14 Ways to Improve Your Drawing Skills in 2014

14 Ways to Improve Your Drawing Skills in 2014

A New Year means new drawings, so to help you make 2014 your most creative year yet, I have rounded up 14 of my favorite drawing tips and techniques to kick-start your artwork and help you to achieve stunning results. Pens and pencils at the ready… Draw upside down Nope, I haven’t lost my mind – drawing upside down helps you to ‘unlearn’ the bad habit most of us have of drawing what we think we see, not what we actually see. For example, … [Read more...]

How To Transfer A Charcoal Drawing In Encaustic

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Lately, I have been busy painting a bird series in encaustic wax.  Along the way I have been posting examples of my work in progress on Facebook. Quit a few of my followers have asked me how to make a charcoal transfer onto the encaustic wax. It is very simple... Here's what you will need: A photograph or drawing of the subject you wish to transfer. A 'primed' encaustic board. The board must be primed with a layer of wax medium … [Read more...]

9 Easy Steps to Learn Drawing

9 Easy Steps to Learn Drawing

Not everyone is gifted with skillful hands. However, when it comes to drawing, you can do it as long as you have the confidence and willingness to learn. You don’t need expensive paper or pencils to learn drawing. In fact, if you are determined to learn how to draw, you will use available resources. Source: piccsy.com via Lori on Pinterest   Follow these 9 easy steps to learn drawing, and you will be able to draw anything that … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why Artists Should Draw More

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Most little children love to draw. You can see this 'phenomenon' for yourself. Go into any family restaurant and notice how a box of crayons, and a piece of paper will keep restless children happy. So later, why do so many aspiring artists and even seasoned painters abandon drawing? The fundamentals for both drawing and painting are the same. Yet, the most important factor in drawing and painting is the ability to see. After careful … [Read more...]

Sketching Peregrine Falcon Birds From Life

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Sketching is one of the purist forms of artistic expression. A sketch is a swiftly executed freehand drawing that captures an idea, a gesture or a moment in time. It is not intended to be a finished work. Sketching birds from life is a difficult task. I know this from personal experience. As a young child, I grew up trying to capture the birds that flocked to our yard. Frustrated, I finally decided to capture them on paper with a pencil. I have … [Read more...]

Photo Realistic Graphite Drawing Tips

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Here are a few simple steps to achieve a realistic still life graphite drawing. Caravaggio is one of my favorite classic painters, he's famous for his use of dramatic lighting in his paintings during the Baroque era.  You don't have to be tied down to this particular technique, but I plan to use a similar effect in demonstating this drawing. Subject Matter & Materials: First decide on the subject matter and materials to use: there … [Read more...]


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