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Sketch Challenge! Elements of Art

So a few weeks ago I did a video about sketching where you can and finding what you can to sketch. It truly doesn’t matter what you draw as long as you set a consistent schedule and stick to it! Becoming good at drawing doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of practice, which is why I made that video. Have fun with it while you are learning!

This video is a sketch challenge. I chose three elements of art at random and then drew one object emphasizing each different element. I liked the shape and line drawings the best. I think I could have done more with the texture drawing.

Don’t know what to sketch? Check out this video for some ideas!


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Foreshortening!

I’ve been making videos about sketching and supplies but I couldn’t decide what my subject would be for my main tutorial videos. Then it hit me! Foreshortening. I’m going to do a series about foreshortening to make your comic book pages really pop. I know that when I first started drawing, my figures were very block-ish. It wasn’t until I really embraced foreshortening that my characters began to look more natural.

My first body part will be the hands. Hands are so expressive. I think they are a close second to they eyes as far as conveying mood and atmosphere. I’m thinking maybe a 4 or 5 part series. Anyway, stay tuned!


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Pencils, Which One to Use?

I, myself use a variety of different pencils from the beginning of a drawing to the end. I always start with a non-photo blue pencil to build the image. Some artists use a red lead. Either is fine as long as it is different from your final lead. That way you can distinguish the different lines. A mechanical pencil works best for fine lines and small details. I use an F lead but also an HB lead sometimes. They are both about the same level of darkness for line making.

For shading, I recommend using good old fashioned wood pencils. I prefer Faber-Castell (unpaid advertisement). I rarely use H leads (like the infamous 2H pencil from school). I stay in the B range. The graphite shows up well and they are easily erased.

 

 


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What is a Blending Stick?

I teach art at a local elementary school and my students all thought a blending stick was some sort of new pencil. It isn’t. It’s actually used for blending the graphite of the pencil onto the paper. They work much better than using your fingers. The way to use them is to use the side of the stick rather than the point.


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Sketch!

People always ask me how I learned how to draw, all the time. “How do you do that?” they say. The answer is easy – practice! And the best way to practice is to grab something random in your house, set it up, and draw a still life. As you draw, pay close attention to the textures, the lights and darks caused by light, the shape of the object, etc. All of these things come into play when you are drawing. Did you bring your sketchbook? Draw!


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Adding Tutorials

In case you didn’t know it, I’m working on a project with my best friend. He is writing a graphic novel and wants me to illustrate it. I don’t mind and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at sequential art. However, there are some challenges. For example, drawing the same character in different poses, coloring, adding dramatic lighting, etc. I could go on and on about this subject because there are literally hundreds of things to know. Comic book illustration isn’t easy. Anyway, many people want to learn to draw but get stumped. They just don’t know what to do. You are more than welcome to follow me. I’m going to create my own program to improve on my skills and I’ll share my learning.