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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 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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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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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 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 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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How to draw a head from all angles from imagination?

I've been drawing portraits for some time, both realistic and stylized. I can draw from imagination for profile, 3/4 and face-forward views. But I want to be able to draw from imagination all views: ...
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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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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 ...
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How to measure the distance to horizon line one-point perspective?

I am drawing a room, which is 10m x 10m (or whatever units). I am drawing it in one point perspective. How do I determine exactly where to draw the back wall? As in, how far back.
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Water based ink durability on canvas

I have been drawing on canvas using Posca, Molotow, Montana Cans and MTN markers. I like to draw using black markers and applying colors afterwards. For the background colors, I use Ecoline, both with ...
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Do I have to know about muscles and their placements while learning to draw realistic birds?

I wish to learn how to draw realistic birds. I have seen many drawing books talking about muscles in humans, bone structure etc. I wish to know that to draw realistic birds do I actually have to ...
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What style of art is this?

This art style is very reminiscent of old cartoons. Could you tell me if it has a name? I've become very interested in it. Thanks
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What can I do to make drawing this angle easier?

This here's the angle I mean: The face-turned-down-eyes-looking-up angle. It makes for a wide variety of expressions, from innocent to intense to creepy. It's something I'd like to master, but it ...
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Should I follow a specific drawing way?

I usually enjoy doing things my own way, as it feels more natural. I recently started to take watercolor lessons(this was probably a mistake) and my teacher said my way of sketching was wrong. For ...
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What's the best approach to drawing a colored picture [closed]

I'm not an avid artist, but when I draw, I usually just sketch in pencil because it's such a simple and forgiving drawing tool. I thought I'd try drawing a colored picture, but I'm a bit lost at how ...
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What exactly are carbon pencils?

A recent question on What are the types of charcoal pencils and how do they differ from each other? had an answer that discussed the relationship of charcoal pencils and carbon. It got me doing a ...
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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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Light fastness in NuPastel

I am new to pastel drawing. I have a few Nupastels that I purchased a few years ago. I am interested in purchasing more of these, but I read a few posts on the web that Nupastels are not light-fast ...
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Art books about Irezumi drawings? [closed]

As far as I know Irezumi are Japanese tattoos. I really like them but I'm not interested in the tattoo part but in the drawings. I would like to read and see some art book about this style of ...
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How can I improve my visual diary?

I'm new to art. When I am in bed with the lights out, I see a stream of beautiful imagery across my mind's eye. I want to eventually develop the skills to reproduce this imagery as art. I have a ...
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Sports fan: Need economical ideas for alphabet t-shirts

We are seven friends planning to watch a sports game, and we are trying to get seven t-shirts that has the letters F E D E R E R. Buying them online seems expensive, and where it's cheaper you need to ...
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Where to start? [closed]

I have a great desire to learn to draw, but I am not sure where to start. I mostly want to be able to draw whatever it is I imagine. What do you all think is the best way in which to learn how to draw?...
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How can I draw single hairs on black background with charcoal or graphite?

Every time I look at super realistic portrait drawings in charcoal or graphite, I wonder how to draw single hairs against a black background (on white paper though) like here or here. Do I have to ...
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Is it possible to combine charcoal and graphite in one image?

Im drawing an image with quite a large range of tones and I plan to draw the darker tones in charcoal. However I used a graphite pencil for the preparatory drawing. Is it still possible to draw with ...
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How to draw duplicate items in perfect proportions and equidistant from each other in Mandala drawings?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandala I am not able to keep the proportion and the distance as desired if I simply pick up the pencil and start drawing the actual design. How to draw duplicate items ...
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What is the name of this drawing style?

I wonder what's the name of the style of drawing of the following picture : I know it's some digital painting, but if I want to draw characters like this with a pencil, is it more like : Cartoon? ...
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How to determine the “correct” scale for your art project?

The very fist step in traditional art painting, drawing, sculpting, and such is: Determine the scale of the work! The painter must select their canvas, a drawing requires the right size sheet of ...
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How to overcome the fear of imperfection?

In all of my art classes, and virtually anywhere I encounter new artists, the number one obstacle I see holding them back is a "fear of imperfection." So I'd like to submit this question to any/all ...
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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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How to become comic strip artist? [closed]

I have not any artist education, but I'm interested in drawing, especially in comic strip's drawing. Where can I find information, materials about this drawing for beginners?
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How to color with an even darkness?

I want to draw a certain design from a stencil and fill it in evenly in black, but using any drawing utensil I know of, like markers, sharpies, colored pencils, paints, etc., I will inevitably be able ...
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What is the term for drawing wireframes which are drawn before drawing the actual object?

Image of pitcher plant from drawbox.com I wish to learn how to visualize and draw wireframes like that for any object. I searched Google with term "drawing wireframes" but didn't get what I was ...
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To draw any thing, is it necessary to draw its wireframe first?

See the pitcher plant drawing here. They have actually drawn the wireframe first. What will I gain by drawing the wireframe first? Why not draw directly the outer lines?
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What are practical advantages and disadvantages of learning to use both hands to draw?

This question is not only about using both hands simultaneously, it's about being able to use either of your hands in general. By practical, I mean advantages and disadvantages in terms of drawing. In ...
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How to draw a grid over and image that won't be printed?

In high school, I used to print images, draw grids over them and carry them around in my sketch book. Now, I have my smartphone with me all the time and am almost never near a cheap and easy printer. ...
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How can I define the three axes and their purpose in an isometric projection?

I want to give definition to the x, y and z axes in terms of projection. Everywhere around the web, I see complicated definitions. Some use world coordinate space and some say they represent the three ...
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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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Dim lighting with colored pencils

I asked a similar question to this recently (Shading dark scenes) but this time I want to know how I can get a colored pencil drawing to look very shadowy and dark. How do I color the picture where ...
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Shading dark scenes

I frequently find myself sketching scenes that have dark lighting, but I'm never quite sure how to go about shading the subjects of the drawing when it's supposed to look dark, especially things like ...
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How to plan a drawing?

When I am drawing, I have a lot of good ideas to use, but I always have trouble envisioning the drawing I want to make! I end up starting to draw and then erasing it countless times before I get close ...
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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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Should I think about selling my drawings? Am I good enough? [closed]

I am curious as to whether to think about selling my drawings or not to. The drawings that I have done I've been told look really good and I was wondering about if it would be worth anything. I don't ...
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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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App anime caracters [closed]

I have a question For example i'm a begginer java programmer And i want to built an game in android How i can get a anime caracters thats drawing for just my special ,thats mean new anime caracters ...
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What art style does this black and white work represent?

My cousin makes this kind of black and white art. He doesn't have any education in art or doing paintings or drawings. He once told me he just sits and draws whatever that comes from within. So, all ...
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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 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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What are the composition guidelines to be followed in line art of type Mehndi designs? [closed]

Mehndi/Henna designs result when I search about line art in Google. I intend to draw such designs on paper. I could not find any composition guidelines regarding such designs in Google search. ...
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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 ...