Secrets of Beautiful Sketching

The Tools of the Trade

Drawing requires a lot of tools such as different kinds of pencils and different textured papers. Sketching is a free-form art where you only need very light strokes so it is always best to use hard lead pencils like an HB or 2H pencil. If you use mechanical pencils then a narrow lead point (0.7) is going to be your best friend.

Mastering the Art of Sketching

When you sketch you have to remember that this is completely free-form. Keep your hand from resting on the paper. You can try these four common ways to hold a pencil during your sketch sessions:

  • Basic tripod grip
  • Underhand tripod grip
  • Overhand tripod grip
  • Extended tripod grip

There are also different strokes to sketching and these are used to add a little bit of detail. They are generally used for quick portrait sketches and can be used to do shadows or add depth to a simple outline.
Some basic strokes are:

  • Long lines
  • Medium lines
  • Short lines
  • Tonal grading
  • Blending
  • Crosshatching
  • Corrugated lines

Perfecting the Art of Sketching

If you want to get good in sketching you should practice the habit of making shapes and lines with simple, …

By Gregory March 3, 2019 Off

Digital Graffiti Wall

What exactly is a digital graffiti wall and how does it work? Digital graffiti wall is an interactive tool for creating digital graffiti on a large screen, using digital spray paint cans. These are specially adapted to emit IR (infrared) light when the cap is pressed – instead of regular paint. As it moves across the screen, the light is tracked by a computer vision system to recreate the “sprayed” images onto the wall using a projector.

Just like with the traditional graffiti, your art will appear on the wall wherever the can is prayed. You can choose between a wide palette of paint colors. There are also different spray patterns, such as animated stars or swirls, paint effects, and custom stencils available. They will make your creations look like authentic graffiti art. You can also have your guests stand in front of a screen projector in order to have their picture taken, and then projected onto the digital graffiti wall – where they can “artistically” enhance the photograph.

Interface graphics and backgrounds are fully customizable: you can, for example, add your logo and product images to the wall, or make the photo of your company headquarters the background. …

By Gregory February 26, 2019 Off

Types of Creating Cartoon Drawings

Gag cartoons

‘Gag’ literally means a ‘joke’. Gag cartoons are usually single-paneled cartoon that is used to create fun about people in general. They create humor by the use of overstatements. They are used as a means of entertainment. Sometimes, they are used to highlight and poke fun at the faults or mistakes of humans. The cartoons may be accompanied by a single-sentence caption which may be the spoken words of a character.

Comic strip cartoons

This type of cartoon appears as regular features with known or established characters in newspapers. They are portrayed in series to illustrate or tell a story. Each strip includes a series of panels with the words of characters encased in a balloon. They are published together in one or two pages.

Animated cartoons (Animation)

This is a short, computer drawn cartoons made to appear as if it is hand drawn. They are made in series to create the illusion of movement and action. They are used for cinematography and are produced on audio-video screens. To create animation, each successive drawing in a panel is made to slightly differ from the first one before it to portray the notion of movement.

Editorial cartoons

This type …

By Gregory January 5, 2019 Off

Care For Magnetic Vehicle Door Signs and Decals

However, as you’ve pointed out in your question, many of our clients or other company’s clients aren’t exactly sure how to care for magnetic door decals. Let me say it once here – it is VERY IMPORTANT to maintain your magnetic decals properly for the sake of the decals, but even more so for your vehicle’s paint longevity, because if you don’t, you may cause serious problems for the paint under the area where your magnetic decals are placed on your vehicle’s door.

First, in regards to your decals, you must remove them off your vehicle daily, especially during the winter or rainy season in your area, but I would recommend doing this year around. However, in dry areas, one could get by with removing them once weekly (as on the weekends). Still, when your truck or car doors’ paint is at stake, I personally would say to err on the safe and less costly side of this equation.

When you remove your door magnets, you’ll want to have a place where you lay them out flat every evening, or at least for the weekend. Any slight bump will permanently create a bump in the magnetic material that may cause …

By Gregory July 18, 2019 Off

Mural Painting

A characteristic of this later, more sophisticated mural art was the use of decorative features such as frames, borders and geometrical patterns, which might accompany the theme of the painting and help it sit comfortably in the architecture that it decorated.

