Character And Fashion Illustration

Illustration is defined as a decoration, interpretation or visual expression of a text, concept or process. Today we will delve into two styles of Illustration, Character and Fashion, and illuminate the very different and specific ways these styles achieve expression.   Beginning with Character illustration, we can define it as a work of art that...

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Watch Naughty Egg Tackle The Week 2 Challenge!

It's almost the end of October but we're not finished! Watch Naughty Egg tackle another scary one for October's Week 2 Challenge, TENTACLES We can't wait to see your take on this! Don't forget to post and hashtag this week and all month long for a chance to make it on to our official blog....

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Meet Jade-Lee! Our September Smart Art Box Challenge Winner

This September we rolled out our usual 4 prompt challenge and asked you to post and share what you created for the following themes: Insect, Float, Pattern and Outer Space. We are so happy to introduce you to Jade-Lee Young, our September Peacock Points Challenge Winner. SAB: Where are you from and what do you...

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Essential Tips and Tricks on Colored Pencils

Colored pencils are one of the most approachable artistic media. In most cases, all you need to get started drawing with colored pencils are the pencils themselves and a piece of paper. What actually is a colored pencil? Colored pencils are composed of a core of colored pigments protected by wood casing. While graphite pencils...

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Meet Aurora! Our August Smart Art Box Challenge Winner

                     Cherry Blossom By Aurora   Every month we release our curated box of art supplies, we challenge our subscribers to a weekly creative prompt. This past August we rolled out 4 prompt challenges and asked everyone to post and share what they came up with...

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Talking Van Gogh on World Suicide Prevention Day

In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day, we decided to talk about one of the most famous western painters in modern history, Vincent Van Gogh. Where do you start with someone as influential as this? How do you express that the turbulence of his artwork was also soothing? Because it was.  A dutch painter, born...

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Chinese Art vs. Western Art

There are many complex factors that go into the ways that an artistic tradition develops, including the philosophies and histories of the artists involved. When examining the differences between traditional Chinese and Western art, we see differences in composition, medium, use of color and tone, perspective, and the list goes on. While much of traditional...

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Charcoal vs Graphite: What's the Difference?

Graphite and charcoal are two of the most user-friendly media for drawing. Not only do they allow for expressive lines, but they also help to render values through blending. For many people, this can be a much easier learning curve than working with layering. As far as drawing goes, both charcoal and graphite have a...

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Watercolor Markers

Watercolor markers offer you the versatility of having watercolors and ink markers at the same time. This allows them to be highly versatile so that you can sketch or paint wherever you are. If you thought watercolors in pans were your most travel-friendly media, just wait until you try these out. These markers are great...

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