Posts by Antonella Avogadro

Antonella is a fashion designer and freelance illustrator, with a soft spot for art history. She spends her days juggling her three passions: drawing, sewing and drafting patterns, while sharing her creations on her blog Stardust Soul at

The Essence of Emotion: How to Draw Facial Expressions


Showing emotions through portraits and illustrations is one of the most important goals of an artist. Capturing the essence of a person and what they are feeling in that moment is a very powerful and wonderful skill to have. These pointers and tips will help you draw facial expressions.

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Freehand Font: How to Hand Paint Lettering

Lettering brush tips

Add words to your work when you learn how to hand paint letters! This lesson will show you how letters are structured and the strokes needed to create them with a brush tip pen or a paint brush.

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How to Paint Tree Branches: Two Approaches

painting tree branches

Learn to paint tree branches with different amounts of detail through two approaches demonstrated in these step-by-step guides. Paint quick and easy branches for landscape studies or fast plein air paintings, or detailed ones for fine art paintings and botanical art.

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The Fashion Figure: Drawing Movement and Poses

Fashion Pose

Fashion illustration's body proportions are very different from the real body proportions, but it's easy to make your figure drawings depict natural movement. Feature your clothing designs on figures with realistic poses with these tips!

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Realistic Farm Animals: How to Draw Pigs and Cows

Final cow drawing

Can't get enough of drawing animals? In the final installment of our series on how to draw realistic pets and farm animals, we demonstrate the step-by-step process of how to draw a pig and a cow in a realistic way.

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Make a Model: Drawing the Fashion Figure

drawing fashion figures

Drawing the stylized body used for fashion design is very important to communicate a design idea before bringing it to life. Learn the proportions and sketching techniques in this tutorial.

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