It’s Ok To Have An Off Sketch Day

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, I just wanted to say that it’s ok to have an off sketch day. This happened to me this week, two days in a row really which frustrated me at the time but it taught me another important lesson, well two really. I thought I would try something a bit different and do a male face rather than a female one for a change.  I did a really nice sketch in a green pencil for a change.           ...
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Watercolour Tips For Beginners (What I Learnt This Week)

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, I hope your week has gone well.  This week I want to share my watercolour tips for beginners from what I have learnt this week. Last weekend I had some young family members over and this led me to delving out all my art supplies old and new.  I found some watercolour palettes from my college/uni days and they were barely used! And they were over 20 years old!! I pulled them out and decided to see if they were still ...
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How To Use References (For Art)

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, Following on from last week about artists tools I wanted to write about how to use references for art specifically as that is what I have been using this week. Faces I have focused on faces again this week, not for any specific reason and I have also been using pencil again as I felt a bit out of practice with it after using the iPad for a while.  I used Pinterest for the references and focused on ‘female face drawings for ...
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Art Tools (For Learning)

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, This week I wanted to talk about art tools for learning.  Not the traditional pencils, pens, paints and paper etc.  But the other tools, the ones that help you learn. Purpose Their purpose is to help you to better understand certain aspects of art, wether it be the human form, how light and shadow work or constructing scenes.  There is a big misconception people have about art in that when they see someone start a drawing they assume it was done ...
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How To Have Patience With Your Art

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, I wanted to write about how to have patience with your art. This is something I have had to grasp this week doing my full head of hair project that I set myself.  Patience Is A Mindset Whenever I start a drawing or piece of art I have this expectation that I should and can do it all in one go and every piece should be like that.  In my mind I knew this is not very realistic but the silent ...
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Drawing Hair (Beginner Tips On How To Draw It Digitally)

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, Drawing hair, that seems to be what has happened over the last week! A combination of keeping digital in order to learn more about digital are I seem to have focused in on hair.  How to draw it, colour it and texture it. Techniques I have found several techniques and methods of doing it and still evaluating as I think they have different places of use depending on the overall look you want to achieve.  Technique 1 I have used the soft airbrush ...
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The Power of Tutorials (Always Learning)

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, This week I wanted to focus on the power of tutorials.  I have been doing a few more this week and am still playing around with Procreate. The Power of Tutorials I have not picked up a traditional pencil in a couple of weeks now as seem to have favoured my Apple Pencil and Procreate on my iPad.  This has let me to explore YouTube and Skillshare for tutorials and also a book that I have bought (beginners guide to digital ...
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From Take A Break To Teach Yourself

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, Well this week I went from take a break to teach myself.  In last weeks post I said I would watch some YouTube tutorials on Procreate and just use my iPad, Apple Pencil and Procreate as my tools.  Then do 3 tutorials and create a piece of artwork using the skills I gained from the tutorials. Well I did it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Tutorials There are a plethora of tutorials out there on YouTube but the account I found ...
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It's Ok To Take A Break (Or Time For A Change?)

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, It’s ok to take a break!  This is what I wanted to write about this week as yesterday I did not do any sketching.  I just needed the day to relax and recharge myself. The last week or two I have felt a little bit plateaued and it’s felt like a bit of a chore to pick up the pencil. Not sure wether that’s due to the subject matter or the tools I am using as I seem to have ...
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5 Minute Sketches (Try Stuff But Do It Your Way)

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, I hope you have all had a great week.  I have been doing some 5 minute sketches this week to help improve my drawing skills further. 5 Minute Sketches So last week I said I would have a go at some 5 minute sketches so in preparation I sourced some  reference images and printed them out in readiness.  I used the timer on my phone and got started.        I only did a couple each time.  What I found is ...
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What To Do When You Feel Uninspired (5 Tips)

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, I have to admit I did not do a sketch yesterday which posed the questions ‘What to do when you feel uninspired?’ I don’t think the weather helped as it was so hot and humid just standing made you sweat.  I just did not know what to draw and I was not inspired by anything really.  “Shall I use markers? Nah,” “shall I use some water colour pencils?Nah” and on it went. So I just left it. Don't Judge Yourself It’s ok ...
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Perspective In Art (And Of Your Art)!

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, This week I wanted to write about perspective in art. Perspective and foreshortening is something that I found hard to do in drawing and it popped it’s head up the other week. I did try some sketches using references from Pinterest but found them well.. boring.                                   Find A Subject That Inspires You I bought a book a while ago on Manga art, a how ...
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Faces Part 2 (How To Constructively Review Your Artwork)

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, In week 6 I wrote a post about faces and having drawn mostly faces this week I noticed something, my faces now have ‘life’ in them, especially the eyes.  This has led me to write about faces part 2 how to constructively review your artwork as this is what I am going to do in this post.  Looking Back I know looking back is generally not good as we don’t want to dwell in the past but there are certain situations ...
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Keeping It Fresh (5 Tips To Retain Your Sketching Skills)

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, I hope you are all having a great week.  Seven weeks ago I wrote a post about switching up your art which focused on changing from paper to digital.  This week I want to follow on from that a bit further to keeping it fresh and by that I mean keeping all the skills and techniques you have been learning and experimenting with over the last few months or however long up to date. Gaps That Take You Back To ...
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There's More Than One Way To Draw Something

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, I hope you are all well.  This week I wanted to share that there’s more than one way to draw something. My sketches this week have been a bit all over the place. I have done noses, hairstyles, faces, mouths and a curvy lady. Different things on different days, whatever took my fancy. Learning I have also been watching lots of you tube tutorials as well.  Searching under how to draw, faces/noses/eyes/lips etc.  It helps me if I am lacking in any ...
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How To Draw Things - The Starting Point

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, I hope you are all well and have had a good week of sketching.  This week I really wanted to write about how to draw things - the starting point. This week I have tackled some more dynamic figure poses, when I say dynamic I  mean ones that have a delicate balance, like standing on one leg or in a ballet dancers pose.  I also looked back at some of my art from earlier this year and can now see ...
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5 Tips For Automating A Sketching Habit

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, I hope you are all well. I was not sure what I was going to write about this week so I went to take the dog for a walk and saw a muntjac deer sprint across my path and down the orchard I was walking in.  It moved with such speed and grace and was gone in a flash, such fluid movement. Getting Into The Zone Then I looked back over my sketches for the week and it struck me that they ...
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7 Steps To Improve Your Drawing Topics

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, This week with my sketches I have focused in on legs.  Which has led me to write about 7 septs to improve your drawing topics. The week prior I found myself struggling with legs, I would do one leg pretty much perfect but the other leg…not so much.  There would always be something a bit off with it wether it was perspective or shape or just off balance in someway.  It’s a bit like eyes or the 3/4 face view, ...
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5 Ways To Handle A Sketching Off Day

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, This week I want to talk to you about sketching off days. Yep, they do happen and are a real pain in the butt. They usually happen for me after I have been on a good roll and then bam… off sketch day!  It totally throws me every time and I think ‘wwhhyyyyy’.  I get that shot of ‘im just not good at this’ and all the other mental negative blurb trot through my head, as I am sure you ...
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Back to Fashion Figures

by Zoe Badger Arts and Entertainment, Home Based Business, Self Improvement
Hello Everyone, I hope you are all well. This week I have gone back to fashion figures for drawing, where it all started from. Reference Photo’s I have been using reference photo’s to do them with and drawing them from scratch using a head proportion template I set up.  It’s just a vertical axis line with nine equal sections running down it which represent the size of the head as a unit of measure.  This is a very common method used for fashion illustrators.   ...
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