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Why Art Competitions and Juried Shows Are Not Worth the Effort

By Kevin Hayler
are art competitions worth the effort header. Three judges holding up zero scores

There’s a great temptation for artists, especially at the start of their careers, to enter art competitions and exhibit in juried shows but are they really worth your time and effort? Entering an art competition is an expensive, time-consuming, lottery. The selection process by self-appointed unaccountable experts is arbitrary and …

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How to Motivate Yourself to Draw When You’re Not in the Mood

By Kevin Hayler
Two cats sleeping under plant pots in the dappled shade. A pencil drawing by Kevin Hayler

How do you motivate yourself to draw when you feel like crap, have no energy and you’ve run out of coffee? We’ve all been there but there are strategies that can help. Motivation requires self-discipline and that requires a routine. Give your day a work structure. Get up at the …

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Can You Draw With Mechanical Pencils? Folly or Game-Changer?

By Kevin Hayler
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Onlookers are often surprised to see me draw with mechanical pencils, yet I use them all the time. They are my tools of choice. Mechanical pencils are excellent for drawing. The ‘leads’ range in size from 0.2mm – 0.9mm and graded from 6H – 4B. The ‘leads’ are made of …

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Repair Damaged Drawing Paper – 8 Ways to Rescue Your Artwork

By Kevin Hayler
How to repair damaged paper. Drawing with coffee cup and coffee stain

Accidents happen. We’ve all been there, coffee splashes, tears, and buckles, they can all feel like a total disaster. Well, all is not lost. It’s possible to rescue your art from all kinds of mishaps. I will teach you how to repair damaged drawing paper – most of the time. …

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What’s the Right Paper for Pencil Drawing? (How to Choose Wisely)

By Kevin Hayler
Assorted pencil drawing pads and sketching paper. How to choose the right paper

Have you ever arrived in an art store and been overwhelmed by the bewildering choice of paper? How do you choose the right paper for pencil drawing? You can’t buy each one and test them out. That’s why I decided to demystify the process and offer you a few pointers. …

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