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What is the name of my drawing style? Black and white?

I'm looking for a term for my art drawings. I'm going to post a gig on Fiver and I don't know how to call it and what to write (black and white art/drawing?). There has to be a name for it. I have ...
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How to make a tablet react only to stylus and not hand touch? [migrated]

Sorry, if this is the wrong subforum. But I just thought that in the "Arts & Crafts" community there can people, who draw using tablet and stylus. I'm trying to learn to draw using ...
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What are the benefits of using an overhand grip?

There seems to be two prominent grips for drawing that I have seen - tripod and overhand. I've used a basic tripod grip all my life for writing but have only just recently come across overhand. From ...
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Is the starting point in sketching important?

This question came up to me when I was watching drawing / sketching tutorials on youtube. Let's say you have to draw a cat, they would start with the legs and then complete the rest of the drawing, ...
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Masking tape tears paper off!

Well, I thought masking tape is used for painting on paper because it can come off easily. I simply put masking tape on a drawing sheet and just to see whether it comes off easily or not, I started ...
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Should I spray my graphite drawing with fixative before shipping it or should I advise my customer to spray it when it arrives?

I'm about to finish up a graphite drawing I was commissioned to draw and my customer doesn't live close enough to give them the drawing in person. So, I need to roll it up and ship it to them. Will ...
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How to create depth in this rectangular zentangle drawing?

My aim was to create a kind of photo frame. That frame has a thin outer board attached to it and inside we can put photos. The outer thin board on borders is fat and that creates a kind of depth that ...
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How to decorate spider leg drawing?

Problem here is that the flowers at the end of spider legs, appear to look more like knots tied to the end of his legs, than actual flowers. I was considering putting tiny circles on those thin legs ...
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How long does it take typically to learn human anatomy? [closed]

I am interested in realistic sketching and would like to draw more accurately. How long does it take (to learn)? Can human anatomy be studied independently?
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Should I use pose references? [closed]

Is it cheating to use poses references from the internet and then change around some clothes and stuff?
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Is there such thing as squeezing your values?

I was reading the answers to What does it mean to “push your values”?. The accepted answer shows that when working with a narrow range of values "the image looks hazy as though looking through a ...
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Do reference photos have to be the same size as my final drawing?

I’ve been teaching myself drawing for about 6 months and find reference photos very helpful, especially to get proportions and values right. I usually use my phone for the since I don’t have a printer,...
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Help on trying to achieve a specific type of shading

I want to more or less figure out the mechanism behind a specific type of shading, as seen in the following image (the artist is moderndayjames): Attempt #1: Attempt #2: Linework: (Originals can ...
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How to draw human body in chest/collarbone area?

As I have found myself learning more about the human body anatomy, and less focused on the human anatomy of the face, I am struggling with the latter. I am an expressionist. I do want accuracy, and ...
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What are the different pencil/pen holding techniques for drawing? Which should be followed in which case?

I have seen on Instagram that artists are able to draw curved lines which appear as if drawn by machines. I have also observed artists holding their pen in different ways than what is taught in ...
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Why are parallel lines in the real world not drawn parallel as they head to the vanishing point?

I'm working through Perspective Made Easy, and the introductory section about parallel lines has thrown me, specifically pages 23 through 25. The diagrams are especially confusing to me; for example, ...
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How to tell a story through pencil drawings?

When sketching, I can usually visualize a comic strip containing multiple images that tell a story. I want to try merge the images of a comic strip into a single drawing that has a story. I don't know ...
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Can an artist use graphite powder made for dry lubricant?

Graphite powder for use by artists costs significantly more than graphite powder used as a dry lubricant. Is the latter usable for artistic purposes? Is it hazardous in any way?
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Pastel fixative

I have used a Winsor & Newton fixative for my pastel works. However, when I touch it, the pastel still comes off. Is there any way I can completely fix my pastel paintings? I sprayed fixative ...
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How to draw eyes shape - more-or-less formal algorithm

What is the shape of an eye like exactly? I am learning to draw (portrait in pencil, front face view). Occasionally and intuitively I can draw an eye correctly (real-like), but I cannot explain ...
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Loomis head construction from extreme angles [duplicate]

I am practising the head construction based on Loomis method but finding it difficult to draw the extreme angles, and the neck placement on them, so, I haven't moved to the facial features yet. I have ...
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Homemade fixative for chalk pastel

After I make a piece of art with chalk pastels, it gets smudged all over. I don't want to go out and get fixative, and we don't have hairspray, so I was wondering if there is any household item that ...
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How can I fix my silver sharpie? [duplicate]

So recently I pulled my mint condition -or so i thought- silver sharpie out from my art box. I never dipped it in anything or something, but for some reason, the nib has turned brown and only a small ...
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Where to start to learn drawing online [closed]

I am almost new to drawing. I hadn't attempted to draw anything for over 20 years, then stumbled on a copy of "Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain" and decided to try. I got better fairly quickly ...
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How to draw a snub dodecahedron?

I like to know how to draw a snub dodecahedron using just a pencil, compass, marked ruler and calculator (using the calculator to calculate some trigonometric functions, and to measure distances with ...
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Drawing detail in dark hair?

