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Adding simple backgrounds to your pencil sketches.

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Adding simple backgrounds to your pencil sketches.

I recently responded to a question on Quora about how to sketch simple backgrounds. The general rule is simplicity, low detail, narrow tonal range. Here is a nice example by concept artist Thomas Romain. If you want something to appear as if it is in the distance or in the background, you have to create what is called atmospheric perspective. Even if its not actually that far away, its a useful tool to help create focal points in your artwork. If you look at nature, out into the distance compared to up close, you will see that tonal ranges become...

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Learn to Draw the Hard Way - Part 2.

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Learn to Draw the Hard Way - Part 2.

Learn to Draw the Hard Way – Part 2 Read Part 1   Read through this article and, at the bottom, watch the video through.   When you have done that, get your supplies up together.   Now, go back to the start of the video and follow along with me as I start you out with the most basic, but crucial shapes of square and dynamic rectangles (I will explain what they are later), helping you to become conscious of their proportions, to visualise their overall shape before moving on to more challenging subjects.   By knowing these initial...

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Learn to Draw – The Hard Way. PART 1

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Learn to Draw – The Hard Way. PART 1

 Skip to part 2 Let's get one thing straight. Nobody was born with an ability draw. I’m assuming, as you're reading this, that you are struggling with your drawing. You might think that you just haven’t got the talent, whatever that is, but I can assure you, it is, like any other skill, something you can learn to do.   The question is: how does one learn to draw?   Many of us will have waded through Youtube videos about ‘how to draw the eye’, followed by ‘how to draw the ear’ and so on. You may have even developed a...

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