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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...

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Paint for the Impatient

If you're an oil painter who doesn't like to watch paint dry, then painting the alkyd oils is for you. Michael Chesley Johnson teaches the basics of this medium.

Panther drawing in colored pencil for the Friends of Florida Panther Organization

Creating Art With a Purpose

Having a calling as an artist is a true gift. Your inner drive to create beautiful things is such an awesome feeling. But the ability to do good things in this world with your art is even better. Looking back over my career, I can honestly say that I've lived a full life, creating...