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Cartoon Drawing: How to Draw Anything Under the Sun With Effortless Ease

If you are new to drawing [or even if you are a seasoned pro] you will agree with me learning to draw can be time taking. There are so many things to learn and practice. And if you want to make it big & take this art form up as your career you have to engage in even more serious level of practice. But fortunately true cartoon drawing enthusiasts hardly ever take note of handwork involved here as they find it to be really satisfying.

Taking a piece of paper and creating a new and amazing world on it with the help of a pencil is really fascinating to most drawing fans. But let me tell you other side of the story as well: in fact there are many who though interested cannot take up drawing as a hobby because they simply cannot commit the required time.

Also there are beginners who get started with lots of hope, only to discover later they cannot maintain their focus or simply drawing does not seem to be that fascinating to them as it had seemed before getting started, because of the huge size of the learning curve.

Unfortunately those who go away from drawing with lost hope are majority in number.

Apparently it may seem acceptable that who cannot cope up with initial demand for time goes away. As if some automatic filter doing its work to filter the not so serious guys and gals out. But there is every chance that some really talented future artists are also being filtered out in the process.

So if somehow the entire process could be made more efficient so that at least the initial barrier can be somewhat lowered it will be in best interest to this art which is already under pressure due to lack of quality artists.

The teaching curricula should be prepared in such a way so that beginners can start creating good-to-look-at drawings in a short period of time. And once s/he starts getting the fun of drawing more intricate techniques can be taught.

Here in this article I have included tips that will do just that it will show where one need to stress and focus on so that s/he can learn to draw something basic but interesting really quickly. That way maintaining interest throughout the whole journey will be way more easy.

Learn about tools of trade at the beginning: First get some basic tools and be good in handling those. Luckily for a beginner only few inexpensive things like a drawing copy, a HB grade pencil and good quality eraser are all that is really required. If you want you can also use a drawing copy that comes with tracing sheets or a copy with grid lined pages.

But make sure the copy you use is made of good quality paper if the paper quality is poor your work will look dirty because poor quality paper 's texture will look really bad-on using eraser. Also ensure the pencil you are using is not too short because controlling a short pencil can be painful.

Learn to draw lines: This tip may sound redundant but this may be one of the most profound suggestion you will ever encounter anywhere. Because the skill of drawing smooth lines without applying too much pressure and without tiring your finger muscles is not something that you learn automatically. You will have to do conscious practice for attaining this skill. But it is not difficult. Take a piece of paper and start drawing circular shapes on it. The shapes do not have to be exact circles just make circular shapes and do not be slow, you need to make the circular shapes fast without spending much time. Initially the lines will not be very smooth but if you keep at it soon you will see the improvement.

Formula for drawing anything: Yes you have read it right. Indeed there is a formula that can help you to draw anything you want to draw under the sun and beyond. If you can draw four basic geometric shapes you can draw anything. This formula works simply because our world can be thought to be composed of four basic stapes. Now your question would be what are these shapes.

These shapes are very common ones like sphere, cylinder, cube and cone: if can draw this shapes you can draw anything. Look around your environment, everything, yes everything that you see can be thought to be structurally made of these four shapes. As an artist your task would be to become a master of drawing these basic shapes and learn to analyze your world in terms of these shapes. If you can do that (which you can certainly do with some practice) you now have the ability to draw anything you want.

One simple tip here: when you are looking at things and trying to decompose it into constituent geometric shapes in your mind's eye do not concentrate on details. Just look at the overall structure and break that down into geometric shapes Once you have the basic structure in your drawing book adding the details would be simple.

Do not start with something too complex: You should learn to walk before you can run. Yes like everything, you should follow the natural sequence. Instead of doing that if you try to draw something complex at the early stage there is every chance you will get frustrated soon. So start with simple things and if required draw a particular thing multiple times before you move on to something more involved. You can take the help of a good drawing course for this purpose. Because a good course will show you the steps you need to follow.

In this article we have detailed the tips and suggestions that a beginner can make use of to pickup drawing skills quite easily This is not to say practicing the craft will not be required but what the tips will actually do is these will show how a newbie can pick-up some useful skills quickly and start enjoying the practice sessions. Because unless beginner finds the sessions interesting they will not do the required practicing on their own.


Fun Kids Art Projects to Explore

Exposing your children to art at a young age can help them develop an enjoyment and appreciation for art, as well as spark their creativity. Young children are eager to explore the world around them, so providing ways for them to do that in an artistic way can be very rewarding. Remember, when it comes to art, there is no "right" or "wrong" way. A child will gain a better appreciation of art when they are having fun with it and can experiment a little with what they are doing. Consider these fun art exploration projects to enjoy with your children and help increase their appreciation and love of art.

