Coloring books were introduced as a method of relieving stress or occupying one's time while in a waiting room or as a traveling activity to help pass the time. Participating adults have questions about using colors, and they wish to go beyond their elementary knowledge and enter the world of art.
Glass and Birds Page in my Moleskine watercolor journal by Robert A. Sloan In my Glass and Birds Page, above, I used hatching and crosshatching with fine point colored pens to create values and shapes in an orange glass paperweight and around two...
Cape Cod Poppies, drawn in Derwent AquaTone woodless watercolor pencils on paper, dry, by Robert A. Sloan. Photo reference from WetCanvas.com August Colored Pencils Challenge posted by draymond for the August 2009 Colored Pencil Challenge. Rocks...
Come on by, and learn how to draw the crazy canine-suited robot sidekick from the Nickelodeon show, "Invader Zim." In a few easy steps, you'll be drawing the ever-popular Gir to your heart's content!
This article will help an aspiring artist create a beautiful still-life drawing using common drawing materials.
If you have a collection of beautiful notebooks and journals you're afraid to write in, here are some ideas to help you fire up your creative muse and fill those blank pages!
In this article we will see how to draw a 2- dimensional representation of 4- dimensional objects. Fig. 1 The Number Line 1-D Space Fig. 1 shows the x-axis or number line. This is a single dimension. Any point on the line is represented...
Gesture drawing is a simple, inexpensive way to help art students and artists of all skill levels improve their proficiency in drawing. This article explains the technique and gives advice on the best way to get the most out of this time-honored drawing exercise.
If you're a coloring fanatic and on the lookout for new types of books, you're in luck! These alternatives to standard coloring books may be just what you need.
Angry Birds has reached incredible heights of popularity despite starting out as a mere web game, and part of its fame is no doubt due to the colourful characters. The birds themselves are an odd-looking crew, and great subjects for fan pictures....
How to draw a gun will help you by showing three different methods for doing your drawing. It will also give you some pictures to show and help you as well as videos as examples.
Jamaica Beach Scene sketch by Robert A. Sloan, 5" x 7" in ball point pen and Pan Pastels on Pentalic Nature Sketch paper. Photo reference by VladK on WetCanvas.com. Pan Pastels by Colorfin LLC are a new form of soft pastels. Colorfin's proprietary...
In anticipation of the soon-to-be-released Disney/Pixar film, "Monsters University," learn how to draw one of the movie's lead monsters, Mike Wazowski!
Blue Lake Scene, 8 1/2" x 11" in Ultramarine Deep Dark Shade Pan Pastel by Robert A. Sloan Because at the end of the month you will be a much better artist. Your drawings and sketches will be more lifelike, your shading smoother, your lines more...
Try these journal entry writing prompts and tips—and learn to make a personal journal book from scratch or by using an old book, composition book, etc.
Tangerines, colored pencil drawing 4" x 5" by Robert A. Sloan, you may copy this drawing if you credit my HubPages tutorial and link to it when you post it online. This article is a step by step demonstration in colored pencil realism. Once...
Faces are an important part of manga storytelling. So here, I break down the secrets of drawing manga faces.
An art teacher shows how to draw a sea turtle step by step. Also includes 10 interesting facts about sea turtles. Great for a classroom lesson or for an adult art lesson. Enjoy!
Keeping an art journal can be a fun way to record life events and daily activities. This article gives ideas on what to write as well as how to write in an art journal. New ideas are added regularly.
Grab a pencil and some paper and learn how to draw a cute cartoon cat in this easy step-by-step guide!
This Color Guide includes: HOW TO USE a Color Wheel. A Warm and Cool Color Chart. A Mood Color Chart. Tint, Tone, and Shade. A Color Schemes and Design Style Color Chart.
Siamese cat profile, 9B graphite pencil (super soft) on paper by Robert A. Sloan. The finished demo drawing. Model is Aristophenes MRC Sloan, the cat who owns the author. When you draw a cat from life, as I just did, it's important to watch for a...
