and a few insider techniques (multiple sheets of paper to […]
Drawing Lessons: The Importance of Sketching Sketching is the fundamental building block for an artist. It is used to develop a personal visual vocabulary. Sketches are visual exercises in problem solving and provides the opportunity to: hone your observational skills exercise and develop mark-making skills encourage selectivity experiment with new techniques and expressive possibilities create compositions […]
Learn how to add texture to your drawings in this entry into Diane Wright’s drawing lessons series. Drawing Lessons: Creating Textures So what is texture? We touch an object and can feel that it is smooth or rough, but how do we translate what we feel into what we see. The type of surface and […]
Drawing Lessons: Using Light and Shadows to Create 3-Dimensional Shapes What gives objects form and shape? Light and the shadows it creates. Since graphite creates only shades of gray, values are all we have to represent light and shadow. They are also the most expressive and effective tools we have. In this entry to Pencils.com’s stable […]
In this entry into Diane Wright’s drawing lessons, Diane explores the different types of marks you can make using a pencil. The anticipation of making that first mark on a blank sheet of paper for me is exciting. Each mark builds upon the last one and soon the image begins to evolve and appear on […]
Drawing Lessons: Light Movement in Drawings INTRODUCTION These drawings look quite alive. But their liveliness is not from detail since the detail between them is very different. Instead, their liveliness comes from the fact they are lighted alike. In each drawing, the light moves across the subjects so that both highlight and shadow grow darker […]
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