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The Best Pastel Pencils For Beginners: 7 Top Brands Explained

Same old problem, there’s too much choice, so how do you choose the right pastel pencils? If you are struggling, this guide will help you choose the best pastel pencils for beginners Stabilo CarbOthello Pastel Pencils Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel Pencils Derwent Pastel Pencils Caran D’ache Pastel Pencils Koh-I-Noor Gioconda Pastel …

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How to Start Drawing Wildlife and Make Your Life Happier

Drawing wildlife is an enjoyable niche and one that I’ve managed to turn into both a job and a lifestyle. When I tell people that I’m a wildlife artist and I travel the world looking for wildlife subjects, they almost swoon with envy.  The public has a love for charismatic …

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

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

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?

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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How to Repair Drawing Paper – 8 Ways to Rescue Your Artwork

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 drawing paper – most of the time. Paper …

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