CategoryTricks and Tips

How to Draw Teeth That Don’t Look Like Chiclets

Have you ever been drawing a portrait and been discouraged because the teeth you drew look like Chiclets gum?

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Choosing the Best Reference Photo for your Drawing

As a freelancer, I get all types of reference photos to draw; some good, some bad.

I work with all types; however, I can see a tremendous difference in the quality of my work in the pictures that I drew from low-quality reference photos.

The reason for this is that when I’m drawing, I am gathering information about the subject of the picture from the photograph and translate that information on to paper.

If that information isn’t there, all I have to go on is my imagination to fill in the gaps.

Here is an example of an image that I was given last year of a beautiful couple I know.  It’s a nice photo to look at, but when it comes to drawing, it does not have a lot of clarity since it was a snapshot taken without good lighting. And that makes it very difficult to work with. Continue reading

How to draw hair for beginners

Have you ever wanted to draw hair but get frustrated because every time you try, it looks like this?
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Or this?
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But you want to draw hair like this:
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Or this?
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How can you go from drawing hair as demonstrated in the first two examples, to drawing as demonstrated by next two?  Continue reading

Simple method that helps a busy mom like me find time to practice drawing every day!

“I just don’t have time to draw!”

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If the above title is something you’ve found yourself saying, believe me: as a mother to 8 children, I understand!
I recently wrote about the value of drawing something every day.

I’ve said it before but I think it’s worth repeating: I think drawing every day is the single BEST way to improve as an artist.

It’s not always easy to find time for drawing. Sometimes it feels impossible in this busy world.
But it’s worth it if we really want to see lasting results.
And if we are honest with ourselves, we really do make time for the things that are important to us, don’t we?
For example, how many hours do we spend on Facebook some days? Or maybe catching up on a tv series? Or pursuing other activities we find enjoyable?
If we really, really want to, we can find time to improve our drawing skills.
I frequently draw while watching tv (well, I don’t do much “watching”)…Or while listening to a podcast or YouTube video…Or while letting hyper children jump on my back. ?
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One Way You Can Create a Completely Original Piece of Art With Your Imagination Today.

When I was a child, I used to create my own unique stories and pictures using my imagination.  I didn’t really worry about what others thought of my drawings- I just drew them because I enjoyed the process so much.
As I got older, I started to care more about what people thought about my drawings, so I started trying harder and being critical of my own work and trying to impress them.
I spent hours per day trying to learn how to improve my drawings, but I think I must have stopped using my imagination somewhere along the way, for the most part.
I did not visualize a concept and try to put it on paper. I just copied what I saw and drew that alone.
I  learned to see what I was looking at and how to copy it on paper, but many of my drawings lacked a certain spark of creativity and individuality. Continue reading

One trick I learned that changed everything I thought I knew about drawing!

Have you ever experienced a paradigm shift?

Have you ever had that moment where everything you saw something changed drastically, and was replaced with a completely and entirely new way of looking at it?
That’s what I experienced after reading the book “Drawing on the Artist Within” when the author, Betty Edwards, challenged my way of seeing what I was looking at when I was drawing.
It’s been years since I read it, but I remember clearly the exercise she instructed in the book.
Betty was able to make me realize that even though I was “seeing” everything I was drawing, I wasn’t really SEEING it as it truly is.
What I realized was that in my brain, I have images that I have created in my mind for all of the different things I’m looking at. It’s kind of like my own personal file cabinet of memories – not very accurate memories, apparently!
For example, if I were to think of an eye, I would have wanted to draw an oval shape with a circle inside the oval. Very simplistic and inaccurate.
If I were to think of hair, I would want to draw individual hairs in strands from the top of the head…maybe if it was curly hair, I would have drawn many scribbly circles to indicate that. Continue reading