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CHARCOAL Types & DIFFERENCES
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 7 Welcome my fellow artists! In this weeks episode we are covering the 3 modern charcoal types and the differences between soft, medium, and hard charcoal pencils! Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more! REMEMBER we do commission pieces! Email us at [email protected] for more info!
Views: 5750 Messer Creations
How to SEAL your CHARCOAL Drawings
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 18 Welcome back my fellow artists! This week we are focusing on best practices when it comes to sealing your charcoal drawings. There are many options out there from using expensive fixatives, to using your own extra hold hairspray. Want to know what we think is the best value for your dollar? Watch the video and find out! Good luck my friends!
Views: 301 Messer Creations
Prismacolor vs. Derwent Charcoal | Everything you need to know
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 23 Welcome back our fellow artist's! This week we are focusing on the key differences between 2 of the best know charcoal pencil brands, Prismacolor vs. Derwent. We are going over the pros and cons of each and comparing them side by side. Pick some up at the links below! Prismacolor: https://bit.ly/2wMNdKO Derwent: https://amzn.to/2rIWnlU
Views: 215 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Hammerhead Shark
 
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The Hammerhead Shark Unfortunately, humans are killing sharks at an unprecedented rate. An estimated 100 million a year are killed for meat, as byproducts of commercial fishing, pollution, and out of fear. This is causing shark populations to drastically decline in numbers. Many of us want to do more to help to stop these killings, but we don’t know how. So here are some facts about them and a link below to how you can help! FUN FACTS! -There are 9 different species of Hammerheads: Winghead Shark Scalloped Bonnethead Whitefin Hammerhead Scalloped Hammerhead Scoophead Great Hammerhead Bonnethead Smalleye Hammerhead Smooth Hammerhead -The lifespan for most Hammerheads is between 25 and 35 years. It’s likely that over time, they are beginning to live longer lives. The reason for this is currently unknown. -Believe it or not, the Hammerhead has the ability to sport a nice tan! They are one of very few animals who tan from the sun. This happens to the shark because Hammerheads are often cruising in shallow water or near the surface for extended periods of time. Read here for how you can help save sharks! https://www.sharksider.com/10-easy-ways-help-save-sharks/
Views: 612 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Axolotl
 
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The Axolotl Many amphibians are able to regenerate, but none of them can even hold a candle to the regenerative abilities of the axolotl. They can regenerate nearly any part of their body perfectly, including their spinal cord, jaws, and limbs. When a limb is regenerated on an axolotl, it leaves behind no scarring or any sign that the limb was regenerated. There are many factors that contribute to the axolotl being endangered. Besides the fact that Lake Xochimilco is very neglected and polluted, the invasive carp and tilapia compete with axolotls for food, and they usually win, since the axolotls are so far outnumbered. FUN FACTS -It's believed that the axolotl is a manifestation of the god Xolotl, who is the gondolier for the dead in the underworld. -Axolotls never grow up! This very unusual feature of axolotls is known as neoteny, and it basically means that they never develop into adults. -As we know, axolotls can regenerate very well. Scientists are looking to see if they can harness that ability in humans, so we can regenerate limbs like the axolotls can. Many labs across the world are researching axolotls to see what makes them able to regenerate so perfectly. They are actually the most scientifically studied salamanders in the world. Read more here: https://bit.ly/2Jqp2UY
Views: 460 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Killer Whale
 
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The Killer Whale All though these animal are not endangered as a whole, some sub populations like off the coast of Washington state and British Columbia are endangered. Help raise awareness by liking, sharing, and talking about these amazing dolphins! FUN FACTS -The scientific name of killer whales is Orcinus orca. The name Orcinus comes from the Roman god orcus, master of the underworld. -Killer whales inhabit all oceans, but there are specific sub-populations in certain locations. -Orcas are marine mammals. As mammals, they have warm blood and nurse their calves with milk from the mothers. References http://www.killer-whale.org/killer-whale-facts/
Views: 286 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Whale Shark
 
