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(Drawing) Software Resource #15?!

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   Have you wanted to animate on the computer, but you're not sure what program to purchase? You want to use of enough that too complicated, but same time, also get done with your project in a short time? Or you just are now with animation, you're looking for something as powerful, but the same time, more user-friendly? Well, Anime  Studio Pro 11 maybe the program for you!
   There are numerous features within Anime Studio Pro 11, but what they are highlighting is the ability to take an image you have either created on Anime Studio Pro 11 or in any other drawing program, and manipulate the drawing. Way to manipulate drawing is using their bone feature, which allows you to place virtual joints, and move them based on a timeline. Additionally, they have now introduce the animation flipbook process; if you are familiar with this technique, you'll feel right at home and Anime Studio Pro 11. Of course, you can combine both features within the same project!

Drawing/Painting Resource Combination #7!?

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    Have you ever wanted to draw perfect circles, but you were unable to do so with your hands? Or would you like to draw geometric shapes, but the lines are not connecting the way you want them to? Better yet, are you trying to draw buildings or even planets, but is your freehand drawing is slightly off? Fortunately, there is an alternative to some of the issues may have drawing freehand. The use of templates, or known the stencils, maybe what you were looking for!
    Templates and stencils come in all different shapes and sizes, from ovals, circles, squares, to zig-zag shapes, the "French curve," slanted shapes, or even animals and letters! You can never have enough templates or stencils. Of course, depending on what you are doing will determine what kind of template or stencil you may need. I have made a list below to get you started. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me, or leave a comment below. I hope this post was helpful! Thank yo…

Art Book References #2?!

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      Today's post is the second of many series of art book references which may inspire you, or give you ideas for your drawings. Have you ever wanted to paint outer space? Are you not sure where to begin? You overwhelms by the task? Fortunately, there may be a book out there that may give you guidance, or inspiration!
      While outer space is a broad topic, both in the subjects of science, and art, if you're looking for color inspiration, or illustrations created by great artists within the last 50 years, The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, From the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era, by Ron Miller, maybe you're kind of book! This book is a history of space art, not only in artists themselves, but the knowledge behind space illustrations, too. Topics include planets and moons, stars and galaxies, to space colonies and cities, and finally aliens. If you like a art book reference regarding space and ideas and concepts associated …

Art Book References #1?!

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     Do you want to imitate an art style, but you're not sure where to look? Or do you remember a particular image you whites, but you're not sure who the artist was? Or better yet, you want to do your own self-study, but you want to have a reference for you don't have to worry about copyright issues online? Well, no worries, because this entry will cover one of miniseries of art styles. Today's blog entry will talk about styles from the 1950s and 1960 are illustrations!
     If you're looking for inspiration from artists that did magazine, book cover, or even newspaper illustrations, purchasing Lifestyle Illustration of the 50s and Lifestyle illustration of the 60s, both edited by Ryan Hughes, is the best way to go! Both books are over 400 pages long, and contain thousands of beautiful art pieces done by various artists throughout the world.
    However, if you do know a particular artist during the 1950s and/or 1960s timeline, one artists I would…

Drawing Resources # 15?!

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  Today's post will discuss how to protect your drawing pads/paper that you have not used (yet). Do you have your drawing pads lying around your room, or your house, because you don't have a place for them? Are you afraid that the pads/paper exposure to the sun may somehow ruin your unused pads/paper? Or are you concerned with bending or ruining your pads/paper? Well, there is a solution! You can purchase storage drawers, which range in size, finish, and price. Depending on what you do and the size of paper you work with may determine what you need to purchase. Below are links and suggestions based on the paper size. If anyone has any questions, comments, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me by leaving a comment below or e-mail me! I hope this post was helpful! Thank you! Enjoy!:

-Paper size from 15" x 15" and below:

-Paper size from 17"x 23" and below:

(Software) Drawing Resource #14?

