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Common Airbrush Terms


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The world of the airbrush can be confusing and full of odd jargon making it even more difficult for newcomers to understand the airbrush. Here is a quick run-down of some of the more common terms you may run across in your research of the airbrush.


Atomization – The airbrush is a tool for atomizing paint. Atomizing is a process of mixing a liquid with air, resulting in small particles that can travel through the air.


Double Action vs. Single Action – Double action means that the user has control over both the airflow and the paint flow with the trigger action. Single action refers to airbrushes that only allow the user to control the airflow. These airbrushes require manual adjustment of the paint flow, making it difficult to complete dagger strokes, or more elaborate airbrush work.


Masking – Masking is used to protect an area of the artwork from overspray. There are many different types of masking available to the airbrush artist.


PSI – Pressure per square inch – Different airbrush applications require different PSI. Generally speaking, the more pigmented the paint being used, the higher the PSI is needed to pull the paint through the airbrush.


Uros – Urethane Paints – Primarily used for automotive applications. These paints are solvent based and require proper ventilation and breathing apparatus to be used safely.


Reducer – The solvent that is used to suspend the pigment in solution. Reducer is used to thin the paint down and also clean the airbrush.


Overspray – Paint that ends up in areas where it is not wanted. Because the airbrush atomizes paint, some overspray is usually inevitable. Masking is used to control overspray.


Internal mix vs. External mix – Internal mix airbrushes mix the paint and airflow internally, resulting in finer atomization. External mixing airbrushes mix the airflow and paint outside the tip of the airbrush, usually creating a more stippled effect.


Rattle Can – A common spray paint can. Many artists use “rattle can clear” to protect their work, to avoid the high cost and highly hazardous nature of heavy duty automotive clearcoat applications.


AA – Auto Air – A water-based paint made for metal surfaces. An alternative to using solvent based applications.


Knowing these terms should help you negotiate some of the forums and allow you to find the information you are looking for faster.


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Airbrush Business Blueprint


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Step 1 – Get Good


If you plan to start an Airbrush Business, it helps to be good at Airbrushing. If you want to be good at Airbrushing, simply start Airbrushing tomorrow, then Airbrush everyday after that for the rest of your life. I promise you at some point you’ll get good at it. If you’re good already, why not get paid to do it. Go to Step 2.


If your skills still need some work then work on your skills. It is not required that you be the best Airbrush Artist to ever walk the Earth (though that would help) but it is required that you know what your doing. Educate yourself, master your craft and if you’re not sure how to Airbrush something, know where to find out how to Airbrush it.


Tip: Specialize! I’d rather be the best at painting a brick, then pretty good at painting a brick wall. Find out what you’re best at, then do it better then anyone else. It’s much easier to build a reputation for your Airbrush Business as the best at a single thing, then it is by being “pretty good at everything”


Step 2 – Get Seen


Like Calvin Coolidge once said: “Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.” what Calvin Coolidge didn’t say, is that the reason they’re unsuccessful is because they don’t know how to market themselves.

This step is critical but it gets a little complicated so pay close attention. It works like this: There are people who will pay money to have things Airbrushed; let these people know that you Airbrush things in exchange for being paid money.


Did I lose you? The market is already there for your Airbrush Business, you just have to introduce yourself to it. Find out what people already want and then give it to them. You can paint what you think people will pay for or you can paint what people tell you they’ll pay for, the latter being much more profitable.


Let anybody and everybody know that you have an Airbrush Business. Let them know it every day in any way and every way possible.


Step 3 – Get Respect


Make sure every single job that passes through your Airbrush Business is the best job you’ve ever done. Be attentive to each customer and do your best to give them what they want. Set realistic expectations up front of how long it’s going to take and what it’s going to cost. You cannot afford to have a single bad review. The

Airbrush Business relies heavily on word of mouth. Don’t be afraid to turn down a job that you can’t make a masterpiece out of. Your reputation is everything and it’s on the line every time you pickup an Airbrush.


Step 4 – Get Paid


If it doesn’t make dollars then it doesn’t make sense. This is critical. You have to figure out what your time is worth. Simple math. Find out how much it costs to pay your bills each month, divide that by 173 hours (the average number of working hours in a month at 40 hrs/week) to get your break even hourly wage.


Example: I need to make $3000/month to cover all my bills. $3000/173 = $17.34/hr. If I work 40 hrs/week, I need to make $17.34/hr. just to break even. This doesn’t include tools and materials. Start with your break even hourly wage and go from there to come up with an ideal hourly wage for yourself. Once you have your ideal hourly wage figured out, stick to it!