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Currently the whale shark population is swiftly approaching endangered. Threats to the whale shark include habitat loss which results in loss of prey species, coastal development resulting in marine pollution, collision with boats, and disturbance or harassment by boats and divers engaged in irresponsible tourism activities. We must do better to educate ourselves and others on how we can make a difference. To learn more about how you can help whale sharks see the link below. https://bit.ly/2MhYlGr Fun Facts: - The longest verified measurements of live (or recently dead) whale sharks are in the 40-foot range. - Whale sharks have thousands of teeth! Yes, really. They actually have more than 300 rows. Meaning, a whale shark has 3,000 individual teeth, each one about the size of a match head. - Most experts agree that whale sharks reach sexual maturity around age 30, but their total life expectancy is unknown—and estimates are all over the map. According to some ichthyologists, the big fish probably die in their sixties. Others speculate that whale sharks can live to be 100 or even 150 years old. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2JVrYs6
Views: 231 Messer Creations
Drawing Tips for Beginners | Why Drawing in SECTIONS Matters
 
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Tip - Off Tuesday 28 WELCOME back fellow artists! This week's Tip-Off Tuesday is all about how drawing in sections will help with your art. This is similar to the grid method! We hope this helps! As always, comments and questions are welcome! :)
Views: 26 Messer Creations
How to CONTOUR  your DRAWINGS with BRUSHES!
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 3 In our 3rd episode we discuss how to utilize brushes to get the best shadowing effects possible! Here is a link to some really affordable brushes! https://www.amazon.com/Artlicious-Purpose-Acrylic-Watercolor-Paints/dp/B072BM21NV/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1514494431&sr=8-6&keywords=paint+brushes
Views: 22 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Philippine Eagle
 
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The Philippine Eagle This endangered bird of prey is one of the most fascinating of all raptors! Help raise awareness for this animal by liking, sharing, and talking about this modern day dinosaur! You can also purchase prints from us where a portion of your purchase will go towards conservation! Email us today at [email protected] for more info! Here are some interesting facts! The Philippine eagle is a giant forest raptor that is endemic to the Philippines. It adapts well in dense, lush flora. It is a vertebrate of the highest class, which can grow to up to three feet with a wingspan of seven feet. It has a massive arched beak and long crown feathers. It is also the only blue-eyed bird of prey in the world, with eyes that can see eight times the distance than that of humans. References http://www.philstar.com/news-feature/2015/10/15/1511043/15-facts-about-critically-endangered-philippine-eagle
Views: 209 Messer Creations
This SIMPLE drawing HACK changed EVERYTHING!
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday! This week we unveil how to sharpen your pencils to get their maximum sharpness and elevate your drawing to a whole new level! COMMENT and let us know how we can make our videos better for you! ANY ideas on what you would like to see in future videos is appreciated! DISCLAIMER!!! Box cutters are extremely sharp! Stay safe my friends!
Views: 66 Messer Creations
The Face Off
 
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In honor of one of the greatest rivalries to ever exist, we are so excited to present to you The Face Off! There’s nothing greater than being Coug’s, and there isn’t anything quite like the rivalry we have with UW. It’s unlike any other in the nation. Yet, we are so proud to share this experience of Crimson and Grey against Purple and Gold, and only uniting when one of us plays the Ducks. Here’s to undying passion and pride from both the West and the East side. Enjoy! #GoCougs #CougNation
Views: 22 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Hippopotamus
 
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Hippo's are currently not listed as endangered, however, they are classified as vulnerable due to habitat loss from human encroachment, as well as being hunted for their ivory teeth. Our inspiration for this piece came from a gorgeous image captured by wildlife photographer Michael Laubscher! Check him out on Instagram! www.instagram.com/michael.laubscher/ FUN FACTS -Hippopotamuses love water, which is why the Greeks named them the “river horse.” -Hippo calves weigh 50-100 pounds at birth and can suckle on land or underwater by closing their ears and nostrils. Each female has only one calf every two years. -They also bask on the shoreline and secrete an oily red substance, which gave rise to the myth that they sweat blood. The liquid is actually a skin moistener and sunblock that may also provide protection against germs. Read more here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/h/hippopotamus/
Views: 212 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Tiger Shark
 
