HOW TO DRAW: November 2007

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

How to Draw Cartoon Dogs - An Easy Tutorial

There are various ways to draw a dog. Here I will describe one procedure which is easy and can be used by people with different skill levels from beginner to intermediate. You can use these instructions to draw the dog either on paper or on your computer. You will find the required diagrams for this tutorial at URL given bellow.

Draw four circular shapes position and them vertically as shown in the diagram. The top most shape will form the head of the dog. The one bellow it will be the snout of the dog. And the lowest two are for the dog's body. Draw the ears on the top most shape as shown in the figure. Two small circles and will form the eyes of the dog. Place two half circles around the eyes these will be eye brows of you cartoon dog.

Now make another small circle concentric to the circle for the snout this is the tip of the dog's nose. You can check the figure to see the placement of it.

Now draw the legs. Your dog will be in sitting position so the front legs will be straight whereas the hind legs will be folded. Once you are done with these steps add some details like the neck and mouth.

Lastly erase the construction lines that are not part of the cartoon dog's body. For making the drawing beautiful you should be drawing the construction line with 2H pencil applying as little pressure as possible. Once you finish your work and erase the construction lines you can redraw your dog with deep lines. You can also use inking pen to ink your drawing. Proper inking will make your dog livelier.

Learn To Draw Simple Stuff First

What is going wrong with my drawing?... Why Can't I draw?

Here are 2 questions that are asked by people who think they can't draw.

Do you know something... "Yes, you can draw"

And, what's more you can draw anything you want to draw... Landscapes, Portraits, Cars, Cats and Dogs. Its easy when you know how... But first learn to draw. Learn to draw 'simple' before you try complicated stuff.

Watch a professional artist draw a portrait... An artist puts in the simple framework first with light pencil marks. Then the artist looks again at the subject in front to make sure that everything is right. Only when satisfied does the artist move on towards the finished drawing

A professional artist is careful about preparing properly before working towards a finished drawing. "So, how can you expect to learn to draw without equal care?"

The artist makes simple marks to learn about the subject... To get the idea of form. To understand the function of the object. To feel the sensation of texture.

"Do you really think you can learn to draw expertly without keeping it simple first?"

Imagine you have a bowl of fruit on a table... 2 Apples, 1 Pear, a Bunch of Grapes and a Banana. You want to draw a picture. It is a simple still-life study. But, you will make a mess of it unless you see...

  1. The Apples are almost circular
  2. The Pear is 'Pear-shaped'
  3. The Grapes are round but smaller than the apple
  4. The Banana is long and curved
  5. The top edge of the circular bowl looks like an oval (a squashed circle)
  6. The straight lines of the edges of the table sides seem to want to join somewhere in the distance

All of this is obvious to you... Yet, unless you see the key words in the list you can't start to draw well. The key words are... Circular, Pear-shaped, Round, Curved, Oval and Straight lines.

Here's a 3- part challenge for you before you try to draw anything... Learn how to draw lines... Practice drawing circles... Discover how to sketch with curves.

Even if your lines aren't perfectly straight your drawing will improve. Even if your circles aren't exactly round your drawings will become better. And, when your curves are drawn loosely and freely your own individual drawing style will be released.

Transform your drawing skills... Learn to draw simple stuff first... Draw Lines, Circles, Arcs and Curves.

Get your Free Drawing Lesson and discover how simple lines and circles help you create a Moonscape Drawing.

Michael Dale is the author of 1- Color Is Best (the quick and easy way to learn to paint watercolor) and 3- Colors Are All You Need (mix any color you want fast using only 3 colors). Contact to find out more.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

5 Drafting Tables Perfect For The Drawing Artist And Businessman

Finding a quality drafting table to suit your needs can make a huge difference in the quality of your work. You want to go with something that is comfortable, easy to adjust to, and fits with how you need to use it. Here are 5 different drafting tables to consider when looking on the market.

1. Professional drafting table
Professional drafting tables are ideal for professional architects, engineers, artists, drafters, and everything in between. These tables will offer you professional features and a sturdy construction for stability. Because of the well build design, you can expect these tables to last you for many years. At the same time, you can expect to pay for many years worth of use with a hefty bill.

2. Folding drafting table
As you may have guessed, folding drafting tables do coincidently fold up. The bonus to this is that you can easily move your table wherever you wish to work. This can be convenient for artists who are on the go and want to work on the site. They are rather light for easy transportation. The downside to these tables is that they are not very sturdy and typically do not last longer than a few years depending on the usage you put into it.

3. Wood drafting table
Wood drafting tables are the traditional and contemporary design that people think of. There are many different brands and kinds of wood that are used to create these tables giving you a number of different choices. Another option is to have these tables custom built for you so that you can have a mounting system for your computer. The sky is the limit with wood tables.

4. Four-post design
A four-post design offers the highest stability and strength in a drafting table that you will find. And what is great about a four-post design is that you get incredible stability at a reasonable price. These designs are the perfect addition to your office, home, or for school. While they will not last quite as long as a professional table and do not have as many features, this is toward the top of the list with drafting tables.

