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How To: Throw a terracotta long tom flower pot

You start out with putting a rater big lump of clay on the potter's wheel (the turn table if you want) and make sure you got water close by. By using your hands and your fingers you then start to shape the clay lump into the size you want it. Keeping both the clay and the hands wet all the time. Once the pot starts to get the size you want it to be, you start to give it a more detailed shape. In this case it is a bit wider in the top than in the bottom. Once your satisfied with the shape, you...

How To: Collar a cylinder

This video shows how to collar a cylinder. The collar of a cylinder is a plate or ring used under the head of the cylinder for a lock. Put the clay on the spinner. Mold the clay while spinning the spinner. Mold it first to the shape you want. Tighten the neck of the vase that you are molding. By tightening the neck of the vase, you are now shaping the collar of the vase. Shape it to the size and design you want. Enjoy making your own vase with the color you want.

How To: Take photographs like Gregory Crewdson

In this Ovation TV original special, acclaimed photographer Gregory Crewdson shares with us his insight into his photographic techniques. Like a film, he uses a lot of production, a lot of lighting, a lot of set design. He is an American photographer best known for elaborately staged, surreal scenes of American homes and neighborhoods. Learn how to take pictures like this master artist.

News: Screenprint Your Tights

We've seen screenprinted t-shirts, sweatshirts, maybe even a dress or tie... but what about tights? Predicted trend forecast for 2010, these hand printed tights are available in limited quantities from designer Les Queues de Sardines. You can buy now at (my favorite) Colette, the famed French boutique, always on the forefront of fashion.

How To: Draw anime/manga backgrounds

Watch this video to learn how to draw backgrounds for anime and manga. "Miki Falls" manga creator Mark Crilley presents a tutorial on how to draw and color backgrounds for a manga-style illustration. The emphasis is on using color and linework to create the illusion of depth.

How To: Mass cast complex parts with a parting line

Check out this detailed video that covers how to mass cast an object with no flat sides. This video is only for very experienced mold makers or the particularly ambitious. When mass casting a part without a flat side, you must create a two-part mold. We create a two-part silicone rubber mold with a clean parting line and then cast the part with Repro. This process can be used in automotive, mechanical, fine art and film special effects uses.

How To: Make a 50mm Lens into a Tilt Lens Using a Shower Head

There are so many ways to modify your camera using common household items, like clothes hangers, an umbrella, or even a jar of peanut butter. Here's a new, unexpected addition to the list—a shower head. Maciej Pietuszynski came up with this brilliant camera mod, which uses a shower head to turn an old 50mm lens into a DIY tilt lens. This trick works by using the part from the shower head that allows you to adjust the angle. You'll have to take apart the lens and cut the shower head in half. T...

How To: Draw manga clothes on a computer

In this video, we learn how to draw mange clothes on a computer. There are many different types of manga clothes that you can draw, so study what you want to draw before you do it. When you start to draw, make sure you use great detail with the clothing, no matter what kind you are doing. After you draw the basic clothing, then add lines to show folds and creases inside of the clothing as well. Draw in shading around the inside of the clothes and then you will have your clothing complete. Enj...

How To: Draw Naruto weaponry

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw Naruto weaponry. First, draw the handle in a circle shape, then connect a cylinder shape to that. From here, draw in the point for the knife. After this, shade in the sides of the handle and the base. To draw another weapon, you will draw a circle that has lines pointing out of it. Then, draw diamonds around that and shade in the edges and corners around it. For scrolls, you can draw a cylinder shape with lines in it, then you will draw a wavy line for p...

How To: Draw a gangster graffiti ET character

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a gangster graffiti ET character. Start out by drawing the eyebrows and the hat, then draw down to make the eyes. After this, draw in the details of the eyes, then make the nose and the mouth. From here, create the head and the neck, as well as the rest of the body. Draw on large pants that look baggy on the legs and a large collared shirt. One hand should be in the pocket and the other should be facing out with a finger on a spray paint can. From here, ...

