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Strokes of Genius 7 Winners Announced

Congratulations to the 118 artists selected for North Light Books’ 2014 drawing competition Strokes of Genius 7: Depth, Dimension + Space! If you see your name below, please check your email accounts (and junk boxes) for instructions on next steps. You will receive an email from us with the subject line “Strokes 7 Winner...

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The Beauty of a Block-In

Focusing on details early in the process is a lot of fun, but it invariably turns out a drawing that doesn’t look right. You have to start big and work small, which is why most skilled artists always start their drawings with a block-in.

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Your Fall, Must-Have Acrylic Resource | Acrylic Artist Fall 2014 Issue

Explore your creativity with the Fall 2014 issue of Acrylic Artist, a special 124-page issue celebrating the versatility of acrylic. Featuring a wide variety of vibrant and varied acrylic and mixed-media paintings—along with tips from fellow artists who share their processes—you’ll be inspired to experiment with acrylic-specific mediums to change the dynamic of your paints,  discover ways to incorporate...

Painted Bunting colored pencil painting by David Dooley

The Potent Power of Using Colored Paper

Sandra Angelo, a well-known instructor with Artists Network, has offered to share three ways that she likes to use colored paper to make her colored pencil paintings pop. See what she has to say, and consider which technique you might take advantage of in your next drawing.

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Rebels Against the Grain of Society

With 40 years of painting and teaching under his belt, Dean Nimmer has recently come out with a book that speaks to those of us who look at things a little more deeply than some. Creating Abstract Art: Ideas and Inspirations for Passionate Art-Making, includes exercises on abstract art for beginners (and those with...

Hands Across America by Scott Royston

Free Download | Stunning Still Life Art

This free download, from Artist’s Network, features stunning still life fine art and the artists’ stories behind the creation of each the featured still lifes. Best Still Life Painting Techniques and Stories that Inspire, tells the stories of award-winning still life oil, still life watercolor, and other still life fine art from The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual...