Jul
7
2015

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. 

 

 

 

 

Jul
4
2015

Happy 4th of July from Jerry's Artarama!

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!

 

 

Hopefully your Independence Day was filled with fireworks, cookouts and of course, ART!

 

Be sure to check out Jerrys Artarama for tons of amazing deals, savings and amazing content! And be sure to save with our 4th of July Super Sale!

Jul
2
2015

Announcing Jerry's 2015 Summer Contests featuring Mungyo Gallery Pastels and Charvin Paints

New Chances to Win from Jerry's!

Jerry's is proud to announce two new online art contests from Jerry's Artarama, Mungyo Gallery Pastels and Charvin Paints! Each grand prize winner will recieve a $1000 eGift Card to Jerrysartarama.com. Enter today!


Mungyo Gallery Summer Pastel Contest

Mungyo Gallery Soft Pastels

Mungyo Gallery Soft Pastels are completely handmade, less binder is required to hold the pigment together, making for a much softer pastel with tremendous blending capabilities.

The pigments themselves are of superior quality, with the highest light fastness ratings, ensuring your artwork remains brilliant over time. As an added bonus, Gallery Handmade pastels match perfectly with Mungyo's line of Gallery Extra-Fine Soft Pastels — all 200 vibrant colors!

This opens up a world of layering possibilities by using the softer Handmade pastels over the somewhat harder, machine-made Extra-Fine pastels. Expand your pastel painting possibilities by harnessing the softness, brilliance, and blendability of new Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels — developed for professional pastel artists who want the absolute best!

Up to two paintings may be entered per contestant, and each painting may be represented by two separate images. The required first image must show the painting in its entirety from the front. The optional second image should show a detail view of the work, such as a closeup of the paint texture or the focal point of the painting.

  • Please name each image with the painting title and artist name.
  • Works must be submitted as a digital image in JPG format only.
  • PowerPoint format is not accepted.
  • The image resolution should be no lower than 150 dpi and no higher than 300 dpi.
  • The file size should not exceed 6MB (megabytes).
  • You will receive e-mail confirmation once your work has been received.

We would love to get your recommendation. In the "Statement of Recommendation" box located on the contest entry form, please explain why you enjoyed using Gallery Soft Pastels and why you would recommend them to others.

Entries are due by September 30, 2015. Enter Here!

Last Year's Winners


Charvin Summer Painting Contest

Extra-Fine Acrylics, Fine Oil Colors and Extra-Fine Oil Colors

The History of Charvin color makers dates back to 1830, when they were the go-to supplier for some of the most famous artists of all time including Cezanne, Bonnard, and Ambrogiani. Charvin artists' oil colors have long been recognized as one of Europe's premier paint lines, and they have now created a companion line of extra fine acrylic paints unparalleled by any other!

Up to two paintings may be entered per contestant, and each painting may be represented by two separate images. The required first image must show the painting in its entirety from the front. The optional second image should show a detail view of the work, such as a closeup of the paint texture or the focal point of the painting.

  • Please name each image with the painting title and artist name.
  • Works must be submitted as a digital image in JPG format only.
  • PowerPoint format is not accepted.
  • The image resolution should be no lower than 150 dpi and no higher than 300 dpi.
  • The file size should not exceed 6MB (megabytes).
  • You will receive e-mail confirmation once your work has been received.

We would love to get your recommendation. In the "Statement of Recommendation" box located on the contest entry form, please explain why you enjoyed using Gallery Soft Pastels and why you would recommend them to others.

Entries are due by September 30, 2015. Enter Here!

Last Year's Winners 


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