These unique dual-tip pens from Aechy have a patterned roller at the back that can lay down a uniform border. The pack comes with eight colors and five different line styles, including dash, dash-dot, squiggle, hearts, and flowers. The other end has a conventional 0.4 writing tip. If you only need squiggles, check out this 12-color set.
Drawing in perspective allows artists to create 2D images with the illusion of depth. Rob of BK Architecture shows us how you can easily create 2-point perspective by drawing along an elastic cord strung between two push pins manipulated by a paperclip. A single pushpin can be used to draw a fisheye perspective.
Makers Cabinet makes the fanciest pencil sharpener we’ve laid eyes on, and we want one. Made from solid brass with a carbon steel blade, the Høvel planes the tip of pencils to a precision point. Instead of twisting pencils, its flat blade action reduces broken leads. Upgrades include a walnut base and an Italian leather sheath.
This elegant drawing tool deserves a place on your desktop, not hidden away in a drawer. The brass and steel tool adjusts to create and measure circles from 3 to 70 mm in diameter and includes a walnut insert for centering. We also love their brass Stria folding ruler. (Thanks Richard!)
Artist DP Truong is always coming up with clever and different ways to draw portraits. This time out, they just used a pencil, but the trick is that it was covered with thorns on every side, making it incredibly difficult to grip and sharpen without causing pain.
Budding artists are often encouraged to draw trees for quick sketching success. Drawing Trees branches out from that lesson with 30 meditative guided drawings of trees, leaves, and other identifiers. Trace the images with a pen or pencil to grow your skills and knowledge of tree species from Black Walnut to White Ash.
Not to be confused with the Phi Ruler, this drawing tool offers another method for drawing with the Golden Ratio, a mathematical ratio known for its ability to produce images and objects with harmony, balance, and structure. The Phi Ruler 2.0 comes in three sizes and in clear or a Bauhaus-inspired color scheme.
Printing and silkscreening produce full-color images by separating colors into cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, then printing them a layer in a dot pattern. This artist does the same, only using markers on transparencies. They didn’t bother with black because CMY is enough to create most colors, just without much contrast.
RCLifeOn built a unique drawing machine that creates geometric illustrations on a sheet of acrylic using a fluorescent marker. Bright LED lights help the images glow brilliantly. For now, images must be manually erased between drawings, but they plan on adding an eraser mechanism at some point.
DP Truong continues to show off his creative illustration techniques with a beautifully shaded black-and-white illustration of Black Panther’s Princess Shuri made from thousands of individual dots. While drawing with his right hand, he tapped out a count of each dot with his left using a smartphone app.
Marvel’s catalog of characters is enormous – even if you just look at its biggest heroes and baddies, there are at least a dozen of them. The Box Office Artist decided to create a hybrid of characters like Venom, Hulk, Thanos, Hulkbuster, Rhino, and Drax, combining them into one terrifying beast. The big reveal starts about 7-minutes in.
The moiré pattern created by moving a striped transparency over special images can create the illusion of movement. While we’ve seen the idea executed using printed images, this is the first time we’ve seen someone draw the patterns by hand. We’re guessing there’s some editing trickery going on here, but it fooled us.
Bonomemo’s special sticky notes are made from tracing paper, so you can see through to images below for referencing or copying them. Sold in four different cuts either individually or in a set. There’s also an extra-wide version. We found some similar sticky notes on Amazon too.
Thomas Pavitte’s clever illustrations offer a unique spin on adult coloring books. Each image is hidden within a pair of concentric spirals, which only reveals itself as you fill in the lines. Use two colors to create a duotone. Choose from music icons, cities, or animals.
As we’ve seen before, DP Truong has exceptional portrait drawing skills. In this video, the artist wanted to see how long they could draw and how many Marvel characters he could crank out with a single pencil before it wore down to an unusable nub of wood and graphite.
These unique curved rulers have a decided advantage over using a compass to draw circles. They have markings that let you measure the diameter of a circle, as well as arc length, allowing you to draw precise circles and curves with a single tool. Sold in 1″ to 3.5″, 3″ to 6″, and combo packs.
Videographer Frederic van Strydonck created a smartphone rig that allowed him to attach a camera to a brush marker pen, providing a unique perspective as ink flows smoothly onto the paper beneath its tip. Laughing Squid has a picture of the camera rig that made the shot possible.
Vincent van Gogh’s painting Starry Night is famous for its swirly brushstrokes. Rather than replicate the painterly style of the original, dP Art Drawing copied the design with rulers, french curves, and a compass, resulting in a geometrically-structured interpretation. She used gel pens on black paper to make the colors pop.
Three unique drawing tools made from metal. The Point includes a protractor and spirograph patterns. The Curve has corner rounders, circles, and a watch face template. The Polygon has straight lines and guides for creating shapes with 3 to 20 sides. Sold individually or in a set of three with a custom-made leather case.
South Korea-based artist Drawholic wows us with a colored-pencil portrait of Din Djarin and Grogu. The time-lapse video lets us observe the entire process from start to finish, as the rough outlines give way to color, shading, and a background that makes the image pop off of the page.
This stainless steel bookmark not only saves your place, it provides useful shapes for detailing your ideas. The sturdy stencil incorporates a protractor, compass, t-square, circle, square, and triangle bullets, isometric guides, and metric and imperial rulers. The expansion card adds letters, numbers, and a few other shapes.
This unusual but versatile drawing tool from Hong Kong has a name that sounds like a character from The Mandalorian. It uses a set of modular bars that connect to a center wheel, allowing you to draw all kinds of shapes with ease, including circles, ellipses, pentagons, hexagons, golden ratio spirals, and more.
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