5. Artist table
If you are an artist, you are well aware of the need to find a drafting table that tilts 90 degrees. Because of the need to draw and paint at different angles, having a table specifically for artists is essential. These tables are also known as a tilt top artist table. With these tables, you have the ability to use as a horizontal work surface as well as a large art easel.

The options are endless when it comes to shopping for drawing tables. The five listed above are certainly the most common tables purchased, but there are plenty more you can find. This list will help you get started, though, on your quest for finding the perfect drawing table.

Craig Thornburrow is an acknowledged expert in his field. You can get more free advice on a drafting table and a used drafting table at

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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

How to Draw Fantasy Creatures

Drawing fantasy creatures takes some skills that go beyond the normal realm of drawing because you can’t find a subject to pose for you – unless you live in an enchanted forest! So you are faced with not only the task of learning how to draw you are also faced with the challenge of tapping into your imagination and then putting this down on paper. Here are some solid tips that will help you imagine and draw better fantasy creatures.

How to Tap into your Imagination

Doodling and drawing with a free style is the best way to get your creativity and imagination flowing. The process to follow is to simply draw quick sketches and then modify them as things start to appear. It goes something like this: Draw a roughly human shaped head then start to add a body to it but don’t consciously make it a human body, vary your lines and see where it goes. You will be surprised by what happens. Your eye will start to see things in a different way and you will create some fantastic creatures. These should only be quick sketches and you should draw lots of them – fill the sheet of paper and see where the drawings go. This is a great way to come up with the initial idea for a new fantasy creature.
Changing the shape of existing creatures and animals – Many of the most familiar fantasy creatures are variations of familiar animals. A Unicorn is a variation of a horse and a Dragon is a variation of a Dinosaur. Think of other creatures and doodle their rough shape while thinking up variations. What would a cat look like if it had scales instead of fur? Or how about a Giraffe with short legs?
The Power of Combining Animals – this is a very powerful way to create new fantasy creatures and Greek Mythology is loaded with this kind of beast. A Centaur is half man and half horse; and a mermaid is half woman and half fish. The possibilities are endless and when you are doodling out ideas don’t limit yourself to just upper and lower body combinations. Try combining limbs, torsos, heads, hands, feet or anything else that strikes you.
The creative power of distortion – Often times fantasy creatures are distortions of humans or other animals. Think of your drawing as a lump of clay that you can mold into any shape. Distort the arms, legs, torso, head or anything else. This will reap some great results. If you draw a human that is very skinny with an oversized head you are heading toward something goblin-like. And if you draw a human that is very thick and stocky you might be heading toward a Troll or Ogre.
Here are a couple of unusual ways to tap into your imagination and create unusual fantasy creatures. Try making an unusual sound then try to draw the creature or beast that would make that sound. Or write out a description in words for your beast then try to draw it. These two techniques bring other parts of your brain into the process not just your hand-eye coordination.

The Mechanics of How to Draw Better Fantasy Creatures

Everything relates to human anatomy – If you practice drawing people you will get much better at drawing fantasy creatures. The same basic rules of musculature and skeletal understructure apply to all biological creatures – even made up ones. Remember: Skin or fur is something that covers muscles and bones but don’t completely hide it. The bones and muscles show through. So draw more people and your fantasy creatures will improve.
Draw more existing creatures - Fantasy creatures are almost always variations of creatures and animals that already exist. If you want to draw a dragon you should think about and look at pictures of dinosaurs and large lizards. If you want to draw a unicorn you should use a horse as your model. And there are many variations on the human form. If you want to draw a dwarf, an elf or a goblin you can use the human form as a perfect starting point. The important thing to remember is that the more horses you draw the better your unicorns will be and the more dinosaurs you draw the better your dragons will be. And the best thing about this is that you can easily find pictures of horses and dinosaurs to look at while you draw.
Use your drawing tools for more expression – When drawing a creature you have to think of its disposition. Is it a gentle creature or a mean creature? Use your pencil in a way that expresses this. Dark, bold and sharp lines are usually better when drawing angry or scary creatures and soft lines are usually better for gentle, mythical creatures. This is something that is often overlooked but it is very important. You are using your pencil in a way that goes beyond just drawing lines. And this applies to a whole spectrum of techniques including short lines, long lines, choppy lines and even shading.
Don’t hesitate to look at and copy other peoples work. Carefully looking at other fantasy work will improve your work dramatically. When doing a copy you are forced to see things you wouldn’t normally see and this is a great way to learn how to do it yourself. – Just don’t claim the creature as your own.
Keep a sketch and doodle book and work in it often. This is something that works real well for me because looking over many pages of doodles you have done in the past will often inspire new ideas for drawings of creatures.
Drawing fantasy creatures is a challenging yet rewarding hobby. It has the dual benefit of improving your ability to draw while cultivating your creativity and imagination. With a bit of practice and an understanding of these basic tips you will be drawing some amazing fantasy creatures in no time at all.

Will Kalif is a writer and artist of fantasy. If you would like to learn more about drawing fantasy and medieval creations check out his free fantasy art school at:The Fantasy Art School

Or you can visit his site devoted to fantasy, creativity, and all things medieval on the web at: Storm The

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