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Default Pencils, Pens, Paints? Drawing Guide.

D r a w i n g !

You're faced with a tough situation. You have a blank piece of paper in front of you, and don't know what to draw, or what to draw with. . . .

The 3 P's!

Pencils: This can range from anything to a normal mechanical pencil to a 6B pencil. It could be a tall, thin pencil or a short and wide pencil. It could be used in a variety of ways.

Pens: Gel pens, fineliners, markers and felt tips. There are so many kinds of pens, its just unbelievable! Biro's can create awesome effects such as shading, too. They are especially useful for making out which area is dark, which area is light and lightly colouring.

Paints: Anything from watercolours to unmixed primary colours. Paints come in a different array of ways. Some can be mixed with water, others just can be squeezed out of a tub like ketchup. Whatever you pick, it is just as good.

When Using Pencils:

When you are using a pencil, use a metal sharpener to sharpen it to around an inch. Make sure all of the pencil is sharpened, and not just one side. This can result in an uneven shade or a wobbly line. Start by outlining your basic shape of a drawing. Do this lightly, as if you make a mistake, you can pull out a rubber. Make sure the rubber hasn't been damaged, or hasn't been used on that side with a dark pencil, otherwise you'll smudge your paper.

Once you are happy with the outline, draw over it darkly. If you draw too dark, the pencil may smudge and you may get fingerprints over the drawing, too. Take your time.

Then, you can start with the drawing features. By this, I mean the petals to the flowers, the eyes and mouths and noses to the people, the branches to the trees. Draw these lightly, and then go over them in a dark pencil, pressing slightly harder. Now, you can add minor details, such as little extra details to a tree. When you are totally happy with the black and white picture, you can colour it in if you wish. You could also shade it in lightly.

When Using Pens:

With gel pens, you have to wait until they dry. With markers, they dry reasonably quickly. With other pens, they dry instantanously. It all depends on the pen you use. I'll be demonstrating with a pen that drys quickly.

Plan out your drawing in pencil first, and then go over it in a black fineliner, or if you are using quite a large pen, to use a corner of it.

Then, you could add in the features of the drawing, such as eyes, mouth, leaves, branches etc. Go over this in black pen. Repeat the process of doing this in pencil and then in pen. It may take longer, but it will look really awesome. Keep doing this until you are satisfied. Then, when you are 101% positive that the pen has dried, rub out all of the pencil markings. Then, when colouring in with a pen, remember to go in one direction, and not in several directions unless you are using cross-hatching methods.

When Using Paints:

When using paints, many people worry, including myself. I'll be using an example for someone using a paint without water. Make sure that the paint has been shook, to make sure the colour is even. If you wish to mix several colours together, test try this by getting a piece of paper or newspaper and dabbing a blob of each colour on the paper. Mix it around, and if you are happy with the colour, use it. If you are going to do a detailing drawing, you need to first sketch your idea on the paper, then go over this again, but not too darkly.

Paint a background. Make it any colour you wish! Black, brown, pink, yellow, anything you want. It helps to paint a background black to create a bold effect. Leave the painting for a couple of hours to airdry. Remembear to make sure that when you paint, you don't go over it again and again when you are painting, because the paper or canvas or whatever you are using may get wet and rip. I've made this mistake before, and it takes a while to fix.

Then, when you are finished with your painting, and it has dried, hang it up in a frame, or use it as a poster! You could do the same with a pen drawing or a pencil drawing.

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