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Learn the Basics of Panoramic Drawing

In the spring 2016 issue of Drawing, artist and teacher John Roman introduces some of the basic principles of panoramic drawing. These wide-angle images span 180 degrees, close to the full range of human sight, whereas most artwork encompasses about a third of this visual field. Roman walks through the history of panoramic images—which spans...

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How to Draw Faces: Drawing the Ears

Focus on Facial Features: Drawing The Ears Understanding the basic structures of the various facial features goes a long way in achieving a realistic depiction. By Paul Leveille     The features are what make human faces so interesting. Although most features are constructed similarly from person to person, each individual still exhibits subtle and...

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Albert Handell’s Pastel Painting Tip | Seeing Value

In the June issue of Pastel Journal (on sale here), master pastelist Albert Handell shares his approach to painting adobe buildings, one of the essential elements of the Southwestern landscape. Vital to his technique is the use of lively, but harmonic color. To do this , he stresses the importance of using colors that...

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Packing for a Grand Canyon Art Trek

Pastel artist Aaron Shuerr combined his love of nature, art and adventure in an amazing six-day solo art trek, rim to rim, across the Grand Canyon. Here he shares, in his own words, what inspired him to make the trip, how he prepared and what he packed. Learn more about his Grand Canyon traverse, read his...

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Living Jewels | Lionel Asselineau’s Pastel Birds

Lionel Asselineau’s pastels of living jewels capture the velvety softness of a feather, the down on a seed pod, the spirited cheekiness of a sparrow. The former jeweler takes as much care in painting these scenes as he once used when setting a solitaire. “Just as in the creation of a piece of jewelry, I...

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Explore the World of Pastel | Pastel Journal June 2016 Issue Preview

Pastel Journal invites you to explore the world—and the world of pastel. The June 2016 issue introduces you to six artists who share their desert, arctic and coastal explorations and their tips for painting what they see before them. PLUS: Learn how to speak the international language of color. This inspiring issue is available at in print or...

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Luminous Landscapes | Linda Mutti Pastel Gallery

Linda Mutti‘s luminous landscapes rendered in pastel are based on the Santa Barbara, Calif., environs in which she lives. Mutti is a half-hour or less drive from a variety of beautiful vistas—mountains, oceans, bluffs—that inspire her paintings. “I like scenes that have big shapes,” she says. “A view has to speak to me on an...

Splash 18 Runners-Up

Rachel Wolf’s Runners-Up Selections for Splash 18: Congratulations! Reaching runner-up status in Splash is certainly praise-worthy! For Splash 18 we received more than 1600 entries from watercolor artists all over the world. I looked at every one of your paintings multiple times, and liked each one very much. I only wish we could publish...