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Using luminescent acrylic paints, Tom Bacher paints landscapes and portraits with spectacular lighting effects. He combines different brands of fluorescent and phosphorescent paints to achieve the look he wants for various elements in paintings that change in color and composition over time.
Master basic drawing techniques and tips for drawing in charcoal, and you can render an eye-catching still life drawing step by step. By Steven J. Levin In the June 2013 issue of The Artist’s Magazine, Steven J. Levin explains his …
Enjoy outtakes from The Artist’s Magazine’s interview with Katie O’Hagan—a compelling personality and talented contemporary portrait artist. Learn some of her methods for contemporary family portraits.
Learn how to paint a landscape as Ryan S. Brown demonstrates his process from start to finish for his painting Kaaterskill Clove, Catskills, New York. He explains his field study work, compositional sketch and studio painting, giving tips on his landscape painting techniques for establishing values, working large and painting in the spirit of the Hudson River School painters.
Artist Mark Mehaffey explains how to apply basic principles of composition to abstract or nonobjective paintings.
Learn Eric Wert’s oil painting tips and learn how to paint floral still lifes full of dynamic detail and gorgeous lighting effects. This step-by-step demonstration will take you through the drawing stage, the grisaille, adding the local color, finessing the individual elements and finishing with the tabletop and water droplets.
Melissa Miller Nece demonstrates step by step how to create texture beneath colored pencil. In this tutorial from The Artist’s Magazine’s September 2012 issue, she shows how to start with an alkyd underpainting over a textured clear gesso layer for a looser, luminous colored pencil look. Don’t forget to scroll down to see how she adapted this technique to colored pencil with acrylic paint and gesso.
Take your watercolor art to the next level with this easy-to-follow, step-by-step explanation of tried-and-true watercolor painting techniques by artist Chris Beck. Explaining her process in general and for one particular painting, she covers how to use masking, lifting, washes, bleeds, glazing and more to create gorgeous watercolor paintings with crisp edges and brilliant color.