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nerd paint tips

I've been working hard painting a picture book, and I've started posting occasional painting tips, techniques that come to mind while I encounter them in my own work. I tweet them with the hash tag #NerdPaintTips.



'How to paint an iced lolly' was a request from Jonathan L. Howard and Martin Hand, after I'd posted this little tutorial:



Often when I'm working on a big complicated picture, I start to lose perspective on it and, in a way, forget the basics of drawing. It can really help to back away and draw something else, something silly, or something with a loose line. Something that doesn't matter how it turns out, and no one's told me to do it, so it doesn't feel like an assignment. Here's a loose self-portrait, that only looks a little bit like me:



And I tweeted that I'd draw the next person who tweeted their photo at me. Here's Alice Nuttall:



And one more, for Gillian Cross:



That was fun. :)

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