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  • Oscar Selfie Portrait

    Oscar Selfie Portrait

    Okay, okay. I admit it. I’ve been watching a lot of television lately. A lot. So, maybe that’s why when I started looking at this artist’s wildlife portraits, I got distracted by this colored-pencil drawing of all those actors at the Oscars posing for their selfie. Or maybe it’s because it’s jut such a great drawing and so much fun to watch being created. And did I mention that it’s educational? Watch it a couple of times, and you’ll see […]

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  • Drawing Flowers: They Asked For It!

    Drawing Flowers: They Asked For It!

    You may have noticed (I hope someone noticed) that I haven’t been posting quite as regularly as usual lately. The reason for this, as I explained in my previous post, is that it’s spring, and I just want to be doing gardening (especially flower) related things. Fortunately, flowers and drawing have, as you saw in my last post, a degree of overlap because flowers just beg to be drawn. Today, I have two more short flower-related drawing videos for you, […]

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  • Drawing: It’s Spring Dang It!

    Drawing: It’s Spring Dang It!

    Yes, it is! It is finally, undeniably spring! And all I really want to do is be outside planting flowers or looking at flowers or thinking about flowers. But, sometimes, no matter how much it’s spring, you’ve got to come inside and . . . draw flowers! So, to get you inspired, here’s a realistic, colored pencil drawing of flowers by Heather Rooney.     Yes, art can fill all your needs. Even those for flowers in the spring. By […]

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  • Colors and Blending and Teaching, Oh My!

    Colors and Blending and Teaching, Oh My!

    I know some of you are going to see the drawing on this video and flip away thinking it’s just one of those structured doodle drawings for “hobbyists.” But give it a chance. This video really has something for most everyone. For those of you who do like those “structured doodles,” here you go. For those of you who want to introduce color into your drawings, here you go. For those of you who would like to understand color blending […]

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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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  • No Smoking: Colored-Pencil Blending Bonus

    No Smoking: Colored-Pencil Blending Bonus

    How was your Halloween? Great!  Now put down those fun-sized chocolate bars and the candy corn and pick up your colored pencils because today — as I mentioned in my last post — I have a bonus colored-pencil blending method for you. And it involves paint thinner because who doesn’t enjoy working with something flammable? (I know at least one of you does.)     Not only is paint thinner a great way to blend colored pencils, but if (just […]

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  • Options: 3 Ways to Blend Colored Pencils

    Options: 3 Ways to Blend Colored Pencils

    Yesterday’s post was on drawing with colored pencils. I pointed out the interesting (unexpected?) use of color that the artist used on his subject (gray in an apple). Color selection is part of the art of using this medium. But besides color selection, one of the keys to using color with pencils is blending. In today’s video, you’ll see three different methods for blending colored pencils.     Is it beginning to look easier? If you’ve avoided using colored pencils […]

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  • Drawing with Colored Pencils: An Apple a Day

    Drawing with Colored Pencils: An Apple a Day

    Maybe it’s just me, but do colored pencils seem to be growing in popularity? The more I look at colored pencil drawing, the more I can understand why. For those who are a little afraid of getting into painting — how on earth can you control color with a stick with little hairs on the end? — colored pencils let them use color. The colors are beautiful and numerous, and blending can enhance even those. And, of course, there’s the […]

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  • Feathers and Fur . . . in a Good Way

    Feathers and Fur . . . in a Good Way

    Feathers and fur make me think of burlesque, but . . .  Burlesque has nothing at all to do with this post, so I’ll move along. There are certain things that trained artists often strive to master in their drawing: likenesses, draping, water, etc., etc., etc., and feather and fur. Today’s post has an example of each. The first video is a popular video of the drawing of a Mccaw.  The second is a somewhat obscure  video of the drawing […]

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