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Just some extra pointers to try to break from bad habits, since I think the previous answers are pretty thorough. Position the Paper Comfortably Pay attention to the position of the paper and modify it until you find the most comfortable position for you. Keeping the paper straight in front of you will force your wrist to strain and contort in order to be ...


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(upgraded comment to answer) Scott, brendan and tim human all provide good advice regarding scanners. I actually do a lot of work with paintings and drawings, and photographing them is almost always a better option than scanning. I have a low-end professional flatbed scanner on my desk, but I almost never use it anymore because I get better results in less ...


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Here are a few things that have worked for me. Be comfortable Pick a pen you're comfortable with. A tool you enjoy. Ballpoint pen, pencil, fountain pen, whatever. This is important. Having fun boosts learning. Imitate Look at other people's handwriting, and pick a style you like. Try to copy that style a bit, but don't worry too much about not being ...


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It's a lot like drawing......Muscle memory. Consciously and deliberately write the way you want to write .... then do it some more, then more, and even more. If you still feel it's ugly, keep practicing. Slow down and be even more deliberate. If it helps, use vellum or tracing paper and retrace the parts of your writing you do like. The important thing is ...


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Take a calligraphy course. Calligraphy literally means beautiful writing (from the Greek kallos "beauty" + graphein "to write"). When learning calligraphy, you will learn about the shapes of letters, different "hands" (italic, gothic, blackletter), how the nib (point) of the calligraphic pen produces different effects, and how to produce those effects ...


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If you look at the levels of your scan, you can see that it is scanned too bright. Ideally the range of color information goes from almost black to almost white. Try to change brightness settings on your scanner and avoid "helpers" like sharpening oder presets for text scans


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What follows presumes that you want to do italic writing, the kind championed by the late Alfred Fairbank CBE. Use a pencil, HB or B according to taste, and a toothy lined pad, the kind you can buy in bulk at Staples for example. The pencil can be a wooden grade-school kind, or a mechanical one. I use a 0.5mm mechanical. Angle the pad comfortably (you'll ...


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All of the answers (which are excellent) assume that you are correct, that your handwriting is "terrible". Perhaps not. Perhaps the secret for you is to stop being critical and just love the handwriting you have. Over time it will change, each of your idiosyncrasies may grow into extravagant flourishes or fade away. Who knows. That is part of the fun of ...


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You don't really need a calligraphy course. I've been doing calligraphy since I was a kid, learning from books. Many calligraphy books teach extremely well. Calligraphy, however, is not necessarily practical, because it requires the use of a calligraphy pen. You don't have the kind of tips calligraphy pens have with regular pens and pencils. I ...


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The sketches you've shown above are examples of 'Pen and Ink' drawing. Check out http://www.flickr.com/groups/pen_and_ink_drawings/pool/ for examples. As e100 said, though, the illustrations used for the Google logo were more based on fashion design sketches.


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I found a few websites don't know if you would have already found them but; http://www.learncalligraphy.co.uk/ http://cmcgavren.home.sprynet.com/chiselpt.html http://calligraphy.tv/frameset/samples.html (dvd) Also found some books; http://www.studioarts.net/calligraphy/ (seems a little dated) ...


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The main problem we are having is that the image was achieved by drawing with white, so you are asking how to simulate the "not mark making." In any event, white or black, the defining feature of this work is the line weight variability, where the expressiveness of the lines is created by a relaxed pressure on a carving tool. You will need to figure out ...


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I have dysgraphia and I have much difficulty in writing legible characters at all. What has helped me the most was to use a different pen. To me the bulk of the pens are too thick and have a slide that I can't control, but I have found a type which has a much smaller tip and a scratching feeling when you pull it on the paper. This has helped me write much ...


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Practice makes your handwriting better. This is different from what most consider calligraphy. But in fact handwriting is where it starts. My normal hand is pretty horrible but there is one universally useful thing: Write Slowly We all know what the letters should look like. By slowing the pace, you give yourself time to do it the way you are supposed to ...


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Albrecht Durer was a masterful engraver, but the only way he was going to achieve 40 lines per millimetre was by accident. He was working at a time before (just before, but before nonetheless) the Venetian glassmakers' trade secret was leaked and they lost monopoly control of their new cristallo (which was less than 50 years old when St. Eustace was ...


