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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. Problem is, 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 stay and ...
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How can I draw right angles with just a ruler?

If I am trying to draw a rectangle or square on a piece of paper I can use existing corners of the paper as a start point. However I lose accuracy when completing the square or shape on the inside of ...
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How to start a pencil portrait without using an outline of features?

I enjoy drawing head portraits in pencil, but I've found that sketching an outline of the prominent features often lead me astray. For example, due to shadows my eye is sometimes approximating the ...
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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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What is the name of the drawing having free hand shapes of animals, birds, flowers combined together to form a pattern/story?

I want to study the composition techniques used in following drawings found from a Google search. What should I look for in Google to read about this drawing pattern/technique?
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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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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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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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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 to find the contours of a 3D object?

In Drawing Realistic Textures in Pencil, the author says that we should shade according to the contours of an object. As an example he has shown a cone shaped flat bottomed flower pot, which was quite ...
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I am currently struggling with drawing and coloring

As the title says it all, I honestly do not understand what is going on with my drawings. What I am saying is that I need help with someone who can explain to me what I am doing wrong with my ...
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How can I protect my pencil & charcoal drawings once complete?

I have now built up a small portfolio of pencil/charcoal drawings. Most of the time they are kept in my folders, but sometimes they are viewed by friends and relatives. And on the odd occasion ...
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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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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 can I do to ensure I only erase the smaller details without affecting the area around it?

I don't draw much and can't even call myself an amateur yet. As a result I make a lot of mistakes and also many test strokes when drawing. For small touch ups and mistakes the eraser is my best ...
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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 ...
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what's the difference between cheap pencils and crayons for coloring?

I heard that colored pencils use wax(or clay) as a pigment vehicle, and crayons(wax pastels) use wax as pigment vehicle. I found recently that Crayons are mind blowingly cheap(96 crayola crayons for $...
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Is it possible to darken a pencil drawing to match the colour of charcoal?

I am busy sketching the Mona Lisa using pencil and charcoal (unfortunately I cannot add the picture). I used pencil to do her face and head in the beginning and then used charcoal to start doing the ...
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Learning to draw manga [closed]

I do not know how to draw, but I really want to create my own manga. Please tell me if the following approach is acceptable: Create a simple storyboard. Gradually master the drawing skills, based on ...
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How to stop or reduce graphite from reflecting light?

Drawings drawn with graphite shine a lot under even a little light. The paper needs to be held at certain angle for proper viewing. Anyway to reduce or stop this?
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What name best describes this style of pen-and-ink art?

I have been working with pen and ink, doing pieces of this style for more than a decade. Many times, I have been asked for a name to describe what I do, and I'm continually left with stating that it ...
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How to erase pencil under ink?

I use an HB pencil, very light, to sketch before drawing with ink. I use Staedtler ink pen and Staedtler plastic eraser ( whit rectangular with blu paper around ) The problem is that when i erase ...
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Drawing a newborn baby

I got comments saying that the pose is flat and the form has no shape and that I should draw simple 3D shapes. I don't understand what they mean by form having no shape or pose being flat. Here is my ...
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How do I do different shades with a gray pencil?

I have tried to create different shades with my pencil, but it ended up looking very messy. Would anyone know how to softly transition from light to dark while using only one pencil?
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i'm having trouble drawing anthropomorphic animal heads

i was asked to draw an anthropomorphic character for someone, but i'm having trouble drawing it's mouth part from an angle, could there be a guide how to do it properly?
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When to use a fixative in a drawing with charcoal and Pencil?

I am making a charcoal and pencil drawing. What would be the difference between spraying the paper with workable fixative after applying the charcoal, and laying the pencil over that, or spraying the ...
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How do I keep my ink from smudging when I draw?

When I try to make sketches with a fountain pen on printer paper, it keeps smudging, so I have to restart. What do I do to prevent smudging? If this helps, I'm ambidextrous.
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Plastic paint on laptop

I have this black touchpad with a red paint around it, how can I make this black? Does some vinyl exist? Paint? I tried to find some touchpad skins that matched the rest of the laptop, but i couldn't ...
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Colored Pencil Art

For colored pencil art is it better to ink over your intitial pencil outline or just start coloring over your initial pencil outline. And if I just color over the initial pencil outline how can i ...
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What is the name of this drawing style of images?

( I'm talking about the images, not the added filters that my friend did) All images made by @ericaVEVO on quotev.com
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Does anyone know how to add color to a piece of art (paint, ink, art)

I know this is an odd question, but I get really confused and frustrated when I try to add color to something I draw. I don't ever get any farther than line art because I get confused as to how to add ...
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How to describe this style of pencil art?

There is a style of art that I have seen occasionally on wine bottles, but I do not know how to describe it. Here is an example: I would like the name of the style because I would like to commission ...
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How do animators draw graphics at same place in each frame?

Take the example of older days when computer graphics didn't exist like Tom and jerry in 50s or hand drawn animation in Paper Flipbook in modern times . see https://img-9gag-fun.9cache.com/photo/...
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Drawing human or animal bodies which aren't too realistic

The girl in this picture doesn't look like a "real" girl but she does look like a human female without visible defects (improperly placed eye/arm) etc. What do I need to learn to draw and paint such ...
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Is this a digital drawing? [closed]

Is this a digital drawing? If yes then in which software I can make this?
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Name for technique of scribbling, then drawing of bits of scribble

I remember there being a technique for scribbling on paper (semi-absent-minded-ly), then looking at the scribbles to find shapes and inspiration. This is an example of it: https://youtu.be/...
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Am I going about learning to draw the wrong way?

I've looked at drawing books many times over my life. I've never been able to draw worth crap. Even when I try to doodle all I can seem to do is make geometric shapes. Recently, I acquired some books ...
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What are the key disciplines of realistic drawing?

I hear a lot of drawing instructors say to "focus on the fundamentals", but I am unclear as to what the fundamentals of drawing are. For many of the other arts, the fundamentals are clear, in music, ...
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How can I safely transport a charcoal drawing?

What is the best way of transporting a charcoal drawing over on a long ride? The drawing is fixed with a workable fixative but im still concerned about smudging. I was thinking about rolling the ...
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What markers are like sharpies without the fumes?

My 5-year-old's gotten really into drawing all kinds of things with sharpies, but the smell is pretty awful (and mildly unhealthy). What marker has the look-and-feel without the fumes. The super-...
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How can I clean a tortillon/blending stump and still keep its point intact?

What is the "correct", or most effective way of cleaning a paper tortillon? Up the now, I have been using sand paper to clean the tip, however this often makes the tortillon rugged and lose its point,...
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Determining a station point for a perspective drawing

For simple perspective drawings, you don't really need to get into having a station point (or vantage point, not vanishing point) at all. As I'm looking at more complex methods, a station point ...
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Where can I show my work online? [closed]

I started drawing and would like to post my work on a website, without having to make my own blog. I'm looking for a kind of "social network for images". I tried the most popular images social ...
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How to improve control of hand whilst drawing on tablet?

I got a tablet yesterday and had been drawing for almost 2 hours straight, drawing over the outline of already drawn figures in photoshop. I have always wanted to draw so when I saw a sale of a tablet ...
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What are other techniques to draw a circle besides using or mimicking a compass tool?

I would like to draw circles and ellipses more accurately without relying on a compass (or spinning my paper around). This seems like a simple google-searchable question, but most of the results are ...
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What types of large plastic sheets can I draw/paint on?

I typically draw on Stonehenge paper from rolls, cut size: 48" x 60+". I like working big but it's horribly expensive to frame anything that large so I have been looking into various plastic drafting ...