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Drawing Tips: The Human Body

Remember that the human body’s forms are all convex; there are no flat planes that meet each other. They are all convex "hills" that run into each other at varying angles.

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Drawing Tips: Light and Dark Areas

Be careful of light areas that are adjacent to dark areas; those light areas will appear to be lighter than they actually are. To better approximate the correct values, check each light area against other light areas.

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Drawing Tips: Highlights

Under one light source, highlights are hierarchical based on their distance from the light source. Light’s intensity diminishes the farther it travels from its source so the closest highlight will be your highest value and your farthest will be your darkest in value.

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In Focus

John P. Smolko: 70th Anniversary Competition Grand Prize Winner

0712smol70oe1_600x598_20712logo70_525x515 John P. Smolko won the Grand Prize—a new MetroShed, furnished by Blick Art Materials, for use as a stand-alone studio—for his imaginative colored pencil piece, Homage to Klimt (The Virgin). Read more about the artist, and view five online exclusive drawings.

Read about the semifinalists in each category, and vote, by October 30, for the Readers' Choice competition winner on our message board, Artists' Forum.

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Colored Pencil
Mixed Media

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