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  • How to Create Realistic Skin Tones

    How to Create Realistic Skin Tones

    There are lots of difficult aspects in drawing portraits. The nose, the hair, the expression, etc. But the one that new artists seem to overlook in the beginning is the skin. And — at least in most people — the skin tales up a great deal of the actual area in a portrait. So, for today’s video I have a (deceptively) simple lesson in achieving realistic skin tones.   ve   The skin isn’t just a blank canvas (so to […]

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  • Doodling: The Road to Fame?

    Doodling: The Road to Fame?

    Happy Doodle Monday! I hope you had a great weekend and that being back at work isn’t as bad as you thought it would be. Speaking of work, you’re probably pretty sure it’s not going to make you famous, aren’t you? Well, doodling — that thing I encourage you to do to avoid work — might.     In case you didn’t notice, the video is one of Peter Draws’ . And, as he mentioned,  he made it and the […]

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  • Read All About It!

    Read All About It!

    Just joking with the “read” part. That is not what we’re about here. Instead, just sit back and watch today’s 3D drawing video. I’ve posted a lot of trompe l’oeil drawing videos, but they’ve pretty much fallen into two categories: the giant, outdoor, watch-your-step-you-could-fall-right-in kind of sidewalk chalk drawings and depictions of metal or water. I like them both, but today’s artist takes on something a little different: a newpaper. I really like this drawing. And he uses some pretty […]

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  • Capy Cat 4: Drawing the Mona Lisa . . . The End

    Capy Cat 4: Drawing the Mona Lisa . . . The End

    Today I’m wrapping up the Mona Lisa series. Was that thunderous applause I heard? Yes, even I am getting a little tired of them. Oh, you, too?. But . . . the series has been informative, and there’s no reason to be rude. So far, we’ve seen a small pencil version, a larger ballpoint pen and colored pencils one, one in crayon, and a strange doodle. Today’s Mona is done on white boars with a marker, a clunky medium like […]

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  • Mona Lisa Doodle

    Mona Lisa Doodle

    Since my last post was before the weekend, let me remind you that I was doing a little series on copies of the Mona Lisa and how different artists interpreted it. Of course, today is Doodle Monday, when I usually encourage you to neglect your responsibilities and draw, so I thought we’d have to digress from the Mona Lisa theme for a day. BUT as luck would have it, I did find a doodle of the Mona Lisa. And if […]

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  • Copy Cat 3: Drawing the Mona Lisa

    You’re back!  Well, who can resist the Mona Lisa, right? As you know (but for those who don’t), I’m doing a little series of different versions of the Mona Lisa. The idea is to see how an artist’s personality and skill affect the final work.  And, also, it’s just fun to see different “interpretations” of a famous work of art. So far, we’ve had a tiny Mona Lisa (ML) in pencil and a larger one in colored pencils with that […]

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  • Copy Cat 2: Drawing the Mona Lisa

    Copy Cat 2: Drawing the Mona Lisa

    As you may remember, I’m posting a series of Mona Lisa copies as a little experiment in seeing what sort of differences the individuality of artists and their media make in a finished work. Yesterday’s Mona Lisa (or “ML” for short) was rather small. That struck me right away. And compared to today’s ML, it is more detailed despite the fact that today’s artist used ballpoint pens and colored pencils. Of course, maybe with such unforgiving media, he didn’t want […]

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  • Copy Cat 1:  Drawing the Mona Lisa

    Copy Cat 1: Drawing the Mona Lisa

    You’ve probably heard of or even tried the practice of copying a master artist’s work as a learning experience. Then there other artists whose benefit from copying another artist’s work is money. They’re called forgers, and you don’t want to be one of them. (Well, I’m assuming you don’t.) But then there are others who copy art for benefits that completely escape me, but . . . that do benefit us. The benefit to us is seeing how differently the […]

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  • Twisty Doodles

    Twisty Doodles

    Well, it’s Monday, and if you haven’t started doodling yet, it’s time to get crackin’. Today’s doodle is a “how to” and comes with relaxing music. Of course, if you’re doodling at work, you may have the sound off, so . . . just trust me on the music. A very nice doodle. It starts off small and grows, just like a doodle should. Although I’m certainly not an expert on doodling. Speaking of doodling and experts: Is it even […]

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  • Sketchbook Inspiration

    Sketchbook Inspiration

    As it’s Friday, I thought a little inspiration for the weekend was in order. Of course, the inspiration is drawing inspiration. It comes from Dana Terrace’s sketchbooks. Well, three of them anyway: #2, 98, and 99. Yes, she does a lot of sketching. In fact, she says that she sketches about 2 hours a day and spends in total about 8 hours every day on her drawing and animation. When you mix all that practice with her talent, it shows. […]

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