Step 5 – Get Smart


Work smarter not harder and play to your strengths. I would much rather do 2 large jobs at 5,000 dollars a piece, then do 100 small jobs at 50 dollars a piece. I promise you both scenarios are out there. Take some time to find out what you like and what you want to do. “Being rich is automatic if you have a good plan and stick to it “- Robert Kiyosaki. Start with a good business plan. Find someone that already has a successful Airbrush Business and do exactly what they’re doing.


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Are You Familiar With the Different AirBrush Basics?

Expert Author Jimmy Woodall

Making airbrush art is one of the most prominent hobbies to modern day artists. Instead of using the conventional type of paint brushes, they use equipment called the airbrush. Airbrush is a modern painting tool, usually a small spray gun that is operated by air and by the process of nebulization.


The latest type of air brushes uses air compressors to generate air for the spray gun. There also many uses or air brushes. You can use it for making art and illustrations, photo retouching, coating firearms, murals, hobbies, make up application, temporary tattoos, airbrush tanning, finger nail art, clothing and automotive.


An airbrush works by passing a stream of compressed air through a venturi that makes a local reduction in air pressure that pulls up the paint from a connected paint container at normal atmospheric pressure. The speed of the air atomizes the paint and changes it into very little paint droplets that spreads out from the airbrush nozzle. The volume of the paint can be controlled by a trigger. There are two types of airbrush triggers.


The first type of an airbrush trigger is the single action trigger. It is also known as this simplest and cheapest of the air brushes. When you press a “single action trigger”, the paint and air flows into the airbrush and the tiny bits of paint are sprayed on the target surface. The technique for a single action trigger can only execute one action for the procedure.


Single action of activating the trigger releases a specific percentage of paint to air. To change the different line width, you may change the size or style of the tip of the nozzle or you can modify the spray volume manually until you get the desired width. A technique that suits a single action trigger is you must keep your hand moving before and after you let go of the trigger so you can avoid some “bar bell lines”.


Second type of an airbrush trigger is the double action trigger. It separates the air and the paint when painting. It uses different mechanism for both paint and air. With this, the painter could adjust the volume of air and paint for specific artistic styles. Unlike the single action trigger, this type is much harder to use since you need to operate two systems. It is also much expensive than the first type. A technique for using this is to begin and end with air only.


Another mechanism that an airbrush uses is the feed system. Feed systems are responsible for loading the paint into the airbrush. There are also different types of feeding system for an air brush. The first one is called the gravity feed. In this setup, the paint container is placed on the top of the air brush and uses gravity to load the mixing chamber.


It requires less air pressure for suction. Most of the time, instruments with finest atomization and detail requirements uses this method. Bottom feed and side feed are the other methods of feeding systems. A bottom feed airbrush usually can accommodate huge paint volume but requires more air pressure to load paint into the mixing chamber. Since it holds more paint, it is mostly used for large projects like automobile and t-shirt painting. Another advantage of this feed is more access for the painter on the top of the airbrush. Side feeds are useful for the right and left handed to suit their preferences.


Another part of an airbrush is the mixing point. With an internal mix airbrush the paint and air mixes inside the tip of the airbrush creating a finer atomized mist of paint. In an external mix, the air leaves the airbrush before it comes into contact with the paint which creates a coarser stippled effect. External mix airbrushes are much cheaper and more appropriate for covering bigger areas with more thick paints or varnishes.


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Airbrush T-Shirts – Learn the Secret to Creating a Killer Airbrush Shirt


1. Use the right Airbrush


 This one’s easy. If you’re at all serious about wanting to airbrush t shirts, you have to get an IWATA Eclipse HP-BCS Airbrush. It’s a bottom-feed Airbrush, meaning the Airbrush paint bottle connects directly to the bottom of the Airbrush and is sucked up and pushed out the nozzle by a siphon created from the flowing air. Start with this Airbrush first and you’ll save yourself a lot of headache.


2. Use the right Airbrush Paint – 


The 2 big players in Airbrush shirt paint are CREATEX and AQUAFLOW. In my experience, AQUAFLOW does “flow” a bit better but it’s hardly noticeable. You can’t go wrong with either of these two top brands.


3. Use the right T shirt


– 100% pre-shrunk cotton or 50/50 blend. (50% cotton 50% polyester) I’ve had the best results by washing a new t shirt at least once before I Airbrush on it. This gets rid of most of the loose fibers and also takes care of some of that initial color fade that’s bound to happen.


