4 Tools That Don’t Have a Place in The Art Room?

I get asked fairly regularly about certain tools by learners who are confused if they are suitable for art.  Often they have been told by previous art teachers that they weren’t tools for artists and in some cases ‘banned’ from the art room.  The classic ones that crop up are:

Automatic Pencil

The Automatic Pencil
The Automatic Pencil

A fine pointed pencil which lengthens when you push down on the top, a bit like a pen, often used for technical art or graphic design.

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Should I do Life Drawing?

Life drawing is drawing (or sometimes painting) of the human figure from a live model.  Sometimes the model is clothed or semi-clothed but the idea is that you can observe the human form in its ‘life’ or natural form.

 Drawing clothed models is very useful of course because you can get to observe the folds and creases of the clothing.  Life drawing  has the advantage of seeing the anatomy as it is and sometimes to understand how clothing behaves in the way it falls and creases we have to understand what is underneath, the anatomy.

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