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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?

Is it true that nice design comes with a nice drawing? Do designers have to know how to draw to be a good designer or not?
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Beginning with drawing

I want to begin with drawing but I have literally no experience. I wonder if there are high quality video tutorials, like www.digitaltutors.com just for drawing? I want to start with hard surface ...
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Learning to draw: start in the pen and paper realm or the digital space?

My question is should I start with paper to learn to draw or learn to digitally draw with Photoshop or Illustrator or any image manipulation application. I am thinking of using a book or some other ...
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Pressure-sensitive freehand drawing of vector paths that are editable with the Illustrator Width tool?

In illustrator, you can do pressure-sensitive drawing with the Blob Brush tool (if you set Width to Pressure in the settings from double-clicking the icon). You can also fine-tune the widths of paths ...
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If I reference a medical textbook or website for hand drawing bones is that considered copyright infringement?

I can't quite figure this one out. I am not copying a custom piece of work, I am copying something that is available in nature, bones. I am also not tracing it, I am drawing by hand using them as a ...
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How to use “add/subtract/intersect from path/shape area” effectively in Photoshop?

I'm attempting to follow the below Photoshop tutorial, but steps 29 and 30 have me stumped. The larger of the two white rectangles in the below image was created on its own layer. Once I have that ...
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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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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 ...
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Handdrawn like pencil sketch with inkscape

I have made this sketch with MS Visio which looks like it is handdrawn with a pencil: How can I achieve this with inkscape?
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I'm trying to make my character look big, strong, and imposing, but it always ends up cute and fat. What am I doing wrong?

Here is a quick example sketch: This is supposed to be a big, strong, evil, imposing demon-sculpture, but to me it just looks a bit too cute and cuddly. What should I be doing to make it look more ...
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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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Closing paths drawn with the Illustrator pencil tool?

Prompted by John's question about leaving paths unclosed. Drawing with the pencil tool (or the paintbrush tool) in Illustrator leaves the paths it makes open. Unlike the pen tool, there isn't an ...
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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 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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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 to randomly distribute a group of icons / graphics in a canvas?

I want to design something like this: It has been established in previous answers that these are doodle graphics. Some ways to make them manually are seen on here and here. How can I make one ...
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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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What is a “visual library” and how to work on it?

Reading through concept art forums, Ive met an opinion, that one of the most important things for a concept artist is to have a vast visual library. Out of the context of that opinion I take that this ...
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How to improve angle and proportion perception?

Im having a bit of a problem with my perception of angles and proportions. While I compare some elements of my drawing to each other, they seem to be fine. In a portrait, say, the browridge seems to ...
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Drawing directly with a tablet

I am currently using a Wacom tablet to draw. The tablet is a bit small, so I feel that I don't have enough "control" with the stroke. Is it a good idea to draw directly using the tablet to the graphic ...
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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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What is the drawing style called that is used in the RSA Animate lectures?

What is the drawing style called that is used in the RSA Animate lectures? See some videos here: http://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL39BF9545D740ECFF I don't think they are standard caricatures, but ...
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From a CAD model to an Illustration drawing. How to?

I am trying to draw the best illustration I can for a user manual. I have a CAD drawing in .STP and I would like to get some simple illustations in .AI or .EPS or .SVG I tried to export the ...
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Is there a name to define a 3D scene design from a fixed angle?

Is there a name to refer to this kind of (computer) drawing style: which resemble a little bit of the Portal 2 trailer style. Is there any name to refer to this particular type of design. If ...
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How to study anatomy as an artist?

I am painfully aware that nearly all my paintings and drawings seriously lack in terms of proper anatomy. The figures ofen look unnatural, twisted, deformed etc. More advanced colleagues told me I ...
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Is it necessary to be good at drawing, to develop good 3D digital design skills for modeling and animation?

I want to make 3D animation films. Not as hi-fi as Disney and Pixar of course, but as close to them as an indie animator can get. I'm good (not enviable, just plain good) at drawing things on paper ...
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Is there a way to imitate a pencil or pen in illustrator?

I'm working with illustrations and I realized that it's easier to draw lines in Illustrator and combine them in Photoshop with other effects and textures. The problem is that I cannot find a way to ...
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Difference between “Bamboo Pen & Touch” and “Intuos4”

I'we been trying to compare the two tablets mentioned in the title. So far, my results are: Intuos4 is professional wheras Bamboo is for home use. Intuos4 has 2048 levels of pressure while Bamboo ...
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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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Vectorise scientific pencil drawings

I like to draw every now and then and I guess, the results are OK for a computer scientist. Schematics like the eye on the left are sometimes needed in scientific publications and when you use ...
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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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How to draw different coloured waves in Photoshop?

I want to know how to draw waves like patterns in photoshop easily. I have attached an image of it so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about: Please anybody help me in this.
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What drawing style are the esurance characters?

What drawing style are the esurance characters? Actually, more specifically what drawing style is this Gorilla?
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Illustrator: Snap at some distance from existing objects

I'm drawing a bus line map. On some streets several bus lines pass together, so parts of the lines should be parallel and on a uniform distance from each other. Ideally, I would like that when I draw ...