Drawing Tablets – Which one should I buy?

The days of drawing on the computer with a mouse are long gone. Lines were always the same thickness, the hand control needed to move a mouse in a smooth curve was insane! And the applications themselves were limited to say the least. Then, Wacom came along. These guys created a drawing tablet that could replace the mouse. Not only was the form factor of the stylus, more like holding a real pen. But it introduced ‘pressure sensitivity’. The harder you pressed the higher the value sent to the drawing program. These higher values could be interpreted, resulting in thicker lines, or more digital-ink being applied to the virtual canvas....

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Can Tracing Art Help In Learning It?

Can Tracing Art Help In Learning It? Quite often beginner artists get discouraged from tracing existing images. With the justification, that it is some how wrong or worse still cheating! Yet, there are two points which I feel can justify using ‘tracing‘ as part of your learning process. When using tracing as part of the study process, opposed to ‘copying‘ the work of another artist.  It is an effective way to train your eyes to judge proportion and placement. And learning how to compose objects from lines, shapes and tones....

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Need Some Inspiration For Your Next Design?

There is a phenomenon known as ‘Writers Block’, It describes the state of mind that an author gets into when faced with a totally blank page. For some, this can be overwhelming and result in stifling the creative flow. For others it can be liberating, having complete freedom to go in any direction, to explore avenues that other authors might not have thought of....

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Shading Techniques

Whether you draw traditionally or digitally, there comes a time when every artist decides to take their drawing to the next level and the first thing to be addressed can your your techniques for applying shading. There are a number of techniques and approaches that you can adopt to getting lead on the paper, the most common being hatching....

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