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Painting Brush - How to Hold a Painting Brush

By Murtaza Habib

Usually when any person picks up an artist brush in his hand, chances are that they will pick it up like the same way we would hold a pencil or a pen. If at all you have held the brush in any different way, you shall be completely limiting yourself to the range of the marks which you can create with the help of a brush.

Catching a brush like a pen is one of the most common ways to hold your brush, as it will give us some known sense of control. Making use of your wrist for moving a brush which will give you a better control as well as help you in doing the precise marks.

Now for a better control some of the artists rest the side of their hand or the little finger on to the canvas.

For the protection of your painting, you can put a sheet of the paper below your hand if it is required. Take into consideration that you do not have to move the brush from your left to the right as you do while using a pen, you are free to move it into any direction you wish, and you shall paint better in doing so.

Another option is wrapping your hand around it. That way of holding the brush seems very strange but initially but encourages you for using your complete arm to paint and not just the wrist and the hand.

Turn off your hand palm upwards and rest the handle across the fingers from where actually the small finger begins to the knuckles of your forefinger, Afterwards wrap your all fingers and the thumb around your handle. Start painting with your arm and the shoulder and not the wrist.

Also take care of how far the handle which you are holding your brush is. Move your hand down the handle to the end.

Learn from todays expert how to paint and draw step by step with the help of pictures on your core subject whether it is oil, watercolor, acrylic, fabric painting, pencil, cartoon drawing, or digital art.

How To Choose Pen and Ink

Pen and ink refers to artwork that relies on the use of some special drawing pens and their corresponding type of ink. The pens are precisely designed to fit the type of work they are meant to do. This calls for an understanding on the part of an artist on the kind of product or painting he wants to end up with. Some pens have specially designed nibs that can help one achieve a lot of details in the artwork.

Pens and ink helps one to come up with outlines of drawings, which is basically the first step to pen drawing. To make the drawings more useful and more appealing, artists can apply color to bring out the details with more glamour. The color, if correctly used, can also be a way in which the texture of the drawings can be emphasized.

Choice of paper in the pen and ink artwork goes a long way in determining the quality of the end product. The most commonly used type of paper is the sketchbook paper. However, fine nibs tend to produce irregularities since they catch on the rough surface of the paper. Watercolor paper is also another type that can be used. The paper withstands incase one may need to reuse it.

Some of the most commonly used pens include speedball standard point dip pens and ink. These are available in many stores at cheap prices. Their nibs are varied in size, not forgetting that they have different strengths to give varied effects. You can get all these details from your local store.

How To Watercolor Paint

So, you want to learn watercolor painting? Well, in a world filled with plenty of ugliness, this is one thing that is a world of beauty at your fingertips. Watercolor painting is really not that hard. With a few tips and a little bit of imagination, you can become pretty decent at this without having to give up your first born in the process.

Letís start with the grip. The basic grip for holding a watercolor paint brush is almost identical to the way you would hold a pen or pencil for writing. However, by simply adjusting the grip slightly, you can come up with some very interesting results. But starting with the conventional grip, since itís similar to the handwriting grip, try writing your name. You can either print it or use script.

Okay, letís now use a different grip. Try picking up the brush as if you are pinching it between your index finger and thumb. You can alternate between a tight pinch and a loose one. Then, take the brush, using each grip, and move it around the canvas. Notice the difference between the brush strokes using this grip and the standard grip. Notice the strokes are much fatter and with the looser grip, more free and less controlled.

Letís try one more grip in this article called the screwdriver grip. Yes, youíre going to hold the brush as if it were a screwdriver and you were going to use it to screw something into a piece of wood. Itís a little awkward at first, but eventually, youíll get used to it. Because there is a very limited range of control with this grip, it forces you to draw very simply. This is a great technique to use for sketching.

There are other grips that you can use but weíll stop there. Yes, just by changing the way you hold your brush, you can get a variety of textures and effects on your canvas. For more great tips and a great resource in watercolor painting, check out the link in my signature.

Cartoon Drawing - Walt Disney Or You?

By Murtaza Habib

Do you know that there are many forms of drawing and painting?

Some are easy where a newbie can get started almost instantly while others take years of efforts to master.

Cartoon drawing is an easy form of art, and you can easily master it in a very short period with little practice.

Here are some simple tips that you can use to get started with cartoon drawing starting today...

1. Ways To Draw Your Cartoon.

There are 2 ways to create cartoons...

a. By computer.

b. By hand.

A use pen and pencil to start drawing your cartoons. Once you have enough experience you can shift your focus on drawing cartoons using the power of computer.

You can give your own look and feel to the cartoon by drawing it by hand. Use the textured paper to draw your cartoon as they give the best effect.

2. Practice Is The Key.

It is important that you start drawing simpler cartoons before you get started drawing complicated ones...

- Reason being, it takes practice to master this art of drawing.

You can improve your drawing to a lot extent once you figure out how to convert a 3 dimensional figure into a 2 dimensional one.

Furthermore, start drawing cartoons published in newspapers and magazines, this will give you a whole lot of ideas.

3. Simplicity and Humour.

It is important that you be simple while drawing cartoons as simplicity always wins. Moreover, make sure to add humour to your picture as the whole motive of a cartoon is to show the actual life in a funny way.

4. Start With The Light Shade.

Make sure that you use the pencils very lightly. This will avoid the use of eraser.

Once you have finished drawing the cartoon you can then easily give the final strokes with a darker shading to get your picture done.

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Rem Koolhaas

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Marcus V. Pollio

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Arne Jacobsen

Rome has not seen a modern building in more than half a century. It is a city frozen in time.
Richard Meier

Space has always been the spiritual dimension of architecture. It is not the physical statement of the structure so much as what it contains that moves us.
Arthur Erickson

The bungalow had more to do with how Americans live today than any other building that has gone remotely by the name of architecture in our history.
Russell Lynes

The dialogue between client and architect is about as intimate as any conversation you can have, because when you're talking about building a house, you're talking about dreams.
Robert A. M. Stern

The frightening thought that what you draw may become a building makes for reasoned lines.
Saul Steinberg

The higher the building the lower the morals.
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The interior of the house personifies the private world; the exterior of it is part of the outside world.
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The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.
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The Romans were not inventors of the supporting arch, but its extended use in vaults and intersecting barrel shapes and domes is theirs.
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The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future. The house thinks of the present.
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Those who look for the laws of Nature as a support for their new works collaborate with the creator.
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