Drawing tools and tipps

I´m often asked to give advice on how to get better at drawing and what kind of tools I use, so I put together some links for you. Hope this is helpful…

Books about drawing that I highly recommend:

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

The basics! The infos in this book are extremely helpful and applied correctly they will improve your drawing skills dramatically in a very short time. Also they are 90% of everything you´ll ever need to know about drawing. The rest is practice, practice and practice some more.

The Artist´s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing by Anthony Ryder

This book shows you how to develope a beautiful shading technique using hatching along with a meditative state of mind. There are tons of excellent, excellent drawings by the author in here as well (which are worth the money for the book all by themselves).

The Artist´s Complete Guide to Drawing the Head by William Maughan

Learn more about drawing the facial features, shading and understanding the whole process of drawing.

The Artist´s Way by Julia Cameron

Not about drawing, but about art and creativity itself, no matter if it´s music, drawing, visual arts or any other kind of art. The best book about creativity I´ve read. I highly recommend it for… well everybody. Because it´s just good! ;)

The Artist´s Way Workbook by Julia Cameron

Not really necessary, but if you want to get even more out of the “Artist´s Way“-book and work with the exercises more intensely, this is the book for you. (Along with the other books of the author) 

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook by Betty Edwards

Again not really necessary if you have the other book by Betty Edwards, but if you want to really improve your basic drawing skills and work more intensely with the recommended exercises, this book is very helpful. I guarantee, that you will see dramatic improvements in your skills by working this book through from a to b no matter at what stage of developement you are.

Stars by Sebastian Krüger

This is a fun one by an favourite artist of mine. I find his caricatures very inspiring, funny and deep at the same time.

My weapons of choice:

Technical Pencils

Lead holder with Leads (from B to 6B) (just a personal preference, normal graphite pencils will do the job too)

Charcoal Pencils

Eraser Pen (I L.O.V.E. it!)

Kneeded Eraser

Electric Eraser (great tool!)

Stumps

Good drawing paper like this

Sooo I hope this was helpful… :)

Cheers,

Christian

anonymous said:

Hi Zara! I love your fic recs and I was wondering if you could tell me which are your favorite pining/fluffy fics, since they are my ultimate weakness. Thank you! x

to be a fool - Harry’s perception of Louis begins to change. ( this is one of those fics that i just reread regularly because it’s CANON and it’s pining and i really adore how the writer portrays louis. another good pining one by her is and mercury on your heels (road trip au))

you make it hard to leave - They’re very, very high, is the thing, so Louis almost doesn’t catch it himself when he says, “I’m really horny.” (or that one terrible, horrible, no good, very bad friends-with-benefits trope with 7k of gross pining. you’ve been warned.)

a few short oneshots: stand up, i should’ve kissed you, I’ll Carry A Blanket And Keep You Safe With Me

your name is tattooed on my heart -Louis is ready to find the love of his life, but first he has to stop falling for the punk rocker next door. ( you’ve probably read this one. i just had to put it here because it IS one of my all time favourites and because i’ve been with it from the start and two years later when it finally got finished i am still here :’)

we’re gonna conquer dragons - Louis’s eyes are blue blue blue and Harry’s drunk and just wants to hold his hand. The boys play truth or dare at the bungalow. ( NON AU!! my faves :’) also if you want good pining/fluff fics you should check out almost ALL the xfactor era fics. they are amazing for that! nothing safe is worth the drive for example. and another bungalow one: star theory.)

you can take me all the way - it’s gemma getting harry jealous. non au!

breakdown - Harry’s reminded far too often of that stupid you can look but you can’t touch rule. Non AU. ( one of the first fics i read in the fandom and still one of my very faves!)

play a chord - As it turns out, being best friends with kissing doesn’t really change their relationship.

the world’s not waiting - A new guy joins the tour. Harry likes him, Louis…does not.

every time i run, i keep falling for you - AU. After being best friends for 8 years, Harry moves to LA. It takes the keen observations of all of Louis’ friends to realise the one thing he really wants for Christmas is Harry.

okaaaaay! done for the time being! i tried to keep it as fluffy as possible cause we all know there a lot super ANGSTY pining fics out there as well. *sweats*

best bets for pining/fluffy fics are road trip fics, xfactor era and all the best friends to lovers tropes :)

enjoy! xx

anonymous said:

Sorry to bother you, but I thought maybe you could help. Lately I can't manage to get any recommendations that are not YA books. Do you happen to know about blogs who review non-YA books?

Well, most blogs I know read/review both - like me. So try asking them specifically for adult fiction recommendations. :) I don’t think I could give you many examples specifically - there’s some lit ones in my FAQ - but have a look through my book blogs tag and blogroll

Here’s some non-YA book recommendations:

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Angels and Demons/Robert Langdon by Dan Brown
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foerr
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
  • The Humans by Matt Haig
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Sand by Hugh Howey
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Green Mile by Stephen King
  • The Long Walk by Stephen King
  • The Shining/Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
  • Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/Millennium by Stieg Larsson
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora/Gentleman Bastard sequence by Scott Lynch
  • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • Dark Swan series by Richelle Mead
  • Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • One Day by David Nicholls
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult - I liked it until the ending anyway
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
  • The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
  • The Final Empire/Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
  • Legion by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  • Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Stray/Shifters series by Rachel Vincent
  • Blood Bound/Unbound by Rachel Vincent
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
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