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Announcing the Winners: Shades of Gray 3

Drawing magazine and Artist’s Network are happy to announce the winners of the 3rd annual Shades of Gray Competition. The contest challenges artists to create drawings in any media using only black, white and gray tones, with no other color allowed. The winning works will be featured in the spring 2015 issue of Drawing. The winners...

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One Challenge of Drawing Faces | Eyeglasses

“Why are drawing eyeglasses so darned hard? What am I doing wrong?” This is a common dilemma. I’ve seen it a million times ... a beautiful portrait fails miserably because the subject of the drawing is wearing eyeglasses. Often, the face looks good, and the glasses look like a cartoon.

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An Incremental Approach to Pastel Painting

As any artist that has worked with pastel can attest, pastel is an extremely versatile painting/drawing medium. The techniques used for its application are unlimited and easily reflect the personalities of those working with it. There are three major external components that affect application and appearance: surface tooth (how easily the surface grabs the...

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January Artist of the Month | Amanda Dicken

Congratulations to our January Artist of the Month, Amanda Dicken! She was a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine‘s Annual Art Competition. Her painting, Dad, is below. Keep scrolling to see what Dicken has to say about art and life. Raleigh, North Carolina ~ www.artbyartmanda.com Both my parents were artists, so I grew up in a very creative...

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Color Mixing Demo with Koo Schadler

This demonstration is from “What Color Is Red?” by Koo Shadler from the January/February issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Lesson in Local Color By Koo Schadler Image 1 is a simple still life photo that I give to students as a preliminary painting exercise. Not uncommonly, a student begins by identifying the local colors of the various...