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I am assuming that given they're to celebrate the birthday of "Martha Graham, the US choreographer who helped to pioneer modern dance" that they are influenced by the practice of choreographers. They might be actually be directly used as dance notation - I don't knwo anything about the subject. They are somewhat like less stylized fashion design sketches, ...


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Check your scanner's settings. One of the purposes of scanning is to get text documents in, and for those to look good when scanned some scanners will tend to up the contrast and do some kind of sharpening to help get that sharp black-and-white look. If you are able to get into the preferences, try to find things like Exposure or Sharpening and just play ...


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If you watch David Coleman's process video at http://dvclmn.tumblr.com/post/45481184326/my-process-get-out-a-sketchbook-and-draw-draw you'll see that he appears to get a variety of effects using the same brand of pen for all his sketches. (Then they are tweaked I'm Photoshop) It's not so much the brand of pen that is important - it's how much ink the ...


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I was going to say something about posture, but when you get to my age, it hurts no matter how you sit. From a technical perspective, there is value in changing your distance in order to both get an overall sense of the work and a close-up view. You have close-in covered. One way to get back from the work (aside from getting out of the chair) is to use a ...


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Oh, the good old days! :-D These, I would say, stems from Letraset clip art: (seriously; am I the only one old enough to have worked with this? :-S )


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There is no real right way to make the marks: the difference in mark-making between Van Gogh and Michelangelo is vast, but both can be said to be crosshatching. The thing to keep in mind is that you are not "filling in" but "defining" an area. To this end, one typically will identify the "shaded areas" and use that opportunity to describe and define the ...


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You are definitely challenging the norms with your suggestion, but if there is nothing explicit about the design style that goes against the assignment, there should be no reason to avoid it. You may (or definitely will!) stand out if your collage is very minimal, which is good as long as you're standing out for the right reason. Collages tend to have 0% ...


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Assuming that you want lower case letters that are about 5 mm (almost 1/4") high try running a set of lower case letter "o"s across a page from your computer around this size and then attempt to write a message in your own handwriting over these o's. If these seems cramped, create another line of o's that are maybe 9 mm high and try writing over them again ...


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As an engraving (and etching) is analog, there is no 'resolution' to speak of--at least not in the way we think of resolution today (amount of data in an image). In the context of 'how much detail can they fit into the etching' that would have depended on a few things, namely: the quality of the paper, the material being engraved, and the tools and skills ...


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Does it matter? My entire thought about creation of art is "Whatever works for you." There are no rules or best practices directly related to creation. It's only in production where there are guidelines. Now, that being posted, you may find that you feel better and can draw longer if you just try and take care of your posture a bit more. :) I developed a ...


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You can learn calligraphy through books, videos, and through teachers. Books will teach you the directions of strokes for each letter, and show you many kinds of projects to make. Videos can do this as well. A teacher, such as through your regional calligraphy guild, can provide hands-on critique and feedback in addition to the above. There is no fast way ...


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If you're looking at the left side wood grains and how those disappear, your best bet is retracing those on the sketch itself. If the sketch is not available, or you just really refuse to do it, back off the contrast and zoom in and use your favorite tools to cut out or trace them by hand in-program.


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Are you scanning your sketches? Your scanner may be able to reduce some of the extraneous noise and provide you with clean line art. Failing that, I'd recommend using a Levels adjustment layer. I was able to do this in a few minutes with levels and a quick mask with the magnetic lasso:


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Use Scratchboard to get the engraved effect you show. We used to make our own in grade school. Start with a sheet of heavy bond paper. Cover the paper with a thick layer of wax. We used crayons in various saturated colours. After the paper is covered without any gaps, cover the whole page with india ink. Add a drop of detergent so the ink will stick to ...


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I agree with @horatio's label of Google's art as a cartoon. I think you might be confusing a sprite sheet (going by the name of the file being shown in the URL) as commercial illustration (per your updated example). A sprite sheet is the digital equivalent of a stack of animation cells. The sprite sheet is imported by the application, in this case the ...



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