“Why are drawing eyeglasses so darned hard? What am I doing wrong?” This is a common dilemma. I’ve seen it a million times ... a beautiful portrait fails miserably because the subject of the drawing is wearing eyeglasses. Often, the face looks good, and the glasses look like a cartoon.
Drawing with crayons as an adult is much more difficult, and the reason is twofold. Crayon art involves more than meets the eye - see how here.
Watercolor can be a fun medium. It creates beautiful washes of color that can be a joy to brush onto paper. But, watercolor can be a problematic medium. Because of its transparent nature, it's easy for an artist to lost control of it.
Looking for art workshops in Florida? Join artist Lee Hammond for classes in colored pencil, graphite, and acrylic painting.
I admit, there are times I question why I keep producing drawing after drawing, painting after painting. I don’t exhibit or sell things in galleries. I do most of my work for these two reasons.
Many of you know how much I love animals, and how I love giving back to my communities through charity work. This week, I had an unexpected gift given to me. It came in the form of a beautiful dog, which I named Ginger.
Here are some helpful hints to overcome the artist insecurity we all have from time to time, and instead build your self-esteem as an artist.
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.
Art is much more than a pretty picture framed and hanging on the wall. I love the comment that “Good art doesn’t match your couch!” That's so true, for art goes much further than a mere decoration. Art is a statement. It tells us what to feel. It evokes something emotional for the viewer....
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.
It started as a simple colored pencil demo on how to make shiny, brightly colored items. Jelly beans seemed the perfect subject, so I started the drawing, just for fun, and just for a demo piece. I never expected it to amount to much, other than a good lesson on colored pencil. In my...