Why Should I Take Part Drawing Challenges?

What is a drawing challenge and should I do them?  In a word yes, drawing is a must on a regular basis if you wish to improve your drawing and painting.  It doesn’t matter what you draw, just draw! Drawing challenges are great because they make you draw things that perhaps you wouldn’t to start with.  The idea of a drawing challenge is that you can do it with other people and it gives you a goal to work towards.

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6 Useful Items for Your Christmas List

So Christmas is coming up and it is a time when you can gain some extra art materials.  Perhaps friends and family are asking what art materials you would like?  What will you say when there are so many things you could ask for?  It is hard not to ask for something that is a bit more of a ‘luxury’ item but my advice would be to make sure you have the essentials first.

Everyone will have their own ideas about what they need materials-wise, but below I have made some suggestions of the materials that I have found most useful:

1. A Good Quality Sketchpad

A4 or A3 Sketchpad
A4 or A3 Sketchpad

If you haven’t already ask for a good quality sketchpad with thicker, grainer cartridge paper. They are much nicer to draw on and they are made better which means they won’t fall apart when you transport them.  It will also cope will with small studies in other media other than pencil. A4 or A3 are the best sizes to go for.  Hard-backed ones will last longer and protect your work.

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