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Drawing Resource #7?

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  Today's post will deal with a unique type of color pencils/blocks. Have you ever wanted your artwork to stay as it was, without worrying about adding a fixative? Would you have liked to add layers to your drawing (or painting), but when you added color to your existing layer, it altered the color, shape, or the overall tone of your artwork? Have you wondered how to show previous layers through without compromising your paper (or canvas)? Fortunately, you're in luck. Derwent's Inktense Ink Pencils and Blocks will work for you! Using either Ink Pencils or Blocks gives you the freedom to add as many layers as you want without worrying about the color/drawing/painting you want to add over/on top/show through (Note: Wait for your current layer to completely dry if you're using Derwent's Inktense Pencils or Blocks; otherwise, the colors will blend (unless that's what you want)). You can use the Inktense Pencils and/or Blocks as they are-vibrant col…

Drawing/Painting Resource Combination #2?!

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   When you're done with your drawing/painting, if you want to store your work, how can you? If you want to protect your work, how can you do that? Is there some way to keep your finished art pieces intact? Can you prevent your artwork from smearing, getting scratched, or even stop your artwork of becoming a dust magnet? Fortunately, you're in luck, because this blog entry is all about storing and protecting your finished art work!    When it comes to protecting your artwork for papered surfaces (e.g., water color paper, charcoal paper, etc.), you can pick up an art portfolio. One that I know works well is the ITOYA Art Profolio. This portfolio is a binder which holds your papered art work in protective sheets which can be used for both papred art work and photography. The sheets are archival and acid-free, which means you don't have to worry about your art work from deteriorating due to the material of the protective sheet. You can place your art work on…

(Software) Drawing Resource 6?

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  This post will discuss a drawing software. Have you ever wanted to draw buildings, cities, etc., in unique perspectives, but your vanishing points gave you issues? Have you wanted to draw that "perfect" face, but maybe the eye you drew was an inch or two too high (or low)? Do you wish you could see some of your art pieces come to life? Fortunately, there is a drawing software that can do all of that for you (and more!), called Sketchbook Pro 7 (by Autodesk). This program has wonderful tools, ranging from pencil, marker, paint brushes (including splatter templates!), to mirror drawing (vertical, horizontal, and cross), to vanishing point perspective drawing (up to three, including a "fisheye" view). The program even has a built-in drawing animation tool (called 'Flipbook")! Included in this version is the "steady stroke," which will give the person the ability to have more control over their drawing, and crop mode, where the per…

Drawing/Scratch Board/Paper Art Resource #1: Brief Introduction?

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   This blog entry will discuss something that is somewhat like drawing, but instead, you're scratching instead or drawing. Did you ever want to get an eerie effect with your art work, but you don't like the material you're using? Are you having a hard time trying to get the shadow and light proportions in their correct form? Do you want to try something else, but you're not sure where to begin? Well, you can always try scratch board art! No ink required; simply purchase a scratch board or scratch paper (relatively affordable) and something sharp (such as a scratch board knife), and start "scratching" into the scratch board. The effect is a nice white/silver (depending on the brand you purchase) finish! You can create beautiful images with this style of "drawing," giving a nice contrast between light and shadows. If you want to add color, you can buy ink that works with the scratch board/scratch paper. Keep in mind, if you are new …

Art Resource #1?

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  This entry will discuss what you may want to use when you want more control with your art work. Do you want to draw with control, but you can't quite get the angle you want? Are you tired of drawing on a flat surface? Do you have to stand when you draw, or paint? Is that paint of your just dripping away, going beyond the borders you created? Well, one suggestion I have for you is to purchase a drafting table. One in particular, the Studio Design Folding Craft Station is a wonderful drafting table (or for crafts!). They're wonderful to have if you want to have more control with your drawing or painting. You can change the angle of the surface, or if you get one with a glass finish, you can use a light source underneath the drafting table to trace (or if you need your lighting in a different position)! This drafting table series does come with 4 hard plastic trays (to store paint brushes, pencils, cups, etc.), which slides to the side of the drafting table (cli…

Writing resource?!

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      This blog entry is about a writing resource, or more specifically, a computer program that may help people with their writing, or an alternative way to writing/typing. Are you tired of typing? Are you able to type at all? Are you too slow at typing? Is it hard for you to keep all your thoughts together because you're not fast enough to type them out? Or do you get wrist and/or hand cramps while you type? Well, your troubles may be over because Dragon 12.5 (Home or Premium edition) may resolve any of the problems listed above. As you are reading this, I am writing this blog post with Dragon. With practice on their voice program accuracy, it is possible to "write" with Dragon 12.5 with ease. Depending on your computer OS (operating system) will determine which version of Dragon you can install. While Dragon 12.5 can be installed on older versions (in this case, Windows), if you have Windows 8 or 8.1, for example, you may not have the ability to instal…

Drawing/Painting/Ink Resource Combination!

