How do I Hold The Pencil?

This is a question I get asked a lot by those starting to learn to draw.  Holding a pencil for drawing is similar in a way to holding a pen for handwriting in that there are ways that get better results, however it is a personal choice.  Just like handwriting we all have a unique style so I think the best advice is however it feels best.

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What Makes a Good Composition?

For some students arranging a good composition comes naturally, they just seem to know what looks right.  Some however find composition a bit of a mystery and struggle to capture an arresting arrangement and therefore piece of art. I offer a few tips to help you find the perfect composition.

Take The Time

Many of us don’t spend much time thinking about how we look at a subject, if it is in front of us we draw or paint it.  Often we forget that we have choices around the viewpoint (near, far, above or below), angles, and the arrangement of the objects themselves.

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