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Published: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 11:23:32 +0000

 



5 Top Colored Pencil Brands Reviewed

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Which colored pencils will suit your needs? Here are mini-reviews of colored pencil brands to help you buy the best colored pencils for your artwork.



Want to Learn How to Draw? Start Your Lessons...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

It's easier than you think. Start here with these free learn how to draw lessons. Work through step by step and you'll be drawing like a pro in no time!



How to Draw a Dog in 8 Steps

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Drawing a dog from a photograph is quite easy. Follow these steps to learn how to draw your pet from a photograph, and use the same principles to sketch from life, too.



New to Drawing? Avoid These 10 Common Beginner...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Drawing Tips - find out the common mistakes beginners make when they learn to draw and how to fix them.



Complete Buyer's Guide to Colored Pencil Reviews

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Complete Buyer's Guide to Colored Pencil Reviews



New to Drawing? Here's How You Should Hold a...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

There's no 'one right way' to hold a pencil, but some methods are better than others when it comes to drawing and sketching.



10 Steps on How to Draw Two-Point Perspective

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Learn to draw two-point perspective, step by step. This easy exercise takes you through drawing in two point perspective, one step at a time. You'll find resources to other perspective drawing lessons so you can develop your skills in 3d drawing!



Single Point Perspective View For Accurate...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Single point perspective lines for realistidrawingsc



What is a Vanishing Point?

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

What is a vanishing point in perspective drawing?



Basic Colored Pencil Shading

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Learn how to use basic colored pencil techniques including blending and layering to enhance your drawing. Learn how to shade, blend, and layer.



Why Keeping a Sketchbook Is Essential for Any...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Keeping a sketchbook is something most artists do. A sketchbook fills various functions, and you'll find your own way of using it. But where do you start, when you bring home that beautiful sketchbook with crisp, empty white pages. How do you fill them? Try some of these creative ideas for getting your sketchbook started



Don’t Skip the Boring Drawing Exercises...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

I'm trying to learn to draw, but don't know where to start. I'm trying to draw a great portrait and can't get it to look like the person, and when I try to draw a person, it looks like some sort of zombie! What should I do? First, don't panic. Second, read this article and find out how to learn to draw - from the beginning!



Draw in Perspective with 10 Easy Tips

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Learn to draw simple one-point perspective, step by step following this easy tutorial. Learn about what perspective looks like, and how to construct it in easy steps.



Drawing Winter Scenes

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Drawing Winter Scenes - how to draw snow and winter landscapes. How do you draw all that white? Here are some tips to help you draw those chilly, beautiful winter landscapes.



Deciphering Doodles: How to Find the Meaning of...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Doodle interpretation - discover the meaning and symbolism of doodles. Why people doodle, what the shapes mean and how to interpret doodle drawings and scribbles.



Beginner Art and Drawing Lessons

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

What skills do you need to to learn to draw, or to teach a beginner in drawing? From holding a pencil to dealing with line and tone, find the lessons you need - for yourself, or for your beginner art class.



Drawing a Horse Is Easy with This Step-by-Step...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

This simple horse drawing lesson takes you through easy steps to draw a standing horse or pony. This tutorial is designed using very simple shapes so that children or complete beginners can copy it with confidence.



Draw Better Eyes by Learning Some Basic Anatomy

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Improve your eye drawing by following this detailed tutorial exploring eye anatomy, proportion and drawing techniques.



Best Free Android Drawing Art Apps

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Even though free Android apps don't cost you any actual money, nobody wants to waste time and bandwidth on a bad app - or worse, install malware. Here is my selection of Android drawing and art applications that have a permanent place on my drawing tablet. I hope you'll find them useful.



Sketching and Drawing: Types of Pencils to Use...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Pencil Sketching & Drawing: Types of Pencils to Use



Learn Drawing Basics: What is a Contour Line?

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Unlike the contours in map drawing, which track across a surface, contours in art are outlines, drawn to describe a visible edge or change of plane.



How to Draw a Basic Manga Character That You...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Learn how to draw manga characters using a simple wireframe method. The photos will help you along the way to perfecting your technique.



Why Perspective Is So Important in Drawing

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Definition of Linear Perspective and Atmospheric Perspective as applied to drawing.



Which Paper Do I Use for Pencil Sketching?

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Sketch paper comes in all kinds of weights, sizes, sheets and pads. Here's a guide to choosing the right sketch paper to suit your style and budget.



Drawing Programs and Art Software

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

There's plenty of good photo editing software around, but what about software for creating art and drawing from scratch - without breaking the bank?



How to Hold a Pencil

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Do you need a special pencil grip to draw? Are you limiting your drawing by holding the pencil in some specialist grip that an art teacher showed you 20 years ago? Here are some examples of ways to hold a pencil for comfortable, effective drawing.