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  Today's post will discuss a computer software which may come in handy for those that enjoy to illustrate or draw with ink. Did you ever want to create comic books, like the ones you grew up with? Or do you want to start making your own manga books? Or are you looking for tools which looks like pen and ink, but on the computer? Fortunately, there is a computer program out there. Known as Manga Studio EX5 or Clip Paint Studios EX, this program will offer artists the ability to: create comic/manga pages, use comic/manga templates, draw directly within the comic/manga pages/templates, use 3D models to represent ideas for your project(s), create and add effects to your art work, and even change the page tone (monochromatic, gray, and color)! This program is a very powerful tool to not only draw comics or manga, but also to create illustrations with: pen, pencil, ink, watercolor, air brush, and special effects (e.g., sparkling stars)! You can also take your work, and c…

Drawing Resources #13?!

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   When you use charcoal, do you wish you could add color to your work? When you try to use colored pencils with charcoal, do you smear your work around, ruining what you worked on? Do you wish there was color you can add to your charcoal art piece? No worries, there is something for you! Derwent makes colored charcoal pencils, or known as Tinted Charcoal! The charcoal pencils can be used with traditional charcoal, or with pencil sketches/drawings! When the charcoal pencil loses its tip, simply sharp the charcoal pencil with a sharpener, and you're good to go! Using these charcoal pencils are excellent to have in your drawing pencil set if you're looking for precision while applying charcoal to your art piece! If you have any questions, please feel free contact me by leaving a comment below, or e-mail me! I hope this blog was helpful! Enjoy! Thank you!:

-Derwent Tinted Charcoal 24 set:

Drawing Resource #12?!

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   Are you having a hard time blending your colors with colored pencils? Do you want to combine all the colors to make what you drew/colored to look "shiny?" Does your blending stick/stub not work well for you? Fortunately, there is something out there for you! When you want to blend color with color pencils, or with charcoal (more on that in a future blog!), you can use a blending pencil! The blending pencil gives you control on sections you want to blend with the tip of the blending pencil! When your blending pencil starts to flatten, simply sharpen the blending pencil with a sharpener!
   If you want to create a "shiny" effect, you will want to use a burnisher. Not only will you create a "glistened" effect, but you can create dynamic/contrasts within your art piece (e.g., jewels reflecting light while the jewel is on a dull colored cloth)! Additionally, the burnishing pencil will also combine two colors into one, just in case the blende…

Drawing Resource#11?!

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    Did you make a mistake in your drawing, and you want to correct that mistake? You look at your drawing inventory tools, and you find more than one eraser; which one do you use? Are you confused regarding the different types of erasers available? Fortunately, all the questions can be answered, because each eraser has its particular use.
   One type of eraser you may come across during your drawing adventures (or if you're at the store and you're browsing the drawing accessories) is the gum eraser. These thick cubed or rectangular min-blocks may be used to erase any smudging you have (e.g., graphite pencil lines smudged in a spot you do not want touched by graphite). If you notice your gum eraser falling apart, no worries, that normal. Fortunately, these erasers are not expensive, so stock up if you like this eraser!
   The next eraser you might have seen (or have, but it's not being used) is the kneaded eraser. This type of eraser is popula…

Drawing/Painting Resource combination #6!?

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   Would you like to keep all your pencils, markers, paint brushes, paint tubes, etc., in one pouch? Do you think storing your art materials are expensive? Are you concerned with how much space pens, and pencils can take up while you're on-the-go? No worries, there are (inexpensive) answers to your questionable woes.
       If you're out a lot, and want to sketch with a lot your of drawing supplies, you can purchase a pencil pouch! You can, for example, keep all of your pens, pencils, and markers, all in one place (i.e., the pouch)! Not only is it convenient for keeping all of your drawing supplies in one pouch, but it's also light and small; the size and weight makes travelling with your drawing supplies convenient! The only draw back is that all of your drawing tools are thrown in one pouch. There is no ability to organize your materials, which means you will have to fish around within the pouch to find the correct drawing instrument/tools.
       An alte…

Drawing Resources #10?

