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Feline and Canine Paws. The art of sharpening pencils. By Matthew James Taylor on 8 October 2007 Welcome to the world of pencil sharpening - this may sound like a dull topic but there is actually a lot more to it than you think.

The art of sharpening pencils

There are a number of different sharpening styles and methods; all good artists should know them. The trick is using the right one at the right time. Sharpening styles There are four main points to select from; the one you choose will depend on the type of pencil you use, and the style of your drawing. The standard point Everyone knows about this one, its trademark conical point is the most common and the most versatile of sharpening styles. There are a couple of drawbacks with this style however. See one of my drawings done with the standard point style: Winged Skeleton: graphite pencil drawing. The chisel point This is a rarely seen style where the end of the pencil is cut with a knife into a chisel shape. One problem with the chisel design is it can be difficult to master. The needle point The bullet point. Crosshatching. Crosshatching is the layering of planes of parallel lines on top of each other in order to create a gradient or texture in a drawing.

Crosshatching

Crosshatching has an "old-fashioned" stigma, probably for good reason: drawing lines side-by-side, and then on top of each other, is a great solution to a problem inherent in pen & ink drawing and printmaking: How do you make a drawing tonal if all you have to work with is black and white? With digital tools at our disposal, as well as relatively new products like Zipotone, Craftint and DuoShade, it's easy to see why crosshatching isn't considered cutting edge.

However, I don't personally believe that a technique in itself can be old-fashioned; I think that comes out of how the artist uses the technique. Below is a primer on crosshatching for the beginner or for those who want to hone their craft. Professionals -- we'd love to hear your advanced tips and tricks in the comments! Styles of Crosshatching1) Tight, accurate lines. Consistency. Color Theory 101.

How to Draw Hands. This short tutorial is a just a small taste of a larger and much more in-depth book I wrote called The Mad Art of Caricature!

How to Draw Hands

The book is 175 full-color pages, lavishly illustrated and contains greatly expanded explanations of the concepts presented in this tutorials, as well and a great deal of additional material on caricaturing other facial features, posture, hands, expression and more, techniques on drawing from live models, doing caricature for freelance illustration and for MAD Magazine. This is a must have book for anyone interested in caricature, cartooning or humorous illustration. You can order it online here. How to Draw Hands Easily the most asked question I get is “how do you draw caricatures?”. Next to faces, hands are probably the most expressive and intricate part of the human form. I’m a cartoonist at heart, so the hands I draw are not realistic hands by most definitions. Breaking Down Hand Structure Not really much to it, is there? How To Draw Expressions. Boy, I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I started this.

How To Draw Expressions

Foreshortening Tricks. Hi folks! Tutorial Tuesday is going to be a basic one – I’m a bit under the weather currently so this may not be the best post, but I want to give you something that I feel is important in the world of drawing – some pointers on foreshortening.

Check this out. Foreshortening is basically an optical illusion created from a compressed looking drawing in perspective. This perspective is distorted in order to create a false sense of depth, and is used a lot in comics – Superman flying with his outstretched arm coming out of the page, or a fist connecting with a villain’s face, etc. These comic drawings you see that appear to come off the page use some form of foreshortening to create that illusion. There’s several ways artists choose to render their drawings using foreshortening.

Receding Plane Technique. Drawing Tutorials - How to Draw Step by Step. How To Draw A Wave. This art tutorial, kindly donated by surfing comic strip illustrator and surf artist Bob Penuelas covers how to draw a wave the Wilbur Kookmeyer way!

How To Draw A Wave

If you're like me, then you've probably spent a lot of time in high school class daydreaming and doodling a thousand perfect cartoon waves in your notebook. It's safe to say that ninety percent of us surfers have a habit of scribbling perfect waves whenever a pencil is in our hands. Hopefully the following pointers will help you change your throw-away wave doodles into actual compelling artwork that you want to keep forever. The hand. The hands are a notorious source of frustration. This section won't concentrate on the muscle structure, since the hand is very complex in this regard, and knowing this won't help much in drawing them.

Instead, we'll look at proportions, range of motion, and possible simplifications. Structure and proportions Figure 2.20. Figure & Gesture Drawing Tool. Tessellations. Lessons. Drawspace Pro Lessons are designed for artists of all levels and educators, and are logically organized into resources and activities.

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Eventually, all lessons and E-books authored by Brenda Hoddinott will be available here: four to eight brand new lessons and newly-revised older lessons are being added every month! Upgrade Now: Download all 310 lessons and 4 e-books! Try for Free: Download lessons marked as "Free"! 1.1.R1 Glossary Of Art Terms Definitions of art-related terms used in the resources and activities of Drawspace Curriculum (updated February 2013) $3.99or Upgradeto access all files 1.1.R2 Travelling Back in Time with Graphite A few fun tidbits of information about the history of graphite $0.99or Upgradeto access all files 1.1.R3 Examining Graphite and Grades Understanding the differences between H and B grades of graphite $0.99or Upgradeto access all files 1.1.R4 Seeing Grades in Drawings.

Art 1. Optical Design. Using Salt with Water Color.