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This week we wanted to bring attention to the beautiful Tiger Shark, one of the most notorious predators of the ocean. However, despite their bad rap as an aggressive shark, it is common to see divers interact with these fascinating fish peacefully, and with more than a little curiosity. Some fun facts: -Tiger sharks are heavily hunted for their skin, teeth, fins and their livers which contain high levels of vitamin A, which is processed into vitamin oil. Please check the ingredients on your vitamins and do your research to ensure you are not supporting this trade. -The average lifespan of a tiger shark is around 30 to 40 years but some tiger sharks are found to be 50 years old. However, in captivity they only live for 17 to 20 years. They also have a very slow reproductive rate which is another contributing factor to their declining population. -Tiger sharks are considered to be sacred by some native Hawaiians, who think their eyeballs have special seeing powers. Legend suggests that many past kings of Hawaii acquired their future decisions by consuming the eye of the Tiger shark. Learn more here: https://on.natgeo.com/2Lz9xig
Views: 262 Messer Creations
How to DRAW a KILLER WHALE
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 8 Welcome back my fellow artists! This week I hope you are ready to follow along and learn how to draw a killer whale! This is our first step by step drawing tutorial where we focus on using the tools and best practices that we have covered in our previous episodes! Haven't seen them yet? Have no fear, we have provided the link to our full Tip-Off Tuesday series below! https://youtu.be/aQ0vdqNOvfE FUN FACTS -The killer whale is not a fish. It is a marine mammal. However, it is not a whale. It is in fact a dolphin, and the largest dolphin to boot. -They are almost as long as a school bus! They weigh 22,000 pounds, or 11 tons (9979 kilograms) — as heavy as an African elephant. -Like other dolphins, killer whales cannot completely go to sleep, because they have to go up to the surface to breathe every now and then. Instead, they sleep with just half of their brains. If a killer whale’s left eye is open, that means the right side of its brain is awake and the other asleep, and vice versa. References http://ipfactly.com/15-facts-about-killer-whales/
Views: 677 Messer Creations
How to SHADE your DRAWINGS like a PRO!
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 6 Welcome back my fellow artist! Today we are going back to the basics of charcoal drawing! In this episode we are going to be covering geometric shapes, light source, and my own approach to shading! Follow us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/messer.creations Follow us on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/messer.creations
Views: 106 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Helmeted Hornbill
 
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The Helmeted Hornbill can be found in Southeast Asia, from Myanmar and Thailand, south through Malaysia to the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. These Jurassic-looking birds have been recently listed as critically endangered due to a number of reasons. To name a few, deforestation, habitat loss, and the most prevalent reason being that their beaks and casque are made from ivory. Specifically a red ivory, which due to its rarity is highly sought after. Share and help spread the word about these gorgeous creatures to help protect them against the greed of man. Fun facts: - The prominent structure on a hornbill’s beak is known as a casque, which is French for ‘helmet’. - Helmeted hornbills have a particular fondness for figs and are often encountered near these trees when they are in fruit. - As fruit eaters, hornbills perform a valuable role as seed dispersers. - The hornbill uses its gular pouch – the patch of bare, loose, wrinkled skin on its throat – to carry multiple items of food back to the nest. references: https://bit.ly/2I7rnDU
Views: 20 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Great White Shark
 
