Top Art Techniques & Tips

Bring new life to your work with our wide selection of art demonstrations, techniques and tips. A new painting pointer, drawing trick or art tool might make the difference in your next still life or portrait. Now you can paint with knives or learn how to scumble. Art techniques can stretch across media, so whether you work with watercolor, oil, colored pencil or pastel you’ll find something to advance your art.

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Drawing the Human Head

Concentrate first on seeing and drawing basic planes of dark and light; then proceed to smaller shapes and details. (An excerpt from Drawing Expressive Portraits) by Paul Leveille Drawing the human head correctly takes practice, but I never consider it work. To me, people are the most fascinating subjects to study and to draw. There’s...

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Drawing the Mouth

Focus on the Facial Features: The Nose Understanding the basic structures of the various facial features goes a long way in achieving a realistic depiction. (An excerpt from Drawing Expressive Portraits) By Paul Leveille The features are what make human faces so interesting. Although most features are constructed similarly from person to person, each individual...

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Best of Pastel Pointers | Value is Key to Effective Color

Most of us love color. We're drawn to it hoping to accomplish something expressive in our paintings. If the value structure (the relative lightness and darkness) in a painting is wrong, however, all the pretty colors housed in our pastel cases won't work, and the painting will fall short. If you're one of the...

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Drawing the Nose

Focus on the Features: The Nose Understanding the basic structures of the various facial features goes a long way in achieving a realistic depiction. (An excerpt from Drawing Expressive Portraits) By Paul Leveille   The features are what make human faces so interesting. Although most features are constructed similarly from person to person, each...

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How to Draw Faces: Drawing the Ears

Focus on Facial Features: Drawing The Ears Understanding the basic structures of the various facial features goes a long way in achieving a realistic depiction. By Paul Leveille     The features are what make human faces so interesting. Although most features are constructed similarly from person to person, each individual still exhibits subtle and...

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How to Draw Birds: Draw Realistic Animals

I’ve always been intrigued by nature’s intricate details. It’s this complexity—combined with the subtleties of mood and environment—that I attempt to capture in my drawings and paintings. I tend to travel to where my subjects live so I can observe their behaviors and interactions within their natural habitats. While on location, I also gather as...

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How to Draw a Dog: A Mini-Demonstration

This drawing lesson comes from Drawing for the Absolute Beginner by Mark and Mary Willenbrink. Preview Mark’s art workshops here at ArtistsNetworkTV. Drawing Materials: Graphite pencil Drawing board Drawing paper Kneaded eraser How to Draw a Dog by Mark and Mary Willenbrink 1. Sketch the Basic Shapes Sketch lines to form the basic body and...