Some helpful tools for learning and mastering the art of animal anatomy. It's really not as scary as you think!
I wanted to get better at drawing hands so I challenged myself to draw one hand a day for 100 days and here is the result of my empowering drawings. You can do it too.
A simple guide to teaching yourself to draw, or at least improving your drawing ability by utilising/training the right (artistic) side of your brain.
Learn how to draw a trumpet with this simple drawing tutorial. A trumpet can be a rather complex subject to draw, so I broke it down into easy steps for you to follow!
An easy tutorial for learning to draw an underwater scene and how to color and shade with oil pastels. A great project for kids of all ages!
"Bishounen" means "pretty boy," and with these step-by-step instructions, you'll be able to draw this type of anime character.
Sketching the human face is the first essential step before the final drawing. Sketching is a penciled outline which acts as a guide towards adding details and refining a portrait.
In this hub, learn how to draw the head of everyone's favorite cowardly canine, Scooby-Doo! This guide is recommended to those with an intermediate knowledge of drawing, but all are welcome!
Having used watercolor pencils for many years, mostly in mixed media projects, here is a round-up of my favorite brands.
An overview of the basic color schemes for artists to be used as a guide to finding harmonious or contrasting color combinations. Some color theory to learn the basic color schemes: monochromatic, analogous, triadic, tetradic, split complementary, and complementary.
If you're tired of having embarrassing handwriting, discover these simple drills for improving your writing and the best handwriting manuals for adults.
Coloring books for adults are a great way to relieve stress and anxiety. This collection of animal mandala printable coloring pages are perfect for adults who are still kids at heart.
Do you know the meanings assigned to your favorite colors? Learn to interpret the use of colors in our world.
Learning to draw is not as hard as you may believe, but there is no place for a good memory in the process.
ACEO Lilacs in Prismacolor Premier on white Stonehenge paper by Robert A. Sloan ACEO Lilacs was a twenty hour production, not counting the time it took to take the photo reference and wait till the lilac bush in our back yard bloomed in 2007 to...
If you want to know how to draw a Bassett Hound dog, then just follow along with this simple, step-by-step tutorial. Anyone can be taught to draw if you follow a few simple directions.
Color Psychology, the study of how color affects mood, behavior and performance, can provide you with tools you can use to make positive changes in your life.
Some colored pencils sets Many art courses and traditional art schools suggest that beginners need to stick with limited palettes. Often art teachers want students to use only monochrome or two-color harmonies. Yet inside many artists I've known,...
Liquid chalk markers are a wonderful new product. They're perfect for designing a beautiful display on store windows. Use these principles to add charm to your shop or personality to your home!
Eyes are a signature defining aspect of manga drawing technique. Here's a basic, easy to follow guide that will help you with the basics of drawing anime-style eyes.
Painting a flower study in colored pencil. Step-by-step photos and detailed description. Super-simple, and looks lovely framed up as a gift.
An art teachers step-by-step art lesson on how to draw,color and make your own 3-D hand-print artwork. Great for Mothers Day gifts,birthdays,craft lessons with kids,Fathers Day gifts and just for fun!
Drawing is a way of looking at things. Some people naturally have an intuition for approaching a visual "problem" but for many, it's difficult and they become discouraged. Here are some quick tips!
If you have ever wanted to know how to draw a Leprechaun, this tutorial will show you how to do it. Easy, step-by-step instructions guide you through to a finished drawing.
If you want to learn to draw a simple and easy anchor then you need to take a look at this drawing tutorial. It teaches you a step-by-step process to draw a simple anchor quickly. Find out more...
Zentangle-inspired art (ZIA) is a lovely way to relax and create small abstract drawings with pen and pencil. Learn how to see tangles everywhere.
Would you like to have more texture in your artists' soft pastel paintings? Learn my technique to enhance your artwork.
The Munsell system describes color using three dimensions: hue, value, and chroma. Knowing the definitions is an essential tool for artists.
