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Drawing the Nose

Focus on the Features: The Nose Understanding the basic structures of the various facial features goes a long way in achieving a realistic depiction. (An excerpt from Drawing Expressive Portraits) By Paul Leveille   The features are what make human faces so interesting. Although most features are constructed similarly from person to person, each...

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How to Draw Faces: Drawing the Ears

Focus on Facial Features: Drawing The Ears Understanding the basic structures of the various facial features goes a long way in achieving a realistic depiction. By Paul Leveille     The features are what make human faces so interesting. Although most features are constructed similarly from person to person, each individual still exhibits subtle and...

Art composition tips | Stone Breaker, Le Raincy by Georges Seurat, ArtistsNetwork.com

Art Composition: The Expression of Light and Dark Values

It’s the light and dark values in relationship to each other and the simplified massing of values that play such an important role in a composition’s design. In addition, those light and dark value relationships impact the quality of light and “luminosity” in a work, as well as strengthening an illusion of space, atmosphere...

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Painting the Illusion of Light, Part 3: Still Life Painting

The following is Part 3 of a series of guest blog posts on still life painting from expert painter Jane Jones, who often contributes to The Artist’s Magazine (read her feature articles here). Part 3: Painting the Illusion of Light in a Still Life Painting by Jane Jones  When you’re trying to create the illusion...

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How to Draw Birds: Draw Realistic Animals

I’ve always been intrigued by nature’s intricate details. It’s this complexity—combined with the subtleties of mood and environment—that I attempt to capture in my drawings and paintings. I tend to travel to where my subjects live so I can observe their behaviors and interactions within their natural habitats. While on location, I also gather as...

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Plein Air Profile | Artist Kevin Macpherson

The following is a guest blog post by Cindy Salaski, author of Oil Painting with the Masters: Essential Techniques from Today’s Top Artists. Here, she profiles Kevin Macpherson, who teaches readers how to create a dynamic landscape painting by using bold brushstrokes in Oil Painting with the Masters. Kevin Macpherson majored in illustration at Northern...

Turner’s Bedroom in the Palazzo Giustinian (the Hotel Europa), Venice by JMW Turner | ArtistsNetwork.com

Turner vs. Rembrandt | Oil Painting Study

Editor’s Note: Today we bring you a special guest blog from David Dunlop, an artist who you may know from the award-winning PBS series Landscapes Through Time with David Dunlop. His new ArtistsNetworkTV video on painting skies is now available, so click here to preview it today. Enjoy! ~Cherie Luminous Atmospheres, Turner vs. Rembrandt...