Archive for October, 2007

Fantasy Art Workshop

Lately I have been reading a book by artist, John Howe, entitled “Fantasy Art Workshop”. It was the beautiful artwork on display that prompted me to get the book, but his insights and excellent writing style have kept me reading from cover to cover. One of the pearls of wisdom is advice on holding your pencil. Basically hold your pencil any way but the way you hold it to write. (There are some photo examples in the book.)

Trying this with a pencil and sketch paper, and then later in Painter with my Wacom tablet’s stylus, I have found that it really can make a difference. It adds a different touch to your brush strokes. Even though my hand cramps a little after a while, I am going to stay with it. Check out the book.

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