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What’s it Like Stippling with Colored Pencils?

Stippling is a really neat art form that uses strategically placed dots to create a piece of art. In the past, I have normally used pens for my stippling art, which made me wonder. Can I use colored pencils to create stippling art? Stippling with colored pencils can be challenging because it often takes more …

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Sketching on Canvas with Pencil: Things to Consider

It can seem daunting to pick a pencil to use for sketching on canvas. Do you pick a hard pencil or a soft one? A mechanical one or a standard sketching pencil? There are a lot of pencil options that offer different perks and drawbacks. H pencils are a great choice for sketching on canvas …

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Can You Use Colored Pencils on Canvas? The Good and the Bad

Colored pencil is a great medium. Canvas is a great surface. So, can these two great art materials go together? Well, as someone who loves to experiment with new art forms, it was time to try it out! Yes, you can use colored pencil on canvas with the right preparation. Before getting started, decide if …

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How to Flip Drawings to Help with Noticing Flaws

When we’re creating our art, it’s natural to keep it right side up. That’s the way it’s supposed to be viewed, right? Well, flipping your drawings in a different direction can actually be helpful with noticing flaws. It has for me! Flipping drawings can be helpful with noticing flaws because it allows us to see …

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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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