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The Great White Shark They are at the top of the food chain and aren’t likely to be killed by other sea creatures. Sadly, however, they are under serious threat by human activity. Illegal hunting of these beautiful beasts, and over fishing, mean that today great white sharks are an endangered species. Help raise awareness by simply liking, sharing, and talking about these incredible fish! REMEMBER we also do commission pieces, and have prints for sale where a portion of your purchase goes towards conservation efforts for these animals! Email us today at [email protected] for more info! FUN FACTS -Great white sharks have such a strong sense of smell that they can detect a colony of seals two miles away. And check this out – if there was only one drop of blood in 100 litres of water, a great white would smell it! -These cunning creatures like to take their prey by surprise. They usually position themselves underneath their unsuspecting victims before swimming up and…chomp! They often burst out of the water in a leap (called a breach) before falling back in with their meal in their mouths. -When a great white gives birth, she usually has two to ten youngsters, called “pups“. But she shows no care for her offspring – in fact, she may even try to eat them! Taking care of themselves, the newborn pups will immediately swim off into the ocean. References https://www.natgeokids.com/za/discover/animals/sea-life/great-white-sharks/#!/register
Views: 333 Messer Creations
How to Draw REALISTIC Lips - Step by Step
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 33 Welcome back, fellow artists! This weeks tip-off is a nice and easy step by step tutorial on how to draw realistic lips. The tools you will need are listed below. Happy drawing!! Tools: Mixed media paper - https://amzn.to/2zKMpFK Soft, medium and hard charcoal pencils - https://amzn.to/2NXvOYf Sandpaper stick -https://amzn.to/2RhforC smudgers (multiple sizes) - https://amzn.to/2RhforC brush -https://amzn.to/2PaQTL6 Mono Zero Eraser - https://amzn.to/2Qlna2r
Views: 11 Messer Creations
Charcoal Drawing Basics | BEST Paper to use for CHARCOAL
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 24 Welcome back our fellow artist's! This week we wanted to focus on a crucial element that will make or break your next piece. Paper is often times one of the most overlooked elements to a charcoal piece. In this episode we are covering our favorite paper that we use after years of trial and error using other drawing paper. Pick some up at the link below! Mixed Media paper: https://amzn.to/2KG1zin
Views: 447 Messer Creations
Art Tips | BEST Eraser for CHARCOAL
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 21 Welcome back our fellow artist's! This week we wanted to share with you our favorite tool in our art kit, the Mono Zero Eraser. We highly recommend that you give this tool a try, it is so effective and the best bang for your buck because you hardly ever replace them. Try them out and let us know what you think! https://amzn.to/2jiGOO0
Views: 78 Messer Creations
Charcoal Shading Types & Differences
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 31 Welcome back fellow artists! This week we are showing you some shading techniques you can use to help get the best shadowing effects on your next pieces! Tools used for this tutorial: Drawing Glove: https://amzn.to/2pY6qDJ Charcoal pencils: https://amzn.to/2OUNlwh Blending stumps (smudgers): https://amzn.to/2PutpBw Brushes: https://amzn.to/2Lco6Dg Mixed Media Paper: https://amzn.to/2nUlHnJ
Views: 27 Messer Creations
CHARCOAL Types  & DIFFERENCES | The THREE Layered Method?
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 20 Welcome back my fellow artists to a very special episode, our 20th! We have had a blast making these tutorials and we are even more excited to create more. This week we are going to revisit charcoal types and differences and the Messer Creaitons three layered method to show you the difference between using one type of charcoal vs, multiple and how to layer them effectively. Come follow along and join the fun! :) Tools you'll need for this tip-off - Soft, Medium and hard Charcoal Prismacolor pencils - Brush - Number one smudger - MonoZero eraser - Mixed Media Paper
Views: 130 Messer Creations
It's TIME to EVALUATE our ART
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 25 Welcome back our fellow artists! Today we wanted to let you know we are taking a couple weeks to evaluate our channel. What does this mean for you? It means more quality videos where you get to laugh and learn about how to craft your own charcoal art. It means more complex pieces showcasing my most current techniques. At the end of the day we want you to see quality not quantity. Or if you just enjoy watching our time-lapses and listening to music that works too :) See you guys on June 19th 2018!
Views: 14 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Pangolin
 
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Pangolins need a natural environment in which to thrive, and loss of habitat due to increasing development is a big threat for the species. These small innocent beings are shy but will bond with humans, given time to build trust. However, they are best left to grow and breed in protected natural areas such as game reserves. Right now they are threatened with extentinction because they are hunted for their scales which are used for clothing, jewelry, and other useless items that don't jusitfy decimating their population by 90% in less than 21 years. Yes you read that correctly. IMPORTANT FACTS - The hard, overlapping scales of the pangolin are actually made of keratin, which is the same substance found in our nails and hair. The scales continue to grow throughout their life.- When threatened, they curl up into a tight ball, which is why they are so easliy hunted. - Their stomach has keratinous spines projecting into its interior. Small ingested stones accumulated in the stomach help to mash and grind prey, thus working in much the same manner as a bird’s gizzard. - Pangolins eat insects and it is estimated that they can eat up to 70 million insects a year. Read more here: https://africageographic.com/blog/ten-facts-about-the-pangolin/
Views: 125 Messer Creations
How to Draw Hair │ Step by Step Tutorial
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 30 Welcome back fellow Artists! This weeks video is all about how to draw hair! Follow along at your leisure, and remember practice makes perfect! List of our materials and where to buy them are below! Charcoal pencils: https://amzn.to/2OUNlwh Blending stumps (smudgers): https://amzn.to/2PutpBw Brushes: https://amzn.to/2Lco6Dg Mano Zero Eraser: https://amzn.to/2OSpMUD Mixed Media Paper: https://amzn.to/2nUlHnJ
Views: 110 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Poison Dart Frog
 
