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Art Book Resource #7?!

Hello everyone!,
  Are you looking to find an art book which will cover the human anatomy? Would you like a book which will show you both steps and techniques to get you to your goal (with both practice and effort)? Are you looking for a book which goes over parts of the human body, including the skeletal system, the muscles, hands, feet, head, as well as drawing and shading techniques? No worries, there is a book which answers all the questions listed above?
   Roberto Osti's book, Basic Human Anatomy: An Essential Visual Guide for Artists, will not only show you drawings/diagrams of the human body, but Mr. Osti will also explain to you his drawing technique for both men and women body structures (i.e., classic body ratio 1:7 1/2 times the height of the head). In addition, Mr. Osti does go over drawing techniques, including shading (i.e., shadows), lighting, and the type of drawing paper available for both practicing and creating professional work.
   If you want a comprehensive …

Art Book Resource # 6?!

Hello everyone!,
  Are you interested in viewing art work with watercolor paint? Are you looking to find a nice watercolor art book reference, but you're not sure where to look? Are you interested in drawing urban settings, but you're looking for ideas? Fortunately, there is a book which will fulfill all three questions, and more!
  Master of the Urban Landscape: From Realism to Abstraction in Watercolor by John Salminen, is an excellent reference book as well as an excellent demonstration on what you can do with watercolor paint. Mr. Salminen's book is divided in four chapters, which includes: Chapter 1-Architectural Form, Chapter 2-The Organic Form, Chapter 3-The Human Form, and Chapter 4-Shadow and Light. While all of Mr. Salminen's paintings are urban paintings, each chapter emphasizes aspects of his paintings (or focal points).
  If you're looking to see what watercolor paint can do, Mr. Salminen's book is an excellent example. I hope this post was helpful…

Drawing Resource #22?!

Hello everyone!,
  Are you looking for an inexpensive but effective paper trimmer? Is the paper trimmer board with its blade rusting out? Are you just looking for something that is both portable and lightweight? Fortunately, there are alternatives available!
   Depending on the size of the paper you are trying to trim will determine the size of the paper trimmer you will need to purchase. The general range for the portable paper trimmers range between 9" to 12". The larger paper trimmers, such as Maped (i.e., Helix), are able to cut multiple sheets at one time, while the smaller paper trimmers cut between one to two sheets at a time. Regardless of the size, it's nice to have a paper trimmer, as you can use it for cutting coupons, pictures, and mail. In addition, you can use paper trimmers to cut down and conserve drawing paper if you're on a tight budget, or if you're cropping out a portion of your drawing, for example.
   Below are several paper trimmer products…

Drawing Resource #21!?

Hello everyone!,
  Are you trying to find a way to cut paper without cutting your fingers (or lose a finger digit)? Are you trying to find a way to gain control over what you cut, without having uneven cuts on your paper? Do you want to save money without having to spend a lot of money on paper cutter boards (with the long blade)? No worries, this blog post will certainly help you answer all of the questions asked above!
   If you're looking for paper cutters where you won't hurt yourself, while at the same time, having control over how you cut, Safety Cutter and Precision Cutter from Slice might be the way to go! With their micro-ceramic blade at the tip of the of its body, you are able to have control on both where you cut and how much you cut on the paper. In addition, their products are small, allowing you to store the cutters in bags, drawers, or containers. The Safety Cutter has a horizontal body where you lay the Safety Cutter parallel to what you are cutting on, allowi…

Art Book Resource # 5?!

Hello everyone!,
   Are you trying to to figure out perspective drawing(s)? Are you not quite getting the technique down for certain perspective drawings? Or are the books out there you have looked over not sufficient in answering the questions you are asking? Fortunately, there is a book which may help you with your perspective drawings!
Drawing Perspective: How to See It and How to Apply It by Matthew Brehm will not only go over the history (brief, but very good) on perspective drawings and its importance in art, but also how to apply several types of perspective drawings as well as when and how to use several types of perspective drawings. Mr. Brehm divides the perspective drawings in several categories, which includes: 1, 2, and 3-point perspective, multi-point perspective, and curvilinear perspectives. Also, Mr. Brehm has a workbook section, where you are able to apply what you have read throughout the book, and see the examples in steps, and applied to multiple drawings and illus…

Art Book Resource # 4?!

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   Are you not able to afford traditional mediums, such as acrylic paint, markers, or oil paints? Are you looking to do something that is simple, straightforward, but also versatile with your art work, such as ball point pens? Do you want to go above and beyond using a pencil (no offense to pencils, as they are excellent tools for drawing!)? No worries, there is a book out there that might be for you!
The Art of Ball Point: Experimentation, Exploration, and Techniques in Ink by Matt Rota will certainly give you both ideas and encouragement in how to use ball point pens in your art work! Mr. Rota covers numerous topics, including: ball point's overview and history, making traditional art with ball point (and examples), also known as contemporary classical, how to make abstract art work with ball point pens, the use of ball point pens in illustration and design, ball point pen use in sketches, and finally, using ball point pens in realism art. Within each topic cover…

Drawing Resource #21?!

