181 Answered Questions for the topic drawing
How to start a pencil portrait without using an outline of features?
I enjoy drawing head portraits in pencil, but I've found that sketching an outline of the prominent features often lead me astray. For example, due to shadows my eye is sometimes approximating the... more
How to overcome the fear of imperfection?
In all of my art classes, and virtually anywhere I encounter new artists, the number one obstacle I see holding them back is a "fear of imperfection." So I'd like to submit this question to any/all... more
How strong lighting should I have in a studio where I work with only paper and pen?
I have a studio where I never use a computer. I only work with paper and pencils. How strong lighting (how many Lux) should I aim for if only using ceiling lights (LED at 6000K)?Is 1000 Lux enough?... more
Free Software For Designing Furniture?
I'm after some free software that is ideal for designing furniture in 3D, and if possible can be exported as applicable files for templates and measurements i.e. CAD related files such as STL so 3D... more
What are opposing curves?
I have been reading a book about figure drawing and it states that opposing curves are an important concept for drawing figures and other forms in nature. Could anyone explain in a simple way what... more
What markers are like sharpies without the fumes?
My 5-year-old's gotten really into drawing all kinds of things with sharpies, but the smell is pretty awful (and mildly unhealthy). What marker has the look-and-feel without the fumes. The... more
How can I improve my drawing tablet skills?
I've tried using my fianceé's tablet a few times, but find it difficult looking at the screen instead of my hand as I'm working. Does anyone have any tips for becoming more comfortable so I can... more
Sports fan: Need economical ideas for alphabet t-shirts?
We are seven friends planning to watch a sports game, and we are trying to get seven t-shirts that has the letters F E D E R E R. Buying them online seems expensive, and where it's cheaper you need... more
How to create a two-color, dashed line in Inkscape?
How can I draw a two-color, dashed line in Inkscape?The only possibility I see is to draw a colored/transparent line.
How do I do different shades with a gray pencil?
I have tried to create different shades with my pencil, but it ended up looking very messy. Would anyone know how to softly transition from light to dark while using only one pencil?
How to erase pencil under ink?
I use an HB pencil, very light, to sketch before drawing with ink.I use Staedtler ink pen and Staedtler plastic eraser ( whit rectangular with blu paper around )The problem is that when i erase the... more
What is good drawing posture?
Lately I've been noticing that I tend to draw while hunched over, with my face as close as possible to the page. I've been wondering if it's better to sit up straight, although when I do that, I... more
Is there a proper technique to overcome the "feedback mismatch" issue on a digital tablet that doesn't have a display?
I bought a Wacom Bamboo tablet as a way of easing myself into the world of digital illustration. I find the "feedback mismatch" issue (sorry, couldn't find the proper technical name for this) a bit... more
Uploading Fast sketches to Internet with Wacom Drawing Board and Phone?
Suppose I have some phone and some Wacom drawing board (I have actually many Wacom boards so suppose any of them). I do not want to plug the Wacom board into my computer but to plug it to my phone... more
Is it possible to darken a pencil drawing to match the colour of charcoal?
I am busy sketching the Mona Lisa using pencil and charcoal (unfortunately I cannot add the picture).I used pencil to do her face and head in the beginning and then used charcoal to start doing the... more
what's the difference between cheap pencils and crayons for coloring?
I heard that colored pencils use wax(or clay) as a pigment vehicle, and crayons(wax pastels) use wax as pigment vehicle.I found recently that Crayons are mind blowingly cheap(96 crayola crayons for... more
learning to draw but hates proportions?
i draw from time to time, just as a stress reliever and a hobby. i'm into very basic sketches, nothing to crazy honestly, but i always shied away from drawing people because i get intimidated. i... more
Can I call myself a graphic designer?
I didn't study arts or design. I just liked using Photoshop as a kid doing those forum signatures back in the day.What I do now is usually layout magazines, book, etc. Mostly the branding or how... more
How can I perform high precision drawing on a one-time canvas?
Apologies for the confusing question title. Read on and you will see what I mean.I work for a large general hospital. We are attempting to go fully digital.One of our biggest stumbling blocks is... more
Drawing Microsoft Windows
Program to draw anywhere on screen?
I am looking for a program that will allow me to draw anywhere (in any program/on the desktop, etc.) with my mouse on the screen. The program should: - be free - allow me to select colors - be... more
Do I have to know about muscles and their placements while learning to draw realistic birds?
I wish to learn how to draw realistic birds.I have seen many drawing books talking about muscles in humans, bone structure etc.I wish to know that to draw realistic birds do I actually have to... more
Computer drawing surfaces?
I was looking at some Adobe products and noticed [at this page](http://www.adobe.com/products/dreamweaver.html?promoid=DTELX) the artist appears to be drawing on her computer screen directly, it... more
How to determine the "correct" scale for your art project?
The very fist step in traditional art painting, drawing, sculpting, and such is: 1. Determine the scale of the work!The painter must select their canvas, a drawing requires the right size sheet of... more
What are the benefits of making gesture drawings?
As far as I know, most art schools have exercises or even whole classes focusing on making gesture drawings. But actually, I'm wondering, why bother with it? While it probably has some merits, but... more
When to use a fixative in a drawing with charcoal and Pencil?
I am making a charcoal and pencil drawing. What would be the difference between spraying the paper with workable fixative after applying the charcoal, and laying the pencil over that, or spraying... more