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In order to draw well, make sure that you are comfortably positioned -try different positions to find the one most suited to you. It is nearly G always best to have your drawing supported on a sloping board. This

T is particularly useful when using watercolours because it allows the

N water to run down the paper and makes it easier to control the

S intensity of your colour. But a sloping surface isjust as useful when

R using chalk, pastel, pencil or pen. For most drawing, except with pen

E and ink, I prefer to stand up using an easel, but sometimes it is not convenient nor does it always give the best results. When working with pen and ink, you should keep your paper surface less upright, otherwise the ink does not flow properly to the nib, and the same is true to a certain extent with brushwork in watercolour. But having the paper absolutely flat is not a good idea because you tend to view it too much from one angle, which can give rise to distortion.

3. Drawing with pastels on a board propped up on a table

4. Standing up with a sketchpad

4. Standing up with a sketchpad

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