Art Mediums & Drawing

What’s your favorite fine art medium in which to work? Find what you’re looking for here, or discover something new! Our articles include works on pastel, watercolor, oil, acrylic, colored pencil, collage, mixed media, how to draw people and more. Learn a new art technique or enhance what you already know with our hundreds of art instruction resources.


Imaginary Worlds | David Brayne Watercolor Paintings

British artist David Brayne’s contemplative figures and moody waterscapes on textured surfaces convey lyrical narratives entrusted to the viewer’s interpretation. While textured surfaces and imagination may be at the heart of Brayne’s work, it doesn’t mean he isn’t influenced by his environment. At one time, he lived in Lincolnshire, a notoriously flat part of England...


Pastel Pick of the Week | Zaria Forman at Winston Wächter

Whether you're stunned by the detailed rendering, amazed by the sheer scale, stirred by the challenging statement about climate change, or all of the above, Zaria Forman's pastels of water and ice do provoke a strong response. The artist's solo exhibition, SLIP, is currently being shown—now through October 17—at Winston Wächter Fine Art, New...

JessieCat (pastel and colored pencil, 19.75x27.5) by David Wells

Step-by-Step Demonstration: How to Draw a Portrait

G’day mates! While we’ve introduced to you artists and techniques from all over the U.S., it’s always a thrill to go international and feature exciting things going on in the art world in Europe, China, and today, Australia. If you haven’t heard of it yet, allow me to introduce you to a hugely popular...

How to Draw a Cat

Animal Drawing Techniques

Animal Drawing Techniques If you’re like me, you probably drew your first cat or dog by the time you were just a few years old. Granted, it might not have actually looked like your favorite feline (mine tended to have 6 legs), but cats are such a prevalent subject in doodles, art and literature...


In the Footsteps of Frank Reaugh | Texas Landscapes by Jeri Salter

Contemporary artists continue to find inspiration in the work of Frank Reaugh (1860-1945), an artist who documented—primarily in pastel—the landscape of the Southwest at the turn of the century and the spirit of the Texas cattle drive in particular. One such fan is Jeri Salter, an Austin-based pastel artist who, in 2014, traced the...

Found Objects
Patrick Caulfield (English, 1936–2005)
* Lee M. Friedman Fund
© 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London.
* Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Drawing Exhibition of the Month: Brits in Boston

With Queen Elizabeth’s record-breaking reign in the news, it’s an opportune time to celebrate all the artists who thrived during her tenure. Accordingly, Drawing’s exhibition of the month for September is “Pastoral to Pop: 20th-Century Britain on Paper,” on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, through February 21. The show includes more than 50 British prints...