Jerry's Artarama sponsors Dare2Draw TV at NYCC 2015

Live action photo highlights from Dare2Draw at NYCC 2015!

Jerry's Artarama has been proudly sponsoring the Dare2Draw TV Series and pulled out all the stops for the Dare2Draw panel at New York City Comic Con! We're celebrating comics and bringing cartoonists together, in the Dare2Draw tradition - with ace professionals, to mentor and challenge everybody to step outside their comfort zone and get surprised by what they can do if they just Dare2! The panel was held in New York City, on Thursday, 10/8, at the awesome NYCC. Wow - what an an awesome turn out! And a great way to start NYCC, drawing with each other and sharing the experience! Dare2Draw welcomed Special Mentoring Guest of Honor Walt Simonson, along with mentoring artist friends from Artist Alley: Federica Manfredi, Gary Erskine and Darryl Cunningham; and host, Simon Fraser.
The Dare2Draw, a mentoring comic book drawing group, in NYC, was created by Charles D. Chenet, to bring together artists, to reach for their best, with drawing competition and mentoring events and projects.

In support of this amazing crew of dedicated artists, bringing people together, Jerry's Artarama provided packed art bags for everybody, all the drawing supplies and prizes for the "Quick Draw" Contest winners. We also invited all Dare2Draw attendees to take spectacular selfies, during and around the convention weekend, with their Jerry's Artarama buttons, to wow us with their creativity, and compete to win the Special Jerry's Artarama Selfie $200 Gift Card!

Congratulations to ALL the "Quick Draw" Contest Winners, and to everybody who came out to draw with Dare2Draw and Jerry's Artarama, and be part of our Episode 6 shoot! And hats off to our Spectacular Selfie Contest winner! Here are some photo highlights of the event!

  • 1st Place:  Bill Lonergan
  • 2nd Place:  Stephen Rogers
  • 3rd Place:  Daniela "IELLA" Attard



Spectacular Selfie Winner:  Salina Marie Gomez
You can watch all the Dare2Draw Episodes, brought to you by Jerry's Artarama, here: https://goo.gl/fzcCz1



Go Back to School this Fall with Jerry's Artarama

Save Big This Fall on Great Products

As school starts back up this August, teachers will be coming to their students with brand new art supply lists. At Jerry's Artarama, you can find everything you need for teachers and students! We have paints, colored pencils, brushes, paper, pencils, pens, bags and more. What hot items are on your back to school shopping supply list?

We've collected all of the best art supplies and materials for every sort of class at Jerry's and should be your back to school shopping headquarters. To make shopping even easier, Jerry's Artarama even has a way to help teachers get their students everything they need. Through the teacher's cart system, teachers can set up class supply lists for their students to get all of their supplies in one spot! Students can simply find their class and see everything on the supply list. We know teachers have it tough already, so Jerry's is here to help simplify getting their students more organized with just one click.




Kids’ Art:

...and so much more!

And teachers, remember you can set up a convenient Teacher’s Cart so your students can find everything they need for your class with one click.

Make sure you start this school year off right by stocking up on all the supplies you need for your art classes right here at Jerry's Artarama!

Let us know in the comments below which art supplies you'll be needing this upcoming fall 2015 school semester!



How To Hold Your Pencil When You Draw

Get More Control Out of Your Pencil

While doodling can create amazing pieces of art like the ones we've recently shared in our facebook posts, for the most part wont produce the kinds of lines you want to make to really get your drawings to show off the fluid or gestural lines you really want. So what can you do about it? Well, here at The Splatter, we at the Blog Squad have been practicing our drawing and sketching and wanted to help share some pointers to help make you a better drawer. 

To avoid messy lines that are no where near straight, try these two grips:

The Writing Grip


Going back to grade school we learned how to hold our pencils in order to write. This method gave us the coordination to draw small lines and curves in order to form letters and numbers. To create small details and short lines, we can use the exact same grip!

To make these smaller lines-

  • Grip the pencil like you would when you sit down to write a letter- between your thumb, index and middle finger.
  • Draw with your whole arm instead of just your wrist.  
  • Do not keep your wrist on the desk or drawing surface. Instead, you want to move both your hand and forearm when you draw as this will give you control without grounding you which leads to more unplanned curves in your lines and details.
  • Let the knuckles on your pinky barely touch or glide along the paper as you draw. Doing this will keep your forearm up while keeping your pencil just a bit more sideways so that you can choose how thick to make your lines-either with the point or along the side of the lead.

The Underhand Method


To make longer and straighter lines, we need to turn to a different grip. By drawing from your elbow and holding your pencil a different way, you will be able to increase the range of the straight lines you can draw. This is called the "underhand method" and it takes awhile to get comfortable with it, but once you do, you will be able to draw anything.

To make grander/longer lines-

  • Grip the pencil between your thumb and your index, middle and ring finger.
  • As you draw, the knuckles of your ring finger and your pinky finger should glide across your paper. 
  • Use your hand, forearm and elbow to do most of the moving while you draw, while keeping the pencil and your fingers pretty still. This will keep you steady as you create longer, steadier lines.

By following these general rules of thumb, you will be able to draw better. Experiment with both and figure out which one makes you feel more comfortable with the results you're looking for. It seems like some simple tips, but it just may save your life. 





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