4. Use a good design


– Take your time here. Awesome Airbrush t shirts don’t just happen. Come up with a good design on paper first. That way you can erase and make any corrections before you actually put paint to shirt. It takes some discipline to draw first and Airbrush second, but trust me, you’ll waste a lot less shirts this way and end up with a better finished product every time.


5. Get comfortable – 


Keep your workspace clean and work at a comfortable height. I prefer to stand when I airbrush t shirts. I use a large peg board with shelving hooks as my easel. This makes it easy to adjust the height of my t shirt board so I’m always in a comfortable position to Airbrush without having to kneel or stretch to finish a stroke.


6. Prepare the shirt 


After it’s been washed once, iron it to get the wrinkles out. Wrinkles act like magnets for airbrush paint over spray. Use clamps or clothespins to secure the shirt to the shirt board so you have a nice flat surface to work on. For maximum color fastness, spray a layer of Frog Juice or CREATEX clear extender on the area to be painted first, heat set it, then paint away.


7. Take your time – 


There’s no rush, yet. Until you take your show on the road and start doing malls or swap meets, take the time to master your skills first. Speed is important and it will come with time, but for now, focus on every stroke. Less is more too. Try getting that perfect fade in 1 pass instead of 2. The less paint you put on the t shirt, the better.


8. Play to your strengths – 


It’s definitely good to be versatile but if there’s 1 particular area of Airbrush t shirts where you really excel, go for it! Find out what you’re best at and what you love to paint the most, then master that area. It’s easier to build a reputation for being the absolute best at 1 thing, than it is to build a reputation for being pretty dang good at a lot of different things.


9. Heat press – 


Spray your finished airbrush shirt with another layer of CREATEX clear extender, use a heat press to heat set it at 400 degrees for 20 seconds.


10. Rinse and repeat – 


If you just followed the first 9 steps, you could probably get pretty far as an Airbrush shirt artist, but who wants that? We want to be the best Airbrush artist in history. Like a great man once said: “Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent” If you took a drawing I did in first grade and held it next to any other average first grader’s drawing, you would not be able to tell which was which. 30 years later, if you took a drawing I did now and held it next to any other average 30 year olds drawing, I’ll bet you could tell the difference. Why? Because I practiced more than they did.


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What Is Airbrush Makeup?



Recommend ArticleSo what is airbrush makeup, you ask? It is a unique make-up approach with precision control. This method is used to produce more radiant and flawless skin tones in a manner that sponges and brushes cannot. It provides longer lasting results, and true looking glowing skin with a beautiful, soft finish. It will not fade and stays put until you wash it off. Airbrushing lasts even under humid conditions. Due to its characteristics, airbrushing is often recommended for active women and brides. My airbrushed makeup daily stands the test of an hour of workout and sweat – Unbelievable!

Television and movie make up artists have been using the airbrush technique for years. Due to its seamless finish, it is the sole method used with HD television. (Ever wondered how their skin looks so smooth and shiny? I know I used to.) Airbrushed makeup is applied using an air compressor. It dispenses as a fine colored mist that lightly conceals the skin, creating the illusion of a perfect complexion. In reality it is spraying thousands of little makeup dots that rest on the surface, allowing the skin to shine through.


Since it is not rubbed in and does not elaborate the pores, it appears more natural than conventional makeup. The procedure is hygienic and provides better coverage while allowing the skin to breath. Some people (including myself) believe that makeup brushes can be dirty and can sometimes actually spread oils, bacteria and encourage the bad skin you were trying to cover up in the first place! Plus you don’t need to worry about the guilt pangs I often feel when I forget to wash my brushes.


Surprisingly I’ve actually been able to reduce my total makeup application time since switching to Airbrush. It takes some time to apply a liquid foundation to ensure it’s properly applied, blended evenly and looking natural. Since Airbrush makeup sprays very lightly, it usually just takes a few passes across your face to have an even application of the foundation. Wooo! A few extra minutes to sleep in in the morning, anyone? Plus it’s pretty darn easy to apply a few extra layers to the areas that need it. No more blending!


What is airbrush makeup useful for? For starters, it can cover tattoos. This can be especially useful if you have a special event planned & want to cover up a tattoo while looking completely natural. It is waterproof and can hold up to a lot of tears and sweat. It stays put and will not smear. Unlike conventional foundations, airbrush makeup does not crack or cake and provides many hours of coverage. This makeup will not come off on your clothing, nor will you need to reapply or touch it up during the day. It gives complete coverage but does not feel thick or heavy.


