Should I Draw from Life or Photographs?

I believe and I am sure most art teachers will tell you that drawing from life is always better than drawing and painting from photographs.  I think particularly if you are learning to draw then drawing from life is essential.

Of course there is nothing wrong with drawing and painting from photographs and while working on illustration commissions I have in the past used many references from photographs an images.  Sometimes it isn’t possible to observe the subject in life.

Sometimes using photographs is necessary

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4 Useful Homemade Accessories for Art

When you go into art shops and stores there are so many things you could buy other than the basics like the paper, the paints and the palette.  It can be really daunting because you begin to feel that you need everything and then you start thinking that perhaps drawing and painting is going to be too expensive.

It doesn’t have to be that way, it is nice of course to have all the accessories and gadgets on offer in these stores but you can still develop your art without many of them.  I wanted to share a few simple tools or accessories that you can make at home yourself that could make drawing and painting a bit easier.

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