How To: Draw a graffiti character

In this video, we learn how to draw a graffiti character. Start out by drawing two large eyes with small pupils at the bottom of them. Next, you will draw a nose and a mouth with pointed teeth. From here, you will draw the head around this and the jaw line for the mouth. Shade in the mouth and add lines to the face, then draw graffiti letters for the name of the character right underneath it. When you draw the letters, make sure to drag the letters out to make them flare more and stand out. W...

How To: Paint orchid flowers with watercolor paints

In this video, we learn how to pain orchid flowers with watercolor paints. Start out by using a light lilac color on the petals. Use a thin brush to push the colors around on the picture so you have slight shading around the different petals. Use a darker purple color in the middle of the flower. Then, use a yellow color in the very middle. Add in a green leaf and stem on the bottom of the flower. Use a paper towel to smudge any excess moisture or water off of the flower to make it more prist...

How To: Draw a cartoon horse's head

In this tutorial, we learn how to draw a cartoon horse's head. First, make a large ear followed by a large amount of hear and a smaller ear. Next, draw a large eyes underneath the ears with eyelashes. Then, draw a nose for the horse and a mouth making a smile coming outwards of the eyes. Next, draw the mane with a lot of hair and the neck going downwards off the paper. You can add a collar onto the neck of the horse if you want it to look like it's wearing a shirt. To finish, add in more hair...

How To: Design and draw a female comic character

Fancy comic books, but don't have the skills to make them yourself? Comic book artists do nothing but draw all day, so it's no wonder they're good at it. But you may need a little more help, and this five-part series will help you along your journey into developing comic characters, specifically the female variety. Photoshop is used in the videos, but you don't need a fancy drawing application to get started. Just pull out the old paper and pencil and follow along. There's a ton of great info...

How To: Create a tessellation

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to create a tessellation. The materials required for this project are: index cards, scissors, pencil, large paper and coloring utensils. Begin by preparing a shape. Cut the index paper to a desired shape. Then place it on the right side of the large paper and tape it. Now trace the shape onto the large paper and continue transferring the shape until the page is filled. The shapes should fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. This video will benefit those ...

How To: Draw a skeleton skull

In this how-to video, you will learn how to draw a human skull. First, start off with the main outline of the skull. From here, add the eye and nose sockets. Next, redo the outline of the skull to give it more texture. You can do the same for the holes. From here, add the teeth and the jaw lines of the skull. You can start adding in details such as the shading of the sockets and the jaw. Erase the old outlines to fine tune the skull. You can also add details such as cracks and texture marks. ...

How To: Draw Betty Boop

Drawing Now presents this simple video tutorial on how to draw Betty Boop. Begin by drawing an apple shape for her head. In the center of her head draw her part and extend the curved line down to her cheek finishing off with an upturned curl. Next draw the other half of her part and the front curved line of her hair. Then add two circles for her eyes. Inside these circles, shade in small half circle areas so it appears she is looking to the side. On the opposite side of the eye, add an accent...

How To: Draw a 3d staircase

This wordless video shows how to draw a staircase in 3d. Start by drawing the steps in one dimension. Extend two lines at the top of the stairs the width you want the steps to be. Draw another line between them to make a square. This creates a landing. Draw two lines downward and parallel to the steps from the line at the top of the stairs. This will create a rail and a second base. Then extend lines from each jut of the one dimensional steps, stretching the lines alternately to the base and ...

How To: Draw a realistic human eye

In this video tutorial, "Miki Falls" manga artist Mark Crilley shows us how to draw a realistic eye. For any artist who aspires to draw realistically, it's essential to get eyes right. The eyes, after all, are the "window to the soul," and if something's off with a drawing of an eye, we will always notice.

How To: Recycle a handbag or a duffel bag

This week's episode of "The Discount Trendsetter Show" will show you how to recycle an old handbag for under $5.00. This revamp works just as well with an old duffel bag. This cheap project will show you how to renovate something old into a trendy, but simple mail carrier style bag. Watch this fashion how-to video and learn how to recycle a handbag or a duffel bag.