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   When you paint, draw, or ink, are you looking for a particular color, but aren't sure what to combine? Or do you think it would be better to buy a color pre-mixed? Are you concerned with money, and wished there was a color diagram that would show you what would happen when you mixed, for example, cobalt blue with a dark grass green? Well,  the Color Mixing Bible by Ian Sidaway will help you. This book summarizes color theory, the history of color, and the definitions of color (e.g.'s, hue, saturation, value, etc.). Ian Sidaway's book also has wonderful color diagrams which shows color mixing and range for: acrylic, oil, gouache, color pencils, soft pastels, and ink. If you want to have a color reference book, the Color Mixing Bible by Ian Sidaway will help you!:

 http://www.amazon.com/Color-Mixing-Bible-Pigments-Watercolor/dp/0823007235/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403565880&sr=8-1&keywords=Color+Mixing+Bible

-V.V.

Self-Publish Resource 2?

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  This post does not only refer to self-publishing, but also about writing in general. A book that I  recommend reading is Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft. While his book talks about why he writes (and what influenced him to a degree), he also gives wonderful and blunt points on how to discipline yourself, as well as tricks and the "no no's" on writing (i.e., avoid adverbs (as much as possible)). Even if you're not writing fiction, gives this book a shot. It never hurts to read ;) :

http://www.amazon.com/On-Writing-Anniversary-Edition-Memoir/dp/1439156816/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1401856935&sr=8-1&keywords=stephen+king+on+writing

-V.V.

Painting Resource 6?

Hello everyone!,
   Are you looking to work with a new medium, but you're not sure which medium to try out next? Do you want to paint on something else (other than canvas)? Are you trying to save some money? Why not try egg tempera paint? If you're not sure where to begin with egg tempera paint, I recommend purchasing "The Luminous Brush: Painting with Egg Tempera" by Altoon Sultan. This book will not only tell you how to paint with egg tempera (with examples), but the artist/author also explains the materials to make your own egg tempera (with eggs, of course), what you can paint on with egg tempera paint, as well as alternatives (i.e., purchasing egg tempera already made), and even discusses the history of egg tempera! If you're curious about egg tempera, this is a great book to read!:

http://www.amazon.com/Luminous-Brush-Painting-Egg-Tempera/dp/0823028887/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1401772365&sr=8-2&keywords=egg+tempera+paint+book

-V. V.

Painting/Drawing Resource Combination #1?!

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      This entry will introduce what pastels are, how they're made, their range, and their use and purpose. Ever wonder what pastels are? What they do? What are they used for? Why use them at all?
      Well, just like any other art medium, pastels are unique in that they can be used with other mediums (such as oil paints, acrylic paint, gouache paint, etc.). But what is a pastel? A pastel is when the pigment (i.e., color) is mixed with the binder (or what keeps the shape together), and the filler (i.e., to increase the longevity of the pigment) to make the "pastel stick" (recipes on making your own dry pastels down below!).
      Sometimes, pastels may be called "dry pastels," because of their chalk-like texture (but pastels are not chalk!). Using pastels will create dust-like particles  which may be problematic, depending on your health and your environment or workspace. Pastels can be used on paper, canvas, and boards, to name a few (check pr…

Drawing Resource 5?

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  This blog will discuss paper (and a very mild mention on other surfaces). Did you ever want to draw multiple layers, using oil pastels, for example, but you're not getting any more than two to three layers? Did you want your charcoal drawing to stay on the paper, but instead, it blows away from the slightest breath/wind? Are your drawings not lasting as long as you liked? Well, it all may be based on the paper (or other surface) you're using. The paper's surface may determine how many layers you can apply before the layers start to either fall off, smear, or blend into other portion of your artwork, for instance. Some surface papers may even deteriorate if you're using some sort of turpentine wash or varnish. Thin paper surface is clean, but limited to the number of layers you can apply (for example, one can put about 3 to 4, maybe 5 layers before there are issues), while paper that has a rough surface (i.e., "tooth") will give you the ab…

Charcoal drawing 1?

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  Sorry for the delay, but I have been busy working (and all the holidays coming up pushed things back...anyway, Happy New Year! ^_^)! I'm back with a new installment--charcoal! Have you ever wanted to draw heavy lining, but you were tired of sharpening your pencil every few minutes? Did you want to get down a lot of black color, and not use a black marker or a black pen (and end up having the paper bleed through)? Or are you sick of cleaning up a mess from using paints or watercolor? Well, instead of using all of the mediums listed above (though most of them are quite acceptable!), I would use charcoal! Not only is charcoal flexible for drawing, but it also comes in different shapes, sizes, and intensity! Charcoal can be used for both practice drawing and professional sketch work (as such with other mediums!). Just a suggestion, if you are starting out with Charcoal, I would recommend a small starter set, with a mix of hard, medium, and soft charcoal sticks. Othe…