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To some people, drawing gives them the feeling of expression. They are able to best convey their emotions. To some, it is a hobby that they can't do without. Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with the talent but still want to learn the craft anyway. But whatever your reason is, it is always best to invest on drawing supplies that will last long and will ultimately bring out the best in your drawings.

If you are just starting to appreciate drawing as a hobby or you see drawing as a career in the future well then by all means, the best time to start is now! First, it is ideal that you sketch anything you see around for at least a couple of months before you even attempt drawing. There are a lot of exercises you will find online that are good for beginners to help you jumpstart a hobby or a career. If you plan to draw occasionally as a hobby, I suggest you use drawing pencils which are equipped with erasers.

Drawing pencils with erasers allow you to erase mistakes. However, if you plan to make drawing a serious hobby or profession, then it is recommended that you start investing on different drawing supplies aside from pencils. It is also very interesting to know that there are types of pencils you can use and collect for your different types of obra maestra. Aside from the usual black and white effect in drawing, you can also obtain illustrations that require colors. In this case, you must buy "colored drawing pencils" to give more life to your drawings. Always remember that pictures could communicate what words can not say. Apart from "colored drawing pencils", you could also use "charcoal drawing pencils" to create that beautiful portraits to capture the glow in your subject's eyes and the way the light adds beauty, drama and interest to the portrait.

Colors certainly add life to the drawing and make it so realistic for audience to see. However it does not mean you need to get crayons and that you need some children's basic colors. As an artist whether for a hobby or a profession, one must have a guide to picking colored drawing pencils as they place a vital role in your craft and that to pick the wrong one would mean a humongous mistake. Pick the ones that will boost your pictures and make the drawing seem to come out of the page. Looking it up online would be wise since you could judge against the items side by side and could make your decision in just a snap.

Whether drawing is a hobby or a serious profession, you will want clarity in all your work, this is where mechanical pencil comes in as it gives control and sets that higher level of drawing. There is a saying that goes "an artist is what he draws" and with that in mind, it would be safe to assume that an artist's drawings suggest his personality. Therefore, drawing pencil kits are a must for artists because these make drawings easier and a lot more convenient. You can bring your drawing materials anywhere you go and you do not have to carry along big box full of drawing tools.

What you need to bring instead is your drawing kits and you are ready to start drawing anytime anywhere even if you have to travel far just to get that inspiration you need. You can choose among the varieties of pencil kits such as: drawing pencil kits which will make your drawing job simple and less complicated since it is clutter-free and helps you be more organized. There is also a separate kit for your colored drawing pencils to protect the quality of your colored drawing pencils. On the other hand, charcoal drawing pencil kits protect the grey edge superiority of your charcoal drawing pencils which gives your drawing balance and contrast.

 


Realistic Pencil Portrait Mastery: Discover the Secret to Drawing Like a Professional

Being disappointed by a product often happens when many products present false hopes and then do not deliver. Unfortunately, I have had my share of disappointing experiences with several products. I created this review for the Realistic Pencil Portrait Mastery in order to save you from going through the same thing.

I am nowhere near being a Michelangelo or any other brilliant artist. Therefore, it was very unlikely that I would ever take drawing lessons or master drawing portraits. To be honest, I was possibly the least artistic of my classmates in school. However, one day I became intrigued by a fellow named Christopher Sia and a product that he offered that was said to drastically improve drawing skills. I tried to find out whether any product actually existed that could transform a novice into a skilled artist.

Christopher Sia was a teacher who has many years of experience teaching art and drawing to hundreds of students. Having failed many drawing tests, Mr. Sia is the first to admit that he is nowhere as gifted as people believe he is. He says that his skill is due to diligent and continuous practice. When he is sharing his techniques, he often presents a before and after portrait. His techniques will make a significant difference in your portraits as well.

