Leave preconceptions behind as you create an observational drawing of a leaf. Begin with a contour drawing, and polish and refine it before finishing with watercolor accents. After that, see how to prepare a watercolor page in your sketchbook for a later project.
Strengthen your voice and move through any fears or doubts while also building your skills. Create a personal piece using drawing, tracing and collage techniques. You'll be reminded of the reasons you wanted to start a drawing practice, and be motivated to continue.
Embrace resilience and the notion of turning negatives into positives as you learn the technique of subtractive modeling. After creating a toned surface, discover how to erase or pull out graphite to create whites. Then complete your piece with contour drawing and rendering.
Just 20-30 minutes of drawing a day not only helps build your skills, but it also is a meditative, calming experience that can free your mind and open you up to new ideas. Join artist Patricia Watwood and start a daily drawing practice; all you need is a sketchbook and pencil. Learn observational techniques for conveying proportion, form and dimension. With each day's practice, you'll gain confidence, patience and peace as you discover the joys of drawing.
It’s gift-giving season, and for all the fellow makers and artists in your life, that means you need to find the perfect present to keep their creative juices flowing. Whether they use it to actually practice their craft or just enjoy a dose of inspiration, these are the gifts they'd love to unwrap this holiday.
There are so many different ways to wield your pen and ink brush. One day you might be looking to draw a realistic, detailed still life, while the next you want to go for something a bit more vibrant and loosey-goosey. Regardless of where your instincts take you, there's a pen and ink drawing you'll love making, all while sharpening your skills.