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Chameleons not cars (for Betsy)

Elves love to draw things from the human world.  However, I have always loved chameleons more

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Pack a sketchbook

One of the most important tools for illustrator elves is the sketchbook! The sketchbook is where

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Your sketchbook is YOUR playground

In the previous tip (pack-a-sketchbook), I talked about keeping a sketchbook.  This tip is about thinking

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Great artists are the ones who… practice

This may surprise you. Elf elders firmly believe that natural talent can help you draw more

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Erasers and the art of erasing

It is wise to practice drawing without using an eraser, as this tip explains leave-the-eraser-behind. However,

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How to draw a horse using simple shapes

I’m excited to share one of the best secrets to drawing.  It is about finding simple

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Seeing and simplifying

Elves draw animals as we would draw anything else:  by seeing and simplifying. Seeing means we

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From Mistale the cat to elephant (and baby aardvark)

Mistale the cat was simple enough (seeing-simplifying), but what about a more complex animal, like an

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Walk before you run

When you draw, it is important to learn the basics.  For example, it might be hard

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Tracing with your eyes

I learned to draw hands and other things by practicing something  elves call tracing with your

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