Airbrush makeup keeps oil production under control, preventing the skin from appearing shiny (except for that healthy glow that we all want anyways). In addition, it hides pores for a smooth finish that provides a natural and flawless appearance that is perfect for photographs. For this reason is a great makeup choice for special occasions. An increasing number of brides


Airbrush makeup can be mixed to exactly match one’s skin tone, which means it can blend well to appear very natural. Once you learn the technique, airbrush makeup is quick to apply and it is easily cleaned off with water and soap.


Airbrush foundation is available in water-based and silicone-based. Most experts favor the silicon-based as they say it provides a slightly more perfect look. It is necessary to purchase actual airbrush makeup as regular makeup will not work in the compressor. Animal lovers will be happy to know that many airbrush makeup facilities produce foundations that are not tested on animals. Airbrush ready eye shadow and blushes are available, however after your foundation dries regular eye makeup and blush can be used, so no need to throw out ALL your existing makeup (though you may want to anyways).


Let’s face it. Nobody has perfect skin. So why not use one of the coolest beauty innovations in the past decade? Use it to hide birthmarks, acne, bruises, rosacea, freckles, fill wrinkles or scars. Airbrush makeup is perfect for women of all ages. Join the revolution and you will never look back (I didn’t)!!


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Airbrush Art On Nails


Expert Author Vincent Cheng


Almost everyone loves some form of art or another. A lot of women love to get their nails manicured. So why not combine the two together? Well that is exactly what has happened. Airbrush art has combined with the manicure to give women great opportunities to use their nails to show off great artwork. It applied to the fingernails gives a great flare to a manicure. The designs are only limited to the stencils in which the artist can get their hands on and the artists imagination.


This form of airbrush art has become very popular and a lot of salons around the world are offering this to their clients. It is also available on fake nails and are sold at almost every store that carries fake nails. You two can get in on this craze and start you own fun and exciting business offering airbrush art on nails.


Airbrush art on the nails is not for the beginner just getting started in airbrushing. The work area is very small and the artist has to have mastered the techniques involved with airbrushing. One main problem that beginners face is over spraying. Over spraying is when the artist sprays outside of the area in which they are trying to spray. When working with nails you do not want to end up airbrushing the person’s fingers. So before attempting to do airbrush art on nails gain some experience with airbrushing on larger surfaces.


Depending on the type of airbrush art you are doing will determine the type of airbrush that you need. When doing airbrush art on nails go with either the Iwata HP-A or the Iwata HP-B. These are great for airbrushing nails. Even if you do not go with the Iwata though remember to always go with named brand and never use any knockoff airbrushes.


You will need a air compressor that is designed for airbrushing on nails. The best air compressor to use is the Iwata Studios Series Silver Jet Air Compressor. While this one is the best one you can go with any small compressor that has an 18 psi. Preferably get an air compressor that will adjust between 10-18 psi if you do not go with the Iwata Silver Jet.


To do airbrush art on nails you will need nail art stencils or nail art masks. The nail art masks are reusable masks that have an adhesive that does not leave any residue on the nails. Of course if you are really creative and very good you can freehand the airbrush art right onto the nails.


If not then take the time and invest in nail art stencils and masks. The paint that you will use when doing airbrush art on nails is water based. A bottom coat and a top coat are what protects the water based paint from being damaged. You will also need to spray a light coat of what is called varnish between the artwork and the top coat. Varnish is just a water based clear coat that will protect the paint from getting brush strokes when you apply the top coat.


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10 Quick Tips on Drawing

Expert Author Matt Fussell


Draw Better by Using These Tips on Drawing


Drawing is defined as the action of making marks on any surface with any mark-making material. It is clear, by this definition, that anyone can draw. If you can write your name, well then- you can draw. Now that we’ve established that, we all know that some of us can draw better than others. Becoming skilled at drawing requires several factors coming together. Some of these factors include desire, instruction, practice, time, and more practice. I decided to put together this list of quick tips on drawing so that you can immediately see results in your drawing abilities. This list of tips on drawing is not a “catch all” formula for drawing. They are purely just some tips that I have picked up along the way that have helped me in my drawing.


1. Drawing is a Skill- This means that drawing is not some magical activity that some people are born with the ability to do. A skill is something that can be taught and most importantly-learned. If you want to draw, draw better, or draw as a professional- you can. Anyone can become skilled at drawing. Don’t ever say, “I can’t draw.”