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   Do you like to work with markers, but you're not a fan of its odor? Are you looking to save money while creating great art work pieces? Or are you just starting out with markers, and you want to jump right in without having to worry about all of its rules and guidelines? Fortunately, there are markers out there which can answer all the questions listed above!
   Mead Academie's Water Soluble Markers (set of 20) are water based inks, which allows the colors to blend together with water! In addition, when you use water, you can create watercolor effects, which might be difficult to replicate using alcohol based markers, for instance. In addition, the markers are also great in combination with other mediums, including pen and ink, colored pencils, watercolor pencils, and even non-water soluble markers!
    If you're looking to save money, or if you are starting out with markers, I would try Mead Academic Water Soluble Markers (set of 20)! If you have any q…

Digital Drawing Resource #2 ?!

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   Are you interested in taking your digital art with you, but you are stuck with using your desktop computer? Or, if you do have the ability to digitally draw outside your house, are you tired of dragging around your laptop and the drawing tablet you use to draw? Do you wish you could afford a portable tablet which can run several major digital art programs, but you don't have the money to spend on the top-notch tablet? No worries, there are alternatives!
    There are two programs (a.k.a., apps) available on the android devices which you can try right now for free. They are Infinite Painter and Infinite Design. You might be thinking, That's too good to be true! I did as well, until I tried it out myself. Fortunately, both programs work!
    Infinite Painter reminds me of a mix between Adobe Photoshop and Sketchbook Pro, as it offers pressure sensitive brushes, which might sound unusual, especially if your android device does not support pen pressure sensitivi…

Drawing Resource #20?!

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  Do you like Norman Rockwell's art style? Are you curious how to draw and/or paint the way he did? Do you wish there was something out there that would explain about his technique? Fortunately, the artist himself published a book on his art style, called Rockwell on Rockwell: How I Make a Picture!
  Released in 1979, Mr. Rockwell's book covers when and how he started to draw and paint, and what all his work meant to him (and other personal points-of-view on his life and career). Beyond the introduction, the remaining portion of the book covers the steps and process on how he drew and painted. This included (not in any particular order): General steps to his drawing and painting process (7 total), getting live models and taking photos of models for references in later drawings and/or paintings, the detail in painting and drawings, using props and having models pose in various positions, drawing with charcoal, and making a sketch with color.
  If you like simila…

Digital Drawing Resource #1?!

Hello everyone,
  Are you looking for brushes that will help you with your digital drawings and/or paintings? Are you not getting the effects you are looking for with the default brushes? Are you looking for higher quality digital brushes? No worries, there are several places to get the results you are looking for!
   If you are using the Sketchbook Pro digital art program, Autodesk's Sketchbook Pro Blog does release a new brush set every Monday for free! These free brush sets come from both Sketchbook Pro employed artists and digital artists in the field (as blog a guest). If you want add unique brush sets in your Sketchbook Pro brush library, it doesn't cost anything to expand your digital brush library!
   Of course, if you use Adobe Photoshop (version CS5 and above), the most popular and used brush set comes from Kyle T. Webster. Mr. Webster, a well-renowned digital artists who has worked with The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, and Wall Street Journal, has created a web…

(Free) Digital Software Resource #2

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  Have you looked around online, and admired the work of 3D modeling? Have you looked at the more popular software, only to find out that they're too expensive to try out? Are you looking for alternative programs which you can create 3D models without breaking the bank? Fortunately, there are two programs which you can use right now!
  The first free program I would like to mention is Blender. While Blender can be used for other formats such as animation (and very well, too), it definitely shines when it comes to creating 3D models/artwork. Not only is the program free, but the Blender community has a series of free classes to get you started in case you are new to 3D model programs (or came from a different program and you're looking for guidance with Blender's menu interface, for instance). Just make sure your computer can run Blender without any lag or when you render your work (and download the stable version if you are not testing out beta versions).

Craft Tool #1?!

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  Have you worked with Swarovski Crystals to create your own jewelry? Have you tried to create designs for bags, hats, costumes, or shoes, but the glue you're using is making a mess (and potentially adding glue on top of the crystal)? No worries, Swarovski has created the Swarovski Hotfix Crystal Tool kit for you to use and make your favorite art/craft piece with ease!
  The kit comes with 7 gold tips (2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 7mm, 5mm flat, and 9mm flat), along with the electric hotfix tool with a soft grip handle (the hotfix tool can get very hot, especially at the tip!). Depending on what size of Swarovski Crystal you are using will determine the tip size you will need.
  In order to correctly use the hotfix tool, you first need to take the crystals you will be using, and figure out which size fits with the crystal you plan to use. However, if you are using more than one size, you will have to unplug the hotfix tool, wait for it to cool down (including the tip), and …

Digital Art Software #1?

