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New Coloring Page – Spider-Man!

Believe it or not, I have many different versions of the same character. I draw them several times before I come up with a version I feel comfortable with showing at a comic con. I have three versions of Thanos and, quite frankly, I liked the third one the best which is the one I chose to go to print.

What does all of this mean for you? More coloring pages! I never, NEVER, throw out my art that didn’t make it to print. Looking at and reflecting on an artwork we may not like or think we can do better with is how we grow as an artist. Besides the reflection on the art, I also get to make a download of all those drawings and give them to you!

Here is another version of Spidey but now he’s slinging that web! Enjoy!

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How to Practice Drawing Eyes

Usually, when practicing drawing eyes, the artist will concentrate on one eye (either the left or the right). In this tutorial, I talk about the importance of drawing BOTH eyes! You definitely don’t want to draw one stellar, fantastic eye and then struggle drawing the other one. It will haunt you forever! Check out my latest YouTube video and draw eyes like a pro.


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Best Art Hack for Drawing Dynamic Hands

Drawing the hand can be a daunting task for beginners and professionals alike. Drawing really dynamic hands that tell a story is challenging. How can I improve my hands? Luckily, the bones of the hand make an excellent visual guide when drawing. This art hack video demonstrates the easiest way, I’ve found, to draw those elusive, fluid, interesting hands. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment!


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How Do You Use a Blending Stick (Stump)?

A lot of people look at blending sticks and think, “What the heck is that?” This video demonstrates how to use that funny, white stump that looks like a pencil with no lead. I’m using conte crayon in the video but really you can use a blending stick with many mediums: hard pastel, soft pastel, or graphite pencil. They are especially suited for smaller areas in your drawing that a finger just can’t reach. ¬†


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Seven Steps to Better Drawings!

Every struggling new artist asks her or himself the same question, “How do I get better at drawing?” I’ve complied this list of seven things that anyone can do to get better and to ¬†improve their skill:

  1. DRAW DAILY
    This may sound simple and easy but it’s not! Drawing every day takes time and effort but the payoff is more improved insight into the drawing process and muscle memory. Set aside a time every day when you can sit down and just draw.
  2. DRAW A LOT, NOT NECESSARILY FOR PERFECTION
    All too often people don’t draw because they think their art “just isn’t good enough”. It will never get to the level you want unless you draw a lot. Think of professional athletes who do drills over and over again to get better at a certain skill, drawing is the same way. Keep drawing anything and everything! The more you draw, the better at it you will get.
  3. COPY ARTISTS YOU ADMIRE
    Look at other artists whose art you admire or want to draw like and copy them! It’s always a good idea to look at how other people draw their subjects and try to emulate their style. I’m not saying plagiarize their work, but look at what they do and take what you can use and leave the rest.
  4. INTENTIONAL PRACTICE
    Intentional practice is drawing with the intent of improving a specific area. For example, you may want to draw the figure but you have trouble with the arms in foreshortened view. What should you practice? The arms in foreshortened view! Practice looking at the arm in different positions and from a foreshortened perspective. Choose areas that you could work on and narrow your scope to that particular area. That way, you aren’t needlessly drawing something that you have already mastered. Draw with intention and you will see improvement.
  5. TAKE BREAKS
    I know I said to draw every day, which is a good practice, but also take a break once in awhile. If you are drawing the figure, take a break and concentrate on perspective drawing or draw foliage or animals. Take breaks from what you are drawing because frustration can set in and then you’ll be tempted to stop and that would be disastrous!
  6. ASK FOR FEEDBACK
    This step is critical to growing as an artist. Always ask other people what they think about your drawing. It is always a good idea to have a fresh set of eyes look at your work and tell you where you can improve. Don’t take the criticism personally as if it were directed at you. The feedback is about your art. Keep that in mind and really listen. An outside point-of-view can be a very valuable resource.
  7. DRAW WHAT YOU LIKE
    I’m partial to drawing in the Marvel style rather than manga so that is what I concentrate on the most. If you like drawing animals, draw animals. If you like drawing manga, draw manga. Don’t draw things that you aren’t interested in because that is the quickest way to lose interest and stop drawing.

I hope this list helped you in some way. Now, go forth and draw!

 


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Stop Negative Self-Talk and Draw Like a Pro!

Negative self-talk is devastating to the creative spirit. You can draw a portrait and criticize it until the cows come home and then never draw again because you “just aren’t good enough.” STOP! Having a negative inner voice always criticizing your art isn’t just bad for your self-esteem and drawing confidence, it can have lasting affects on whether you enjoy drawing or hate it and never try again.

Do you hear that little voice in you head, after you’ve drawn something, and it says things like, “This is ugly,” “This drawing stinks,” “I have no talent.”? That is the negative self talk creeping its way into your creativity. So what can you do to stop that annoying voice in your head? SWITCH to constructive talk.

Constructive talk is just that, constructive. It’s more accurate and specific than negative talk and actually helps you improve your skill set.

For example, that negative voice in your head will say things like, “That arm doesn’t look right.” Does that help you improve your drawing? No! Instead, try to switch to more constructive talk like, “What is the overall shape of the arm?”
“Is the shoulder more horizontal or slightly tilted?”
“How is the hand positioned?”
“How far away is the arm from the body?”

Do you see the difference in the two types of talk? Don’t listen to that critical voice in your head when you draw. If you find yourself descending into the depths of negative self-talk, catch it, recognize it, and consciously switch to more constructive words.

Instead try this, FOCUS on your subject. Look more at your subject than at your paper. This will help squash the critical voice because you are concentrating on your subject, NOT the critic in your head. Use more descriptive words as you draw and stay away from opinions. Negative self-talk is full of opinions rather than objective, accurate descriptions. Use adjectives and nouns to describe and construct your subject in your head. Ask yourself objective questions pertaining to capturing your subject rather than commenting what you “think” your art should look like. Change that negative into a positive and watch your art improve as well as your attitude towards drawing!


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How to Draw Hands: Basic Construction

What do most people have trouble drawing? Hands! And I don’t blame anyone because I do too! I have researched and experimented with different ways to draw hands. Hands down (I couldn’t resist),¬† this is the most effective way I have found to draw a hand. I always start with the basic shapes that make up the mass of the hand, mainly the palm, fingers, and the thumb mass.

 

BREAK THE HAND DOWN INTO BASIC SHAPESbasic shape
The two basic shapes I use are a square-like wedge and the cylinder. If you break down the hand into its most basic shape you will notice that the palm is basically a wedge and the fingers are a series of cylinders. When I draw hands, I try to see the most basic shape. Why? It is a lot easier to change the position, size, and proportions of a geometric shape then a fully rendered hand. This is the stage in the drawing process where the artist checks all of those important details before moving on: proportions, positioning, angle, aesthetics, etc.

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If you look at the hand in its most basic shape you will see these two dominant forms: a square-like wedge and a cylinder. Practice drawing these shapes. Place the wedge in different positions in space and try to draw it.

Also, find a cylindrical shape in your house and practice drawing it in different positions in space. Once you get good at drawing those two basic forms, put them together to draw the basic constructive forms of the hand.

ASSIGNMENT

Download the following worksheet and practice drawing the hand in it’s most basic form. When you get confident enough continue drawing using your non-dominant hand as your model and draw the hand in as many different positions as you can. Practice!

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