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The Poison Dart Frog They live in rain forest habitats in Central and South America, typically in the Amazon rain forest. They can be found in trees, as well as under leaves and logs and rocks on the floor of the forest. Because of their size, from 1/2 to 2 inches long, they are hard to see. Poison frogs warn predators with brilliant colors and patterns. This blue spotted dart frog is endangered and currently at risk due to habitat loss and the pet market. FUN FACTS: - Some species of poison dart frog are among the most poisonous of all living creatures. However, poison dart frog species vary in toxicity, and few are deadly -The deadliest poison comes from the feared golden poison dart frog. Found only in Colombia, South America, one frog carries enough poison to kill 10 grown men! It only takes two micro-grams (.000002 of a gram) to kill one person - As well as in the rain forests, poison dart frogs are also found on a few Hawaiian Islands. read more: https://bit.ly/2EIMedA
Views: 126 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Hawksbill Sea Turtle
 
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The Hawksbill Sea Turtle The biggest threat to these beautiful sea babies is us... humans, therefore, change needs to start with us too. Help raise awareness for these beautiful animals by sharing your knowledge, the link below, or any of our educational posts. You can also purchase prints from us, where a portion of your purchase will go to conservation efforts and ocean cleanup. Let's make waves and change the world for all of its residents. #artforchange -The Hawksbill Turtle is one of the smallest species of turtle and sadly also the most endangered. Their beautiful gold and brown patterned shells are hunted and sold illegally on the black market – often used to create ornamental products -Sea turtles have been swimming in the oceans for much longer than humans have walked the earth. They have been around for the last 100 million years! -To reach their nesting grounds, sea turtles migrate long distances every 2-4 years, traveling back to the very same beaches where they were born -Anywhere between 60-200 eggs are laid at a time and take 2 months to hatch. After hatching, baby turtles must crawl as fast as they can to the water and avoid a multitude of predators -Green sea turtles are able to hold their breath for hours at a time and can hold their breath in colder water for longer https://wildlifeact.com/about-wildlife-act/wildlife-species/hawksbill-turtle-eretmochelys-imbricata/?gclid=CjwKCAiAy4bTBRAvEiwAFtatHH76Vlwq18mEuFqGuZ2Cw6V8qyqRkdi__8U29SxN6YQTI71GU3l2TxoC8KYQAvD_BwE
Views: 142 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Honey Bee
 
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We teamed up with the Washington State University Department of Entomology to create a charcoal rendition of some of their magnificent insects, this here is the Honey Bee. We are all pretty familiar with these cute pollinators. Head over to the entomology page learn more about how you can help #savethebees! -------------- WSU Entomology is a department of Washington State University, where they specialize in the study and research of all things bugs/insects and their relationships to humans, the environment, and other organisms. Entomologists make great contributions to such diverse fields as agriculture, chemistry, biology, human/animal health, molecular science, criminology, and forensics. Professional entomologists contribute to the betterment of humankind by detecting the role of insects in the spread of disease and discovering ways of protecting food and fiber crops, and livestock from being damaged. They study the way beneficial insects contribute to the well being of humans, animals, and plants. Amateur entomologists are interested in insects because of the beauty and diversity of these creatures.Their research is incredibly important and impacts the lives of many, even you reading this. Go check them out, support, and see how bugs are awesome! More importantly share the love! http://entomology.wsu.edu/
Views: 53 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Black Rhino
 
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The Black Rhino The black rhino once roamed most of sub-Saharan Africa, but today is on the verge of extinction due to poaching fueled by commercial demand for its horn. Many animals have been killed for the hard, hairlike growth, which is revered for medicinal uses in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The horn is also valued in North Africa and the Middle East as an ornamental dagger handle. Help raise awareness for these animals by simply liking, sharing, and talking about these beautiful animals! FUN FACTS -Except for females and their offspring, black rhinos are solitary. Females reproduce only every two and a half to five years. Their single calf does not live on its own until it is about three years old. -Black rhinos feed at night and during the gloaming hours of dawn and dusk. Under the hot African sun, they take cover by lying in the shade. Rhinos are also wallowers. They often find a suitable water hole and roll in its mud, coating their skin with a natural bug repellent and sun block. -Rhinos have sharp hearing and a keen sense of smell. They may find one another by following the trail of scent each enormous animal leaves behind it on the landscape. References https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/b/black-rhinoceros/
Views: 54 Messer Creations
DRAWING the German Shepherd
 
