Tuesday, March 5, 2013

FUN GIVEAWAY! Koh-I-Noor Woodless Pencil Set

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Koh-I-Noor woodless pencils have a smooth feel and excellent lay down properties preferred by professional artists. They have a weighty feel, which is ideal for drawing, coloring, and illustrating. Each high-density pencil includes five times as much lead as a regular pencil. Pencils are pre-sharpened and have a lacquer coating. They can be sharpened in any pencil sharpener. 

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Q: Are there any exercises you practice to keep up your skills? If so, what are they?




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101 comments:

  1. I like to copy drawings done by others to try to figure out and learn how to draw differently. Not only does that help me hone my skill but also I learn something new each time.

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  2. I like to work on blending different colors together to see what I come up with and practice going from light to dark without leaving any lines.

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  3. Brit Ish <Facebook name< Free drawing. From then to more technical drawing. If it's not ready then I go back to free drawing :) Its a great way to stay loose and keep a fresh perspective. Great for artists block too :)

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  4. Draw from photographs

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  5. To practice with my color pencils, I like to do small ACEO sized (3.5x2.5 inches in size) works to keep me in practice, blending and mixing color pencil together. The small size is quick and easy but at the same time still needs to use skills in order to produce a nice small piece. I do the same with watercolor and inks in order to practice. Later on I can choose to make the same drawing in larger sizes should I like what I produce in the ACEO sizes.

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  6. I constantly doodle and draw eyes.

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  7. Do one drawing a day and try to find different textured objects to draw from. Good to work from direct observation and not photographs as it makes it more likely to be a better picture overall.

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  8. I work with various techniques (pencil, pen, pastel, oil...) so I improve my skills learning something new that I apply to the others, then

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  9. I doodle and make them into something interesting, try new ideas and techniques and teach a couple of students, all of these contribute to making me think more which helps with my focus.

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  10. I'm still a beginner, so mostly I draw from online tutorials and any books I can get my hands on.

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  11. I will doodle or do zentangle type patterns. I will also trace pictures to help remember how to do proportional figures.

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  12. Trying to keep up with a drawing a day in my sketch book. I must admit it has been more like a drawing every two days. I do like to sit and blend different colors and different brand pencils to see what happens.

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  13. Being a new mom, I haven't much time for myself, but I am trying hard to complete one "playing card" size drawing a week.

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  14. I'm a beginner in Colored Pencil Art and still practicing a lot everyday.
    As, I've bought almost all the books on colored pencil and even subscribed the COLORED PENCIL Magazine, I keep myself busy with so many exercises from them.

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  15. Just draw something every day. I don't think it matters what it is just as long as you do it.

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  16. I try to draw everything--birds, fish, dogs, buildings, people. The constant search for shadows, values and tone keep me on my toes. Blending colors for shadows is sometimes challenging, so I tend to work more on these.

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  17. I doodle all of the time, with pencil, ink, marker....but my doodles are the things like macroscopic views of the iris of an eye, or crosshatching shading techniques. LOL

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  18. I look at negative spaces around me,so I don't get stuck capturing just what is there, instead of seeing everything "there".

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  19. I am self taught firstly and then I learn many thinks by online lessons and people around me. My practise is mostly draw and watch. After time you see smallest flaws :)

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  20. I'm taking some time at evening

    Jette P. M. Nielsen

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  21. I look for challenges on the web. When I do them I always try to 'think outside the box'. I sometimes surprise myself with the results!

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  22. I have a few sheets of paper now where I do studies for colors, shapes, blending, shadings, layerings, etc. before I do anything new on the final paper I am working on. I don't want to waste time, paper and colored pencils by making a lot of mistakes on the final piece.

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  23. I have been trying to sketch animals recently :) beth hodge

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  24. I will draw somthing out of my comfort zone even if I get board with it cause then when I go back to what I like to draw I have a fresh mindset
    Bobby bigbears_artstudio@yahoo.com

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  25. I take a photo of my own and practice on making it look like the photo with colored pencil.

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  26. I like to get an old piece Ive done or sometimes with a new piece I redo it the best I can with contrary colors than the original.The result is a wild piece and I test my color skills and well everything skills

    juan.cuevas.503@facebook.com

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  27. I always carry a small sketch book and a box of pencils with me, and I also like watching tutorial videos on Youtube. Drawing as often as possible is the best way to improve skills.

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  28. No nothing really, I just draw what I feel like drawing and I draw everyday...maybe drawing everyday is practice enough!

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  29. I like doodling, then blending, layering spheres, shapes etc

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  30. I watch "How To Draw..." You Tube videos and always try to employ techniques discussed on the videos, to see whether or not it works for me. If so, I work that technique into my "repertoire"

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  31. doodling...playing with colors and pressures.

