Category Archives: Techniques

The Same — But Different

One of my favorite jokes as a child was one about two women discussing fashion. The first had just bought a new dress and was showing it off. The second woman remarks: Oh, I have a dress just like that!

The Same — But Different

One of my favorite jokes as a child was one about two women discussing fashion. The first had just bought a new dress and was showing it off. The second woman remarks: Oh, I have a dress just like that!

A Bunch of Bad Apples

It’s said that it only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch… and here I am with a whole bunch of bad apples! When I first began learning to draw, I prided myself on my apples. I couldn’t draw

A Bunch of Bad Apples

It’s said that it only takes one bad apple to spoil the bunch… and here I am with a whole bunch of bad apples! When I first began learning to draw, I prided myself on my apples. I couldn’t draw

Dipping and Stippling Do NOT Mix

I’m counting this sorry-looking — and very blemished pear — as one of my cringe-worthy failures. It was an exercise in stippling that didn’t turn out too well. Stippling is, of course, a technique whereby shading is accomplished by use of lots

Dipping and Stippling Do NOT Mix

I’m counting this sorry-looking — and very blemished pear — as one of my cringe-worthy failures. It was an exercise in stippling that didn’t turn out too well. Stippling is, of course, a technique whereby shading is accomplished by use of lots

Why Are Eyelashes So Hard to Draw?

My Sketchtember plans — a graphite drawing each day — have changed a little bit. My first plan was to follow along with a list of things-to-draw from The Virtual Instructor website. The second plan was to focus more on graphite

Why Are Eyelashes So Hard to Draw?

My Sketchtember plans — a graphite drawing each day — have changed a little bit. My first plan was to follow along with a list of things-to-draw from The Virtual Instructor website. The second plan was to focus more on graphite

Ink Dipping — A Catastrophic Failure

Yes, my new dip pens and nibs arrived. Yes, I got out my ink. Yes, I’ve been practicing. No, I didn’t do very well, so I’m chalking my first dip pen drawing up to a learning experience. Make no mistake

Ink Dipping — A Catastrophic Failure

Yes, my new dip pens and nibs arrived. Yes, I got out my ink. Yes, I’ve been practicing. No, I didn’t do very well, so I’m chalking my first dip pen drawing up to a learning experience. Make no mistake

Developing New Skills – Cross Contour Lines

I love learning. It feels good to practice new drawing techniques and know that even if I’m not good at the skill yet, I’m moving in a positive direction. Learning new things is always a sign of progress. Today I’m

Developing New Skills – Cross Contour Lines

I love learning. It feels good to practice new drawing techniques and know that even if I’m not good at the skill yet, I’m moving in a positive direction. Learning new things is always a sign of progress. Today I’m

Five Tone Shading

My morning drawing practice was interesting. Not too hard, but not too easy. It was centered around values — using five tones for shading. The exercise came directly from Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques by Catherine Holmes. The book is free

Five Tone Shading

My morning drawing practice was interesting. Not too hard, but not too easy. It was centered around values — using five tones for shading. The exercise came directly from Drawing Dimension: Shading Techniques by Catherine Holmes. The book is free