Read about techniques for using hard and soft edges to direct attention, show dimensionality and depict the play of light.
Graphite can be a rich and expressive medium for a “painterly” scene when drawing a landscape.
Use a broad-tipped pen to make free, gestural strokes that simplify and deconstruct a scene before you paint it.
Keep your lights and darks on track with a monochromatic underpainting.
Lovely and elusive, reflected light adds life and dimension to your painting.
A complementary pastel underpainting lifts monotonous “real” color out of the doldrums.
Render the elusive, subtle colors present in white objects, using colored pencil.
Painting the folds and shadows in drapery can be tricky. Here’s how to set yourself up for success.
No splashy color or elaborate setup for British artist Lillias August, who finds the story of everyday objects is best told with simple powerful statements.
View the prizewinning paintings from Watercolor Artist's first Watermedia Showcase competition, published in the February 2010 issue.