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Why Does Drawing Take So Long? How to Speed Up the Process

There are some art forms that are a labor of love. Or, to put it more bluntly, there are some art forms that seem to take forever to do. Drawing is one of them. Especially with realistic drawing, artists find themselves making a big time commitment. So, why does drawing take so long? Drawing takes …

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How Many Colored Pencils Do You Need?

Quality art supplies can be expensive. That’s why it’s important to only buy what you need when you need it. This can be tricky for colored pencils that can either be purchased individually, or in huge sets that include hundreds of them. How many colored pencils do you really need? A set of 48 colored …

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How to Use Colored Pencils on Wood: What You Need to Know

Even though colored pencils are most often used with paper, they don’t have to be. In fact, colored pencils are really fun to use with a material you may not have even thought of – wood!  Colored pencils can be used on wood. It’s best to use smooth, hard wood that your colored pencils won’t …

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Colored Pencils and Electric Sharpeners: Are They Bad?

Using an electric sharpener is a fast and easy way to get your pencils to pointy perfection. Art isn’t about fast and easy though. Are we actually hurting our colored pencils by using an electric sharpener with them? You can sharpen colored pencils in an electric sharpener, but be sure to be very gentle with …

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5 Exercises to Improve Your Form Drawings

Guest Post by Leah Harris from AnatomyofaSketch.com What is Form Drawing? Form drawing is the study and repetition of drawing symbols, shapes, or figures. When practicing form drawing, you can practice drawing shapes like blocks, triangles or trapezoids, or patterns like zig zags, Zentangles, and swirls. Form drawing can also mean the repetition of drawing …

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Do Colored Pencils Go Bad? How to Make Them Last a Lifetime

There’s nothing worse than spending money on nice art supplies only to find that they’ve dried out, gone bad, and expired once you sit down to use them. This is definitely something you have to worry about with paints, but what about colored pencils? Do colored pencils go bad? Colored pencils do not go bad …

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Should I Stop Drawing? What to Think About Before Quitting

Drawing is hard. There’s no doubt about it. There are times when it’s so hard that we just feel like giving up and quitting art altogether. If you’re feeling that way, you may be asking yourself if that’s the right choice. Should you stop drawing? If you’re asking yourself if you should stop drawing, the …

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Are Drawings Primary Sources?

Many of us don’t look at our sketchbooks and think that our drawings are primary sources. We’re used to seeing primary sources that are old, historical, and belong in libraries. When we think about primary sources, we’re not used to thinking about them in our own homes, let alone being the creators of them! Could …

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How to Use Your iPad as a Lightbox for Drawing

We all know that iPads are great for digital drawing, but it’s a little known secret that they’re great for traditional drawing as well. If you don’t have a lightbox, using your iPad is a great alternative.  To use your iPad as a lightbox for digital photos, adjust the settings that increase your brightness and …

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