This comic is spot on perfect!

I’ve been really busy lately with life stuff and there’s about a dozen unanswered anon messages in my inbox asking how do I draw this or that.  I simply do not have the time to answer them because there is not enough time in the world to explain everything about drawing.  You just need to start doing it and as you go along you will gradually pick up knowledge little bit at a time, from both your own work and from seeing others’ art and usually without even being conscious of the progress.  This applies to everything in life.

any tips on sketching fast? Like for poses that are 10 seconds ish how do you get the proportions right and make it look like what you're actually sketching? I just don't know where to start- I think that's my problem. (by the way, thank you SO MUCH for answering your questions I'm sure we all appreciate it)
Anonymous

There was an excercise my life drawing teacher made us do in college before we started with the fast poses.  The first month or so we just did this and at the time it was sooo boring and made us physically hurt (and it was to physically strenghten our drawing arms too I guess lol) but afterwards I understood why she made us do it.  It made us stop thinking about drawing and trying to analyse the model and just instead let the information flow from our eyes to our hand without the logical brain getting in the way too much.  You need artistic input here and there but not so much in gesture (life) drawing.  It’s more or less the principle of “Drawing on the right side of the brain”, you can get a book on that if you need more tips.  But just be warned, this is not an instant thing that happens in one day, you will need to practice until you’re bored to death and then practice some more.  Click for read more for well.. more.

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Anon Q&A time
Rococo dress thoughts

I’m not a seamstress by any means so I’m afraid I can’t supply a step by step guide on how to make a rococo dress but if it helps you on your quest to figure it out I’ll do what I can.  All I know is under the cut:

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About scanning watercolours

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I hope you don’t mind but I’ll make this a public reply since I get this question every so often and it might be helpful for others.  I’m not an expert by any means on the matter and everything I’ve learnt has been through trial and error.

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is there anyway to erase watercolour?? i was painting tiana and i messed up and now i have a weird coloured part :(:(:(
Anonymous

There’s no undo button with traditional art methods.  :(  There are things you can do to try salvage it though. :) If you’re using high quality thick watercolour paper it’s usually fairly resilient to trying to scrub it up.  Wet the area you want to clean up with a brush and use kitchen paper towels or small natural sponge and pat as much of the paint off as you can.  Wheter this works or not depends mostly on the type of paper you used.  In principle watercolour itself is always water soluble and washable, it’s just some of the pigments stick to the fibers of paper (or clothes uggh) better than others.  Smooth bristol paper and dense coldpressed watercolour paper you can clean up fairly well (it won’t be white again but you should get most of the mess off so you can paint over it again). If it’s the spongy softer type of paper (like most handmade paper) or just thin cartridge paper it won’t help and I don’t even suggest trying as you’ll just disintegrate it.   Other option is just paint over the messed-up part with gouache or thicker watercolour.  Or turn the entire piece into a gouache or even an acrylic piece or if you’re at the very start just redraw the whole thing if the mess is that bad.  If it’s something where nobody needs to see the original of you can also just finish painting it normally, scan it in and fix your mistakes in photoshop or other photo editing software.   Or just go with the flow and use “weird” colours for the rest of it and tell everyone it’s what you meant to do.  :D  Hope some of this helps. 

How did you get the bubble affect on your little mermaid piece?

It was adapted from kids’ bubble painting creativity excercise.  When kids were doing their bubbles a while ago I got a *lightbulb* to make a few sheets of my own and scan them in for later use after they had gone to bed.  This last Ariel piece was composited in Photoshop with one of those bubble pages.  You could draw directly on the bubble-fied paper as well if you wanted to, I just didn’t initially plan the last Ariel to have bubbles, it just sort of ended there as an experiment.

If you want to know how we made these bubbles then this is how: In a shallow dish (depending on the size of your paper you might want to use a big/small dish, we were using A4s with little round cottage cheese tubs) mix a bit of water to a very generous squirt of washing up liquid (like seriously generous, this is what will make your bubbles happen) and PVA glue (the white gloopy stuff, be generous with that too because it will help hold the bubbles a bit longer) so you have about 2-3cm (about an inch) of liquid on the bottom of the dish.  Add a bit of poster paint/gouache/watercolour/acrylic/ink(basically any watersoluble colour works here) of whatever colour you want the bubbles to be, the more paint you throw in the more intense the colours will be.  Make a new tub for each different colour you want to use.  Spread some kind of a protective sheet (old newspapers or whatevs do fine) on where you’re working because this can get a little messy and you’ll want somewhere to leave the papers to dry (keep in mind they can get soaked through- especially if you involve kids and multiple colours). Get a straw, stick it in the coloured gloop and blow bubbles!!!  Blow until you have an overflowing cloud of bubbles rising from the dish and then either press the paper against the bubbles or use the straw (or your hands) to “scoop” and spread bubbles over your paper.  Because of the glue they hold up fairly well but will gradually just de-pop themselves over an hour or so when left to dry.  Note that because of the dishwashing liquid they will take a bit longer to dry than just normal paint (the ones where we scooped lots of bubbles on had to be left overnight).

I ended up with ones like these for example.  Like said, you can draw on top of these of course or use the paper for cards, wrappings, scrapbooking or anything else you like.  Oh and if anyone else wants to use these particular ones for textures be my guest.  :D

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I shall try to explain how I’d do it…

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foxil:

Man guys all of my artist friends and anyone who draws or anything should get a wysp account

Why?

Cause its a website based around artists and not only can you post your art on it, it also has a place where you can practice!!! drawing!!

look at this shiit

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heres the practice page!!!!!1!

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your profile!!!! 

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and this!!!!!!

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inspiration!!!!!

and did i mention this is all free?

ITS ALL FREE

so yeah go make an account my artist friends 

This website looks very promising for all artists, especially the practice engine for beginners and random challenges they’ve set up.  It’s so easy to get stuck just drawing things you like and it takes effort to go draw things you normally wouldn’t out of your own initiative.  

More Anon Q&A.  With drawing tips of sorts.

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