8 Easy Steps to Perspective Drawing

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

An understanding of perspective drawing is important no matter what subject you choose. It's easier than you think. Just start at the beginning, follow the examples, then progress to the next lesson when you are comfortable. Don't be afraid to experiment with perspective drawing. Your eyes will tell you when something looks right or wrong. Have fun!



Draw a Manga Face in 9 Easy Steps

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Learn how to draw Manga style character heads and faces with this fun and easy Manga character drawing how-to by Preston Stone.



Drawing Ideas for When Your Mind is as Blank as...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Stuck for inspiration? Before you run out of ideas, try one of these. Here are six sources of inspiration for drawing, painting - even scrapbooking. Sometimes when you look at a blank page, your mind goes blank too. So here's some ideas to get you started.



Which paper should I use for Pastel and Chalk...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Which paper do I use for pastel and chalk drawing? There are so many different papers on the market, it's hard to know which one to use. This paper FAQ will help you choose the right paper for your pastel and chalk drawing



Art Paper Surface Types

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Art paper types - find out what the different types of paper surfaces are for art paper. Should you use plate, vellum, velours, or laid? Rough, Medium or Smooth?



Doodle Symbolism - People, Faces and Features

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

meaning of people and face doodles - interpreting the meaning of doodle drawings and symbols in drawing - psychoanalysis of drawings of faces



Improve Your Coordination with This Blind...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Blind contour drawing is a classic drawing exercise that develops eye and hand co-ordination. It is equally useful for beginning and advanced artists.



A Guide to Drawing Supplies

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Learn about the different types of drawing supplies and art materials you'll need and what you need to know before you buy them.



How To Use Pencils Expertly For Your Masterpiece

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

How To Use Colored Pencils Expertly For Your drawings and Masterpiece Sketches



Top 8 Papers for Charcoal and Pastels

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Need help choosing a pastel or charcoal paper? Here's my review of some of the best and most popular charcoal and pastel papers, to help you make an informed choice.



Easy Steps in Drawing and Sketching for...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

How-to tips about drawing and sketching for Beginners



Exploring Mark Making

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Test out your art materials. Find out what each pencil can do by scribbling and shading, so that you know which one to choose for different drawing purposes. Page 2.



Not Sure What to Draw? These Ideas Will Get You...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Not sure what to draw? Don't worry, we have the solution, Here are pages of ideas for your art class or personal art practice. Get better ideas for your lesson plans or sketchbooks. Come up with something a bit different and start exploring art ideas instead of copying.



Are You a Drawing Beginner? Try These 6 Great...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Everyone can learn to draw, and these drawing books for beginners will help you gain the skills you need.



What do the H and B and numbers mean on a pencil?

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Are you wondering what those letters - the H, B, F - and numbers mean on a pencil? - Find out what they mean, and how they relate to the numbers on American writing pencils - pencil hardness and grades.



Think You Can’t Draw? Try This Lesson for...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Here is an easy drawing lesson for beginners. Start learning to draw with this these easy drawing lessons. A piece of fruit is a good subject for a beginner artist, so we'll start with drawing a pear in graphite pencil. Give it a try!



How Cross-Contour Drawing Can Help Give Your...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Find out what cross contours are and how to use them to make your drawing more three-dimensional. Understanding cross contours is important for any style of drawing.



Why the Mark Makes the Art: Tips on Pencil...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Improve your pencil drawing with these quick tips and techniques - how to get better tone, use marks effectively in your drawings, and more.



Choose the Best Charcoal for Your Drawing

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Charcoal - vine, willow, and compressed charcoal sticks and pencils, carbon pencils for sketching and drawing. An overview of charcoal drawing materials to help you make your selection.



Portrait Sketching 101: How to Sketch Faces

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Learn how to sketch faces freehand with this tutorial from guest artist Ed Hall. Ed shows you how to observe and sketch from life or a photograph to capture your subject's personality.



7 Sketchbooks You Won’t Want to Put Down

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Sketchbooks - artist sketchbooks and drawing books. Reviews and suggestions for recommended artist's sketchbooks, drawing books and art journals. A range of sketchbooks for general use, as well as sketchbooks for specific media such as pastel and watercolor.



How to Draw a Horse’s Head for Beginners

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Learn how to draw a horse head in just a few simple steps, with this super easy horse drawing tutorial suitable for kids and beginners.



Find the Right Drawing Pen, Nib, and Ink for...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Here's a guide to choosing an ink drawing pen to suit your style of drawing and personal taste. Take a look at some of the best pens and inks.



