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How to start and when to finish a drawing

Posted on May 19, 2012 at 12:51 PM Comments comments (0)
How to start and when to finish a drawing

You´d think that the hard bit is the actual drawing you do,
but often it is the beginning and the end of a drawing that can be the biggest challenge.

What will be the purpose of your drawing, what will you draw and how will you start?

For instance, my nieces are doing their school exams and I would like to send them a card with a drawing for when they have finished.
I ride my bike and think. I do the dishes and think. I sit in the sun and think.
It is not so much thinking even, it feels more like daydreaming where ideas are floating around in my head and slowly I get a picture of what my drawing should look like.
I used to think very complicated things to draw but found out over the years that trying to draw them have given me more often a headache than not and often spoiled and my fun of drawing and the drawing itself.

So I keep it pretty simple and can always add if I like.
I am happily drawing away until I wonder when I should stop. If I keep going, will I spoil the drawing? Am I too hesitant and should I draw a little more?
What I do in this case, I scan the drawing and save it in a file on my computer. That way I always have this version of my drawing and I can keep working on it without worrying.

When I think I finished my drawing, I hang it up with bluetag on the wall (mostly in the kitchen).
In the next days I pass it and look at it. And I make then still little changes or even add things. Other people will pass it too and often notice things I did not even see (that I might also change). Once I stop working on the drawing and I am happy with it, well then my drawing is finished!

blue clown with coloured pencils 1
           I can not show you yet the drawing for my nieces, 
                         as the ideas are still floating around...                                       



Bringing shine and glitter in your drawings

Posted on March 5, 2012 at 9:44 AM Comments comments (0)
             Bringing shine and glitter in your drawings


engeltjes detail1

For this christmas card I filled in the top row of little dots of the dresses with a golden pen and I put a dash of golden glitterglue in each little dot of the bottom rows.

 I show you here a detail of the girls but in a photo you can not see as well  how it shines of course. Anyway, it changed a nice card into a very festive card.

Some drawings and images, like the one shown here, would look really nice too with a dash of glitter and shine.
I think of christmas- and fairy cards and anything else magical. But wherever you think a little extra highlight would look good, you can give it a try.

It is very tempting to go for it once you open the little bottles of glitter glue or start with a golden pen. I still splash with the shine and glitter too much and then, before I know it, my drawing disappears under the shine.

Better print a few copies of your drawing on heavy paper, and then try effects out on them. Remember that glue alone will leave a greasy mark, so make sure there is always glitter on the glue. And make sure you let the glue dry before you handle your drawing.



Drawing with pencils and finishing with photoshop

Posted on January 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM Comments comments (0)

Finishing your drawing with a little help from photoshop

When you have made a drawing or illustration, you can scan it in your computer.
Here are some reasons why you might want to do this;


  • Your average drawing won´t be bigger that an A4 size, so it will fit nicely in your scanner.
  • As soon as you have scanned your drawing, your have a copy, or two, or three,  as many as you like. And you can send it in one click to anyone in the world!
  • When you look at your drawing on the computerscreen, you can see a lot more detail than you could ever see with your naked eye.
  • Just about every computer these days has a simple photoshop program. With this program you can get rid of smudges very easily (there where even an eraser is useless), you can brighten your drawing and make more little changes with little effort.

You don´t have to be a wizard to use photoshop to make little changes.
You can even make big changes, but very soon you will see that mostly a little change, if any, is all a drawing needs.

  CAUTION!  Don´t think you can fix a bad drawing with your computer, a computer can only  help enhance it.  So if you don´t like your drawing, better start again.
Cleaning up, opruimen
















Don´t overdo the cleaning,
leaving a few messy lines will keep it lively.


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