In modern times we still see murals being painted, but now often as political propaganda or commercial advertising. The availability of wallpaper and other commercial decorative features has made painting an expensive option but fortunately there still exists a market for purely decorative murals. In popular culture spray can graffiti has created its own heritage of mural art.

Trompe L’Oeil.

The late Greek and Roman period discovered the decorative the use of trompe l’oeil – that is making a flat wall surface seem as if it is 3D architecture, simply by painting it on with light and shade. Impossible architectural fantasies became possible in the hands of an artist. In Pompeii and Herculaneum there are many surviving murals using fantastic trompe l’oeil. The technique really came into it’s own in the Renaissance period. Ceilings became decorated as skies full of clouds and cherubs, walls had balustrades and pillars giving onto fantastic landscapes with battles raging and mythological creatures roaming. …

By Gregory July 17, 2019 Off

Cecil Aldin Prints

Around 1900-14 he created sets of six caricature type humerous paintings, mainly foxhunting and racing. eg. The Fallowfield Hunt. The Blue Market Races. The Harefield Harriers. The Cottesmore Hunt. Nearly all were purely fictional, much to many people’s disappointment who would like to be able to name where these scenes took place today. Alas, this was not his intention and we shall never know! Today these are still sought after. Aldin was particularly fond of hunting, hence the large Hunting Countries which were produced from 1912-13 – 1925.

He wrote and illustrated well over 100 children’s books which also included many books, which although well suited to children, tend to be even more appreciated by adults of any age! His dog books continue to be reprinted today. Indeed probably the most popular book ‘A Dog Day’ was first published in 1902 and by 1950 had been republished 15 times. Today it is still available and continues to be republished! It has truly stood the test of time! Amongst some his most popular books are: Sleeping Partners, 40 Fine Ladies, Dogs of Character and Drawing Dogs.

His early works were published in periodicals ie. The Sketch, The Graphic, Illustrated London News …

By Gregory July 17, 2019 Off

Clementine Was An Artist

Back in the 1800’s, there was once a girl named Clementine Hunter who lived with her family at Melrose plantation located near Natchitoches, Louisiana. A plantation is a large farm where crops are grown, like cotton, corn or other vegetables. Clementine spent her entire life living and working on a plantation. It was not always an easy life for Clementine – it was sometimes hard and harsh.

When she grew up and got married, she had five children. She would take her children to the fields to work with her so that she could check on them while picking cotton. Even though it was hard work, she enjoyed picking cotton.

Clementine was promoted from the fields to the house. She became the gardener and took care of the laundry. She made clothes for the plantation owner’s children and their dolls. Designing clothes was another of her many hidden talents. Clementine was an artist in many ways, and loved to create quilts in beautiful rich colors in addition to the clothes she made.

She was very poor as a young girl and could not afford crayons, markers or paints like students have today. She didn’t attend school in her younger days …

By Gregory July 16, 2019 Off

Thanjavur Paintings


The paintings started its existence since 1600 A.D. The painters from the Vijayanagar Empire migrated to different parts after the defeat of Vijayanagar Empire. Some migrated to Thanjavur and stayed there under the patronage of the Nayakas Empire. The Nayakas were the one who started giving the importance to the paintings. After the defeat of the Nayakas by the Marathas, the painters got more importance as the Marathas were more passionate towards paintings than the Nayakas. Many paintings of the gods, goddess, religious persons and kings were drawn on the temples, palaces and even on buildings.


The olden people followed many techniques to draw the paintings. They used the natural colours like the vegetables and the dying to colour the paintings. They followed the Chinese reverse glass technique which is cheaper and popular than many other techniques. The painters will draw the paintings at the back of the glass which makes the paintings look great with its shining and stone effect. They used the red colour for the background, blue colour for Lord Vishnu and Green colour for Goddess Sivakami. Most of the diagrams are drawn on the spot and each diagram took more than 5 hours to …

By Gregory July 16, 2019 Off

How To Make Amazing Oil Paintings

Traditional oil painting processes often start with a sketch. The artist is set to draw his subject matter onto the canvas using charcoal. After which, he is to start mixing the colors with linseed oil and solvents. And then, these mixtures were applied over the drawing appropriately and each layer brushed was mandated to have thicker oil coating than the last to promote faster drying, which might take about two weeks. After six months, the finished product is varnished to give it additional protection. And subsequently, it is framed for display.

