Megan Eckman
I'm the full-time illustrator and author behind Studio MME Illustrations. After graduating from art school, I set out to make a living from my art. It took 5 years of hard work but I made it and now I'm sharing some of my knowledge with people like you. My recent collaborations include Google and Modcloth. When I'm not drawing, I can be found exploring state parks.
  • Design & Illustration

    The Art of Calligraphy: Roundhand Script

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  • Design & Illustration
    Two-Layer Color Pencil Technique2 layer%20color%20pencil%20 %20preview
    Colored pencils may seem like a childish medium, but in this tutorial I'm going to show you the two-layer technique. By layering two disparate colors, you can create a non-color-crayon-box color that matches what you see in real life. We'll start by making a swatch guide that showcases every color combination we can make, and then use that color knowledge to pencil a still life.Read More…
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    Learn How to Give Ephemera a New Life Ephemera%20painting%20 %20preview
    Some people love to collect and save ephemera; I prefer to give it a new life via painting over it. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to prep your ephemera (telegrams, maps, letters, etc.) and paint the subject matter of your choice on top. In the end, we'll have a nice mix of old and new.Read More…
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    Use a Tracing Paper Trick to Create Seamless WallpaperTracing%20paper%20 %20preview
    Ever wanted to have elaborate wallpaper in the background of a drawing? Many people draw out the entire background by hand, but with a simple trick and a piece of tracing paper, you can save a lot of time.Read More…
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    How to Create a Tonal Portrait Using PencilsTonal%20drawing%20 %20preview
    Want to create a stunning black and white portrait while skipping a few steps in the middle? Tonal portraits use the color of the paper as a middle tone, meaning you simply have to draw in the highlights and shadows. Read More…
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    How to Crosshatch a Landscape from a PhotographCrosshatch landscape preview image
    Break out your pens and pencils and learn how to crosshatch a landscape. You'll start by making a value scale to learn how to use lines to create depth and then you'll ink your own landscape from a photo reference.Read More…
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    How to Sketch the Human Body with CharcoalCharcoal%20sketch%20 %20preview%20image
    For centuries, artists have sketched the human body with charcoal. While it can seem intimidating, it's actually quite a forgiving, and fun, medium to work with. In this tutorial, you'll learn the basics of using charcoal and create a beautiful sketch.Read More…
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    How to Draw Calligraphy FlourishesFlourishes preview
    Make your calligraphy even fancier with fine flourishes and extra swirls.Read More…
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    Create Your Own Drop Cap Calligraphic LetterDrop%20cap%20preview%20image
    Have you ever opened an old book and seen a beautiful drop cap letter at the start of the first sentence? I'm going to teach you how to ink one yourself.Read More…
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    How to Use a Grid to Enlarge an Image While DrawingGrid%20tutorial%20 %20preview%20image
    Ready to draw a portrait or landscape but the reference image is too small? Using a grid to transfer an image to your drawing paper or canvas allows you to easily blow up the image. In this tutorial, I show you two simple way to create and use a grid to get your final image on your paper.Read More…
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    Mastering Calligraphy: Making Your Own FontMake your own font featured image
    In the final installment of Mastering Calligraphy, I'll go over the points you need to consider when creating your own font. Read More…
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    Mastering Calligraphy: How to Write in Gothic ScriptGothic script feature image
    In this "Mastering Calligraphy" lesson, we'll be learning what is by far the hardest font but also the most impressive. This font is a bit different than the others because it's made up of so many small strokes. However, the letters are very similar in construction so once you have a few down, you can do the rest easily! So let's get started!Read More…
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    Mastering Calligraphy: How to Write in Cursive ScriptCursive calligraphy feature image
    In this lesson of "Mastering Calligraphy" we're going to learn how to write like the great Jane Austen. Flowing, cursive lettering is still seen today on wedding invitations and menus at fancy restaurants. While it looks extremely difficult to ink, it's actually made of two basic strokes. Better yet, with the Cursive Script, you hardly ever have to lift your pen off the paper! So let's dive in to the Cursive Script.Read More…