“Every artist was first an amateur.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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How to Draw Surfaces Using Pencil Materials

Colored pencils can be applied to a wide variety of ordinary or exotic surfaces as wood, clay, plastic, canvas, or gesso. But the surface preferred by far by most artists is simply that of a good quality, resilient, medium-grained paper.

Seek out paper that is soft, but not so soft that it cannot hold the edge of a sharp, crisp line. Be sure that you test both sides. Your “right” side may be someone else’s wrong side. Above all, don’t try to judge papers by merely looking at or touching them. The real test lies in drawing on them with your own pencil.  Read More

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Basic Colored Pencil Techniques

How to Draw Surfaces

Colored pencils can be applied to a wide variety of ordinary or exotic surfaces as wood, clay, plastic, canvas, or gesso. But the surface preferred by far by most artists is simply that of a good quality, resilient, medium-grained paper.

Seek out paper that is soft, but not so soft that it cannot hold the edge of a sharp, crisp line. Be sure that you test both sides. Your “right” side may be someone else’s wrong side. Above all, don’t try to judge papers by merely looking at or touching them. The real test lies in drawing on them with your own pencils. Read More

5 Essential Pen and Ink Drawing Techniques

Pen and ink drawing depicts the process of utilizing pens to put ink onto surfaces. There are various pen and ink drawing techniques you can use. Today, we’ll talk about the basic and essential pen and ink drawing techniques, materials, and tools.

A few of the materials you’ll need to make an ink drawing are drawing pens, ink, graphite pencil, a paint brush, various nibs, paper towel, eraser, and a drawing surface. Read More