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    How to Draw Animals: Spiders, Popular Species, Anatomy and MovementHowtodrawspiders prev
    Don't let arachnophobia stop you from being an epic artist! Read More…
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    How to Draw Animals: The Importance of Drawing a PoseWhatispose prev400
    When I was a kid, I used to say: "I don't care about drawing books, I don't need to draw a pose, I just know how to draw something as a whole". This kind of thinking was a serious blockade to my progress, but a lot of time has to fly for me to realize it. Now I know building a pose is the most important part of the drawing. Do you want to learn why? Or maybe you know it, but poses are still your weak point? In this article I'll help you.Read More…
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    Why Mouse Users Should Ditch Photoshop and Draw in IllustratorMousedrawing 400x400 fix
    Creating digitally gives amazing possibilities. You get so many colors, so many materials, every mistake can be fixed easily and it's all in a friendly, clean environment - you just need to turn off your computer afterwards. All these advantages are the reason why so many artists try their hands at Adobe Photoshop. This software, although so popular and powerful, is designed to work with a graphic tablet. Drawing with a mouse is possible, but it's hard, time consuming and very frustrating. On the other hand, there exists another product of the same company - Illustrator. And while Photoshop (and every other raster drawing software) favors tablet users, Illustrator doesn't mind creating with a mouse. Do you want to learn why?Read More…
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    12 Ways to Get the Most From Behance0946 behance preview400
    I often talk to other creatives about the ways they share their work online. Most admit that they really enjoy this part of their job, but many feel like there just isn't enough time in the day to devote to the task. In my opinion, one of the most important things an artist can do with their time is to share their creations with others. Read More…
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    5 Ways to Improve Your Matte Paintings0941 matte painting preview 400
    First used in the film industry over 100 years ago, Matte Paintings are today used for a much wider range of purposes ranging from video games to television shows, and more. Matte paintings are used to create backgrounds or environments that would be too difficult or expensive to shoot in real life. Read More…
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    I Want to Draw: Simple Exercises for Complete BeginnersIwanttodraw 400x400
    Do you struggle with a simple circle from the first step of every tutorial? Do your straight lines keep bending no matter how hard you try? Do you seem to be unable to draw two points with a given distance between? Do your pictures look wrong even after repeating carefully every single step from a detailed tutorial? These problems may come from lack of basic skills that are ignored when learning how to draw. In fact, these skills are obvious for someone who's been drawing a lot, but they also can be easily forgotten after a few years without a pencil in your hand. So, are you ready to catch up? If you're looking for a pre-game motivational boost before taking on this challenge, check out the accompanying article, What's Your Excuse? Why Can't You Draw?Read More…
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    10 Tips for Avoiding Rejections When Uploading to Stock SitesStocktips retina
    Uploading vector illustration to sell as stock can be rewarding both creatively and monetarily. Some artists sell their work on many microstock sites, while others remain exclusive at one. Part of the appeal of microstock is the potential to sell the same item to many buyers. In this regard, being a successful stock illustrator is in large part a numbers game – the more files you have online, the more sales you can make. Each upload must pass a review to meet the technical, aesthetic and legal requirements of the agency. If these standards are not met, the file is rejected. In this article we outline some top tips to get your acceptance rate up so you can spend more time creating – and selling – new items.Read More…
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    What's Your Excuse? Why Can't You Draw?Draw400
    You've tried so many times. You've looked at some amazing piece of art and felt this heat in your heart, only to get a few scrappy lines when trying to do the same. Finally you gave up. Let's be honest, you don't have talent! Or a tablet. Or better manual skills. But do you really need it all?Read More…
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    5 Ways Designers Can Get the Most From Social MediaPreview4001
    When I talk to artists, designers, and photographers about social media, most confess that they feel there just isn't enough time in the day to spend on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and Pinterest. In many cases, social media can be a full-time job. With so many different networks to master, it is easy to become overwhelmed. That is why it is important to get the most from social media sites in the few hours or minutes per week that you do have to spend on them.Read More…
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    What Exactly is this Japanese Trend Known as "Kawaii" All About?Party400
    Giant eyes, rounded shapes, and simplistic features are hallmarks of one of the cutest forms of art. It's known as "kawaii", coming from the Japanese word for cute, and has been adopted into a subculture that can be found worldwide. Scalable graphics lend themselves perfectly to the style being graphic and bold. Think of Hello Kitty, San-X, and other companies that create those adorable little memo pads or a billion other products to fill up your house. But what makes a piece of art kawaii? And how does the culture of kawaii play into the pieces of art you might create to fit within the genre?Read More…
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    Understanding the Different File Types in Adobe Illustrator's Save for WebSfwretina
    The purpose of the Save for Web feature in Adobe Illustrator is to optimize graphics for use on a Web site or other screen display, such as a phone of tablet. The word "optimize" refers to the optimum balance between file size and quality. We want small file sizes so they'll load quickly on a Web page, but we don't want to sacrifice their appearance. Save for Web lets you preview how an optimized  vector graphic will look, so you can choose the best compromise. In this article, I'll go over the file formats available in Save for Web, and show you which formats are best suited for different kinds of artwork.Read More…
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    27 Must-Have Typefaces for Graphic Designers27 400x400
    This article explores 27 typefaces that will serve as a solid foundation for your typeface library. Take what you will from my suggestions. More importantly, learn from them and use that knowledge to build a typeface library that works for you!Read More…
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