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How can I draw lightly with the pencil

How can I draw lightly with the pencil

  Hard lines do not exist in reality hence learn to draw lightly It is tempting to think that pure lines as once pure thoughts were the soul of reality. Mathematical fantasies. Lines are beautiful mental creatures but only live as tools to help us survive. As such, we should draw them only in our Read more

Why learning to draw takes so much time

Why learning to draw takes so much time

  Our understanding of time and being is constantly being misled Should you practice any art for a long time, you will probably realise that linearity and normal distributions are not well suited to describing any form of learning. 1. How did we grow so strong in our art? How did man really achieve all Read more

Why is realistic drawing so hard to learn?

Why is realistic drawing so hard to learn?

  Why realism? When did we artists start searching for reality as if we didn’t have enough of it? Wasn’t there a time where proximity to the real was deemed ungraceful and profane? Our intentions are at stake : “It has gradually become clear to me what every great philosophy up till now has consisted Read more

The most efficient way of drawing

The most efficient way of drawing

  Why is it that the most simple and obvious drawing methods always elude us? It seems useless to accumulate knowledge when the simplest drawing methods are at hand. But we might not want to look it in the eye. Diversity and richness are qualities everyone admits nowadays but are they really what we artists Read more

How to practice drawing efficiently

How to practice drawing efficiently

Our cultures don’t encourage us to think much about learning. Instead we regard it as something that just happens to us. But learning must itself consist of sets of skills we grow ourselves; we start with only some of them and slowly grow the rest. Why don’t more people keep on learning more and better Read more

Why it is so hard to practice drawing

Why it is so hard to practice drawing

Why is it so hard to practice drawing? In my own experience as an aspiring artist, I have often felt frustrated with not making any progress in my work. To be honest, I don’t think we really understand anything about practice. Look at how our world is organized : it is more of a desolate Read more

How to draw with charcoal : an introduction

How to draw with charcoal : an introduction

  Charcoal is a difficult beast to tame If graphite lives in the light and behaves smoothly in all circumstances, charcoal has a wild and shadowy nature. Raw, coarse, obscure, velvety, unforgiving, it is a god of the underground.  The Difference Between Graphite and Charcoal Explained 1. What is charcoal? “The truth is something that Read more

What are the advantages of graphite for drawing?

What are the advantages of graphite for drawing?

  Graphite or charcoal : is this the real dilemma? Some will say : it is a matter of preference. Others will be led by their pragmatism : they will use everything at their disposal and be proud to be called “multimedia” artists. But in the end, between graphite and charcoal or other media, it Read more

Leonardo’s lost eye and why you should be careful about closing one eye

Leonardo’s lost eye and why you should be careful about closing one eye

Two years ago, I was sitting relaxed in my chair listening to the examination of the patient before me. Strangely enough, the doctor’s office didn’t have any door. No doctor patient confidentiality! Can you believe that? But I didn’t mind! On the contrary, I like listening to people’s stories and problems.  There’s always something one Read more