2. Drawing is At Least 50% Observation– Drawing is about seeing. Have you ever taken a photo of something without pointing the camera at it? Of course you haven’t. Yet so many people think they can draw well without looking at an object. Then they become disappointed that their drawings don’t look representational. You must look at objects in order to draw them. In fact, you need to look at objects a lot in order to draw them. I suggest that the amount of time you should spend looking at your object should be half the time it takes to complete the drawing. Drawing is at least 50% observation. If you want to draw an elephant, then look at an elephant. Really study it. Understand why you see it that way, then draw it. Everyone knows that one way to cheat on a test is to look at someone else’s paper. When you draw, look at your object- the answers are there. Just put them on your paper.


3. Use Resources- This one is related to #2. Gather photos or better yet take photos of objects if you can’t draw them in person. Some people may forsake me for this one. It’s just not possible to draw everything from life. So when you can’t be in the African Savannah to draw that lion, use a photo or three.


4. Look for Basic Shapes– Everything in the world can be simplified into basic shapes. When you are studying your subject, try to pick out the basic shapes that make up the over all shape. Usually these shapes are pretty easy to draw. Draw the shapes then draw the contours (outlines). ( This tip will help you with your speed as well.)


5. Good Drawings Have a Full Range of Value– Value is the darkness or lightness of a color. So value is about light. We can’t see without light, therefore we see things because of value. It’s not about color.(Although color is important too.) Make a value scale and then use it. Make sure that your drawing has a full range of value. (i.e. All of the values on your value scale.) You define the light source through your use of value.


6. Use Line Quality– Line quality is the thickness or thinness of a line. If your drawing is a line drawing, you need to consider line quality. Draw your lines thicker in some areas and thinner in other areas. This will add interest to your drawing as well as variety.


7. Stay Consistent with Your Style– Make sure that you start and finish your drawings with the same style. If you start your drawing loose and gestural, kept it that way. If your drawing begins tight and precise, finish it that way. Make sure the drawing looks like the same artist drew everything on the surface. This will insure that your drawing is unified and harmonious.


8. Know your Medium– Make sure that you understand the correct way to use the medium that you are using for your drawing. It’s fine to experiment, but knowing and understanding your limitations with a medium goes a long way.


9. Loosen Up– Drawing doesn’t have to be stiff. In fact, it shouldn’t be. For example, when you are trying to define the contour of an object, draw several light lines. You have a better chance of “finding” the right line when you draw several of them. (You have a better chance of winning the lottery if you buy several tickets instead of just one.) Try holding the pencil differently than how you hold it when you write. Draw with your shoulder instead of your wrist by moving your whole arm when you make a mark.


10. Practice, Practice, Practice, and then Practice– This is the best tip that there is. You must practice. This is true of any skill. Keep a sketchbook and draw literally everything that you see. Draw everyday. When you can’t draw, look at objects and imagine how you would draw them. What shapes are there? What values are there? Where is the light source? What medium would I use? Drawing can take place between your ears.


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Introduction to Pencil Drawing Supplies and Techniques


Expert Author Ralph Serpe


Drawing is a wonderful art form in itself, but it is also an excellent exercise for other forms of art, like painting for instance. Learning how to draw will truly open your mind to your surroundings enabling you to really see what is before you.


Choosing your drawing supplies


There are a variety of different drawing tools available for today’s artists and what you choose to work with is based on your own preference. It comes to down to experimentation. You have to work with a number of different things before you find the tools that fit your style of drawing.


Don’t go out and spend a ton of money on your drawing supplies in the beginning. You can really get started with a beginner pencil set and some newsprint paper. When you become more experienced, you can then venture out and spend money on better supplies.


Graphite pencils – Graphite pencils range in hardness and are labeled from 9H to 9B. The H pencils are the hardest. The higher the number in front of the H the lighter the mark. The B pencils are softest. The higher the number in front of the B the darker the mark. The H pencils are generally used for detailed lines where the B pencils will produce rich dark lines great for bold expressive drawings.


Charcoal Pencils – Charcoal pencils also come in a range of hardness and are labeled either from H to B like graphite, or simply as “soft”, “medium” or “hard”. They have a noticeably different feel to them and produce a rich dark line. Charcoal pencils tend to wear pretty fast because of their softness.


Blending Tortillions – Tightly wound stumps of paper with a point used to blend in your drawings.


Erasers – You may want to have a few different types of erasers on hand to fit every occasion.


Kneaded Eraser – A soft pliable eraser that can be kneaded into any shape to pick up and remove pencil and charcoal. May not be the best for erasing smaller details. The SANFORD Kneaded Rubber Erasers are very popular.


