20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly and 44 Other Things With Wings is not just an exercise in recreating monarchs and moths, but also a whole host of winged creatures, both real and mythological.
Shadow casting is one of the rendering processes. Every artist and designer will benefit from an understanding of how a certain shadow is shaped depending on the movement or location of a light source.
"Colored pencil are transparent by nature, so instead of 'mixing colors' as you would for painting, you layer colors on top of each other to create blends." -from The Art of Colored Pencils
"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies." --Gene Hill
Photographs can be beautiful inspiration for pencil drawings. An artist can choose to render the exact image or change the subject composition as needed. Pencil Drawing Step by Step by Cynthia Knox offers lessons for mastering the art of drawing in graphite pencil.
Oh man, my favorite types of art books are ones that inspire more than they admonish.
Sometimes as artists we can use a little inspiration to try a new style, a new technique, or perhaps simply to step out into a new color scheme.
"To create a little magic, all you need is a piece of paper, a pencil, and your imagination!"
Anyone who reads the Sunday comics sees the most common type of cartoon strips, which employ speech balloons. The balloon appears above the head of the character speaking, and the dialogue is usually the focus of the gag, with the drawn cartoon reinforcing the humor. It's a fun challenge to create a comic that requires both the speech balloon and the illustration in order for the humor to work.
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