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So I was sketching and as always marveled at how much of a different putting a box around a design makes to the picture, and then I wondered if other people might benefit from this magical not-so-secret.

It might be something you already know, but if you don't have fun putting boxes round your sketches!

And it's also not a bad thing if you decide to go ahead with your floating figure! There's no right answer to art after all!

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Critique by Barkindji Jun 15, 2015, 3:47:24 AM
One of the more original resources about, this guide comes across as a page strait out of the sketchbooks of it's topic, this is no doubt deliberate, and effective, as it lures people in by using colour, varying fonts, and highlighting that you wouldn't see in a regular text-based guide.

Unfortunately I feel the guide suffers some messiness in it's design. While I'm sure this may also be a deliberate design decision to appeal to a broad age group, it is distracting. Arrows used negate this a little, but an overall alignment of images and text would make the guide even more straightforward.

I think the reasonably-short length of the guide, easy to read font, and whimsical sketches will ensure it's wide-spread impact.

Overall: The guide is simple and direct. It addresses a problem and offers the most viable solution, in a sequential way that would be easy for any-aged artist to follow.
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leniart Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
this will change my life owo
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Samsally Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015
Oh, what a clever idea! I should definitely try that (and... maybe... actually post sketches again *cough*)
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Barkindji Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
I wrote only my 2nd-ever critique on this guide. Hope you think it's okay. My 1st one never got posted. That would technically make this my 1st.
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DMAKAZ Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Aha ! Wonderful advice you are A legend ! 🙌
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Urb3th Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I will need to start doing this! Thank you! :D
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
No problem :D Happy sketching!
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angelofmusic1997 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
A great tip that I occasionally use, but not as often as I should :) I actually forgot about it but shhhhh don't tell anyone. Thank you. :) 
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
boxes are the best :P
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Ailithir Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Student General Artist
How come I've never found out about this before today?!
You've just changed my life :'D
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Professional General Artist
Haha, yeah i always sketch smaller, even digitally, and then play with boxes before setting up my final canvas. I love the boxes.... XD glad my 3am musings were useful for you!
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pica-ae Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Or a circle :eyes: 
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
I've never had success with circles.... sadly... cos other people can do them so well
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ArynChris Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
Stare I knew this once.  AND THEN I FORGOT!

Grantedly, I never used it, because all my stuff is references and doesn't need to look pretty, what it needs is to show all the right details.  But this doesn't change the fact that I forgot.

Thanks for posting!
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
Goldfish.
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ArynChris Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
I don't know how you know what crackers I'm snacking on, but yes.

And also yes.  Although in this house, we normally think of Fred instead of goldfish.  Fred is a particularly dumb cat.  There are many theories about how this cat came to be (there are arguably more pet theories than pet animals in the house), but mine is that Fred's unusually large skull is in fact a goldfish bowl, and the rest of the "body" is an advanced life support system for the goldfish.
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Rovanna Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015   Digital Artist
Yes, this is such a great tip! :D 
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Professional General Artist
I <3 Boxes
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