Eraser Pencil – These are wonderful for getting into small areas of your drawings. They can also be sharpened like ordinary pencils.


Fixatives – Fixatives protect your drawings from being smudged or ruined. There are two types of fixatives: permanent and workable. Permanent fixatives are used on a finished drawing to protect, where a workable fixative is used during the drawing process as you are working. Use great care while working with fixatives by only using in a well ventilated area. When spraying the fixative, make sure you do not spray any one section for too long and only spray a light mist standing about 3 feet away from the drawing. You should probably experiment on a few practice drawings first to determine if a fixative is right for you. There appears to be a difference of opinion amongst artists when it comes to fixatives. Some artists love to work with them and swear by them, while others feel they may actually alter the quality of a drawing. Again, you have to experiment yourself to see if fixatives are a good choice for you.


Paper – In the beginning, for the purpose of practice, you may want to consider purchasing some inexpensive newsprint paper. You should be able to get this at any local art store or online. When you are ready to purchase a more expensive grade paper, choose something that will work best with the medium you use. Paper comes in a variety of different textures from smooth to rough, often referred to as its “tooth”. A really smooth paper may not work well for some mediums as the surface lacks texture, and will not grab certain drawing mediums very well. If the paper is too rough, the medium may simply slide across the surface. You have to experiment with different papers to find the one you are most comfortable with. Strathmore Brand makes excellent paper that is very popular amongst artists.


Horse Hair Drafting Brush – You should be able to purchase a horse hair drafting brush at any local art supply store or online store. This is a really helpful tool for brushing away unwanted eraser scraps from your drawing.


Basic Drawing Techniques:

There are two basic ways to approach a drawing: linear and tonal. The linear approach to a drawing focuses on line and outlines of shapes. In tonal drawing, you make use of gradations to indicate the various planes of your subject.


You should try to avoid smudging and blending in the beginning so that you force yourself to use your pencil more to achieve value in your drawings.


Avoid looking at your drawing too often. Make sure you are constantly focusing on the subject and only glancing at your drawing. By doing so, you won’t constantly judge your drawing, or think something is wrong or out of place. Focus on the subject and draw what you see.


Never throw out any of your drawings. Keep a neat portfolio of everything you draw. This is an excellent way to see your progress over time.


Holding the pencil – Hold your pencil in a way that is most comfortable for you. Some hold the pencil just as you would hold a pen or pencil if you were writing. Others hold a pencil with the pencil between the thumb and index finger, with the rest of the pencil resting under the palm of your hand. Whichever method you use for holding your pencil, make certain that you do not hold the pencil too tightly.


Contour Drawing – This very basic technique is simply drawing the outline of your subject without any shading to indicate form.


Blind Contour Drawing – Similar to contour drawing, only you do not look at the paper. The point of this exercise is to force you to better observe what it is you are drawing. You should have no concern over the outcome of your drawing so it is important not to peek.


Hatching – This drawing technique uses a series of parallel lines drawn close together, in the same direction, which gives the appearance of value.


Crosshatching – Similar to hatching only you draw multiple layers of hatch lines at different angles that overlap one another.

Tonal or Value Drawing – In this approach to drawing we are indicating the various changes of light and shade in our picture without the use of strong edges and lines.


Upside Down Drawing – Drawing upside down is a wonderful exercise to awaken the right side of your brain. When you turn an image upside down, you are making it somewhat abstract and unrecognizable. This forces you to draw what you see as opposed to relying on your memory to draw something.


Negative Drawing Technique – This technique teaches you how to properly see the “white” or “negative” space in your picture. This is the area that surrounds your subject or “positive” space. Instead of drawing out the positive part of the drawing with line, you draw in the shapes that surround the positive part of your drawing.


Dry Wash Technique – This technique works quite well if you want to cover large areas of your drawing. It creates a nice soft tone. You begin by adding marks with a pencil or apply some graphite powder to the desired area on your paper. Then using a tissue or soft cloth pick up some of the graphite and gently rub it across the paper, almost as if you were painting.


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A Few Tips How to Start Drawing


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It’s clear that anyone can take a pen or a pencil and a piece of paper and draw something. Drawing is one of the most ancient and natural parts of our culture. But drawing well is not in the power of everyone. Many people would dream to learn to draw. Indeed, this is a difficult task. Some desperately think that it’s impossible. But as it takes time even for talented artists to become famous and great, it takes time for a not so skilled person to learn to draw competently. Read a few tips if you want to get faster results:


1. Start with the simplest pictures.

First and foremost, you will require a sure hand. Don’t wait for the quality of drawing come fast. But the oftener you will practice your hand, the sooner this moment will come. Practical lessons will help you in mastering basic techniques.


