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Which White or another colored pencil are compatibe and look good with lead HB/2B/6B pencils? [closed]

For my usual drawing workflow, I normally use HB/2B/6B pencils and use white of the paper for highlights. Is there another kind of pencil in light color shading that doesn't look muddy that I can use ...
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Do oil pastel pencils exist?

I'm new to oil pastels. I was wondering if there was such a thing as oil pastel pencils. I thought I saw them during a Google search. But now all I can find are hard pastels.
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Is sketching a drawing skill? And can I use drawing exercises to develop my sketching skill?

I want to know if sketching is a drawing skill, and if can I use drawing exercises to develop my sketching skill.
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Is there a known method to track perspective without guidelines, other than experience?

I'm aware of the Brewer method for starters, but other information would be helpful.
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Are there any pros and cons of using more than 5-6 grades of pencils for a single drawing especially a portrait?

Earlier, for past 3 years I used to use at least 7 Staedtler pencils (6H, 4H, HB, 2B, 3B, 4B, 6B, 9B) for a single portrait drawing. In last 1 year, I reduced it to around 5 pencils (2H, HB, 4B, 6B, ...
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Does creating lighter shades from darker (soft) pencils actually increase the chances of getting it smudged and smeared?

Suppose you have 6B pencil from some reputed brand. Now, if you can create various degree of shades using it. For example, if you use very less pressure and hold it at a very low angle (slanted), it ...
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How do I mix charcoal and graphite correctly?

Using graphite is somewhat risky. I've seen that when I use graphite it ends up very shiny, am I doing anything wrong? If im correct, the process is: apply the charcoal then the graphite, but how can ...
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How are sketches like this drawn?

Are these sketches simply drawn by hand with a lot of effort or is there a trick to them? Credit: Naruto, Vol. 1: Uzumaki Naruto (9781569319000) (Version with higher resolution)
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Getting rid of old artwork and sketchbooks? [closed]

My folks died a couple of years ago and we had to empty the house and do all that sad stuff. I had 40 years of artwork in their attic and I brought it all to my studio to "sort out". Three ...
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Vine charcoal and Willow charcoal

I'm about to buy a new set of charcoal, but I found vine and willow charcoal sticks, which I've never seen before. Before I buy this charcoal set I need to know the difference. I'd like to ask people ...
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I have a problem drawing slanted, would grid paper help? [closed]

Or make the problem worse cause I would be relying on the grid to make my drawings straight? I'm not talking about the grid method, just free-drawing on a dot grid or something. Even when I draw ...
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How should a child first learn to draw?

I am wondering what are some good ways for children to learn to draw. Is it best for them to start by trying to copy things they see in front of them, like simple things such as cups or windows, ...
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Is there an objective level of quality that one must achieve in order to create manga/begin cartooning?

I'm pretty young and learning to do art and have aspirations to try and draw out a story (or at least some pretty pictures) and obviously have many more years to go, but I was always wondering, is ...
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Storing large format art in the smallest space possible

I've been storing my life drawings in an old portfolio bag but I'm running out of space in it. What are some other ways that I can store 100+ 21x27" unmounted drawings? Also my studio space is ...
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Drawing from a photograph that is too bright

I'm drawing a cat. Cats have lots of hair going everywhere. Here's the photo I'm using: My problem is his body, it's too white, and I won't be able to do anything there, because there's no variation ...
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What do I use to outline a sketch when I want to apply watercolour afterwards?

What is the best thing to outline a sketch with when you're going to use watercolour afterwards? Pencil Sharpie thick point Sharpie fine point Regular black pen Black colour pencil
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Maintaining/improving drawing skills without having the time to draw

I'm at school, and my days are busy, I can't draw and do homework at the same time, and my greatest fear is that I lose my drawing skills since I'm looking for scholarships. I mainly work with ...
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How do I blend charcoal enough to make it look like a skin surface? [duplicate]

I've been drawing Wonder Woman for quite a long time. Since she has a lot of bare skin, it's kinda hard to draw it without pencils, using only charcoal. Here's the reference image I'm using: Artwork ...
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Drawing damaged leather using charcoal

I'm currently drawing Wonder Woman with charcoal. While drawing I noticed that the armor has scratches: Artwork by Shierly Lin. Click for larger version Since it's a charcoal drawing, I'm having ...
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Can I draw dog fur with pencil and then go over it with colored pencils?

I'm a amateur child artist trying to draw this. At the end of the video, the artist uses his pencil to make fur-like textures. However, I want to do this with color. After doing the whole tutorial, ...
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What's the finest readily-available way to write on paper?

I'm trying to make the smallest legible lettering I can - miniature writing on normal paper or something thinner. This is in the context of craft with kids, so I'd like something affordable, also not ...
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What aspects of drawing should I focus on as a beginning artist?

The UK is going into a second lockdown and I've decided to try drawing as a hobby to get away from my every day job of been a programmer. I did art at school and that was the last time I did anything ...
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Plastic eraser vs Rubber eraser

This is a plastic eraser and this is a rubber eraser. What are the differences between the two and which one should be preferred for which kind of drawing? Why is there such a huge price difference ...
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Charcoal hatching

I want to add hatching to my charcoal drawings. But vine or charcoal pencils are very soft so the hatching lines become way too thick. What do artists use to create beautiful charcoal hatching? Is it ...
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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 Fiverr and I don't know what to call it (black and white art/drawing?). There has to be a name for it. I have been drawing 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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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 dry 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 ...