Learn How to Paint and Draw with Pen and Washes Pen and ink painting feel a bit like a paradox, exercising both the precise nature of creating fine lines that comes from drawing with a more relaxed approach to watercolor painting. In truth, the watercolor painting techniques employed in pen and watercolor washes requires some precision...
We know that drawing is as much a part of our nature as our desire for warmth and water. We can go to a museum and see works that were painted hundreds of years ago and be moved to tears with their beauty and the connection we feel with the artists who painted them.
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.
If you’re new to portraits, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when sketching faces.
The fall 2014 issue of Drawing is devoted to the continuation of your artistic education, with focuses on holding a pencil, the relationship between painting and drawing, and how to draw the eye and the ear from various angles. Other topics include a look at the nearly photographic accuracy in the work of of James Valerio, the 17th-century Baroque...
In her pastel portraits, Gwenneth Barth-White draws on the delicate nuances and rich sensuousness of layered pastel, as seen in this step-by-step demonstration.
When I took a figure drawing class, I found that learning how to draw people can be simultaneously the most satisfying and frustrating things I’ve ever done. Frustrating because when I started, my figures were worse than stick figure drawings, but satisfying because every lesson meant that I saw immediate improvement in my art,...
While this art is beautiful all on its own, there are things I can do to make it look very different. I used the tinting technique to enhance these graphite drawings of mine when each drawing was done.
For many pastel artists, it's the medium's unique position between drawing and painting that makes it so appealing. If you enjoy drawing in black and white (pastel or otherwise), be sure to enter your best examples in Drawing magazine's 2014 "Shades of Gray" open competition.
Urban sketching is about observing the world, witnessing and recording. Thus, we want to be able to draw reasonably accurately.
Focusing on details early in the process is a lot of fun, but it invariably turns out a drawing that doesn’t look right. You have to start big and work small, which is why most skilled artists always start their drawings with a block-in.