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Art Advice Issue #8 - Random Traditional Art Tips

Journal Entry: Mon Nov 20, 2017, 4:37 PM
Header08 by barananduen


DRAWING


* To check for errors in your sketch, especially those relating to symmetry, rotate your canvas and place it on each of its sides, step away and look at it. Also, take a photo or scan it, and do a horizontal flip on the image with your computer.

* To easily transfer your sketch onto watercolor paper, board, wood, or other surface, color the back side of your sketch (scan and print it onto regular printer paper if it's in your sketchbook) with a graphite pencil (2B works fine, HB is harder to transfer), tape it graphite-side-down to your watercolor paper, and go over the lines with a pen or sharp pencil. This works like carbon paper but the lines are erasable and won't smudge.

* Erasers - Sharp corners on erasers are handy for erasing in tiny, crowded parts of a drawing. When your eraser's sharp corners are all worn out, cut a slice of the eraser using a knife or razor - you now have sharp corners again not only on your eraser, but also on the slice you cut off.

* Sharpening pencils - To get a really fine point, even finer than that of mechanical pencils, many artists use a razor to sharpen their pencils; this is also useful if you want a flat or wedge-shaped tip. Or you can use sandpaper to make the tip as fine as you wish. Alternatively, the Staedtler sharpener (article number 512 001) gives the sharpest point I have personally ever seen, and it has a bin to store the pencil shavings until you can throw them away.


PAINTBRUSHES


* If your brushes have become frayed, it's similar to when your hair becomes frizzy. Wash them gently with 2-in-1 shampoo, rinse, and then apply some hair conditioner, letting it sit for 3 minutes. After that, rinse, towel dry, and slip on the plastic paintbrush cover. I haven't tried this on artificial bristles, but it works on red sable brushes.

* If you have lost the plastic tube cover, you can make your own with a plastic drinking straw. Cut off the length you want, and slit it down the side. Roll to make it tighter and use tape to hold the shape in place. Alternatively, you can wrap a piece of tissue around your brush bristles.

* Try to not use the same brush across different media, as different media (or solvents) damage the bristles in different ways. Acrylics can build residue at the base; solvents may damage the bristles. Watercolor does not damage under normal usage, but be sure to wash them after each use.


LINER PENS


* Choose your lining pen based on what medium you'll use to color your drawing, as some are waterproof, but others will bleed when in contact with water. If you only have the non-waterproof kind and want to paint your drawing with watercolors, paint first and do your linework at the end - wait 24hrs for the paint to dry completely; if the paper is still moist, the pen will ink run. Sakura Micron pens are waterproof.

* Vary your line weight for added interest. Some people use heavier lines for the parts closer to the viewer, others use heavier lines for the outer edges of a figure. Experiment to see what you like best.

* Some liner pens, like Sakura Microns, come in a variety of sizes, which makes varying line weights much easier. Keep in mind that the way you hold your pen also affects line weight - simply slanting the pencil yields a wider line than a more vertical hold. Use techniques like this for greater versatility.

* Choose a quiet place and a steady, flat surface to do your linework. This way, you minimize the chances of someone accidentally bumping your arm while you're drawing.

* Steadier lines will come with practice - it's simply a matter or honing the motor skill associated with it; the more you do it, the more your body will get used to it, and the easier the motion will become. Practicing on doodles you don't care about will help (just make a doodle and practice lining it). Controlling your breathing will also help.

* Experiment with colored lineart for interesting effects.

* When using a ruler with liner pens, the pen's tip becomes damaged faster. Use your older pens with rulers and keep the sharper new ones for freehand lining, to extend tip life.


WATERCOLOR


* Use two water containers: one for cool colors and one for warm colors. This will help keep your cool colors crisp. Alternatively, paint all the warm tones first (or the cool ones), change water and rinse your brush, and then paint the remaining colors.

* Paint drying too slowly for you? Use a table fan (or a hairdryer on "cool" setting). Note: Do not do this if there are pools of water on your paper, unless you want splotches.

* Wait for each paint layer to dry completely before applying a new one, or you will be picking up the old layer with your brush, instead of intensifying it with new paint. While waiting for one area to dry, paint another.

* Try to not use paint with lots of binder in them, they will become dull/chalky when dry, and even make more pigmented paints duller when layered on.

* If using wet-on-wet technique, you do not need to wet the entire canvas at once. You can wet it by sections, painting one section first, waiting for it to dry completely before moving onto and wetting another, to avoid colors bleeding from one section to another.

* Do not use your good brushes for masking fluid.


ACRYLICS


* There are heavy- and non-heavy-body paints. Heavy-body paints give you more texture and are good if you want a 3D effect and more visible brushstrokes (or for painting with a palette knife). You can also thin them down with water if you want a flatter/smoother look similar to non-heavy-body paints.

