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Questions about drawing, the art of representing objects or forms on a surface using lines. Ask anything related to creating and perfecting drawings and illustrations.

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Stacked light circle effect in Photoshop?

What would be the best way to achieve the effect in the image? I've tried making my own brush and working around that but it doesn't seem ideal. I'm wondering how to replicate the random looking ...
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How-to hand drawn 3D effect

I'm trying to get my head around why the below drawing creates the illusion of 3D. I want to know how this is done. Thanks.
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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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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 has ...
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Improving drawing of ovals and circles

I am trying to draw freehand ovals and circles. I'm not having too much difficulty with circles, but ovals are are more challenging. As you can see in the photo below the ovals are irregular, and not ...
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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 textures. ...
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References for posing a walk cycle?

I want to make my own custom sprites for RPG Maker MV, and right now I'm using DesignDoll for proportions and such. I'm trying to pose copies of the models so it looks like a walk cycle, but all the ...
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How to draw a precise celtic knot

How would one go about creating this Celtic knot in Illustrator without tracing over the edges? It seems to be like a Möbius strip making it rather complicated to draw with mathematic precision, I ...
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Make a letter thinner with Inkscape

I have different logos I have to redraw. I use Inkscape. I find a letter that is similar than the original. But the original has thinner lines. If I Path > Object to Path, this converts the line of ...
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How do I create this tessellation Mondriaan-like graphic?

Recently I discovered the work of Andy Gilmore and I would really like to learn how he did this piece. I'm not looking to replicate it but would like to learn the technique. Right now I'm fiddling ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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 create a two-color, dashed line in Inkscape

How can I draw a two-color, dashed line in Inkscape? The only possibility I see is to draw a colored/transparent line.
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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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How can I change the gradient angle inside of a Live Paint object in Illustrator?

I have been infatuated with this artist style of color, drawing and use of subtle textures. http://1212m.tumblr.com/post/49348782338 So I ended up drawing this derpy little thing from Final Fantasy ...
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Learning how to draw as a web designer [duplicate]

I'm a web designer with few years of experience, done lots of various projects. I've got some straight graphic design experience as well, but never been expanding some territories. People who like my ...
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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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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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What's the best method and strategy to learn to draw from the imagination? [closed]

I'm pretty good at drawing anything I see. Given enough time, I can do a photorealistic rendering. But I cannot draw anything from the mind. So what is the best method and strategy to learn to draw ...
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Can you see while drawing on the drawing tablet?

I bought a drawing tablet. But when I draw on it, I can see the drawing I am making in an image editing software such as Microsoft Paint or on Microsoft Office products, but I cannot see anything on ...
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How to draw in watercolor style using software only?

I've seen thousands of watercolor style drawings which were made using computers and graphic tablets on sites like Artstation, Pixiv, Devianart, Behance and I'd like to know how the pros do it. I ...
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How to vectorize a graph from a raster image

I have an image of a graph and want to redraw this graph in Illustrator. Full size image Is there any "trick" to do this? I am trying with the pen tool but it's very hard to reproduce that the fine ...
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Apps for free-hand graphic design

I have always drawn with pencils and paper. I like drawing things that are just plain creepy. But I want them on my computer, but I don't want to just scan them on, so I've decided to draw them on the ...
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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 software that converts free-hand objects into shapes?

I was wondering if there is a tool/software (tablet or laptop with touch screen) which lets me draw a chart/diverse shapes or just a line that converts/brings the imperfect hand-drawing automatically ...
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Draw 3D twist and bends in ribbons in Inkscape

I am back with a new challenge. I am hoping to draw a helical ribbon and arros with 3d bends and twists. I am in inkscape, and I do not beleive there is a ready made tool for this sort of thing. I am ...
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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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What applications support automatic freehand smoothing?

Some tools including newer versions of Photoshop and the Snipping Tool built into Windows (go to Start and search for snip) support automatic smoothing of hand-drawn lines. Can anyone tell me what ...
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Gummy Bear Digital Drawing Critique

How can I do a better job next time I draw this gummy bear? I am going for photo realism. Tools: photoshop (the latest version), Wacom Cintiq 22HD My process was: beginning with a box to understand ...
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What is the biomechanical motion to draw a straight vertical line?

To draw a straight horizontal line I basically pin my elbow and then move across the page from left to right. Easy. I can hit my marks consistently and everything is good. Vertical lines however I ...
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Illustrator - paint/draw inside the drawing created from brush strokes, not shapes

I have been struggling with this for last few days and decided to get expert help here. I have drawing like below (original art is more complex) which was created using brush strokes (no built-in ...
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Is there a wooden manikin whose position translates directly into software?

I wonder if there is a wooden manikin of this type: That is connected to a computer such as its position is reflected into the 3D model. I feel like this type of interface would be more effective ...
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How to prepare pencil sketches for printing in a book?

I have a selection of pencil sketches that need to be prepared for print in a book (think standard paperback). I'm trying to work the best way to remove dust, bring the background up to white without ...
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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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How strong lighting should I have in a studio where I work with only paper and pen?

I have a studio where I never use a computer. I only work with paper and pencils. How strong lighting (how many Lux) should I aim for if only using ceiling lights (LED at 6000K)? Is 1000 Lux enough? ...
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Digital pen with realtime viewing

I've looked for this online forever but can't seem to find it. Is there a digital pen that doesn't need special paper, uses easy to replace cartridges, and let's me see what I'm writing on a screen ...
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How to draw abstract images with “line shapes” in photoshop?

I try to reconstruct this image: From http://www.shutterstock.com But, I'm failing. Perhaps there are tutorials on this topic? Maybe some advice?
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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 do I illustrate a somewhat simple human figure?

I want to make similar videos like these guys. I therefore have to draw some stickman and make them animate somehow. My Questions: How to draw stickmen. No, really, how? What to watch out for ...
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Computer drawing surfaces

I was looking at some Adobe products and noticed at this page the artist appears to be drawing on her computer screen directly, it appears to be a Mac. How is the artist doing this? Is she using a ...
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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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Any way to improve drawing with a mouse in Illustrator

I was wondering if there's any way to make drawing with a mouse in Illustrator be much smoother, have more control and as much as possible much closer than having a pen input/tablet pen. Any tips, ...
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Levels of hand drawing

I'm in HR and was given the task to define levels for some design related skills. This is for use in performance evaluation sessions. One of the categories is "hand drawing", a basic skill any ...
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How to Achieve this Spherical Planet effect?

I'm interested in creating an effect similar to the one linked below, but freehand drawing with perspective isn't my strong suit. Looking at this image it appears that I could individually create the ...