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.

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Oil Palettes for Landscapes and Figures

I experiment extensively with different brands of pigments in order to find the properties of each color that best suit my techniques. Because I paint in many layers, I have to be concerned with the drying properties of each pigment. I work with faster-drying colors in the beginning and then slower-drying ones for the...

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Drawings With Depth

Striking. Powerful. Thought-provoking. As I browsed through the seventh edition of Strokes of Genius: The Best of Drawing, I found myself pausing on every page to take it all in--the details, the colors and the depth of the drawings.

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Drawing Magazine, Fall 2015 Table of Contents

The fall issue of Drawing is hot off the presses, and as usual it’s loaded with artistic advice and inspiration. The issue focuses on the human body, with inspiring figure drawings from both Old Masters and a wide variety of contemporary artists. Other articles focus on choosing the write paper, drawing ellipses, and the role of artists...


Online Gallery: Portrait Drawings by Joel Daniel Phillips

In the fall 2015 issue of Drawing magazine, we feature Joel Daniel Phillips as our New and Notable artist. Phillips’ life-size charcoal portrait drawings of San Franciscans embrace the subjects’ individualism. The artist shows them wearing their usual garb and in many cases holding items or props that are meaningful to them. His portrait titled, simply, G...


Online Gallery: Figure Drawings by Bruce Samuelson

Bruce Samuelson, one of the featured artists in the fall issue of Drawing, specializes in a form of semi-abstracted figure drawing, with bodies arrayed in fragmented, ambiguous arrangements. He is also a longtime instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Here, we’re pleased to present a sample of Samuelson’s figure drawings, accompanied...

The Beginning (pastel) by Eileen Casey

Pastel Artists to Watch 2015

In the December 2015 issue of Pastel Journal, you'll find introductions to seven artists whose latest work in pastel demonstrates a level of skill and expression that caught the attention of critiquing artists (from ProArtCritique and Pastel Journal) at the 2015 International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) in Albuquerque last June.