2. Two other skills you surely have:

this is the ability to see and hold a pencil. If learning to draw is your dream, be patient and believe in yourself. Patience and belief will help you to move forward in drawing.


3. Effective drawing doesn’t depend on your fantasy and creativity.

First of all, it’s mastering all representation techniques, it’s the ability to represent properly all shapes, proportions, perspective and light. The individual brushwork or other qualities come later.


4. If you want to start today

, select a tutorial, a book or even a drawing app to start with. Drawing app is even a greater idea as it is always with you wherever you go. You don’t need to keep a pencil or paper at hand. You can always start with easy pictures first, and then proceed to more complicated ones. Find those drawing tutorials which are presented as step by step instructions. Don’t forget about drawing tools, too, they encourage frequent practice. Easy-to-use interface and convenient navigation make the whole process fun.


5. Try practicing every day.

It all depends on you and how much you practice, but it shouldn’t be less than 3 times a week if you’re going to get fast results. Don’t waste your time in trying to draw something difficult. Maybe you will move at a snail’s pace for the first months but later you’ll find out that your drawing skills have substantially improved.


6. Make goals and accomplish them. Time and practice, and finally, you’ll learn how to draw.


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How To Draw Cars Like A Pro – Some Tips That You Can Use

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Expert Author Carolyn Anderson


Cars are great subject for drawings and sketching and in fact, they can also be simple to sketch, probably easier than drawing portraits or people. Of course, when you see a car, you will most likely recognize the geometric shapes that are part of it and that makes it a little easier for you to sketch and draw.


However, you might probably want to learn how to draw cars like a pro. Something that you can practice to make your car drawings more recognizable and impressive. Something that allows viewers to know what type of car you want to show them. If you are interested in learning how to draw cars impressively, here are a few tips and tricks that you might find useful to be able to learn how to draw cars like a pro.


– Start with the outline before going to the finer details of the car. You don’t have to thicken the line right away. A few lighter lines to start off can help you establish the proportion as well as the size of the car you want to draw.


– Learn how to use your pencil to create lighter and heavier lines. Of course, it takes practice to be able to press your pencil to make the lines you want. Sharpen your pencils as well. This will help you make finer lines better.


– Visualize what you want to draw. Whether you are drawing from a photograph or an actual car, make sure that you have a clear picture in mind on what your drawing would look like when done. This will also help you picture out the basic foundations or shapes that will allow you to draw the car in your mind.


– Mentally break down the car into sections before starting to draw it. This will help you start drawing little by little allowing you to make it easy to draw each part or section of the car. Of course, you also need to apply the varying lines for your drawing. You may need thicker lines in some part and lighter ones in others so make sure you have mastered how to draw lines of varying sizes and thickness.


– Learn some techniques in drawing that can help you make better drawings. Learn angles and perspective to make your drawings impressive as well. Practice drawing cars like you are standing in front of it, or you are looking at its side, or probably at its back. You can also draw your car as if you are looking above it or on the ground. Different perspective allows you to bring beauty to your drawing, just like having the great angle to a photograph.


– Learn to use shadows, highlights and shading in your drawing as well. Even simple parallel lines can help you add value to your sketches as well.


Keep these tips in mind to help you learn how to draw cars like a pro. With constant practice, you can eventually draw cars fast and easy. Also get a detailed guide in drawing cars so that you will be guided accordingly.


Carolyn Anderson loves to draw and paint. For a great resource to help you draw cars like a pro, check out Draw Cars Fast. Also check out Model Airplane Secrets, to learn basic and advanced strategies to make model airplanes.


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How Art Is Essential In The Personal Life And Socioeconomic Development


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Expert Author Dickson Adom


Art plays a vibrant role in the personal life of the individual as well as in the social and economic development of the nation. The study of Visual arts encourages personal development and the awareness of both our cultural heritage and the role of art in the society. The learner acquires personal knowledge, skills and competencies through activities in Visual arts. When one studies Visual arts, he/she would come to appreciate or understand that art is an integral part of everyday life.


The role art plays in personal development and in the socioeconomic development of the nation have been explained below.


1. It fosters creativity:


Visual art education helps the learner to develop the ability to think, feel and act creatively with visual materials. The student also develops the ability to bring something new into existence. This desirable quality is acquired when the learner engages in practical lessons such as the designing and creation of an artefact in solving a problem or satisfying a need.