When drawing from reference photos, and the hair is photographed, the definition of the hair is muddled. No lighting on the hair. Almost like a silhouette. Example: I lightened the image up to see ...
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How to deal with artist's block? [closed]

I often struggle with deciding what to draw. Sometimes even prompts don’t work when faced with artist's block, or I am struggling with coming up with ideas on what to draw. What are some strategies ...
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What are the different types of pencils used to make pencil drawing? [duplicate]

Although I am not a trained artist, I have heard about different types of pencils for making a pencil drawing.I do not know much about it and also why it so( HB pencils).I like to know more about it ...
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What are the (dis)advantages of both sides of chart paper for drawing or painting?

I have noticed how two surfaces of chart paper are different from each other: one is rough while the other is smooth. I am getting different opinions about choosing which side is more suitable for ...
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Is there a website for drop-in life drawing sessions?

I draw people from life whenever and wherever I can. But it's tough to find drop-in life drawing sessions when I'm traveling. Is there a website or database or mailing list for drop-in life drawing ...
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What papers are suitable for markers?

I am planning on using markers for a drawing. As I have never used markers, I lack knowledge about them. Is it okay to use them on normal drawing paper, or should I use sketch paper?
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Effective ways to practice drawing anatomy?

What are some effective methods to practice drawing anatomy, preferably in 15-30 minute time increments? Looking for ways to structure a session of practice effectively.
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Blend colors with markers

I have experience with drawing with color pencils, water colors and pastel. Now I want to try it with markers. As I am a newbie to markers, I have a lack of knowledge about those. I wonder if it is ...
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What exercises can I do to improve the line quality of my drawings?

I am learning to draw on my own by drawing and watching Youtube tutorials. I would like to improve the quality of the lines in my drawings. What drawing exercises would help me improve this?
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What is the name of this black lines only oriental drawing style?

If I recall correctly from my art history lessons many years ago this drawing style should have a distinct name, but I can't remember. source
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Cone of vision in perspective drawing [closed]

I have referred to most online resources to help myself understand the concept of cone of vision in perspective drawing and I am still confused and don't fully understand the concept. Can someone ...
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Is it possible to get a “crutch” when learning to draw that will stop you from drawing well?

Recently I have started learning to draw. I watched some proko tutorials to learn the basic idea (that I'm generally supposed to think in 3D, what are bodies made of etc), consulted some books, ...
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How should I keep my unframed A3 size pencil drawings?

Just to protect my drawings from dust and smudging them, I used to keep my A4 size drawings in a office file like this. Now, I've started drawing on A3 sized papers, and I don't know where to keep ...
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How do I use this old compass?

I found this old compass at a garage sale, and want to use it: The problem is that I don't know about any of the parts. Does anybody know what it is for and how to use/tighten it? The compass won't ...
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I'd like to create the textures of sand and water in this photo I took at the beach

I'd like to find a way to paint/create the texture in this photo. I have access to oil pint, acrylics, soft pastels, moulding paste (impasto) and more. I was thinking to use several layers. Each ...
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How is my Art and how can I improve? [closed]

I am a complete amateur with no formal training in Art. I am interested in the Art of Sketching. Since I have no teacher, trainer, or adviser, I do not know how my sketches. I am providing here a ...
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How do I start over?

First, apologies for my last rant. I've been very stressed lately. What I guess I meant to ask, was that if I'm doing everything wrong, how do I start over? I'm actually decent at drawing detailed ...
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I’m a complete beginner. What’s the shortest way to learn drawing manga? [closed]

I’m a complete beginner to drawing. I never do doodles, I have struggles just from drawing a hand or a fork, my hand writing is ugly as hell... I want to learn and practice drawing with the final ...
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I have trouble drawing a sunlight/shadow line

I'm sketching an ink drawing. It's going to be black and white cityscape with a sun in the background. The perspective is twisted and I have no idea how I should place the line between the part which ...
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How do I stop my finished pencil picture from smudging? [duplicate]

I swear, I have been drawing for years yet i still cant figure this one out. How exactly do i stop my finished pencil picture from smudging? I would appreciate anyone's help or ideas to the situation.
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Technical advice to improve working with oil pastels

I'm very new to both landscape painting/drawing and using and mixing colors, so one of the reasons for making relatively simple paintings and drawings is my inexperience. I got a small pack of oil ...
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What are requirements for ballpoint/rollerball colour pens for art-grade drawing?

Some days ago I saw incredible coloured pen-drawings in some exhibition. I would like to try this medium myself. But before buying some pens I would like to get some requirements for ballpoint/...
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What is the name of this painting genre?

I know the genre is related to photo realism/hyper realism, It's photo realism/hyper realism, But I want to know what's the name of it with this tools!? They use graphite, They use brush and dark ...
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What are opposing curves?

I have been reading a book about figure drawing and it states that opposing curves are an important concept for drawing figures and other forms in nature. Could anyone explain in a simple way what the ...
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When drawing shapes made from overlapping spheres, how should I draw the lines that indicate curvature near the intersection?

The style of line-drawing that I am asking about is exemplified by the two images below. It's an economical style that uses little or no shading, and conveys curvature by using small lines or clusters ...