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Are you a creativity weekend warrior? Instead of drawing or painting once a week, what if you did it every single day? Artists who've made it through 30, 100, or even 1000 days of continuous practice swear by this approach. You're probably rolling your eyes right this very minute, wondering how you could possibly squeeze in one more thing with your crazy life. Fair enough. But let's start with the why:
Elaine Lipson
Portrait of Van Gogh Drawn With Colored Pencil Hatching and Cross-Hatching
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Do you want to add dimension and texture to your drawings? Don’t answer that...of course you do. Enter: hatching. This simple technique uses small clusters of lines to add shadows and perspective to a sketch. And it's totally easy to learn! To start, print out several copies of an outline of any object or shape (we used a hand). Then, test each of the six hatching techniques below on a different image. You'll find practice makes perfect.
Paul Heaston
Easy Landscape Drawing in Charcoal
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As long as people have been making art, the landscape has been part of it. Whether it’s desolate fields or a bustling metropolis, we have a natural desire to capture the world around us. Of course anyone who's ever put pencil to paper knows that's not necessarily easy to do. But one key principle goes a long way in taking your landscapes from "meh" to majestic (and it works in any medium!).
Sara Barnes
Cartoon doodling flowers and leaves
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We all have our go-to doodles. You know, those familiar shapes and pictures that seem to appear by magic on scraps of paper when you're not even aware that you're scribbling. As it turns out, what you choose to doodle can say a lot about your personality!
Jessie Oleson Moore
Doodle Wars Title
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Love watching Doodle Wars and want to host your own? Here’s everything you need to play a game inspired by the series! We guarantee it'll get your pencils moving.
Bluprint
Bold Doodles Drawn in Black
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When your toddler first begins drawing or making marks on paper, you’re probably overjoyed to see their first works of “art.” But once they reach school age, all those doodles and scribbles on their math or English work might make you worry they’re not paying attention in class. The good news? That’s not necessarily true.
Kelsey Ogletree
Example of Pointed Pen Calligraphy
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Sure, there are about a bajillion fonts you could use for your project. But there’s still nothing quite like hand lettering to give your invitation or word art that extra-special touch. Before you get ready to put pen to paper, brush up on the different type of calligraphy. Yes, there are several!
Samantha Zabell
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If you've only ever used pen and ink to draw basic lines, you are missing out! While simple lines can absolutely create dramatic drawings, there's another technique that will totally change the look of your drawings: an ink wash.
Sara Barnes
Portrait Sketch in Notebook
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If I had to give you one piece of advice on how to progress as an artist, it would be this: Keep a daily sketchbook.
Kateri Ewing
Light and Shading with Colored Pencils _Cynthia Knox_Retouched9_11407.jpg
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Next time you're in the art supply store, make a beeline straight for the colored pencils. It's an affordable medium that's booming in popularity, and there are more supports, accessories, types of pencils, and curated sets available than ever before. Really. We talked to three experts about why colored pencils just might be your next favorite thing.
Elaine Lipson
Sketching leaves with pencil on white paper
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There's nothing like a little challenge to kick yourself into gear. So why not commit to drawing every day for the next week, month, or even (gasp!) year? Whether you're stuck in a creative rut or just want to get the hang of a new skill, putting pen to paper on the regular is just what you need. Challenge accepted? Here's how to make it over the finish line.
Jessie Oleson Moore
girl sitting at laptop smiling
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From your morning commute to your bedtime routine, the days can get quite predictable when you’re a grown-up — and for the most part, that's fine. Structure and routine can be useful, productive, and necessary. On the other hand, a lack of spontaneity can also be a total creativity killer. Your task: find pockets of free time, while you’re doing the things you’re doing anyway, into which you can add bursts of creativity. It's easier than you think (no matter how busy you are) and you don’t even need a solid block of time to paint a canvas or throw pottery, either. Here's how to take an ordinary hour and add some unexpected magic.
Brooke Kosofsky Glassberg
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One of the things we love about colored pencils is that you really can draw just about anything with them. But skin tones are extra tricky — every single portrait is different, and getting a natural look is totally essential. Luckily, a few technique tips go a long way when it comes to perfecting realistic colored pencil skin tones. Next time you put pencil to paper, you'll be ready!
Antonella Avogadro
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When it comes to cartoons, some of the smallest details can make the biggest difference. (What would Garfield be without his sardonic, half-lidded eyes or Odie without his long, slobbery tongue?) The most expressive characters are made in those tiny strokes of the pen in rendering the facial features. Below are dozens of ideas and how-tos for eyes, noses, ears, mouths and hair.
Jessie Oleson Moore
Learning Brush Lettering
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l love a good DIY project just as much as the next girl. But a few years ago, I was craving a hobby I could also teach myself. And, preferably, teach myself while at home mindlessly watching Netflix. Brush calligraphy ended up being just the one! And while I won’t get into how many hours I spent practicing while binge-watching Parks & Rec, you really only need 10 minutes a day to hone this new skill.
Samantha Zabell
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Follow a few amazing travel sketchers on Instagram and live vicariously through their on-the-scene, far-flung artwork. Here are some of our favorites!
Sara Barnes
Watercolor Pen Drawing Exercise
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You need only look at some of the effortless work of Jackson Pollock to realize that you don’t need to labor over a composition to produce something great. Sometimes all you need is a spot or two — literally — of inspiration to build upon, and boom, an idea is born.
Sara Barnes
Crayon Art
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Most of us probably moved on from crayons after elementary school, but let's not sell these waxy wonders short. With the right techniques and some imagination, you can do plenty with the humble stubs. The best part? Crayons are dirt cheap — even for those massive boxes with dozens of colors you drooled over as a kid. You can draw for months on about $5 or $10 worth of supplies.
David Huyck
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