Art Pads & Visual Diaries

Unleash your creativity and express yourself with our fabulous collection of art pads and visual diaries at Spotlight. This superb selection includes a whole of host of notebooks, pads, sketchbooks, and exercise books that would be ideal for doodling, journaling, sketching or anything else. Whether you are looking for art pads that have been purposely designed for watercolours, tracing or multi-media creations, notebooks for making beautiful Instagram-worthy notes, or a drawing pad that would be perfect for your mini-artist, shop the range online or instore today.

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Top Tips To Make Your Sketches Even Better

Are you obtaining one of the sketchbooks from Spotlight to create your own portfolio or sketchbook with art? If so, be sure to read some of our additional tips for budding artists below.

What Is The First Tip To Make My Sketches Better?

One of the most important tools for your sketches is a good pencil. Naturally, pencils can vary in softness and hardness, which in turn can influence the results you get on paper. Therefore, getting familiar with the available pencils and their effects is certainly recommended.

Artists looking for a decent "base" pencil should look at a pencil on the H scale, this provides a good middle between the hardest and the softest pencil. It is also recommended to get some of the darker B pencils, this provides you with the ability to create finishes and shadows if required.

What Is The Second Tip To Make My Sketches Better?

The way you handle your pencil is important, even if you are used to holding your pencil in a specific manner. Holding your pencil in a specific way can give you more control and precision, this can only benefit your style and skill in the long run.

There are several ways you could hold a pencil. If you are looking for more precision and control, it is best to hold the pencil closer near its end. However, if you want lighter strokes, you will need to hold your pencil further up.

What Is The Third Tip To Make My Sketches Better?

As you start sketching, you will notice there are hundreds of different effects that you can create with a pencil. You can create different types of lines, but also experiment with shapes such as cross-hatching, scribbling, and small circles. Practice these techniques in your sketchbook before you start on your first sketch.

What Is The Fourth Tip To Make My Sketches Better?

Many artists use smudging to create shadows. Naturally, there is a right way to do smudging, this with the help of an extra piece of paper.

You do not require any additional tools for smudging, simply add a small piece of paper underneath your hand to prevent your hand from smudging additional pencil lines. Contrary to popular belief, smudging is a delicate process, so be sure to protect the drawing above all else.

What Is The Fifth Tip To Make My Sketches Better?

One of the things to take into consideration when you make your sketches is the edge of your drawing. If you had some schooling in sketching, you may have learned about the four basics when it comes to edges, e.g. the thin edge, hard edge, undefined edge, and lost edge.

Most artists will use all types of edges in a drawing, but it is certainly not an obligation. Of course, using all edge types in your drawing can make it look more professional if you are just getting started.

What Is The Sixth Tip To Make My Sketches Better?

There are some tools that can make your sketches better as well. We already mentioned the importance of good pencils, but another thing you should consider is the so-called blending stick.

No matter how good you are with pencils, it is near to impossible to create a smooth blend with pencils alone. To make your drawing smoother, you can use a dedicated blending stick. Naturally, this blending stick could certainly prove useful for larger areas of charcoal too.

What Is The Final Tip To Make My Sketches Better?

Beginners should always make themselves familiar with the so-called 70/30 rule. The 70/30 rule basically states that 30% of your drawing should draw the focus, while the remaining percentage is considered as filler.

Getting familiar with the 70/30 rule is not always easy, especially if you are just starting out with sketches. If you want to get a better idea about the 70/30 rule, it is a good idea to check some examples online, this helps you get familiar with the characteristics and how to implement them in your own work.

Can I Get Art Supplies At Spotlight?

Spotlight can provide you with everything you need, this ranges from pencils to sketchbooks. Check out the range today for an awesome deal!

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