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  32. Contour drawing of any object my eye falls on. I carry my sketchbook with me so I can draw whenever there is an opportunity.

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  33. I like to try new techniques with color pencil! These are very nice pencils and I wish they made more colors! I like not having the wood so I can take off the coating and use the side of the pencil!

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  34. Since I work full time, my art time is very limited. However, every chance I get, I go online and look at others' artwork, or read about various art processes. I get lots of inspiration and ideas and I'm ready to start creating when I finally get to my studio!

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  35. To better understand colors and how they interact, I'll do exercises where I have a very limited color pallet.

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  36. The way I keep my skills up to par is to constantly draw and practice the values of shade in everything. I change up my drawing support to see what works best and to experiment. I use different color supports also. Now I'm using Strathmore toned paper with my colored pencils and wow... what a nice change. I have been using my black and white colored pencils for the value drawings which come out really nice. I also look at many many magazines and art books to see how other artists use their media giving me tons of ways to experiment with my own art.

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  37. I keep a list of random objects that I will do a study on. from simple things like books, hair brush, kitchen items, tools, etc... I find that this is a great way to sharpen my "seeing" skills. I will go back a second time after the study and do the exact same object and give it "life". Making an object come alive in an unusual way just to sharpen my imagination.

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  38. I practice by doing studies using colors that are not my typical choices when creating a piece. It breaks me out of the box by constantly exploring my options.

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  39. My goal is to work on some kind of drawing each day to improve my skills and improve the quality of my work.

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  40. I like to doodle all the time. Often I doodle circles, circles and more circles. I shade and blend what I've doodled. At the moment I'm doodling eyes all over the place. I like to do studies on specific features. also I like to scribble around with my colour pencils, exploring what they and I can do as I am a beginner.
    I read all I can about techniques and watch tutorials then I try to put what I learned into practice.

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  41. Sketching from life and drawing from photos.

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  42. Real life drawing always adds a challenge for me!

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  43. Working on different mediums helps me, plus you never know what you come up with.

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  44. Drawing in my sketchbook, each and every day is a must to keep my drawing eye sharp! :)

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  45. I've started an art journal and try to draw for an hour everyday. I also get colored pencil magazine on my IPad and try to follow the instructions. I also have a lot of drawing apps that I play around with. Being in a wheelchair doesn't stop me from going out and trying to draw the things I see, from my own back porch.

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  46. every day i study different portraits, landscapes, animals etc. on google images, pictures in every day places i go and tutorials on youtube ect. i like to study the different artists techniques in making the drawing more realistic. then i apply when i learn to my next drawing and it's way better every single time.

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  47. Draw from life or photographs, read art books, and analyse artworks online.

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  48. I find that working with Markers helps me with my color selection...it's usually mindless doodling but I love it :D

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  49. I try to sketch how much I can to keep in practise and learn better to watch. Also I try new techniques, read much for learning new stuff and have always one or two drawings in work.

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  50. I realize gradients between complementary colors on different paper textures. Small quick drawings and copies of drawings by great artists of crayons.

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  51. Draw and then draw some more

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  52. I just make sure and draw, draw, draw as much as possible.

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  53. I toy with self portraits. also, change the canvass!; color, size, whatever

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  54. I just "doodle." I make lines and tonal values. That is all the practice I am doing.

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  55. I always try different techniques and subject matter. Each time you try something new you will grow as an artist.

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  56. Working with various techniques and color combinations. Also, mixed media compositions just to give me new ideas.

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  57. I practice every day by experimenting with my pencils, shading, shapes, color combinations, layering. I want to try different types of paper too. So far I've only used 100 lb. Bristol and 80 lb. Strathmore. I am also experimenting with different subjects, which makes it interesting and often surprises me.

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  58. Just keep drawing hoping to get better. I go from animation to real life to hone my skills

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  59. I practice drawing models and people in fashion magazines. They make great models because they don't move and they don't mind your drawing them like drawing people in coffee shops. The idea is good to draw live, but people don't like it. So the magazine models offer endless poses and it helps keep up my drawing skills.
    Elizabeth Boles March 5 8:09pm.

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  60. I just keep drawing; trying out new surfaces and materials; combining Colored Pencil with other media.

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  61. I design and draw a mandala every day, trying to make each day's piece different from the last.

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  62. I draw facial features, especially eyes.

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    1. Btw, I am Lisa sokolowski. sokolowski_l@yahoo.ca

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  63. I like to go back to the basics of color theory every once in awhile. I also like doing smaller drawings for basic practice. That means little A5 paintings/drawings/studies of still life, portraits etc. It keeps me on my toes even if I don't feel like working on any original art.