When making oil paintings, it is highly recommended that you lay out your choice of colors on your palette before you start, in the order you intend to use them so you could progress instinctively and avoid making mistakes. If you want to test how certain mixtures will pan out, try out different combinations first using a sheet and label them appropriately. In addition, try not to use ivory black for your sketching, in case you do not have charcoal, as it tends to dry slower than other oil paints. If you are using charcoal, draw lightly so it does not affect the colors you utilize after. Be mindful …

By Gregory July 16, 2019 Off

Types of Stage Lighting

Flood lights

The quality, shape, and size of the beam emitted from flood lights are rigid with no option to make adjustments. It is a popular choice for illuminating skies or backgrounds, but not so desirable for highlighting the actors. Flood lights can operate as a single light or combined with three or four other lights to provide a color mix. Most come with a reflector to make it easier to provide an even wash across a large space.

Soft spots

Soft spots are easier to control with the ability to adjust the beam shape and size. The quality of the light emitted is soft and even edged, and has minimal light spillage outside the intended area. This type of light is more practical for the short throws, and is generally unsuitable for long throws.

Profile spots

The use of profile spots is suggested in the areas of stage lighting that needs precise control. Profile spots can be combined with shutters (hard edge) and iris diaphragm (round edge) to help create the desired shape and size. Also, purpose-made masks can be applied to help build the more unique shapes. Plus, the quality of the edge is adjustable by making changes …

By Gregory July 15, 2019 Off

Pointillism in Art History

Pointillism is a painting technique whereby thousands of tiny dots of a pure colour are applied to a canvas very close to one another to form an image. The main concept behind pointillism is to use dots of only two to three colours in a particular area. The smaller the dots, the clearer the painting will be and the sharper its lines will be. The basic idea behind pointillism is that your mind and eye blend the colours together to create the image when viewed from a distance.

No – pointillism is all about the painting technique. It doesn’t matter what the subject matter is, as long as it’s painted with small dots of pure colour. There are many famous paintings covering different subject matters that are painted in the pointillist style. Examples include Vincent van Gogh’s self-portrait and Paul Signac’s Sunday, which depicts a Parisian couple at home on a typical Sunday.

Pointillism was developed by Impressionist painters Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Seurat’s pointillism painting, Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, is one of his most famous works and is known throughout the world. This particular painting took over two years to finish and remains …

By Gregory July 13, 2019 Off

Passionate Affair

Developing industrial technology and the improved transportation network resulted in lower costs of manufacturing. One of the products to benefit was paper, which we consider insignificant today. However, prior to the 19th century, paper was very expensive, and affordable only to the affluent. In the early 19th century, manufacturing improvements resulted in a significant reduction in the production cost of paper, which in turn, fueled an expansion of printing newspapers and books.

Public literacy blossomed as education became more accepted for the emerging middle-class. Paper products such as envelope and stationery became affordable, and postal service had just begun in many countries. These factors combined to make writing to family, friends and loved ones a very fashionable pastime. A strong market developed for desk sets of writing equipment, accessories, and associated novelties, such as paperweights.

This was also a time of extreme sentimentality. Paperweights became a popular gift item to be given to loved ones as a symbol of affection. They were considered to be more charming than valuable, and were prized more for their sentimental symbolism than their cost.

Although many of the techniques for making paperweights were known by the Egyptians since about 100 B.C., no one had …

By Gregory July 13, 2019 Off

Create Photoshop Watercolor Effect

  1. Step-1: At first, install the latest version of Photoshop in your computer. Select the photo file on which you want to create the watercolor effect. Duplicate the background layer. It is better to duplicate it three times. You can press “control j” to copy layers. Press them three times. Now turn off the two primary layers. You will notice a small icon. This tiny icon determines that the layer is visible or, not. When it is visible, it means the layers are visible and when you click on the icon it disappears, it means that the layers are no longer visible.
  2. Step-2: Select layer one and it will appear in blue color. Point your cursor on the filter menu>artistic>cutout. Right after choosing the filter, a dialogue box will appear. You will notice there are three boxes. One is for the number of levels second one is for edge simplicity and the last one is edge fidelity. Set the value of first two boxes to four and the last one as two. Click OK to save and exit.
  3. Step-3: Point your cursor to the layers palate and select the blend mode option. Click on the drop down menu, set it to
By Gregory July 8, 2019 Off