Oh the dreaded ellipse. They can be an artists nightmare! They're critical for perspective, yet difficult to draw. Even the best of drawings can seem “off,” just because of an ellipse that fell short in its shape.
If you’re new to portraits, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when sketching faces.
In her pastel portraits, Gwenneth Barth-White draws on the delicate nuances and rich sensuousness of layered pastel, as seen in this step-by-step demonstration.
The name Edgar Degas is forever synonymous with pastel, but he was not the only French Impressionist to be utilizing the medium. Édouard Manet, whom Degas first meets while copying a Velazquez painting at the Louvre, did a considerable amount of work in pastel. Some of the best examples are on display alongside Degas...
Realism in colored pencil is created with many layers and repeated additions of color. Nothing is ever just one color, and texture must be added AFTER the colors are fully developed. This takes time and patience.
I’m constantly being reminded that pastels, oils and watercolors can be manipulated to raise an eyebrow and the question, “Is that really…?” Transparent watercolor falls within this category as well, as Linda Stevens Moyer can attest. Moyer is the author of Light Up Your Watercolors Layer By Layer: Transparent Glazing Techniques for Luminous Paintings,...
While this art is beautiful all on its own, there are things I can do to make it look very different. I used the tinting technique to enhance these graphite drawings of mine when each drawing was done.
Whenever a student wants to learn to paint or draw with a new medium, I have them start slow, using just a monotone color palette...
Urban sketching is about observing the world, witnessing and recording. Thus, we want to be able to draw reasonably accurately.
Oh, happy day! Acrylic painting is taking the art community by storm, and so our team is happy to share with you the newest and highly-awaited issue of Acrylic Artist magazine.
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.