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For questions about sketching techniques and materials. Sketching is a type of drawing meant to be an unfinished work, whether for practice or making underlays for other works.

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What paper type should be used for charcoal drawing? [duplicate]

I have problems in blending and getting smooth texture when I use my charcoal pencil on a Monte Marte Jumbo Drawing Pad. I have Strathmore but yet to try it out.
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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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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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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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What binding options are there for an A3 sketchbook that I can rearrange or add pages to?

I want to start a project sketchbook where I will put all of my existing notes for 1 specific project, separated into different sections, and with a table of contents, to arrange them and have a ...
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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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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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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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How to retroactively remove the shiny effect of graphite pencils? [duplicate]

I made a sketch using graphite and charcoal pencils in low-light. When I looked at the sketch under normal lighting, it was very shiny. How can I retroactively make a graphite sketch less shiny?
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Planes of the head (Loomis Method)

I have been reading Loomis' book "Drawing the head and hands" and practising Loomis' method of head construction. But while reading the book, I discovered that to put the features correctly ...
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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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What kind of triangle / ruler is shown in this video?

https://youtu.be/p8LBr6cZPuY?t=530 At roughly the timestamp above the architect uses an odd looking metal straightedge and I was wondering what it was called. I thought it was a regular architect's ...
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Erasable blue pencils for sketching?

I've just started to learn to draw comics. The fine arts shop recommend me a Blue Faber Castell Polychromos pencil for sketch (the lines and geometrics figures that we start first before we can draw ...
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Any White Pens/Markers To Write Over Black Pens?

I'm just getting into drawing, and I've made a sketch that I would like to fill in with black, red, and white pens (or markers). Since pen is permanent, though, I'm concerned that I might accidentally ...
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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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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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Inexpensive method for highlighting a sketch

I am from India and thinking of starting sketching. As a beginner I am going to buy 2H, 2B and 4B (I hope that is enough). What I need to know is some inexpensive method/white pencil for ...
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How to tell when I have the right ribbing?

I am knitting a gauge swatch in stockinette stitch right now with a garter stitch border to prevent curling and hopefully get a more accurate gauge. I have already measured myself for making the skirt....
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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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Sketching paper for amateur artist

What is the cheapest paper for sketching, but is also really good for erasing? I sketch in my free time and it's getting harder and harder for me to find a good type of paper to use. I currently am ...
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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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I am having trouble transitioning from sketching photos to live models

I'm very interested in Fine Art. I have taken a course on pencil sketching for about 3 months. So now I can draw faces of people from photos with the help of grid method. I am able to draw the faces ...
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Does grid drawing help with drawing from imagination?

I've taken art classes in high/middle school where I did a couple of grid drawings and I've even done a couple on my own. I also had an art class in college last semester and everyone there loved my ...
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What's the term for the opposite drawing style to hyperrealism?

I'm learning how to draw, and I'm trying to find the name of my favorite style so I can find more resources about it. The style is reasonably minimalistic, using only the necessary detail to make ...
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What is the advantage of having an angled drawing desk?

I grew up using normal desks in school and drawing in art class on tables. I have drawn on tables for most of my projects, but every artists desk has a lift to it. What is the purpose of the varying ...
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What are the advantages of watercolour paper over sketch paper?

I've been looking around for some paper for watercolour painting. Watercolour paper can be over double the price of sketch paper. What makes watercolour paper better? Should I invest the money, and ...
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