"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.
The title pretty much says it all. I've always been the type to doodle small drawings on papers, notebooks, and journals, and lately I've been having fun with colored pencil illustrations. I try to keep a few bright colors near my couch so that I can practice drawing whenever I'm watching TV. Though sometimes I can't have colored pencils with me, it's always fun to start a drawing in pen and add that splash of color later.
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!"
I've never been to Paris, but sitting on the patio of a Parisian cafe and writing, sketching, people-watching the day away is definitely on my bucket list. Images of Paris only add details to my daydreams about this future trip, and this lovely courtyard shot is the latest inspiration for my sketchbook.
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.
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.
"As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues into adulthood." ~Jim Henson
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