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Hey all - anyone who is a Pencil Kings Member or would like to keep connected to PK and our instructors, I've just made a DA Group - !  Would love to have you join up and share your art!
Doodles by DianetheKraus
I don't know what kind of dog this is. One of those doodle-dogs, labradoodle or golden doodle or whatever. It is fluffy and cute, though.

Done for a client for the holidays. Nupastels and Conte on Canson paper.
Shepherd by DianetheKraus
Had a couple doggie drawings to do for a client for the holidays.  Nupastels and Conte on Canson paper. 

Lovely German shepherd, too. =)
Setting up Vanishing Points Tutorial by DianetheKraus
Setting up Vanishing Points Tutorial
Something that came up in the midst of Pencil King's Perspective Challenge - there's lots of resources out there on how to draw boxes and so forth but the basic setup of a perspective picture is a bit more mysterious.  In order to avoid distortion - usually, things looking "squished" because the vanishing points are too close together - you MUST put them fairly far apart. But HOW far apart?? This method solves that problem by working backwards to establish the cone of vision and from there find the station point and the minimum distance for the vanishing points. 

If you're working on paper, you'll either need to draw small or tack on extra paper.  

I wish I had learned this in the perspective classes I took. Way too much frustration with squished houses and furniture and stuff!
Gravity, Probably by DianetheKraus
Gravity, Probably
I haven't done a "long drawing" - drawing to actually produce a finished drawing - in a long time. This is sort of like getting back to my roots. I enjoyed it immensely.

I don't know what episode the screenshot was from, but the last couple times I saw the Doctor get the yo-yo out (i.e. Kill the Moon) it had to do with gravity. So.

Going to start actually knitting a scarf soon. =3

This is on 9"x12" paper, sketched in HB .5mm mechanical pencil and finished in 2B .5mm mechanical pencil. 
Monday begins Pencil King's Perspective Drawing Challenge - a 4-week course in all the basics of perspective. There's 12 video lessons and daily exercises to help make it all make sense, and I'm coaching the whole darn thing.

You can sign up here for a small fee: www.perspectivedrawingchalleng…

If you've always wanted to learn perspective, this may just do the trick. =)
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Diane Kraus
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
I've been drawing and painting for years and keep finding new things to do with it.

I'm also an instructor and the community manager (once known as Satchel) at Pencil Kings -… - a great friendly place to learn lots of skills and techniques.

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I have a website now! I call it A Bridge, a Boat, a Ship, and it's all about navigating this journey of being an artist. All my tutorials are there, plus my favorite references. I plan on keeping a regular blog going, too. Hope you stop on by. =)


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Sbjaca Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou for all the tutorials, they are very helpful! you're amazing :D 
DianetheKraus Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're so welcome!  More to come! =D
Kakashilover98 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have looked through your gallery, and I have to say that you have amazing artwork!

I also have to say that I also love the tutorials, and they have been very handy!

Definitely keeping an eye out for more! :D
DianetheKraus Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!  Love the avatar by the way. =)
Kakashilover98 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! Thank you! :)
MonsieurEviltrees Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow what an amazing gallery! I really enjoy the variety of art and I especially love the World of Warcraft art. The one of Hathrien in particular has got to be one one of my favourite ever Blood elf fanarts! 

Definitely keeping an eye open for more, and I love the tutorials! 
DianetheKraus Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!  I'm glad the tutorials are helpful. =)
Naty-the-darkbringer Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthdayyy :la::cake::party::icondragonhi::heart: I hope you'll have a good day :aww: Thanks for all the tutorials :dalove:
DianetheKraus Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Omg thanks so much! More tutorials to come. =D
Naty-the-darkbringer Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most welcome :iconloveloveplz:

Really? thats awsome :wow::la:
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