Learn how to draw a still life composition in this photo-illustrated guide that takes you through all the steps, from start to finish. Find out what supplies are needed, get some helpful tips, and much more.
Focus on a few important aspects of drawing, master the fundamentals, and each of your future drawings will be transformed.
Here are some tips on teaching children how to draw starting from stick figures and using letters and numbers to create figures.
Learn how to draw a cute seahorse with step-by-step instructions created by an art teacher! You'll find clear photos and ideas to help you along with 10 interesting facts about seahorses which make for a great art lesson in the classroom.
Many people think a diary is the same thing as a journal. However, there is quite a big difference between the two. Learn the characteristics of each and decide what you'd like to use!
Are you struggling to draw the person right in front of you? Figure drawing can be incredibly frustrating for beginners. But, with these simple tips, you can quickly improve your drawing skills.
Many people love stationery. For some, it is a fascination with paper. For others, it can be a love of pens, diaries, or desk tools like staplers and dispensers. My personal favorite stationery items are the pencil case and the mechanical pencil.
It’s been said that digital art is not art because it is created using a computer and there is no “original” piece, but is art really about the tools used to create it?
What is a bullet journal? Would I benefit from a bullet journal? How do I start a bullet journal? I aim to answer these questions for you along with a number of examples for inspiration.
The most recognizable trait in an anime iconography is more than meets the eye. Learn how to create your own pair of anime eyes in a few easy steps!
Learn how to draw the seed of life, the flower of life, and the basics for a mandala. I've included tips from my personal experience and insight into the origin of these designs.
An illustrator's job is to tell the story in pictures. But how many pictures? It all depends on the age of the child, the style of the book and the requirements of the publisher in question.
Charcoal is a difficult and messy medium to work with but can be handled well with a few small tricks and rules. I have done hundreds of these charcoal drawings and here are a few.
I thought I'd kick this off with something a little wicked for those of you that enjoy my art lessons. The topic is so simple it's almost stupid, right? How to draw an egg? Come on, you just make this oval and leave it white, right? Ever try to get...
A storyboard tells the basic story of a film, motion picture or commercial. Anyone with the desire to do so can become a storyboard artist and work alongside film directors. Read More...
I discovered that doodling can help you tap into your subconscious mind and consciously visualize what's hidden there. You may even get to understand yourself better with this interesting and fun doodling experiment.
This is the best guide to draw Bootleg Bart Simpson quick and easy! By following these steps you can draw your own custom, hand-made, a personal one of a kind creation. Use it to make gift cards, make fanzines, or to draw at the end of letters.
This article explains why illustration is one of the most powerful tools for visual communication and provides an overview of different types and styles of illustration, techniques, and area of application.
If you have decided to take up journaling, whether it be a diary or perhaps a gratitude journal, then why not use collage to help you express how you feel?
Color pencil drawing can be a subtle or bold medium depending on which type you use and how you use it. Read on to learn about the factors that differ in the color pencil world.
Drawing is simply a matter of creating and connecting shapes in a certain way - it's really as simple as that. Follow along with this drawing tutorial to create a scientist of your very own...
How to draw a still life step by step, from setting up a composition of objects to drawing shapes, lines, and shades.
A Winter Fantasy, 5" x 7" in Richeson semi-hard pastels on Fresh Grey Colourfix sanded pastel card, by Robert A. Sloan Richeson, a well established art supply manufacturer, recently came out with three new lines of pastels. Experienced pastelists...
Prismacolor colored pencils (both Premier and Premier Lightfast) and Prismacolor watercolor pencils are all prone to internal breakage. Learn how to sharpen and care for them properly.
Drawing is a fun thing to do. Most people love to doodle even if they aren’t “artists” or imagine they have any drawing skills. It helps us to think, solve problems, imagine.
Even professional designers use only 20% of their knowledge 80% of the time and that's what I'll be covering here.
It is in us, somehow, to try to recreate what we see using lines and color, and so we draw. Here are a few things to think about when drawing faces.