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How can I improve my handwriting ability?

I really like writing encouraging letters to my friends every so often. Writing them by hand makes them feel a lot more personal, but I am always hesitant to do so because my handwriting has always ...
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Drawing Area turned white

The drawing area in illustrator turned white -- I do not mean the art board. How do I change it back to gray?
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What's the fastest-drying pen?

I'm talking about real pens, not software! I love drawing with Sharpies except that I often smear the lines with my sweaty wrists! What's a similar black drawing pen/marker (felt tip or otherwise) ...
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Better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace?

Are there any better ways of vectorizing photos than Illustrator's Trace? I don't have one of them Wacom boards so I can't really do this by hand.
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Split an image with a zig-zag in Illustrator?

I've been trying for the last 3 nights to halve a simple vector image of a padlock I had drawn following a tutorial. My headache is: I don't want to simple divide it right at the middle, I want to ...
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Illustrator: How to draw circles at control points?

I drew a polygon using the pen tool. Now I'd like to draw small circles (illustrating vertices) at the polygon control points.
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How to draw sugar with a pencil

How can I draw sugar with a pencil to get a realistic look? I tried it like this (it's not ready yet): Is it better to use stripes/dots or is there a better way?
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How to Draw Perfect Curves in AI?

A perfect curve looks something like this image: When I try to draw a similar curve shape in Illustrator, I couldn't get the above effect. It's just about 85% perfect. As you see closely, there are ...
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How to draw lotus in sacred geometry

Could someone explain how one draws the lotus symbol found in sacred geometry EG the around the chakra symbols found in Hinduism. Is there a process as with the seed of life?
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Is it possibe to extract coordinates for shapes drawn in any graphics manipulation software? [closed]

Is there a way of extracting coordinates of shaped which are drawn in a given graphics manipulations software? Here I give a very basic example. Image I draw a rectangle in a Paint (it can be any ...
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How do I find the inclination of my Horizon line with respect to the paper/board while sketching a 2-point perspective?

Premise: In a 2-point perspective, the two vanishing points dictate the angle of the lines parallel to the respective axes they represent, say X and Y, while the third axis, say Z, is ...
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Name of drawing with smooth solid high-contrast shapes

What is the common style name of drawings that consist of smooth solid high-contrast shapes with minimal number of details and minimal number of colors used? Samples:
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Am I supposed to draw cartoon faces in orthographic or perspective projection?

I am doing exercises from Fun With A Pencil and now I have to draw spheres And now I have a question - am I supposed to draw them in orthographic projection or in perspective? For example if I am to ...
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Autocad 15 - Print by plot scale (Architect)

I've been learning AutoCad for quite a while now, but I want to know how exactly I use plot scale to print the drawing. I want to draw in meters. If the width of a room is 3.5m, then I shall draw a ...
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Is there a gesture-like exercise for drawing faces?

Many people told me doing gestures is great as a learning tool, gives you the pencil mileage, feeling for shape, form and proportion, and so on. I started doing them, basing my tries on this, this ...
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How do I draw straight lines tangent or perpendicular to a path?

The tangent is the line which is perpendicular to the local radius. Intuitively, it's the line "resting" or "balanced" on that point in the curve. The perpendicular (or the normal) is the line ...
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Annotations in Isometric View AutoCAD 2014

I want to set Annotations for my drawing but in isometric view it gives me the distance following the orange line when I need the length of the yellow one. Does anyone know what settings I should ...
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Faded Colour Code Calculation

I know multiple programs that calculate colours based on a percentage. I really love when colours are displayed this way as they seem to fade in a non-luminous dull way that is really indicative of a ...
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Help me to choose a software for drawing

Which is the best software for drawing below picture?
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How can I improve my drawing tablet skills?

I've tried using my fianceƩ's tablet a few times, but find it difficult looking at the screen instead of my hand as I'm working. Does anyone have any tips for becoming more comfortable so I can make ...
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Drawing in Perspective: Fit sphere into cube

Assuming I have a cube drawn in two-point perspective (or even three-point). I'd like to draw a sphere inside the cube such that it touches all sides. A sphere becomes a circle on paper. How do I ...
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How do I draw a square with rounded corners in Adobe Flash CS6?

I can't find any options for rounded corners in the draw palette in Flash CS6 and Google is not returning any answers. This seems like it should be so simply to do. I want to use the palette to draw a ...
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something goes wrong with default brush setting in illustrator CS6

I have just installed my new Graphic tablet and a strange behavior appears to me in Illustrator CS6. The old day I used to pick my brush or any drawing tool and choose my stroke weight and the brush ...
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Tools for the designer work (developer)

I am a Java programmer who likes to create own programs/web pages/games which look nice. I am not a front-end guy even though I am willing to dedicated effort to produce good looking apps with ...
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Drawing to a specific reference point, ala Sketchup

In Sketchup when making a line termination you can reference some other point by hovering over it, then when you shift-click to draw your straight line, its bottom will be aligned with the reference ...
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Going from gesture sketching to a final drawing

I'm trying to understand the process of going from initial gesture sketches to a completed drawing. Most of the instruction I've seen talks about the gesture phase and the late detail phase but very ...
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Converting marker and watercolor art to Illustrator/Vector?