A Beginners Guide to The Basics of Drawing

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Beginners Guide to The Basics of Drawing and Sketching



Give Your Drawings Depth by Learning the Basic...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

The first step to successful pencil shading is to control the movement of your pencil, making sure that every mark you make on the paper works towards creating the shading or modeling effect that you want.



Draw a Horse Portrait in Colored Pencil

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Draw a Horse Head in Colored Pencil. Renowned equine artist Janet Griffin-Scott shows you how to draw a beautiful realistic horse portrait in colored pencil.



Create Hundreds of Cartoon Faces with a Few...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Learn to draw cartoon faces - follow these easy step by step instructions and learn how to draw funny cartoon faces using simple shapes. So easy anyone can do it! No talent required!



What Is Implied Line and How Can You Use It in...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

What is a implied in drawing? Implied line is an important part of the artist's arsenal, especially in pure contour drawing when other modeling techniques are limited. Read the definition of implied line and find out how to use it.



I Want To Draw. . ' For the Absolute Beginner

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

I Want To Draw So Here is Your Chance For the Absolute Beginner to Learn fast



Learn Why Tone Is So Important In Drawing

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

In art, tone refers to the degree of lightness or darkness of an area. It varies from bright white through shades of gray to the deepest black shadows.



Get Down to the Basics of Drawing with Pure...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Pure contour line drawing is the simplest form of linear expression. The line describes visible edges of an object from a particular point of view. This lesson explains what linear contour drawing is and offers some approaches to contour drawing.



How to Draw Fire and Flames

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

A step-by-step tutorial on how to draw flame using line or colour, with some tips to think about when drawing candles, fire or flames.



5 Tips on How to Draw from Your Imagination

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

How do I draw better from imagination? This is an often-asked question. Here are some tips on bringing your creative fantasies to life, drawing from memory or imagination, and developing your own imaginative art.



Blending Colored Pencil

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Finding colored pencils tricky to blend? Read these tips on different methods of blending and layering colored pencil.



Practice Graduated and Continuous Shading

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Get control of your range of tone with this simple exercise in graduated tonal drawing.



Draw a Fun Sea Turtle in 3 Easy Steps

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Draw a simple sea turtle. Follow the easy steps of this tutorial to draw a cute little sea turtle swimming through the ocean.



Why Choosing a Simple Drawing Pencil Can Be So...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Which graphite pencil should you buy? With many options available to the artist, it can be quite confusing to know which ones to get.



Landscape Art and Drawing Ideas

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Landscape is a rich source of inspiration for the artist, and you don't have to be a tree-hugging greenie to be inspired. Whether it's an abstraction from landforms, a storm reflecting human emotion or an ode the wonders of mother nature, here are some landscape art and drawing ideas to inspire your creativity.



How to Choose Good Titles for Your Art

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

How to you you choose a title for your art? What you title your drawing or painting tells your viewer how to approach the piece. Here are some tips on how to name your artwork, drawing or painting.



How to Draw the Correct Proportions of the...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Learn how to draw the structure and correct proportions of the human head and face by focusing on the traditional rules of proportions.



Juxtaposition - What is Juxtaposition?

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Juxtaposition is the placing of compositional elements side-by-side, with the intention of comparing or contrasting them.



Sketching and Illustrating With Contour Drawing

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Contour drawing is basically outline drawing, and is the way most beginners start learning to draw and sketch. Learn more about contour drawing and how to develop your skills.



Doodle Symbolism - Mark Making and Line Weight

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

symbolism of doodles - lineweight and mark making - interpreting the meaning of doodle drawings and symbols in drawing - psychoanalysis of drawings importance of marks scribbles and style



Why the Horizon Line Is So Important in...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

What is the Horizon Line in drawing? The horizon line in perspective drawing is a horizontal line across the picture...



Which pencil should I use for shading?

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

There's such a range of graphite pencils to choose from, its hard to know which to pick. Use one pencil for everything? Use a different one for every tonal value? Here's what to do.



Pet Photography - How To Photograph Your Pet...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

A good reference photo is essential for pet portrait drawing, but too often, beginners try to do a portrait from a small, out-of-focus flash-photo from a bad angle. Here are some tips on getting a great shot of your pet so that you can create a great pet portrait.



Strengthen Your Line Drawing with This Unique...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

This Beginner Drawing Exercise, Wire Drawing, is an exercise in hand-eye co-ordination for beginners. Use it to Loosen up and have fun with a non-threatening drawing exercise that sharpens the hand - eye connection, developing observations skills



Wire Drawing Lesson

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Wire Drawing lesson introduction. Learn how to draw with these step by step lessons. Just start with the first one, and work your way through! Page 3.



