How to Shade Your Drawings by Alvalyn Lundgren
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Alvalyn Lundgren

How To Shade Your Drawings

Shading involves two concerns: actual technique and values. Contour line is where most people begin a drawing. Since line is all about the edges, they

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The Basics of Visual Balance by Alvalyn Lundgren
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Alvalyn Lundgren

The Basics of Visual Balance

If you’re a designer or artist trying to wrap your head around what balance is all about, you’re not alone. Balance is sometime obvious, sometimes

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A Guide To Drawing With Line by Alvalyn Lundgren
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Alvalyn Lundgren

A Guide To Drawing With Line

Most of us use line without thinking much about it. Since early childhood we’ve used pencils, pens and crayons to make marks. Making a line

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Sketchbook Session Portrait Drawing Demonstration by Alvalyn Lundgren
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Alvalyn Lundgren

Sketchbook Demo: Portrait Drawing

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text][themeone_drop_cap letter=”T” color=”accent-color2″ /]his portrait drawing was developed using a photograph for reference. When I draw, I spend a lot of time looking and analyzing what

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How To Draw A Bear

Here’s a tutorial (in speed sketch mode) for my drawing class showing how to draw a bear from photographic reference (which is probably the safest

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Drawing The Line Between Art and Design

Where an artist can begin with a blank canvas and pursue a serendipitous route to an end result, a designer begins with a set of criterion and remains within set boundaries from concept through completion.

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Santa’s Prayer

Two things we need right now: a little Christmas and a little prayer. This 9″ x 12″ painting was created in watercolor, gouache and colored

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Sketchy Memories

“Sequoia, In Part” – a pencil sketch of my dog, found in a sketchbook. I am currently in the concept stages of a logo development

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The Film Buff

  Last weekend I was over at the local Borders bookstore and cafe. I sat down with my sketchbook and began drawing the folks at

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True Lies

Those who track and analyze cultural trends generally agree that our culture has become design-driven. It’s no longer based on business or technology but on

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Laszlo

    I seldom get bored in meetings. There is always something or someone that catches my interest and I begin to doodle. A quick

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Fisherman

  I enjoy watching people. My frequent jaunts upcoast often include visits to piers where there is an abundance of both commercial and private fishing

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Aesthetics: In Support of Style

Aesthetics and style are not the same, despite opinions that claim otherwise. It’s popular to think that both aesthetics and style are subjective concerns, yet

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Sketching Around

I’m getting into the habit of keeping my sketchbook close at hand all the time. I take it with me to my design classes at

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In the Eye

Designers are generally concerned with aesthetics and function, and put the two together to communicate or to enhance life in some way. Aesthetics, the word,

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