There are three primary things that Sia says will allow anyone to progress to a higher level in pencil portrait drawing. First, an artist must closely examine the smaller details found on the face. Next, the second secret is to master the art of seeing the things that others do not see. Last, it is important to pay special attention to the facial features and mastering the interpretation of them. This is evident when you observe the time it takes his students to move to a more advanced level which is usaully within a few months. As I became a student and applied his methods, I grew to truly appreciate and comprehend the importance of practicing his three secrets. His kit is easy to understand and there is no kit more complete than the "Realistic Pencil Portrait Drawing Mastery Home-Study Course". The course allows you to portray any facial feature.

The kit has five fundamental lessons. The lessons instruct you how to draw the ear, the eye, the hair, the nose, the mouth and teeth like a professional artist. The book consists of over two hundred pages with hundreds of illustrations and pictures. These are used to teach you the ideal way to create a portrait using a pencil. If you are interested in learning how to draw, this is a very excellent product to have.

However, there is a crucial aspect of the "Realistic Pencil Portrait Mastery" product that I must reveal. This product is very comprehensive. It requires extreme dedication and time; and you must be willing to see your projects through to the end. I honestly set aside a slot of my day to go though my kit and practice my lessons. Without doing this, one will tend to forget and loose focus. For people who wish to access the product digitally, it is available online for download as well. If you have any further doubts, rest assured there is a money back guarantee of 100% within sixty days if you are not satisfied.

 


Great Tips on Becoming an Accomplished Artist

Many people want to become an artist, yet they feel they were not "born" with the talent to do so. I personally disagree with this belief. To become an accomplished artist is just like anything else in life. It requires the correct mindset and the willingness to succeed.

DESIRE - First and foremost, you need to have the desire to learn and grow. Without the desire to learn and grow, your interest will fade over time. You will definitely make mistakes and progress may not happen as quickly as you originally anticipated. If you lack the desire to continue and learn from those mistakes, you will not see much in the way of progress. I can attest to this. When I first began oil painting I recall how terrible my first paintings were. I had no experience mixing or matching colors. I did not understand that mixing colors is a science all in itself. I would either mix too many colors, or mix the wrong colors, and my mixtures came out terrible. I did become quite frustrated, and eventually discouraged, until I finally stopped for a while. It wasn't until I took a trip to The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, that I realized just how badly I wanted to paint. I became inspired and my desire to paint was ignited once again. So make certain that you always stay inspired to create. Surround yourself with creativity. Talk to other artists. Look at other artwork, etc.

LEARN & PRACTICE - Once you have found the desire to embark on your artistic journey, you will obviously need to learn and practice. You will need the right resources and teachers to guide you in the right direction. Everyone is different and your way of learning anything new can differ from another persons learning methods.

Some people learn better by watching others. If this is the case, purchase some quality videos or DVD's. Watch them once or twice first before you participate. This will make the experience much more enjoyable and easier to follow once you are ready to join in. There are a number of well made and resourceful videos and DVD's on the market today.

Perhaps you prefer to learn in a group or classroom setting with an instructor. Do a search for beginner workshops in your area and join a few. The benefit
of the classroom setting is the instant feedback you receive on your work. You also have other students and an instructor there to answer any questions that you may have. There are workshops available on virtually everything from painting to crafts, so you should be able to find something in your area or online.

Maybe you prefer to read books and learn on your own, at your own pace. This is the way I started learning. I have a nice little library now of great books that I am constantly re-visiting. There is definitely no shortage of reading material out there. I usually go online first and do research at the popular online booksellers. Many of the books are rated by other customers. This will give you a good idea of what's popular and worth buying. You can either get the book online, or go to your local book store with a few titles that you researched, and skim through the books before you buy.

If you are lucky enough to have a local public television station in your area, you should definitely check into it. Here in New York, there is a great public television station dedicated to the arts. It airs many educational arts and crafts shows, and I watch it every day.

Find a method of learning that you are comfortable with or try them all! At the end of this article you will see a great resource with free art and craft lessons and other great resources for beginners. Make sure you check it out when you are finished reading this article.

BUYING YOUR SUPPLIES - Before you go out to your local store or shop online for your supplies, make sure you do a little research first. Visit online forums and chat rooms to find out what materials & supplies other artists in your particular area of interest are using.