* Paint drying too quickly for you? You can use a retardant to slow down the drying time, giving you more time to blend colors.

* Tired of paint residue building up at the base of your brush, from mixing colors? Try mixing them using an icicle/ice-cream stick or a plastic knife instead.


PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR FINISHED PIECE


* Once you're done, make sure you spend some time making your piece presentable, so that all your hard work isn't lost. See these two articles:
Basic Tips to Make your Art Look Better
This month's article is a two-parter; one with basic presentation tips for different media, and one with more advanced suggestions for photographing traditional art. For the more advanced article, see here: Tips for Photographing Traditional Artwork
This part s super basic and requires no skill whatsoever, but for people who do this, it REALLY helps your art look better, when displaying online, and minimizes rejections from Groups.
I. ALL MEDIA - MAKE YOUR OWN WATERMARK OR SIGNATURE

Identifying your work is important, but the DA watermark (although it is a nice service to have) is not the best way to go about it. Even though it is easy to apply, unless you have a huge following already, you're hurting yourself more than you're protecting yourself by using it. It's very large and in the center, hurting the visibility and appeal of your work. You've spent a lot of time on your drawing or photo
Tips for Photographing Traditional Artwork
A more advanced expansion on my "Basic Tips" article, Basic Tips to Make your Art Look Better. First, let us recap on those basics:
TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING ARTWORK:
Make sure your picture is laid out flat, either lying flat on your desk or attached to a wall. Minimize wrinkles. Set your camera perpendicular (at a 90-degree angle) to your picture. You can use the paper or the canvas' edges as guides against your camera's display to align the picture properly.Unless you have a DSLR with an adjustable flash and are well versed in flash photography, do not use a flash.Take the photo in a well-lit area.
This probably doesn't work if you use a phone camera, but if you use a regular camera and your hands aren't steady enough, set your camera on a pile of book (or use a tripod if you have one) to keep it steady, and use the timer to take the photo




Have other tips? Share in the comments! :)
Have a suggestion for a future Art Advice Article? Post about it here: Future Art Advice Article Topics?


Star! X. PREVIOUS ART ADVICE ARTICLES

Art Advice #7: How to Ask for + Provide Critique
Critique - if asked for and provided correctly - can be beneficial and doesn't have to hurt. Here, we'll talk about some things to keep in mind when asking for as well as when providing critique.
I.    For both the artist and the critiquer - Opening notes
II.   For the artist requesting critique / improvement help
III.  For the person providing critique
IV.   Closing remarks
I. FOR THE ARTIST AND THE CRITIQUER - OPENING NOTES
DeviantArt is a great platform for interacting with other artists and growing your skills, as well as helping others do the same. Critiques may be exchanged in many ways: in a forum or journal post, in the normal deviation comments, via private Note, or even via chat. Be aware that if you don't have a Core Membership, you can still ask for critique - just say so in your deviation description or make a post about it! :)
It's important, however, to rememb
Art Advice Issue #6 - Dealing with Art Block
There's something really important to keep in mind: "Art Block" is a mental state, and, as such, it is temporary and you can overcome it!

The term "art block" is misleading, because it makes you think it has one definition, when, in fact, it is a term used to refer to several quite different situations. Here, we'll talk about the different types of art block and how to overcome them.
Star!  TYPE 1 - I WANT TO DRAW, BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT!
This is the easiest type of art block to deal with. DRAW ANYTHING! It doesn't have to be something spectacular; drawing an object on your desk or in your room will do; it will help you break out of this art block. Here are some ideas for you:
Ask your friends or watchers or random people for suggestions. You don't have to draw all of them; just take the ones that seem appealing to you.Draw random objects: dec
Art Advice Issue #5 - How to Find your Own Style
By far the most common concern I see people on DA mention is, "I wish I had my own style / How can I get my own style?" Hardly a week goes by when I don't see different people saying this. Because of this, I decided to write this article with some tips people may find useful, when searching for a style to call their own. This is what I did, ten years ago, when I was trying to find my own manga style; and I've mentioned this method to some other people and they found it informative and useful as well, so I'm sharing it with you all.
The first part of this article will talk about what is included in what we call "style" (did you know personal style is also found in realism?) and the reasons behind common stylizations (as commonly seen in anime and manga).
The second part talks about how an artist arrives at his or her style, and describes a method you can use if you don't want to wait for your style to surface organically ... in other words, if you wa
Tips for Photographing Traditional Artwork
A more advanced expansion on my "Basic Tips" article, Basic Tips to Make your Art Look Better. First, let us recap on those basics:
TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING ARTWORK:
Make sure your picture is laid out flat, either lying flat on your desk or attached to a wall. Minimize wrinkles. Set your camera perpendicular (at a 90-degree angle) to your picture. You can use the paper or the canvas' edges as guides against your camera's display to align the picture properly.Unless you have a DSLR with an adjustable flash and are well versed in flash photography, do not use a flash.Take the photo in a well-lit area.
This probably doesn't work if you use a phone camera, but if you use a regular camera and your hands aren't steady enough, set your camera on a pile of book (or use a tripod if you have one) to keep it steady, and use the timer to take the photo
Basic Tips to Make your Art Look Better
This month's article is a two-parter; one with basic presentation tips for different media, and one with more advanced suggestions for photographing traditional art. For the more advanced article, see here: Tips for Photographing Traditional Artwork
This part s super basic and requires no skill whatsoever, but for people who do this, it REALLY helps your art look better, when displaying online, and minimizes rejections from Groups.
I. ALL MEDIA - MAKE YOUR OWN WATERMARK OR SIGNATURE

