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  • A Last “Word” on  Markers

    A Last “Word” on Markers

    If you’ve watched the last two days’ videos, you’re aware of some of what you can do with markers. But when I saw this drawing — a copy after Jean-Honore Fragonard — done with coptic markers, I decided I had to share it and take you one step further. I know this video is a bit long (15 minutes), but if you absolutely can’t watch the whole thing, at least scroll ahead and watch how the column and flowering vine […]

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  • Make Your Mark! Drawing with Markers  Part 2

    Make Your Mark! Drawing with Markers Part 2

    I hope you enjoyed yesterday’s post because I have part 2 of  How to Draw with Markers today. I don’t often post serial videos, but I think this one develops the artist’s concepts and work enough that it’s useful. So . . . let’s see what you think. I don’t know about you, but markers are the last medium I would think of as one you would (or could) layer. But . . .  I’d be wrong. Time and again […]

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  • Make Your Mark! Drawing with Markers

    Make Your Mark! Drawing with Markers

    Who doesn’t love markers? But, let’s face it, when you think of “fine art,” you don’t really think of markers. But it’s coming. I just know it is. Meanwhile, I’ve got a video tutorial on sketching with markers to show you some of what you can do with them.     I’m telling you, how far can it be from a sketch of a pirate to a marker-drawn materpiece of a president? In fact, you might want to invest in […]

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  • Doodling: Start with a Cupcake

    It’s Doodle Monday, and that means it’s time to start . . . doodling. What? You say you can’t think of a way to get started? You need inspiration even for doodling? Easy. Start with a cupcake.     See, that wasn’t hard. And don’t you feel better now that you’ve done a little doodling? And remember: When you need inspiration, you can turn to any snack or dessert item, not just cupcakes. Just doodle!

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  • Quote: Albert Einstein

    I’ll be out of town for a few days, but here are a few words from a smart person to give you something to think about.   Imagination is more important than knowledge. Albert Einstein

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  • Colored Pencils: Blending Technique

    Colored Pencils: Blending Technique

    Yesterday’s post showed you how to use watercolor pencils to get some color in your drawing and do a little “cross over” into painting, should you feel so inclined. Should you not feel so inclined, but still would like to introduce color into your drawings, you can always used traditional colored pencils. Today’s videos will show you how to blend with colored pencils to perfection.     This second video is sort of optional. (Yes, I know: They’re all optional.) […]

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  • Need Some Color? Drawing with Watercolor Pencils

    Need Some Color? Drawing with Watercolor Pencils

    If you watched yesterday’s doodle video, you know that it was loaded with color. Well, I got to thinking that that video along with the fact that it’s winter and gray, might have made you start thinking about color. (Either that or eating everything in your refrigerator and taking a long nap.) And, besides, color is just fun to use. So, I found a terrific video that demonstrates how to use watercolor pencils — a little drawing, a little painting […]

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  • Where Doodling Can Take You

    Where Doodling Can Take You

    You all know I love doodling. And you’ve probably all figured out that I think doodling is important, too. And today:  I have proof (more proof) that I’m probably right. (And I love being right almost as much as I love art.) Today’s videos are about a British artist named John Burgerman.  As you can see in his art, he’s a major doodler. His “doodles” have even gone 3-dimensional in some cases. What the video shows, and what is especially […]

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  • Drawing: More Shiny Realism

    Drawing: More Shiny Realism

    There’s so much to art, and so much to drawing. And I do like to mix it up for you. But even though I just posted a trompe l’oeil drawing, I’ve got another one for you. After you see it, you’ll realize why I had to post it. If you liked the shiny pickle jar (and you should have), you’ll love this drawing of a shiny Viking helmet. It’s worth studying. There’s a lot to learn from this drawing, and […]

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  • Pickled Realism

    Pickled Realism

    This is — obviously — a realistic drawing of a jar of pickles. There’s not too much else to say except .  .  .  .  Yes, I know the artist used a little paint, and . . . .  I can’t believe this is largely done with permanent-markerish pens. Wow!     One last thing to say, although this video is just plain fun to watch, it’s worth it from an art-lesson standpoint just to see how the reflection on […]

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