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     Are you interested in using markers in your drawing repertoire, but you're not sure how or where to begin? Are you concerned about misusing markers, and fear that you will waste your money to a dry tip? Do you want to have confidence with using markers, and also have examples, instructions, and demonstrations with markers? Fortunately, there is a something that can answer all three questions (and more!). Specifically, a book called, Markers Wet & Wild: Tricks and Techniques for Achieving Speed, Splash, and Painterly Effects by Charles Hayden, explains what, when, why, and how to use markers. In his book, he discusses the types of markers, paper, tools, and techniques to create beautiful and wonderful effects with the use of markers. He also has exercises for people to follow (e.g., he encourages the reader to trace out a drawing, and either replicate the drawing or create your own color layout of the drawing), labels and identifies the color in most of his…

Drawing Resouce #9?!

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   Would you like to draw while you are out (e.g., at the park), but you're short on paper (or if you don't have any at all?)? Do you think that it's expensive (i.e., amount, time, and/or money?) to travel around with drawing/painting equipment? Do you think that drawing requires to have large-sized paper, making you believe that it wouldn't be possible to fit in your pocket? No worries, these questions can be answered with two words (or one, depends on how people type/spell the word): sketch books (sketchbooks)! Sketch book (sketchbooks) come in various sizes, shapes, paper quality, and prices! Listed below are the sketch books I have used over the years (and continue to collect and expand my options!). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, or leave a message below! I hope this post was helpful! Thank you!:

-Moleskine brands-I use this brand because not only is the paper quality great, but also they make a small size (specifically,…

Drawing Resource #8?

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   Are you interested in sketching, but you're not sure "how" to sketch? Are you confused about the materials, such as the type of pencils, markers, pens, paper, carrying cases, etc.? Are you confused as to why you should sketch? No worries, a book I recommend reading is called, The Artist's Guide to Sketching by James Gurney and Thomas Kinkade. This book, while out of print, is an excellent book to understand why one should sketch (practice, practice, practice!), as well what it means to sketch (e.g., capturing ideas). Additionally, they go over their materials, what they recommend, and how they travel with their materials. Each section of the book covers a different topic, ranging from capturing motion, to drawing nature and still life. The unfortunate part about this book is that it is out of print. Also, if you're looking to buy the book, you might find it, but from what I researched, the price will range from $80 to close to $200 (and this i…

Self-Publishing Resource #3?

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   Do you have a great idea for a story, but your thoughts are all over the place? Do you want your points to be clear, and you don't want to remember all the character details and relationships? Do you want to organize your story structure the way it makes sense to you? Fortunately, there is a program that will help you with your concerns. The program which may solve your issues, called Scrivener (for Windows/Mac/Linux), will allow you to do everything I asked, and more. Scrivener, for example, will allow you to make notes; from the notes, you can organize your ideas into a plot structure that makes sense. Additionally, character development can be placed in its own side window while writing your story/script/etc. Also, you can insert pictures (if you have any for your book or as reference/inspiration for your plot/character development, etc.) into your document (either in a separate window or within the window you're writing/typing). If you're interested…

Digital Art Book resources #1

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   You might have all the digital art programs you want, but are you stuck? Do you feel overwhelmed with all the options available? Are you concerned with messing up settings that you may not get back? While there are tutorials on youtube, web sites, and the developers' blog/web sites, sometimes it's good to have a book/ebook available (and when you're not nearby your computer/tablet/phone etc.). I recommend the following books to read while exploring some of the major digital art programs, such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel Painter (most of the tricks should transfer over to their inexpensive/free alternative programs, such as GIMP or Krita!). I hope this post was helpful! If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment, or e-mail me. Enjoy!:

-Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop by  Nykolai Aleksander…

(Free Software #1) Drawing Resouce #8

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  Are you interested in the digital art world? Do you want to try out digital drawing/painting? If you do, great! However, are you not sure if you want to spend all the money to find out whether or not you like it? Fortunately, there are alternatives to the expensive digital art programs out there, and they're free!
  The first free software I would like to mention in this post is GIMP version 2.8. Personally, I view the program as an alternative to Adobe Photoshop, with features similar enough where you can do and create a variety of photo editing effects, digital painting, etc. Not only is this free, but also you are allowed to save your project and export your project to formats which may be opened in other programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Painter, Corel Draw X7, Corel Paint X7, Krita 2.9, and Sketchbook Pro 7, just to name a few. You have a lot of tools available from the start, and if you know how to, you can add brushes, plug-ins, …

Drawing/Painting Resource Combination #5!?

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  Are you interested in using colored pencils, but you're not sure what they're capable of doing? Have you already tried them out, but you're not getting the results you wanted? Do you feel that this medium is too difficult to use? Well, do not fret, for there is a book out there that will answer all of your questions and concerns. Colored Pencil Paint Bible: Techniques for Achieving Luminous Color and Ultrarealisitc Effects, by Alyona Nickelsen, is an excellent reference (and excellent artwork) for both beginners and expert artists alike. Not only is the author excellent with her explanation on the use of colored pencils, but also what you can use with colored pencils (e.g., washes), types of paper, various techniques, and multiple exercises (step-by-step format) to see where you are making mistakes, and try to match what she has in the book. If you even have the slightest interest in colored pencils, read Alyona Nickelsen's Colored Pencil Paint Bible!…

Drawing/Painting Resource Combination #4!?

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   When you are drawing a scenery, or a model, are you having a difficult time with the proportions of your subject(s)? Do you wish you had something to measure parts of your subject, instead of erasing over and over on your paper/canvas (and causing streak marks) because your eyes are deceiving you? Do you wish you had something that was easy to use while being accurate with your drawings/paintings (and not have to focus on details during the initial stages of your drawing/painting)? Fortunately, there is an item out there that can answer your questions. Using a scale divider will allow you to focus more on the drawing/painting process instead of focusing on the subject(s) measurements. To use a scale divider, simply:
Hold up the scale divider (arm's length) parallel (to you and) to the subject(s)Move the top legs to their appropriate height/width of the subject(s)Take the scale divider back, and place it onto your paper/canvas, andPlace the appropriate marks on yo…

Painting Resource 7?!

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  While you're painting, do you wish you could figure out the color combination(s) to get that right shade of red? Or are you having trouble painting eyes using unique color (for example, light green as a light source/under-painting)? Wouldn't it be nice to have some sort of color recipe right at your finger tips? Fortunately, there is something like that. It's a book, called 1,500 Color Mixing Recipes for oil, acrylic & watercolor by William F. Powell. This book goes over the basics from mixing values to color theory; and, of course, this book has a massive listing of colors and recipes to get that "right" color with your oil, acrylic, or watercolor paints. In addition, Powell goes over skin color, eye, portrait, and landscaping colors and mixing recipes for general to unique color situations. And finally, with your copy, you receive two mixing grids, one for oil/acrylics, and the other for watercolor. They are very handy if you follow the bo…

Drawing/Painting Resource Combination #3?!

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  Have you wanted to do a wash effect (i.e., spreading color, blending, and/or mixing to create water-like effects) with your oil painting, or oil pastels, but you were hesitant from what you heard (or read)? For instance, do you have some sort of allergic reaction to mineral spirits, or certain types of oil washes, such as Linseed Oil? Are you concerned about the odors that come off traditional washes because you have pets and/or children around? Or are you limited in space, and lack the proper ventilation to create wash-like effects for your artwork? Fortunately, there is an alternative. Instead of buying chemicals that may cause you and others around you harm/issues, you can purchase baby oil and/or mineral oil. I have tried both, and they work great with both oil paint and oil pastels! Of course, with oil mediums, they never completely dry; if you're concerned about your artwork collecting dust (or smearing your artwork), you can either spray a fixative (make s…