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In this video we showcase how we go about drawing a German Shepherd. This is our process from beginning to end. Comment with any questions you have regarding the tools that we use and we will be more than happy to answer!
Views: 88 Messer Creations
Do's & Don'ts of Drawing LINES with CHARCOAL | Art Drawing Tutorials
 
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WELCOME BACK FELLOW ARTISTS! It is finally here, Tip-Off Tuesday 26! We are so happy to be back and to share another art tip with you! Today it's all about how to create the best line work with your charcoal without getting harsh, scratchy, or unrealistic effects! Sit back, drink some coffee, and learn with us! Tools Used: Paper: Mixed Media Paper 11 x 14 https://amzn.to/2lhkSUp Charcoal: Prismacolor Soft, Medium, Hard http://www.ipenstore.com/charcoal-pencils/ Blending tools: Smudgers: https://amzn.to/2ymowWz Brushes: https://amzn.to/2ykguxr
Views: 40 Messer Creations
How to draw REALISTIC TEXTURE pt. 2 | Water reflection with CHARCOAL
 
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Happy Tip-Off Tuesday 14! This week we are going over another texture, or effect, you can create with charcoal. We are going to be taking a closer look at how the sun reflection was created on Bruce's back. This is a fun one so be sure to grab your sketch book and follow at your own pace! :) Happy drawing!! **REMEMBER** We do custom commission orders and offer prints for purchase. Just email us at [email protected] for more info! Check us out on: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/messer.creations/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/messer.creations/
Views: 42 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Australian Shepherd
 
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Another week another time-lapse! This video showcases Rio an Australian Shepherd that we did in the final weeks of 2017! If you need a birthday gift for someone be sure to email us at [email protected] REMEMBER our 6th Tip-Off Tuesday is right around the corner!
Views: 428 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Giant Prickly Stick Insect
 
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We worked with the Department of Entomology at Washington State University to create a charcoal rendition of some of their magnificent insects, this here is the Giant Prickly Stick Bug. Fun Facts - Male stick insects have wings, and females do not. - They can shed their legs to avoid prey and being someone's lunch. - When these insects are scared they produce a smell that has been described as buttery or sweet.
Views: 16 Messer Creations
Beginner Art Tips | How to Create a SUCCESSFUL Art Portfolio
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 27 Welcome back our fellow artists! This Tip-Off we are going to give you the basics of what you need to have a successful art portfolio. We hope this helps, and as always, questions and comments are welcome! :) Good luck friends!
Views: 17 Messer Creations
The One DRAWING HACK Nobody Talks About
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 9 Welcome back my fellow artists! This week we are covering one of the most important tools that nobody seems to be talking about...PAPER! Yes paper is extremely important when you are drawing with charcoal because it is the foundation of your piece. Paper can make or break you so be sure to check out this video and hopefully you learn something like I did and save yourself, time, energy, and money! #artforchange Links to some affordable paper options! https://www.amazon.com/Mix-Media-Pad-Side-Wire/dp/B0039UMRMW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1517947039&sr=8-3&keywords=mixed+media+sketchbook https://www.amazon.com/Canson-Mix-Media-Side-Wire/dp/B002NQ2K16/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1517947039&sr=8-4&keywords=mixed+media+sketchbook REMEMBER we also do commission pieces! Email us at [email protected] for more info!
Views: 38 Messer Creations
4 tips to DRAW BETTER
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 12 Welcome back my fellow artists! This week its all about focal points and how to achieve that eye grabbing result! Not sure how to go about this with your next piece? Have no fear, just grab some coffee, sit back and let me explain 4 simple ways you can achieve this in your next piece of art! Good luck my friends!
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ART TIPS | How to create DETAIL with CHARCOAL
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 19 Welcome back my fellow artists! This week we are going to dive into the process of how we create details and effects on our charcoal pieces, and how you can do the same. Come follow along and join the fun! :) Tools you'll need for this tip-off - Soft, Medium and hard Charcoal Prismacolor pencils - Powdered Charcoal - Brush - Number one smudger - MonoZero eraser - Mixed Media Paper
Views: 105 Messer Creations
DRAWING the North Atlantic Right Whale
 