You will be surprised by the number of responses you receive. Many experienced artists are more than happy to give advice and answer questions. Make sure you make it known that you are a beginner and that you are looking for descent quality supplies for beginners.

Once you learn more about the types of supplies you will need, don't settle for one brand or manufacturer. My advice would be to purchase supplies from a number of different manufacturers. Everyone is different and you will find that over time you will develop a preference toward specific products. Do not purchase the most expensive or highest quality supplies at first. In the beginning you are learning and experimenting. It is best to do this with cheaper supplies. You can then upgrade to more expensive or higher quality products later on.

SHARE YOUR WORK WITH OTHERS - Once you create your first work of art go out and share it with family, friends and other artists. There are a number of discussion forums online where you can submit your artwork for others to view and comment on. Don't be afraid of the criticism and by all means, never let anything anyone says about your work discourage you. Everyone has been where you are now at one point in his or her artistic journey. The majority of people you show your work to will be patient and helpful. This is a great way to learn and grow as an artist, so get out there and show yourself.

I do hope these tips have helped and have given you some confidence and direction. Remember to never get discouraged. If you really want to become an accomplished artist, just keep at it. You will create your first work of art in no time.

 


Introduction to Oil Painting Techniques

Oil paint is an amazing versatile medium. It can be applied in a thick buttery fashion or thinned down to a watery consistency. This versatility opens the door to a number of different painting techniques.

My personal preference is to begin my oil paintings by first sketching out the composition using acrylic paint or with water-soluble oil paints. The popular approach to oil painting is to thin the paint with turpentine to apply your initial layers. Turpentine is quite toxic and I prefer not to work with it. Acrylic or water-soluble oil paints can be thinned down with plain old water and are more pleasant to work with in my opinion.

You can also begin your oil painting by first drawing out your composition. There are a few drawing mediums that work quite nicely with oil paints. My two favorites are vine charcoal and water-soluble pencils. I prefer vine charcoal because it doesn't smudge like other charcoals and it can be erased easier. Water-soluble pencils are wonderful because they can be applied like ordinary pencils and can be spread around like paint with a damp brush.

If you are the impatient type, you may want to try your hand at the Alla Prima oil painting technique. The Alla Prima method is when you complete the painting in one sitting rather than paint in layers and wait for the paint to dry. Although I usually prefer to work out my paintings in layers, I occasionally enjoy this exciting and spontaneous approach to oil painting.

If you are the careful, patient type of painter, you may be interested in working with the glazing technique. Glazing has lost popularity these days, partly because of the time needed to complete such a painting and it's difficulty, but the results are something truly unique to any other type of oil painting technique. The composition is first painted with an opaque monochrome underpainting, usually in shades of gray. After this initial underpainting is thoroughly dry, thin layers of transparent oil glazes are applied. Colors are not mixed directly but added in separate layers to get the desired color.

If you are the adventurous type, put the brushes aside and try a set of painting or palette knives. You can achieve some very interesting results with knives that aren't possible with brushes. The oil paint can be spread on thickly and scraped off with ease. What I enjoy most about using knives is the tendency to not focus on the small details. I am forced to paint in a more relaxed fashion that creates an impressionist style painting. Get yourself a set of painting knives and try to complete an entire painting with just the knives. It's challenging at first if you are used to brushes, but it's an enjoyable exercise.

Perhaps you would like your painting to have more body and texture. You could try the impasto painting technique and apply your paint in thick heavy strokes, leaving evidence of all those wonderfully artistic brush strokes. Take a look at a Van Gogh painting and you will see this technique in action.

It's really no wonder why oil painting is such a popular choice for painters. There is so much to discover in oil painting. You will never get bored trying out all the wonderful tools, mediums and techniques.

 


How to Sell Your Art - Making The Most Out Of Art Shows

One of the quickest and more effective ways to expose your art or crafts to the public is by opening a booth at an art or craft show. Thousands of people come to these art shows each year with the intention of buying something, and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight.