Develop Hand Coordination by Practicing Blind...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Here is a fun and worthwhile drawing exercise, a favourite with drawing teachers to develop hand-eye communication. Contour drawing is essentially outline drawing, and blind contour drawing means drawing the outline of the subject without looking at the paper.



How to Use Thumbnail Sketching to Help with...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Thumbnail sketching - find out what thumbnail sketches are and how to use thumbnail sketches to help with your drawing and painting. Learn how.



Draw Shiny Surfaces in Colored Pencil

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Drawing metals like steel, silver and copper is easier than you think. You just have to trust your eyes, draw what you see, and keep your pencils sharp. This simple one-page step by step lesson shows you how it's done.



Best Colored Pencils for Professional Artists...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Best Colored Pencils for Professional Artists



How to Draw in Pen and Ink - Materials Needed

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Pen and Ink drawing for beginners - what you need to get started and how to choose basic equipment.



How Crosshatching Creates Tone in Your Drawings

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Crosshatching is drawing two layers of hatching at right-angles in order create a mesh-like pattern. Used in various drawing mediums for textural and tonal effects.



Where to Begin with Doodling

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Where do you start with doodling? Anywhere? What if you want to make it more than a scribble in the margins? Here's some tips on getting started with doodling.



How to Draw Manga Hands and Feet for Beginners

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Draw Manga hands and feet using a simple wireframe method. The photos in this slideshow will help you in perfecting your technique.



Your Guide to Drawing and Sketching Cats

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

The grace and elegance of cats makes them wonderful subjects to draw and sketch. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of sketching your cat.



What Do Artists Do

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

What do artists actually do? If we believe the media and myths, we'd say they mostly swan about at exhibition openings and coffee shops looking very hipster and saying deep and meaningful things. But what do artists really do? Let's take a look at what an artist's life is really about.



What Drawing Ink Should You Use?

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Drawing inks - not sure which ink to use? Check out my guide to selecting inks for drawing and my thoughts on the best brands of Indian ink and Chinese ink for fine art drawing.



Lineweight - What is Lineweight?

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

What is 'lineweight' in drawing? Lineweight is a term that describes the relative 'weight' - strength, heaviness, or darkness - of the line against the background or support. It is governed by the pressure on your drawing tool as you make your line - whether this is decreasing or increasing the pressure on the tip so that it leaves behind more or less medium - or altering the angle so that more of the tip is in contact with the paper.



Six Ways to Make Your Art and Design Portfolio...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Here are seven tips to help you put together a fantastic art portfolio that shows your true potential as an artist.



Draw Hundreds of Characters by Learning this 1...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

How to draw a cute cartoon character. This step by step tutorial makes drawing cartoon people easy. Turn the basic design into a cute boy, girl or animal cartoon.



How To Apply Spray Fixative

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

How to apply fixative spray - learn how to correctly apply spray fixatives to drawings - pastel, charcoal or graphite.



Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Drawing for the absolute and utter beginner by Claire Watson Garcia - a drawing tutorial book review by your guide Helen South



Line Drawing - Using Implied Line in Drawing

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Line Drawing - how to use line in drawing. Learn how to use different kinds of line, what to draw and what to leave out to make your line drawing successful.



Learn How to Draw Using a Grid

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

draw with a grid - learn how to use method of copying from a photograph to a drawing



Drawing Reflections

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Drawing reflections is really as easy as drawing any other part of your subject. Find out how to tackle reflections with confidence.



Things to Draw

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Need some things to draw? Here are some drawing and painting ideas to get you started. From traditional still life to contemporary approaches, you can find things in around the home to draw which make great subjects.



How Grid Drawing Can Help You Copy Images...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

gridding up, or grid drawing, is a useful way of copying drawings when tracing isn't an option. This illustrated step-by-step shows you how to use a grid to start your drawing.



Doodle and Symbol Interpretation - Geometric...

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

the meaning of shapes - interpreting the meaning of geometric shapes, doodle drawings and symbol analysis in drawing circles and squares



9 Steps to Drawing a Rose in Colored Pencil

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

learn how to draw a rose in colored pencil. This step by step tutorial will show you how to draw a rose in colored pencil, beginning with a suitable subject or reference photo



How To Set Up A Still Life For Drawing

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Here's how to set up a still life to draw - learn how to add interest and variety to your drawing subject. Drawing a still life needn't be boring!



Doodle Drawing - Flower Symbolism

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Interpreting the meaning of flower doodle drawings and symbol analysis in drawing flowers.



What is Gesture Drawing?

2016-09-24T11:23:32Z

Gesture drawing is a form of expressive mark-making that emphasises an energetic and tactile approach to form. Gestural or gesture drawings are a great way to loosen up and can be great fun, too.