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The North Atlantic Right Whale Another addition to our series has been completed and framed! This animal is one of our favorite whales! Help raise awareness for these beauties by liking, sharing, and talking about these magnificent creatures! REMEMBER we also do commission pieces, and have prints for sale where a portion of your purchase goes towards conservation efforts for these animals. Email us at [email protected] for more info! FUN FACTS -They are about 50 feet long and weigh about 70 tons (14,000 lbs.). They have a stocky, black body, no dorsal fin and bumpy patches of rough skin, called callosities, on their head. DIET -They eat zooplankton and krill. They take large gulps of water and then filter out their tiny prey using baleen plates. Each side of a right whale’s mouth has about 225 baleen plates, which can be up to 8 feet long. During feeding season, usually from spring to fall, right whales may eat more than 2,600 pounds of zooplankton per day. POPULATION -Historically, there were two populations of North Atlantic right whales western and eastern. The western North Atlantic right whale population contains roughly 450 individuals. Recent sightings data suggest that the population may be increasing slightly, but is still critically endangered. The eastern population is already nearly, if not completely, extinct. References https://defenders.org/north-atlantic-right-whale/basic-facts
Views: 122 Messer Creations
DRAWING the Rocky Mountain Bull Elk
 
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It takes a long time to get these drawings to their finished point! Here it is in 60 seconds!
Views: 33 Messer Creations
DRAWING the California Condor
 
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This is the Comeback Kid, him and his kind are very deserving of that title. They have made a comeback from the brink of extinction, with there only being 10 of them left in the wild in 1987. This is the perfect TRUE story that demonstrates what immense differences we can make when we choose to work together to save the animals that share this home with us. After the remaining 10 vultures were brought into captivity, many people and organizations came together and worked tirelessly to bring the population back from extinction. After years of work, the California Condor made its debut back into the wild. Though the population has a long way to go, it has still come far from where it once was. Together we can make a difference, and one day all our endangered species can be The Comeback Kid. Learn more here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/c/california-condor/
Views: 20 Messer Creations
How to Create Textures | Drawing Hacks
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 13 Welcome back my fellow artists! This week its all about creating the right texture when drawing one of Africa's most incredible animals, the Rhino! We will show you our step by step process and the tools we use as we progress through our drawing! So put your phone on widescreen, grab some coffee, and lets get drawing! REMEMBER we also do commission pieces! Do you have a favorite pet or animal that you would like to have a one of a kind charcoal piece of? Email us today at [email protected] for more info!
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How to draw REALISTIC scales | DRAWING textures pt. 3 | CHARCOAL
 
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Boom Ba-da-BING can you believe it's another Tip-Off?! This week we are continuing our texture tutorials and we are dialing in on realistic scales. Our inspiration for this video was the Pangolin. These little guys were our focus for our endangered animal this week. This specific sub-species of pangolin has been decimated by 90% in the last 21 years. It's incredible what damaged man can do. We wanted to shed some love and light on these beautiful weirdos and ask for your support in helping them. See below for how you can start helping today! What are pangolin? Pangolins, often called “scaly anteaters,” are covered in tough, overlapping scales. These burrowing mammals eat ants and termites using an extraordinarily long, sticky tongue, and are able to quickly roll themselves up into a tight ball when threatened. Eight different pangolin species can be found across Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Poaching for illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss have made these incredible creatures one of the most endangered groups of mammals in the world. How You Can Help Pangolins have the dubious honor of being the world’s most trafficked wild mammals, with more than a million believed to have been snatched from the wild in the last decade. Here are some easy ways to help save the pangolin. Spread the word – tell your friends, family and colleagues all about these amazing creatures. Don’t buy pangolins or pangolin products – this includes live pangolins, pangolin meat, wine, scales and leather. Don’t be tempted to purchase these items – by doing so you are fueling the illegal trade. Report wildlife crime - If you see pangolins or other wildlife being illegally sold in restaurants or other business establishments, or on social media, contact your local authorities. read more: http://bit.ly/2ptrJf4
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DRAWING the Māui Dolphins
 