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  64. I like to do simple stills, because by practice i can improve even the way i hold my pencil:) fb fan, fb name is Shake Maj:)

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  65. I keep a sketch book by my bed. I mostly work on symmetry in faces and then shading also. I try to do this once a week of I remember. :)

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  66. I am just a beginner. I had basic art classes in high school, and I've always just played around on my own but that is pretty much it as far as my experience goes so pretty much all I do is practice. I practice by reading and working exercises in the colored pencil painting bible. I practice by looking at favorite artists - like Picasso - and recreating a piece of theirs with my own flair and experimentation while making sure it is still familiar enough to connect it to the original, sort of an homage and practice in one lol. I practice by looking at photos of animals to get the pose and anatomy correct but try to make something original from it. I practice by making gifts for my family to decorate with lol. I'm doing a series for my mom of mother with child animals that go with her African theme - so far I've done elephants and zebras lol. Everything I do is practice.

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  67. Draw anything and everything, whenever I can, and when I can't, observe anything and everything.

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  68. I try to draw the floaties in my eyes.

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  69. I usually go back and re-draw an old picture. I save all my old pictures and see how I have improved and where I still need work. I love redrawing old pictures :)

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    1. it is very encouraging to look back and see your progress i find. i like this comment
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  70. Do quick sketches in my sketchbook. Keep a record of progress over time, then re-evaluate my work and adjust my approach accordingly.

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  71. I don't really do anything special to hon my skills, I just try to work a little each and everyday and have been trying new papers recently. Whenever you try something new, it expands your skills.

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  72. I dont have any certain exercises that i do but i know that if i keep several colored pencil drawings going at a time i get my practice from experience :)I would love to try this brand if pencil, these i dont have and would love to use them

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  73. I just keep playing and learning! :)
    Jan F

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  74. I revisit the elements and principles of design by doing exercises in my sketchbook with different mediums. It helps to keep me focused and sharpen my skills.

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  75. Just constant practice. No fixed daily routine.

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  76. Doodling, with no plan in mind. Creating "something" out of the doodle. Adding tones, creating sharp contrasts.

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  77. I like to try different mediums. My daughter has a cake making business, so my latest medium has been edible food colouring on fondant!

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  78. Good Luck to Everyone!!! TO new and at the moment just a little buzy to have exercises that I practice and do each day. Soon I will be able to expermnent and have fun in the wounderful world Colored Pencils!

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  79. I like to do practice my linework--making sure I keep my strokes light unless I want them heavy.

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  80. I try to at least pick up and use some form of medium each and every day, I also love trying anything new, be it product or technique. I am not afraid to possibly "ruin" something in an effort to find a new way to make better art.

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  81. I use my pencils to add shading to lettering on envelopes and to Zentangles.

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  82. I like to draw fruit, apples, pears and grapes.

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  83. At the moment I am practicing areas that I find I am weak in....with animals it is eyes & noses so I am doing studies of eyes in graphite, cp & pastel & hopefully will try them in acrylic & oils. I am also practising the same image on different surfaces with different mediums so that I can appreciate more what I am trying to reproduce & the different ways I can interpret it.

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  85. Never stop doodling! Seriously, I have three sketchbooks FILLED and my latest one, I can see and feel how I've grown as an artist...so keep filling up your sketchbooks! Play with different mediums! I recommend a mixed media sketchbook - endless possibilities!

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  86. I draw and doodle every day. Practice does help.

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  87. I like to draw things more than once!
    It's good practice and a great way to see how you've improved.

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  88. I like to experiment with different surfaces, strokes, and shading techniques, as well as using different solvents, every now and then I come up with something I use regularly, and it is fun!

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  89. I like to use pencils to sketch with while watching television….quick draw!

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  90. Every morning, before my daughter goes off to 4th grade, I put her lunch money in a white envelope and draw something beautiful on it with colored pencils. It is usually relevant to what's going on, like this morning it was a blended rainbow, pot of gold, and shamrocks. I shade it and use a colorless blender. She gets such joy from it and so do her teacher and the lunch staff!

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  91. I like quick drawing whatever's in front of me to warm up :)

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  92. Our Random winner is:
    Elizabeth Boles

    Please contact us at admin@coloredpencilmag.com
    with your shipping address before 3/15/2013 to claim your prize.

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  93. I love to paint with my pencils colorful varieds many varied faces,drawing many types of hair,folowing my mood and felling that day,in my soul.

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  94. i just work on basic skills over and over to perfect them, and then i like to use the skills to work up never done before stuff

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  95. I carry a copy of The Bargue Drawing Course.

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  96. I like blending different colors and seeing all the shades you can get. I like coloring my doodling.

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