Hi everyone. I have been playing around with watercolor and marker lettering lately. I know how to turn them digital in Photoshop while keeping the natural watercolor and permanent marker ...
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What is this circle technique called?

What is this technique called: http://dribbble.com/shots/260469-Squirrel-Construct See how the image is the result of overlapping many circles to create the final drawing. Parts of the circles ...
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Ugly outline around flood fill

I'm trying to do some basic inking and coloring in Sketchbook Pro. I thought it would save some time to use the flood fill when dealing with large areas of a single color. However, the fill doesn't go ...
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Which software can produce drafting scale line diagrams

Which software can be used to draw lines at exact measurements? I am looking for a tool which could be used for example to draw a top down view of the turning circle for a car. The drawing would ...
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What are the benefits of making gesture drawings?

As far as I know, most art schools have exercises or even whole classes focusing on making gesture drawings. But actually, Im wondering, why bother with it? While it probably has some merits, but ...
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parallel alignment

I had to do this in powerpoint but I'm wondering if there is an alternative program that does this well?I wanted to create a diagonal grid style of lines. It's actually a description of an alternative ...
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How can I create woodcut illustration in Illustrator and/or Photoshop?

Are these illustrations done manually by hand or in Illustrator? Is there a easier way to reproduce these kind of illustrations? More examples here.
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Name for the art style with wacky space alien illustrations like on the Area 51 SE site?

What is the name of the art style with wacky space alien characters? I've seen the style in many places over time but a good example which I can provide is the illustrations in the Area 51 ...
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How to create doodles/sketches similar to those on Dropbox home page?

I am new in design, and recently I have been given a task where I have to create images like the ones present on dropbox.com home page. I am not sure what is the correct way of creating those ...
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Can you be a graphic design major but not have the ability to draw? [duplicate]

I have never really had the ability to draw, but I've also never taken a formal drawing class. I am interested in graphic design and doing advertisements. Do you need strong drawing skills to major ...
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How to capture likeness in a portrait?

I'm having a problem with capturing the likeness of a person I'm trying to draw a portrait of, and I was hoping you could point out where I'm making the mistake and how can I improve. Basically, the ...
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How can I prepare for a career in character design?

I'm a young girl and I love to draw, especially characters. I started drawing people when I was much younger. I love character design. I would like to have a job that involves drawing people in ...
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How can I reduce compression artifacts in dark areas with Photoshop?

Using Photoshop I have converted a photograph into a sketch/line drawing, I achieved this in photoshop by: Making image greyscale Duplicating image then inverting it Applying a color(colour) dodge ...
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Drawing basic human shapes

I'm currently creating a multi-language "Mountain Rescue Casualty Card". It's basically a card (a4paper front and back) which tells the first aid rescuer where someone is hurt after an accident. Now ...
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Software for cartoon creation, to make a web comic without drawing by hand?

Here is my dilemma. For a while now I have had some ideas kicking around in the back of my mind for a web cartoon. I would like to try to put the idea into reality, but I run into one tiny little ...
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How to draw a woman in line art style in Illustrator?

I'm an AI newbie. I've been asked to make the word "TV" in line art with the T as a woman crossing arms. What's the best way to achieve this in Illustrator? I started creating it with the ...
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How to draw 3 overlapping circles with different colors?

Is there a free software to draw following in ubuntu? How to color the overlap zone? I am not able to figure this out in GIMP.
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Must one have a knowledge of fine art to be a Graphic Designer? Should all Graphic Designers know how to draw?

it is said that nice design comes with a nice drawing Do I have to know how to draw to be a good designer or not? I don't have drawing skills :(
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Rationale on pincushion perspective (vanishing points)

I looked for a StackExchange community but I did not find any Art site so I think this is the closest place. I'm studying perspectives. I've seen 4 and 5 point perspective is often explainable as a ...
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An online resource or a book that teaches how to draw from a physics/optics perspective

There are plenty of online tutorials, that can teach one to use Photoshop or adobe Illustrator. I don't know how to draw, but want to develop that skill, threfore I am looking for a good video ...
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What sort of program is Google using to make these drawings?

This is the new app of Google for the world-cup: https://www.google.com/trends/worldcup What program is Google using to design these drawings? Or what's the name of that type of design so I ...
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Figure drawing - transitioning between “draw from reference” and “draw from imagination”?

When I draw human figures from reference, my drawing looks wrong but I can see what went wrong and (hopefully) correct it by looking at the reference. However, when I draw human figures from ...
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Zoom-in and then while drawing shape zoom-out

How can I zoom-out when zoomed-in at a certain percentage, while drawing a shape. That means after I've clicked on the canvas, and start drawing, but have not released the mouse. Thanks.
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Is it possible to create 3D red/cyan anaglyphs in a hand drawing?

There are plenty tutorials online on how to create 3D red/cyan anaglyphs from existing photos in Photoshop or similar software. However, I'm wondering if it is possible to draw a 3D image by hand on ...