Before you pack your bags and head out to the next show, you should definitely learn as much as you can about art shows. This type of work requires planning, research and various expenses, and may not be for everyone.

A great starting point is to check out the magazine Sunshine Artist. Sunshine Artist is a great magazine that covers art shows in detail. They provide listings of upcoming art shows and information on how you can participate. They also evaluate art shows and provide reports on sales, attendance, and other important details.

It may be a good idea to head out to your first art show as a visitor before actually setting up shop. Once you arrive, walk around and just observe how everything works. Observe the booths that have the most traffic and see what they are doing right. Introduce yourself to the booth owner and see if they are open to talking about their success with you. As long as they are not in direct competition with you, they should be happy to give you some pointers.

When you sell your work at an art show you are selling directly to the public. You make all of the profit. There is no need to share a huge percentage with an agent or gallery owner.

It is probably best to sell items at various prices to accommodate the different buyers that come to your booth. If you typically sell paintings for thousands of dollars, offer smaller, more affordable prints as well. This way, your art can be available to everyone.

Make sure you can accept credit cards. Many people who visit art shows pay by credit card. If you aren't set up to accept credit cards, then you will more than likely lose sales.

Setting up and running a booth at an art show can be challenging. Bring a family member or friend along to help you set up and help customers. It's also nice to have someone to keep you company and provide support and encouragement.

Art and Craft shows are a great way to build a customer mailing list. Set up a little section at your booth inviting customers and browsers to provide you with their name, address, and email address. Next time you attend an art show, you can send out a mailer to your list. You can also let your mailing list know about any new art or crafts you have for sale. It may not be easy to build a mailing list, as people are a bit hesitant when it comes to parting with personal information. To entice people to join, you can offer something for free. You could create small color postcard prints of your work and put them in inexpensive frames and give those away to each subscriber.

Make sure you keep track of your expenses and sales. You want to determine if you actually made a profit, otherwise you may have to make adjustments or possibly not attend the same art show again.

Don't get discouraged if you don't make a huge profit your first time out. Like I said in the beginning, art shows may not be for every artist. Many artists sell at art shows exclusively, while others only use art shows once in a while for marketing purposes.

 


Easy to Draw Animals for the Young or Old

It is said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words'. Indeed research has proven that people respond to learning through pictures much better than with words or text. A picture can be a simple drawing which even children can do.

Types of drawings

Children love to draw; it is an innate ability or desire to see their expressions on canvas or paper. There can be many types of pictures which children can draw to express their feelings or tap on their innate ability.

Children can easily draw animals, flowers, clouds, skies and family. Young children may find it hard to draw complex stuff like people. It would usually be a stick figure drawing which progresses to 3-D images with more shape and form.

Adults and children alike can pick up drawing skills. There is a myriad of drawing resources in the market as well as on the Internet today. One can learn through private tutors or online from various drawing resource sites.

Process

Drawing is quite an easy process to walk through as it can be therapeutic. Many adults and children learn to draw step by step with excellent guidebooks and online sites. They would find it easy to draw animals from these easy guides which are available across the globe.

There are free drawing lessons which can be tapped on whether for children or adults. Whoever wants to learn to draw animals, plants, sceneries and humans can find the right drawing tutorial online anytime as long as they have access to the Internet.

Drawing animals is fun and easy to children. They can express their feelings and desires through drawing. Children can draw animals easily and well because there is an innate ability and desire to express their emotions through animal pictures. Children can be taught at a young age to draw before they even learn to read and write. Drawing actually prepares the child to be more expressive, creative and open to learning and living. Children can draw anywhere at any time given a piece of paper and pencil.

Expression

Drawing animals can be a good time-filler as it uses the time well to release negative feelings within. A person learns to release emotional hurts through drawing and animals are a special form of expression. Animal drawings are easy with only a few steps which would not take up much time.

Some animal drawings are inspirational as different animals can represent certain characteristics to help understand the artist.

 




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