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The Māui Dolphins are native to New Zealand and have recently been classified as a subspecies of Hectors Dolphins. Unfortunately, they are now the most rare dolphin species in the world with only 63 adults left in the wild. This animal is severely threatened by fisheries by-catch, and sensitivity analysis has predicted extinction within the next few decades unless all net fishing (including gill net and trawl fishing) is banned within its range. Fun Facts about the Māui Dolphin -The name of the sub-species is based on the Māori indigenous name for the North Island, which is Te Ika a Māui. - The Māui dolphin was identified as the North Island Hector's dolphin (Cephalorhynchus hectori hectori) until 2002 when Dr. Alan Baker described the sub-species Māui dolphin, based on genetic and skeletal differences. - The Māui’s dolphin is one of the smallest known dolphins. They can grow to lengths of around 4 – 6 feet and generally weigh around 95 – 115 pounds when fully matured. Read more: http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/cetaceans/about/hectors_dolphin/mauis_dolphin/
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BEST Technique to DRAW Animal Fur
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 10 Welcome back my fellow artists! Today we are covering the key steps on how to draw realistic animal fur! With a complete list of tools and our latest piece, discover how to save time with this simple drawing method. LINKS to the TOOLS we use! Ohuhu Eraser https://www.amazon.com/Ohuhu-Electric-Painting-Sketching-Architectural/dp/B017VT0CJQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1518555194&sr=8-3&keywords=ohuhu+eraser Mono Zero Eraser https://www.amazon.com/Tombow-MONO-Eraser-Value-Round/dp/B00O98USLU/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1518555264&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=mono+zero+eraser&psc=1 Prismacolor Charcoal Pencils http://www.ipenstore.com/prismacolor-1/ Brushes https://www.amazon.com/Acrylic-Xpassion-Professional-Watercolor-Painting/dp/B017M01UFE/ref=sr_1_43?ie=UTF8&qid=1518555939&sr=8-43&keywords=brush+art
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MOTIVATION for Aspiring ARTISTS!
 
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Tip - Off Tuesday 22! Welcome back our fellow artist's! This week we wanted to share with you the three ways we stay motivated when we are in a creative rut. Check 'em out! We hope this helps!
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4 DRAWING HACKS IN 4 MINUTES!!
 
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Tip-Off Tuesday 2 Today we are showing you what erasers we use to get the best results with our charcoal! What are your favorite erasers?
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DRAWING the Giant Panda
 
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The Giant Panda, or more commonly referred to as simply ‘Pandas’, can be found in the high mountain areas of central China. Sadly, today these beautiful bears are endangered, and it’s estimated that only around 1,000 remain in the wild. Some of their biggest threats include habitat loss and poaching. We want to raise awareness for our fluffy friends, so here are some fun facts: - Pandas are BIG eaters – every day they fill their tummies for up to 12 hours, shifting up to 12 kilograms of bamboo! - Unlike most other bears, pandas do not hibernate. When winter approaches, they head lower down the mountains to warmer temperatures, where they continue to chomp away on bamboo! - Baby pandas are born pink and measure about 15cm – that’s about the size of a pencil! They are also born blind and only open their eyes six to eight weeks after birth. Cubs stay with their mothers for 18 months before venturing off on their own! A donation page has been set up by WWF with more information on how you can help save the Pandas from your own home. See the link below! https://bit.ly/2L9IFEm Read more: https://bit.ly/2Ne0zDB
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DRAWING the Saiga Antelope
 
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The Saiga Antelope There are two subspecies of Saiga that can be found in Asia and southeastern parts of Europe (Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Russia, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan). Their numbers have dropped drastically in the last couple of years because of uncontrolled hunting. Local people kill Saiga for their meat and horns. Horns are used in traditional Chinese medicine. Saiga is listed as a critically endangered species with less than 50,000 individuals left in the wild. FUN FACTS -Saiga is a very fast animal. It can run up to 80 miles per hour, especially when it is trying to escape from predators. -The most distinctive feature on the head of the Saiga is its nose. Although it looks weird, the nose prevents dust from entering the lungs during the summer, and warms the cold air before reaching the lungs during the winter. -Pregnancy lasts 5 months and ends with usually two babies. Babies depend on the mother's milk during the first 4 months of their lives. References http://www.softschools.com/facts/animals/saiga_facts/331/
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