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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: source I would like the name of the style because I would like to ...
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Perspective in drawing

Sorry, I don't know if I can ask this question here, but I'm asking because I don't understand something while studying perspective. I am curious about whether, in perspective, the distance of SP (...
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How do I get a blur (blended) effect in pencil drawings?

When drawing pictures with a pencil, I often want to create a more or less solid darker colour in some region. It's easy to shade an area so that it appears a solid dark colour from a distance, e.g. ...
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How to have clean lines inside the edges doing crosshatching?

I've started drawing in crosshatching style, but I find it difficult to keep the lines inside the edges. I´m going to attached and example of what I mean. Any tips or techinique that I can apply? I´...
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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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Help buying good pen for connect-the-dot art

I got a connect-the-dot book as a gift. I tried multiple pens on it, but all are unsatisfactory. They all have issues like ink running dry often (including in the middle of drawing a line), uneven/...
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How do artists develop their style on drawing line art? [closed]

I want to know about how artists develop their style on line art, everyone has a different line art style based on their preferences and they draw irregular lines with irregular width and length in ...
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How can I adopt a specific style in illustration?

Basically I used to doodle a lot when I was younger and decided to get back into it. I managed to find a comic and game artist that EXACTLY matches what I want my drawings to look like, and my goal is ...
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How is this style called and how is it done?

I am wondering, what is the historical origin, technique and name of the following drawing/painting style, done by means of little dots and nets. Or is it perhaps the effect of the drawing support or ...
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What is the difference between sketching and gesture drawing?

In the two videos linked below, John Muir Laws says that when drawing anything you should start by gesture sketching. What does he mean by gesture sketching: is it the normal sketching that we do when ...
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Do you always have to guess the first line when drawing in perspective?

If I want to draw a grid on the ground in one point perspective, do I always have to guess the placement of the second horizontal line? I know I can make future lines proportionate with the previous ...
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How do I draw an evenly spaced spiral around a long cylinder?

I want to make a set of giant sized candy cane decorations for my driveway next Christmas consisting of a white downpipe with a red strip painted around it, and a hanger on it for a lantern. Like you ...
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What is this art style called?

Source: art_iusupov Can you help me to identify this type of art style?
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How does shading & blending with carbon pencils differ from graphite pencils?

From what I've read, carbon pencils give a more matte-like texture than graphite, and are a drier media - similar to charcoal. Graphite can become reflective when photographed and scanned so I'm ...
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How do I exaggerate without losing believability?

I want to make a bulky and wide character with the help of exaggeration. The problem is that it loses believably. How do I make a character resemble the upper portion of the gallery rather than the ...
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Difference in proportionality of a large body frame character vs small body frame character

As follow-up to my previous question, How do I exaggerate without losing believability?, I'm trying to draw a large, bulky character that has an exaggerated, but still believable, physique. I'm trying ...
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What should I do to the background pallet when focussing in on a character who is distressed?

When drawing a western style graphic novel:- I have several panels in which a character is giving expository dialog. The frames are drawn with a wide viewing angle and from a distance so that several ...
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Is there such a 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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What are the benefits of using an overhand grip?

There seem 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 recently come across overhand. From what I'...
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What medium should I use to make an initial design on paper for paper cutting?

My question refers to this kind of design: (the example is from another question here, How to cut a tiny circle in paper?) I suppose first I will have to draw that design on paper, then I will cut it....
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How do I keep from breaking charcoal pencil leads when I sharpen them with a knife?

I'm fairly good at sharpening graphite pencils with a knife using the technique in the answer in What is the proper way to sharpen a pencil? But I'm always breaking the points when I try to sharpen ...
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How can I draw realistic hair with pencil?

I've always loved drawing people and my medium of choice has been standard drawing pencils, but I often struggle with hair - specifically long hair. I've come across a couple techniques that have ...
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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 do I trace a visible shape from paper to black illustration board?

Above is a miniature example of my problem. For an arts and crafts project, I need to trace a shape on a paper (which in this case is a triangle), on to a black illustration board, and the shape on ...
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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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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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Why isn’t a orthographically projected plane at 45 degrees seemingly half its actual length? [closed]

We have a plane of certain dimensions X and Y, and are looking at it perpendicularly by means of orthographic projection. The plane rotates 45 degrees on the X or Y axis. Given this situation, I ...
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Does drawing on a transparent sheet what you can see behind it have a name?

There is a picture frame which has a transparent sheet fixed within it. This is placed on an easel, and the artist can physically see the target image through the transparent sheet. All they need to ...
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In drawing, how is a "painterly" style different from a "linear" style?

In the book "Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain", the author shows two profile drawings of the same woman by two different authors. The author does this to make a point about artistic ...
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What do the terms "lineist" and "colorist" mean in reference to painting styles?

An art student said, "I didn't use to like Picasso because I thought he's just a lineist." The pronunciation was LIN-ee-ist, in contrast with "colorist." I do not find "...
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What is distortion?

Linear perspective tutorials like drawabox often mention distortion, but never define it. Wikipedia defines distortion for photography and optics and they seem related, but I want a definition ...
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What am I supposed to do with these reference images?

I'm drawing from the book Julien's studies of heads: selected from paintings of eminent artists, or drawn from nature (link). When a page shows two drawings: one being a rough outline with a cross ...
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When drawing what is the name of these textures and patterns?

Is there a name for drawing/painting by texture and pattern naming? For example naming that goes along with these patterns and expands further? I would ask for a specific book but I believe that is ...
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How to create 3/4 face angle on a cartoon character?

It's me. I want some advice on how to create a side angle easily. If you have the front face ready. I created a character recently and was only able to create his front face, I am having trouble in ...
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Does creating lighter shades from darker pencils actually increase the chances of it getting smudged and smeared?

Suppose you have 6B pencil from some reputed brand. You can create various degrees of shades using it. For example, if you use less pressure and hold it at a very low angle (slanted), it will give ...
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Definition of mixed media in painting

Consider an aquarelle painting mostly done with watercolour and little touches of gouache. May it be considered as mixed media because it includes more than one medium, or does it still qualify as ...
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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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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 eraser can I use with wax core coloured pencils

I have a paper box of Prismacolor coloured pencils. I avoid using them since I think my drawing doesn't deserve them. The odd time I do use them and make mistakes I have a hard time erasing them. ...
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How do I draw a very short human without making them look like a child?

I don't have an extremely realistic artstyle, so I fear that whenever I try to draw my very short character, they'll just look like a toddler in comparison to the others. What can I do to prevent this?...
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Plastic sheet for drawing to prevent smudging

I've seen countless graphite/pencil artists use a transparent plastic sheet that they place their hand on to prevent smudging of the picture they draw. Exactly what is this called, and can you buy ...
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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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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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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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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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Which kind of pencils should be used by a beginner for drawing?

I am curious what people would consider a basic / standard pencil type to have in their toolbox for pencil sketching. There are a ton of variants I see with different hardness/softness etc and I don'...
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How can I avoid smudging my pencil drawings?

I'm very new at drawing. I'm not very good at pencil types yet, but it seems like whichever pencil I use (I have a set of 12 ranging from 6B to 5H), I end up with smudges. Is there a way to reduce ...
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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 ...