Hello everyone!,
   Do you like fractals, but you don't have the time to make them by hand? Or are you looking to speed up your fractal creation, but you're not sure where to look? Do you wish you can make your fractals move, as if you were watching a short movie on fractals? No worries, there is a computer program that can answer all of the questions listed above, and more!
    Escape Motions created a wonderful update to their excellent fractal software, called Amberlight 2. Amberlight 2 creates wonderful fractals, either randomly generated by the program itself, or you can control your own fractal; you can control the fractal's the light source, as well as the fractal's shape, directions, and even it form! Additionally, you have a huge library of colors available to create, giving you more creative freedom in the fractal you might have in your mind. They also have color templates which have excellent color range for your fractal creation.
   The biggest addition in …

Drawing Resource #19?

Hello everyone,
  Did you think blenders only worked for colored pencils? Fortunately, there are blenders for markers, too! This post will talk about blender markers (they're colorless!).
   Normally, when you are working with colored pencil blenders, you can take its wax, and blend any color together to get the ideal color effect(s). However, for markers, you have to plan it a bit before jumping in. For instance, it may be easier to blend two shades of the same color compared to blending two different colors. If you want to blend a light red, and then a darker red together, then you take your light red first, then overlap the light red with the darker red (but not not cover it entirely, especially if you're experimenting!). After you have placed the appropriate amount of color down, take your blender marker, and go in the direction you wish. If you want a transition of color from light to dark (or vice versa), then take the started shade, and move towards the opposite shade t…

Drawing Resource #18

Hello everyone!,
   Are you looking for ways to draw nice curves in your drawings, but you don't want to do it by hand? Are you tired of using a compass to draw that ideal curve, and not getting the results you wanted? Do you wish there was an inexpensive alternative in creating curves? If you are having these issues, French Curves may be what you are looking for!
    The French Curve comes in all different sizes, shapes, and curve patterns. They are usually made out of the wood, plastic, or metal. You can usually find them individually or in several set sizes (from 3 to as much as 8 pieces!), and most are affordable ($30 or less, depending on the brand, the set size, and what they're made out of).
    Using French Curves is ideal when you want to draw a complex shape with multiple curves (e.g., pattern or music instruments) as well as for architecture drafting (e.g., a sketch of a building). You can even use French Curves for creating your own clothing (e.g., necklines)! Fina…

Drawing Resource #17!?

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   Do you like working with pencils, but you are not getting used to blending with blending sticks? Or if you use graphite pencils, are you tired of using 6 or 7 (or more) pencils just to get the correct shading? Do you wish you could use less pencils, and have the same results with only using 4 or 5 pencils? Fortunately, there are pencils out there that can do what you are looking for (and more). Water soluble graphite pencils may be exactly what you need!
   These inexpensive water soluble graphite pencils allow you to use them either in the traditional sense with blending layers with a blender, or you can use water to move around and blend. Using water with graphite pencils gives a paint-like effect, something that while it would be possible with normal graphite pencils, it may be a more difficult task compared to using the water soluble graphite pencils.
   The sets that are available come in between 4 to 5 water soluble graphite pencils, making it ideal to have a …

Drawing Resource #16

Are you looking to add a bit of random color within the same drawing stroke, but you don't want to hold two or more colored pencils at the same time? Are you looking to find a way to create psychedelic drawings, but you don't want to use solvents, for example? Are you tired of using one color at a time? Fortunately, there are colored pencils out there that can help you answer all of your questions!
     Kol-I-Noor's Tri-Tone colored pencils are made with three colored-leads within one pencil, allowing you to draw with multiple colors within one stroke. Having three colors in one pencil also allows you to create unique color blending if you are looking to experiment with colors within a short amount of time!
  If you are looking to have fun with color, and want to have random patterns (haha, get it?!) in your drawings, then you should try Kol-I-Noor's Tri-Tone colored pencils today!:

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Art Book Resouce # 3!?

Are you trying to draw or paint outer space, but you're not sure where to begin? Are you having trouble getting the planets and moons to look like planets and moons? Are you having a difficult time getting the lighting on planets the way you want them to appear? If you need a guide, then Space Art: How to Draw and Paint Planets, Moons, and Landscapes of Alien Worlds by Michael Carroll may be the book you need!
      The book covers the basics, including materials needed to create space and planets/moons (i.e.'s., circle and ellipse templates, kneaded erasers, graphite pencils), using Earth's mountains and mesas to practice other-worldly structures, and craters to create planets' surface, for example. Carroll also covers a basic breakdown of color theory, as well as acrylic paint and the tools needed to follow the steps in the book.
     Each chapter covers a section on how to draw and paint both Earth and Earth-like planets, which includes volcanoes, water worlds…