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What are some techniques to give drawings 3D appearance?

I would give you 1 word, but this word turns into another word later. 1. Shadow I will not use your basketball. I need to simplify this further. A. No shadow does not give you any 3-dimensional clue. ...
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How can I improve my handwriting ability?

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 ...
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How would I draw a shadow from a spherical object onto a non-flat surface?

Use a grid system. Draw the circular shadow on a flat non-distorted grid. Draw the distorted grid, and use the flat grid as a guide, noting where the shadow intersects with the grid lines. For ...
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How would I draw a shadow from a spherical object onto a non-flat surface?

To amplify Billy Kerr's excellent response, if you wanted to set your light source in your illustration other than directly overhead (I can see Billy took, as I do, your initial sketched dashed lines ...
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Is this animated GIF showing Illustrator step by step drawings easy to understand?

I think without knowing what tools did what, what shortcuts did what, and how to do simple things such as reverse the fill/stroke, the gif may be lacking in detail for inexperienced users. There's ...
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How to draw a radially symmetric 5-pointed star?

A 5 pointed star IS radially symmetrical - The issue here is the rotational centre is skewed by the vertical distance (in this example) of the top point and the bottom 2 points. OK so, how to solve ...
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How to efficiently draw bent or curved lines or arrows with Photoshop?

Use the Line Tool: Select the Line Tool from the tool bar and make sure your layer is set to Shape Layer. Before you make the shape on the artboard, click the gear icon and choose which side of the ...
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What sort of program is Google using to make these drawings?

I'd probably call these type of illustrations 'vector illustrations', because they look like, at least regarding the original source files, they could be scaled up easily. If I were looking for them, ...
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Prototype Visualization: How can I learn to render glass convincingly?

I do not think anyone draws without a reference, probably someone that was visually impared since born. We, the rest have visual references all the time. Some skilled people learn how to grab thoose ...
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Is there an easier way to draw a parallelogram aligned with a triangle?

Using the Pathfinder Panel (for CS4 or newer) This will work in versions earlier than CS4 as well, as long as the version has the Pathfinder Panel (circa AI8 I think). The difference is prior to CS4 ...
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How do I draw horizontal/vertical straight line in GIMP?

You can hold Ctrl key with Shift to restrict the angle of the straight line to multiples of 15°.
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Am I supposed to draw cartoon faces in orthographic or perspective projection?

Disclaimer: I don't own any of these images. I just found them using Google. Please don't sue me. I am poor. I would say, if you want to go for the classic Disney or realistic look, then use ...
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How to draw a radially symmetric 5-pointed star?

As a matter of fact, like you have noticed, there is no equal sided symmetrical five sided star in existence that fulfills the requirement of having center where the star's bounding box center is. ...
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How to draw a radially symmetric 5-pointed star?

Here's a simple method using Inkscape(dot)org which is free and Open Source. The main problem is that the centre of rotation of a star is different from the centre of rotation of its bounding box. So ...
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What is Albrecht Dürer's Perspective Machine drawing style?

Albrecht Dürer's drawing is technically a wood carving - a common method to make printing plates to print drawings onto paper. The method has been used in Asia at least 1000 years, but in Europe it ...
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How can I draw dots in Illustrator?

I recommend using the 'Blob Brush Tool'(Shift+B) to get the stippling effect. It creates a circle each time you click or tap with your tablet pen. For small dots it might create irregular 2-point ...
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What is the name of this perspective and how is it constructed?

This is an example of a classic one vanishing point bird's eye perspective, but with a spherical warp in the left-hand side barycentric to the wailing child in the column of walking people. This ...
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What are some techniques to give drawings 3D appearance?

Your leftmost version could be an image of a basketball. It's round, it has curves which look distorted like they were on a sphere and the main colors orange and black are also common. The curves are ...
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Is this animated GIF showing Illustrator step by step drawings easy to understand?

There's a few things you could do to improve this good idea and not make it horrible. You definitely need to add screen keys. You should break it up into steps and use multiple gifs to show what you'...
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How can I improve my handwriting ability?

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 ...
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How can I improve my handwriting ability?

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 ...
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Stacked light circle effect in Photoshop?

I think there're different ways to achieve a similar this effect. Here're several ideas: Use a smart object with Polar Coordinates filter applied. This way you can paint straight lines inside the SO ...
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How to draw a leaf using Inkscape

Intersection of 2 circles is ok. It's done in the middle of the next image: In the right there's used the node tool. The top node is dragged upwards and it's handles are turned for sharper angle. ...
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How to draw a leaf using Inkscape

Here are a couple of techniques Make an ellipse (not a circle), and rotate it Duplicate Ctrl+D, and reflect the ellipse horizontally H Hold down Ctrl as you click and drag the duplicate away so ...
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Figure drawing - transitioning between "draw from reference" and "draw from imagination"?

Tricky. Study a little anatomy, but do not get too bogged down in "correct proportions". Few of us complies with the vitruvian man :D Study foreshortening Sketch a lot, fast, without looking too ...
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How can I improve my handwriting ability?

Take a calligraphy course. Calligraphy literally means beautiful writing (from the Greek kalos "beauty" + graphein "to write"). When learning calligraphy, you will learn about the shapes of letters, ...
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Make a letter thinner with Inkscape

give your text a stroke convert the stroke to path perform Break Apart path operation, Reduce the opacity to 25(so that the overlapping paths could be identified) Remove unwanted parts(the outer and ...
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What is Albrecht Dürer's Perspective Machine drawing style?

You might also be interested in scratch-board or scraper-board techniques that approximate some of these effects. Although the process is different, the line quality is/can be very similar.
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Illustrator: How to draw circles at control points?

As per request, a script to do this on selected paths. This is an alternative for @CConroy answer that may make things easier to do in the long run. It draws symbols on points and tangents and ...
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How can I improve my handwriting ability?

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 ...
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