Finger Painting

The art of finger painting has been around for years and is something even a small child can have fun doing. The idea, and feel, of dipping fingers and hands into paint and smearing them on a piece of paper seems to appeal to children. A tactile experience, or sense of touch, is a key element in a young child's development. They are unencumbered by things like brushes and getting strokes correct - they enjoy the freedom and the feel of painting with their fingers. Fortunately, finger paint is inexpensive and easy to use and comes in a variety of colors. You just need to have plenty of finger painting paper, water, apron or old shirt for your child to wear and protection for your table.

If you don't have finger paints around when the urge to finger paint strikes your child, you can make your own. Mix 1/4 cup of cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1-1/2 tablespoons of sugar and one cup of cold water together in a saucepan. Cook the mixture for about ten minutes over low heat, stirring constantly. Once the mixture has thickened to the consistency of finger paint, remove it from the heat and let it cool. Divide into several small plastic containers. Mix a few drops of food coloring into each container using a different color in each container.
When the paintings are dry you can have your child pick one or two favorites and place them in large picture frames so your child can enjoy them and proudly share them with others.

Crayon Scratch Art

Crayon scratch art is a wonderful project for adding an element of surprise to your child's artwork. It has become a very popular way for children to use their creativity because each piece they create is different. Start by protecting the table with paper or a plastic tablecloth. Since small pieces of crayon may be flying once the project begins, you may want to cover the floor with paper or a drop cloth. The next step is to hand out paper and ask your child to select different color crayons - the more the better. Then, have them draw designs to completely cover the paper using as many colors as possible, except black. Next, have them use a black crayon to completely cover their design. There should be no color but black showing so the thicker the black color, the better. With a wooden popsicle stick they can now scratch off the black crayon making any design they want. When just the black crayon is removed, the other colors come through, looking like stained glass. The black outline helps the lighter colors to stand out. Their design can be as simple or as intricate as they want. You can display a few of their favorite works of art in metal picture frames.


Drafting Light Table

A drafting light table is a useful tool designed to aid artists in the delicate process of creation. Typically, light tables consist of a piece of durable frosted glass, thick plexiglass, or translucent plastic that is lit from beneath by a bright light. This particular tool is often used by visual artists to assist in viewing and reviewing film negatives. A drafting light table is also invaluable in tracing designs and images.

There are a variety of drafting light tables on the market. The most basic kind, also called a light box, is a small lighted box which can be easily held on the lap or set on any flat surface, can be purchased at almost any arts and crafts store. Larger, stand-alone tables can be purchased through online dealers and at select art supply shops. The angle of the tops of these larger litetables are often adjustable, as with a studio drafting table. Higher quality lite tables feature drawers, cubbies, and niches for storing art supplies and tools. Big drafting light tables are generally significantly more expensive than their smaller, more portable cousins.

For those with skill in carpentry, metalworking and electrical installation, it is possible to build a custom drafting light table oneself. A large, sturdy table can be constructed with a solid wooden frame. For a more portable, yet durable drafting light table, lightweight aluminum can be used. A common method of doing this cheaply and easily is to use a metal picture frame for the top of the box. Simply replace the glass with semi-transparent plexiglass or frosted glass and attach the picture frame to the top of the box with hinges and a clasp (this will allow easy access when you need to change out light bulbs). Install banks of low-energy lights (those used in nightlights work especially well), spaced so that light will diffuse evenly through the transparent top. Finally, mount the light box on legs (prefabricated wooden legs are available at many craft and hardware stores, or one can make legs from strong metal tubing).

The location of a drafting table's interior light is crucially important. For lite tables to be effective, the light must be evenly dispersed across the entire surface of the box. It is also important that the light not be too close to the translucent surface, otherwise the table will become too hot to use and may even damage film or art supplies. The best way to accomplish even lighting without generating a lot of heat, is to use diffusers and many individual lower-wattage lights; this is what most quality commercially manufactured drafting tables utilize. The reason that most light tables have semi-transparent tops is because this allows the light to come through crisply without being glaringly bright.

Many artists find it convenient to be able to alter the light from their tables. An effective means of doing this is to simply purchase colored transparencies, which are available at most copy shops and office supply stores. This can be laid over the top of the drafting table and will serve as an inexpensive filter.

Light tables are useful in a wide variety of artistic areas. No serious artist should ever be without a drafting light table. Whether a small portable light box or a full-sized drafting light table, light tables are indispensable to visual artists.


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