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Painting Blue Skies | Applying the Theory of Light, Part 2

Last week, I started a discussion on how best to deal with an extremely intense blue sky in an otherwise warm landscape scene. I emphasized the importance of representing light by indicating a full spectrum of color and talked about a method of selecting analogous hues of blue and painting them with fragmented strokes...

3 Tips to Get Your Studio Ready for Spring

It is still super chilly in my neck of the woods, but spring has technically sprung, so what better time to get ourselves and our art ready for the lovely months ahead? We’ve definitely earned it after a dreary winter, so here are 3 tips to get your studio set for all the spring...

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Announcing the Winners: 2013 Shades of Gray Competition

We’re thrilled to announce the 14 winning artists in Drawing magazine’s 2013 Shades of Gray Competition, which challenged artists to submit their best drawings done entirely in black, white, and gray tones. In total, there were 14 winning works, all of which can be seen in the upcoming spring issue of Drawing. (Click here...

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Touchable Textures in Colored Pencil

In colored pencil, underpainting involves first tinting the paper surface with the subject’s light, underlying color. To do this, you apply solvent or water. This is a technique that doesn’t destroy the tooth of the paper, so you can create, with subsequent layers in colored pencil, visually tactile textures and other effects—from the illusion...

Halcyon Afternoon (pastel, 12 x 16) By Richard McKinley

Best of Pastel Pointers | The Finish Line

How do you know when you’re done with a painting? This is one of the most frequently asked questions among artists. And most responses are ambiguous at best: When I have gone too far; when someone takes it away from me; when someone offers to buy it; when my teacher tells me I’m done...