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Drawing from reference falls into a sticky territory. Is it bad? Is it cheating? Is it actually helpful? There’s a common misconception that drawing from reference is the same as copying, but it’s not. In fact, you could end up with a very original and unique piece, even after using a reference photo. Drawing from …

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There’s nothing like opening up a new blending stump, tortillon, or kneaded eraser. Mainly because they are so clean! But, even if you have old blending tools and erasers, there’s still hope. You can clean them and get them back to new.  To clean a blending stump or tortillion, rub the tip of it with …

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If you have a ukulele or guitar, you’re probably the creative type and you’ve eyed that little string instrument with a paintbrush in your hand. Your ukulele means a lot to you though, so you don’t want to make a mistake and accidentally ruin it with your paint. If you’ve ever wondered how to paint …

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Colored pencils and crayons are classic art mediums. We all have memories of both of them dating back to our youngest art years. In a lot of ways, they seem really similar, yet, they have some really important differences well. In the debate between colored pencils and crayons, which one wins? Which one is better? …

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There’s a huge difference between light and grainy colored pencil drawings, and dark and vibrant colored pencil drawings. We all want the dark and vibrant option, but it can seem really hard to do. Is there some secret trick to achieving this professional-grade colored pencil technique?  To darken colored pencils, focus on putting down multiple …

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We all draw as kids. We take art classes in school, make cards for our parents around the holidays, and go to summer camps where we’re forced to be inspired by nature. But, at some point, we start doing other things. We take science classes, learn how to run a business, and get “serious” about …

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You sit down with your art supplies, ready for creativity to strike, and your mind goes blank. Suddenly, you can’t even think of one thing you’d like to draw. Something challenging; something fun; something new. How do you figure out what to draw next when you have a complete artist’s block?  If you have artist’s …

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