2. It offers a total education to the individual:


Visual art education offers holistic education to learners. Such education comes about when the learner produces an artefact in satisfying a particular need in the society. He engages in the organization and exploration of art materials, tools and techniques. Moreover, he gathers varieties of ideas, selects the key ideas, simplifies and analyse them, combine and separate ideas. These problem-solving activities help in educating the head (mental faculties) of the learner.


Also, when the artist uses the tools and materials he had explored and the techniques acquired in producing the artefact he develops manual or practical skills. This caters for the education of the hand. 

Visual art education helps learners to appreciate works of art. When we see these artistic creations, they arouse certain feelings in us. Appreciation for the work would move us to talk intelligently and knowledgeably about it. This educates the heart. Owing to this, we can say that the study of Visual arts provides creative education of the head, hand and heart.


3. It helps in learning about our cultural heritage:


Visual art education helps the learner to build an appreciation for our cultural heritage handed down to us by our forefathers. This appreciation is acquired through the learning of the various histories of art and the study of art appreciation and criticism. These studies help the artist to understand the meanings and usefulness of our arts which embody our set of beliefs and ideologies. Thus, works of art are used in maintaining the ideas, knowledge and beliefs of a society as handed down from one generation to another. In this way, we learn about our cultural heritage.


4. Provides knowledge about aesthetics:


The study of Visual arts helps learners to develop keen ideas about beauty (aesthetics). Since the learner is taken through a lot of appreciation and criticism of various artistic creations, he/she develops ‘good taste’. He is able to distinguish between artworks that are aesthetically pleasing and those that are not. This helps the learner to take decisions and make good judgements.


5. Projects personal and national identity:


Visual art education helps learners to build self-respect and personal ego. When an artist produces works of art in and outside the society or country, it projects his identity or makes him known to his own countrymen and foreigners. This largely comes about when the artist exhibits his artistic creations during art exhibitions, fairs and bazaars. When an exhibition is organised outside the country and the artist partakes in it, it assists greatly in projecting his/her nation.


Also, since the themes or subjects of works from Ghana lavishly talk about our culture, it helps in making our culture known to other people of the world.


6. Helps develop subjective thinking for a cordial human relationship:


Skills needed in building a healthy family and human relationships are reflected in art activities. Through the organisation of various opposing elements of design such as lines, shapes, texture, tone, pattern and colour into pleasant relationships, the artist is able to develop a peaceful and cordial relationship with people of various characters and cultural identities.


The study of art appreciation which teaches learners to develop the ability to see ‘good’ in every artistic creation also builds in learners the ability to accept people as they are. This subjective thinking helps in the development of cordial human relationships.


7. Promotes cognitive, psychomotor and affective modes of development:


Visual art education promotes the cognitive mode of development in learners. Skills in thinking and reasoning are developed by the organisation of materials into art forms and critically appreciating them. This critical thinking helps in the cognitive development of learners.


Practical activities in Visual art help to exercise the muscles and keep the body healthy. This promotes the psychomotor development of learners.


The affective or emotional development of learners is nurtured through the appreciation of works of art. Practical lessons in art help the learner in cultivating desirable qualities like patience, long- suffering and tolerance, which helps the heart to be always healthy.


8. Art is used in correcting physical, psychological and emotional growth deficiencies:


Practical activities in visual art can help reduce tension and emotional stress in people. The lives of physically challenged persons and social misfits are reorganised or changed when they engage in practical lessons in art. Those who have deficiencies in their physical and psychological growths are corrected gradually when they explore with art tools and materials in the creation of artworks. Art, therefore, serves as a therapy or medical aid for those with growth deficiencies.


9. Provides avenues for the development of cottage and small-scale industries:


The Visual arts programme provides a creative base for the setting up of small-scale industries. Students are taught how to produce quality products that would meet the taste and demands of the market. In addition, learners are instructed in entrepreneurial skills and on factors to consider in the setting up of their own enterprises in the field of art. This training assists the learners in setting up their own small scale industries.


10. Promotes the tourism industry of the nation:


Works of art are sold to tourists to earn foreign exchange. Art souvenirs are exported to foreign lands to earn substantial funds for the artist and the nation as a whole. This helps in the promotion of the tourism industry.


11. Art reduces poverty:


Art is an income generating venture that provides employment for several Ghanaians. It helps its practitioners in earning money to fend for themselves and their families reducing the poverty ratio of the nation.


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