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Prismacolor Colorless Blender

Sorry but this is an URGENT question. When I use my Blender pencil sometimes when I blend the paper gets kind of blotchy and rough and sometimes it is smooth. Does anyone get the same problem and does anyone know how to stop it? It is very annoying when I am trying to smooth out and blend on a portrait and it gets blotchy. Any advice would be HIGHLY appreciated. :)

Submitted by zozo2017  

upside down

when have trouble drawing or paintings turning the painting upside down and then checking out the picture you are drawing from gives you a better perception of correcting the problem.

Submitted by Fantastic  

Adding Shadows and Highlights

Sorry this is a question not a tip. I am not sure how to add highlights to my coloured drawings. And I am unsure about how to "create" shadows. I am currently drawing a portrait and have not yet added the shadows or highlights. Any advice would be highly appreciated. :)

Submitted by zozo2017  

PrismaColor for science diagrams?

I apologize for asking a question instead of giving a tip. I am a graduate student in the physical sciences, and occasionally use markers to do illustrations (mostly chemical structures and mechanism) by hand, as opposed to with a computer program, for extra visual effect in posters or presentations. (Okay, sometimes just because it's more fun or I remember it better after drawing it.) However, I have been having trouble with my current set of markers (not PrismaColor) not allowing me to draw fine enough lines, especially while using a straight edge. I'd like to start taking my science-as-art style diagrams up a level, and was wondering, which, if any, of the PrismaColor markers might be suitable for this.

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Don't be ashamed of using refere...

Using reference builds your skills with different styles. Even the best artists use references!

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Skin Colours for beginners

I see many beginners anxious to find some magic formula for skin colours. There isnt one, that is unless you want every portrait to look the same. The secret is to closely study your reference photo. Look for those reds, browns, blues, greens, oranges, purples etc. Start with deciding your highlight colour, paper white, cream etc. then pick a base colour closest to that in the reference, say light pink or beige. Add your layers very lightly, switching pencils as colours change on the photo. Look deeply into the colours making up the shadows, blues, purples, browns, indigo. Observe, think, choose carefully. Take your time, it's a slow process. You probably only need 6 to 8 pencils at most. It's more about how you blend your chosen colours.

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