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Tuesday Tips - Life Drawing Exercise: All Straight Lines

Without proper instructions or guidelines, life drawing sessions can easily become boring and repetitive, with little to no progress in understanding the process. Once in a while, I try to apply some techniques learned along the way. This is one of them. The last time I applied the technique was through instructor Paul Wee at LAAFA. A great life drawing teacher from the world of animation. 

It is as simple as it sounds. Only allow yourself to draw with straight lines. I know, I know, i dedicated an entire post to “No Straight Lines”. I mean “kinda straight” here. It’ll help you tremendously in finding angles and planes throughout the body. Curves and shading can easily muddle a drawing and make it too tentative. Lines and angles have a strong opinion about them. They are very definitive. Your confidence will only grow once you go back to “full” life drawing. 

Have fun!





The girlfriend experience

> Any man who has ever had a girlfriend can attest to this.

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It’s too adorable not to reblog again.

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Anonymous asked:

Hi Sandra :) Do you have any tips for colored pencils?


I’m the crappiest person at answering messages, I’m so sorry!

I’m so not the best person to ask this, but I’ll give it a go ;)

If you aren’t experienced or just starting out with colored drawings, do some excersizes to figure out how your pencils work individual and when you’re layering.

6 very nice tips from here:

TIP #1-” Color Heavy”- or at least build up your color gradually so that the colors are intense and complex.  Don’t rely on the value of your paper to make your tints and shades.

TIP #2- “Layer Your Colors”- Build up many layers of your colors.  Do not rely on just one application of color to bring you success.  Building up and layering your colors will make your colors more complex and realistic.   

TIP #3-“Mix Your Colors”- When using any colored medium, you should ALWAYS mix colors.  Colored pencils are no different.  For example, if you are drawing grass, don’t just grab that manufactured green.  Instead use blue and yellow, and green.

TIP #4- “Outline Last”- If you like to outline, wait and do it when you are finished drawing the object.  Colored pencils can overlap themselves very easily, enabling you to outline objects last. (Don’t use black to outline)                                                      
TIP #5- “Take Your Time”- Colored Pencils are a medium that demands time.  You must work deliberately.  It takes time to craft a well-drawn colored pencil image.

TIP#6- “Burnish”-  By taking a white colored pencil or a colorless blender, smooth the colors and values out to make a consistent texture and solid finish.

Also if you’re just starting out, I would recommend gettinga cheaper brand, and then proceed to buy a nicer brand when you feel comfortable enough :)

Hope this was just a little helpful xx







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just fucking draw. don’t compare yourself to other people, don’t stop because you drew a lot last tuesday and you haven’t visibly improved. it takes time, effort, and a lot of perseverance. besides, no matter how “bad” you think you are, there’s still gonna be someone who thinks the stuff you produce is the best goddamn thing they’ve ever seen in their entire life. the artist you were five years ago would have their mind fucking blown by the artist you are today. so just draw a fuckton, because every new thing you draw is one drawing better than you were before.

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