Painting with acrylics while incorporating elements of collage allows for an intuitive process of experimentation and discovery.
Are cheap canvases worth the savings? Johannes Vloothuis addresses this and more as he compares linen and cotton canvases and how to prepare them for painting.
"My goal is to paint something convincing," says Randall Exon. "There's a certain type of authenticity that I think I can only reach through my own memory banks."
Painting rocks, for me, is, in part, a matter of contrasts and harmonized similarities. Contrasts can consist of lights and darks; large and smaller areas; and sharp edges, lost edges and all edges in-between. Then there are the textural contrasts of the paint itself.
Terri Ford attributes the richness of her pastel colors to her loose, tonal underpainting. She demonstrates her underpainting process with a plein air pastel landscape.
Marc Taro Holmes, who has made a career out of urban sketching, has found a solution to capturing panoramic views and he’s here to share it with you.
If you’re new to portraits, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when sketching faces.
Colored pencil artist Gary Greene demonstrates how to render an orchid step by step, using underpainting with solvents and burnishing.
Draw, Doodle and Dream Use your sketchbook to expand your understanding of the structures in the world around you. (A sketching lesson excerpted from Your Artist’s Brain) By Carl Purcell The kinds of drawings you do in your sketchbook will vary depending on your reasons for rendering them. I’d like to explore the sketchbook as...
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...
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...