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Charcoal Art

Charcoal Drawing Tips

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 […]

Drawing Lessons Importance of Sketching

Drawing Lessons: The Importance of Sketching

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 […]

Drawing Lessons Values

Drawing Lessons: Using Light and Shadows to Create 3-Dimensional Shapes

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 […]

Kitty

Drawing Lessons for Advanced Artists: Light Movement in Drawings

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 […]