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perception 
When you are painting a face for example, the parts of the face that protrude (i.e. the nose) should be slightly lighter than the rest of the face. To …

Drawing with confidence. 
Most artists tend to use HB pencils when they are drawing. However, this grade can cut into paper leaving permanent grooves.... I prefer to use …

Smooth Shading & Blending 
Many artists agreed that a 0.5mm mechanical pencil is best for smooth shading and blending. So, I also used this pencil to create a smooth texture required …

Great tips and materials for beginners 
I discovered and fell in love with the Walter Foster art instruction books a few years ago. They start with information about specific materials and …

How to Protect Your Picture While You Are Drawing 
I know in the past when I was drawing anything, I always had a piece of paper under my hand as I was drawing. I would also use a fixative and spray the …

How to Prevent Smudging Your Work 
The best way not to smudge your work is to not lean on it or you can just do the outline of your drawing lightly before going thick or your work will definitely …

How To Draw Straight Lines 
Instead of drawing one long straight line, draw the line bit by bit, using the little ones …

Blu Tack as an eraser 
Took a drawing course this past Spring and was given a sample of Blutack to use in place of a kneaded eraser. It seems to be better at lifting graphite …

Never Assume 
Something that quite often trips up aspiring artists is when they go to draw something and it doesnt actually look like what they are drawing!! There is …

Keep your paper clean while drawing 
To keep the paper clean and to prevent smudging when drawing, put a piece of acetate under your drawing hand. It will stick to your hand and glide over …

Prevent ink bottle spillage 
To prevent overturning an ink bottle while working I use a SMALL BIT OF DOUBLE STICK CARPET TAPE. Regular two sided tape is not good enough. Carpet tape …

How to Draw Wheels in persepctive (extra tip) 
Watch the video (which is good) but you don't have to guesstimate the SECOND wheel. If the first wheel is correct then simply extend the lines to create …

Another way of getting a chiseled edge 
As covered in the drawing medium video part-1 you can get a chiseled edge by using a craft or pen knife but I also found out that you can get a chisseld …

How to draw a symetrical object 
Draw an outline of a vase for example. Draw a line down the middle of the vase. Decide which side you like the best. Trace the outline. Flip the tracing …

Draw or paint from a re-usable grid  
When drawing portraits or scenery I personally find it difficult to get the proportions & positions of certain features correct and spend a lot of time …

A Secret Helper....  
Drawing animals or portraits and unsure if the features are right? Take the image and look at it through a mirror to compare it with the photograph …

Using too much colour 
With all those lovely colours to choose from it is tempting to try and use them all in a painting. If you restrict yourself to a limited palette of around …

Handy Low cost sketch Pad 
Buy yourself a 'Post-It' pad at an office supplies shop. I use a 5" x 3" one. They fit in any pocket and are great for quick sketches. You can also 'stick' …

Portable Paper Wetting 
You don't need a tray to wet watercolour paper for stretching if you are out and about. Use a heavy weight resealable polythene bag. Fill it with just …

Getting It Even Not rated yet
I find that if I check out how my drawings are progressing by looking at them through a mirror i.e.any uneven un-symmetrical or imbalanced subjects really …

Don't Ruin Your Best Paper Not rated yet
Rather than doing lots of rubbing out on your best piece of paper, draw the basic picture on a piece of practice paper, then trace it. Then instead …

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