Arts

9 Top Tips for Drawing in Black and White

This may seem like an odd way to start an article on black and white drawings, but when I was a kid, my favourite drawing tool was a blue crayon. I drew everything in that one colour – the sky, the sea – and things that weren’t even blue, like my neighbour’s cat, our house, and my family. These monochrome ...

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20 Steps to Picking the Perfect Paint Brush

Choosing the best pencils or paint brushes for your next project isn’t always an easy decision. After all, different effects require different tools so it can be difficult to know which to use. To simplify the process of choosing my paint brushes, I make two major distinctions: the type of hair the paint brush is made of and the shape. If you’re ...

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How to Start Pastel Drawing

Put your best pencils and doodle art to one side – it’s time to delve into the art of pastel drawing. In use by artists for centuries, pastels are an especially portable medium, enabling you to create colourful art with no need for water, brushes or palettes. But first, what exactly is a pastel? The definition isn’t completely clear, and there’s been some debate ...

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14 Tips for Improve Your Character Drawing

It takes time, patience, and plenty of hours following Photoshop tutorials to master the art of character drawing. During my early days , while working on films such as The Lion King, Mulan and Brother Bear, we would go through hundreds of variations of character designs. Because these films were hand-drawn, it wasn’t too difficult to imagine how these rough designs would look in ...

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7 Ways to Draw Hands

Learning how to draw hands can be difficult. In fact, most artists find drawing hands to be a challenge. The human hand is a complex and amazing piece of anatomy, and one of the most recognisable features in the whole of the animal kingdom – which is why studying how to draw hands accurately is crucial. In this tutorial, you’ll ...

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14 Inspiring Examples of Pointillism

Dot art – otherwise known as pointillism – covers many forms of art. Artists, graphic designers, photographers and illustrators are all experimenting with this exciting art technique. But whatever the medium, pointillism pieces all have one thing in common: the dot. We’ve selected 14 striking examples of pointillism-based artwork to inspire you to give the technique a go. Some are ...

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Get Started with Monotype Printing

Sometimes you need to shake things up with your pencil drawings, and let go of the impulse to do too much. One of my favourite ways to do this is by creating transfer drawings, also known as trace monotypes. With this printmaking technique, you can transform an ordinary sketch into something almost nostalgic, with a gritty texture and bold contrast. The ...

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How to Draw a Big Cat with Pastels

The softness and luminosity of pastel sticks make them the ideal choice for backgrounds in my pastel drawings; whereas pastel pencils (when sharpened to a fine point) have two types of lead for precision: hard and soft. However, I personally find these attributes are not as important as colour range. I work mainly from photographs. This allows me to make any ...

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How to Draw a Rose: Beginner Tips

So you want to know how to draw a rose? Well, you’re in the right place. When it comes to drawing flowers, there are many different ways to start the process – and many angles to choose from. In the video below, I unpack some ideas for how to draw roses to make them a little less daunting. I provide a ...

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Paint Rippling Water in Oils

When you’re painting rippling water with something in it, you’re taking on the task of painting a disrupted reflection. This can be tricky to imagine, so I often like to make my own reference before I start. For this painting, I’m going to use oils, so I’ll draw upon some oil painting techniques. Don’t miss our general painting techniques post for more tips ...

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