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A Month of Creativity! - April 2021 Recap

Another Awesome Month of Creativity! Jake over at Naughtyegg_draw has been creating beautiful artwork all month long using April's Smart Art Box!  Take a look at his work this month using chalk pastels and charcoal to create vibrant images. Each month, your Smart Art Box comes with helpful tips to get started with a new...

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Bas-Relief Sculpting

  Bas-relief, pronounced bah-relief and also known as low-relief, originally stems from Italian phrase bass-relievo. Essentially this is a sculpture that is always projecting from its surrounding surface. The projection is subtle, and the modeled form is never undercut. Bas-relief is just one type of many in this style. It’s worth pointing out that we...

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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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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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