Identifying your work is important, but the DA watermark (although it is a nice service to have) is not the best way to go about it. Even though it is easy to apply, unless you have a huge following already, you're hurting yourself more than you're protecting yourself by using it. It's very large and in the center, hurting the visibility and appeal of your work. You've spent a lot of time on your drawing or photo
Art Advice Issue #3 - Advancing in Art: The 3 Ps
For people who are new at art, or new at a different medium.
Keeping what I call "the three Ps" in mind will help you power through and not quit before you've reached your goal.
I. - PRACTICE
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Footballer fella (Sports) Da Vinci Fella (Artists)  
Practice can be anything. It doesn't mean you must shade so many spheres before you can-- no! You can shake it up! You practice and hone your skills with every drawing you make. You can practice drawing your OCs, your pet, your favorite piece of decoration in your house. Practice with s
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When doing art, we know what we want something to look like. When it doesn't turn out the way we want it to, it's easy to fall into the trap of feeling discouraged. But don't!!
:bulletyellow: First, if it gives you some consolation, know the fact that everyone screws up sometimes, even professionals. People just tend to not show their screw-ups, so it's easy to make the false assumption that everything they do is wonderful and they never mess up. Just because you didn't see it doesn't mean it didn't happen. Mistakes and product the artist doesn't like happen to everyone at all levels. It's completely normal!
:bulletyellow: Change your outlook about mistakes. When we draw something that doesn't come out how we intended it, keeping these two things in mind will help you move forward:Every time something doesn't come out "right," we get one step closer to getting to the point where it does come out just the
Don't Let Anyone Make you Feel Bad About your Art
INSPIRATIONAL ART ADVICE JOURNALS - ISSUE #1
DON'T LET ANYONE MAKE YOU FEEL BAD ABOUT YOUR ART + ASSUMPTIONS AND DIFFERENT ARTISTIC VISIONS

I see so many people with destructive rather than constructive comments on people's art or even general styles of art. In my [previous journal entry], I mentioned how, if you're doing art for your own enjoyment, the only person your art has to please is yourself, and I mentioned about people having different artistic visions.  Since my return to DA, I have seen many people being made to feel insecure about their art. Here's a very old anecdote that I'm using just for illustrative purposes here, and hopefully it will inspire you to not give up...
Back when I was in elementary school, I'd made this little painting for art class (the assignment was to paint whatever we wanted) and was insanely proud of it, thought it was


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Positivity



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I give llamas b/c I like your art, or to thank people. If you really need to thank me for a llama or a fav, you can do it in the comment I probably left on your art, in the faves page, or simply llama back.


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ILMLYOLOOTE Featured By Owner Edited 7 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, barananduen!Please help raise money to pay for the funeral expenses of a close friend of mine who recently passed away, along with her brother and mother, in an apartment fire. Her father survived but is in a coma, in critical condition at the hospital. The money will also go towards the father's medical bills. Please pray for the father and for the rest of the family. The link is below. Thank you and God Bless.

Donate: www.gofundme.com/le-familys-fu…

News article regarding this: www.mercurynews.com/2017/11/18…
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EmmaPastelArt Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
I love your art!!! So cool!
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Cocolicco Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2017  New Deviant
Thanks for your help! It means a lot (^v^)
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tawnyko Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi! Thank you for the welcome, and I just wanted to say that I love your style! 😙
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NoSoyUnAlien Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ty for the help, your work is awesome!
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Bennukagaho Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2017  New Deviant
dibujs increibleeeeeee
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michelleafss Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2017  Professional Filmographer
Hi!
Thx for your welcome!
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JakeVuolo Featured By Owner Edited Aug 14, 2017
I love your art! XD :)
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