Art Composition: Golden Mean Point Perspective Linear & More

Learn how to master art composition with these articles covering the principles of art design. You’ll learn how to use the golden mean, work with linear perspective, two-point perspective, three-point perspective and atmospheric perspective; study the importance of the focal point; and learn art composition rules and view composition examples.

Learn to Draw Perspective

Put Things Into Perspective! Learn to Draw

I just got back from a much needed week of vacation on Hilton Head island. The trip did me a world of good; not only did I get to relax and spend time with family, I got a chance to step away from my regular life and look at it (or ignore it completely) from...

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Understanding Perspective and Painting Depth

One of the most magical qualities created in representational painting is the illusion of depth on a flat surface. The better we understand the two forms of perspective involved in the illusion, the easier it becomes to represent.

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Painting in Layers for a Complex Scene

For Abandoned Row Houses, Richmond, Virginia, I started in the top corner of the central roof, with the green “trash” trees and vines, the delicate Prussian blue sky, and the rich brick-red of the buildings. This trio established the whole key of the painting. The tops of the buildings have an ornamental entablature that...

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Paint Realistic Still Lifes with Accurate Proportions

Classical Painting: The Realist Sight Size Method with Judith Kudlow If you love the classical painting styles of still lifes that grace the walls of so many museums and stately homes, you’ll adore the lessons taught here by Judith Kudlow. Learn how to get accurate sizes and proportions with this video on painting what...

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The Picture Plane: Divide and Conquer

Today’s message comes from Mark Mehaffey, who wrote the following for Watercolor Artist (February 2013). He says that “when it comes to painting, most of us want to pick up our brushes and dive right in. That way of working is fun, but only occasionally will it result in a great painting. If you...

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Simplify the Scene: Advice From Richard McKinley

Richard McKinley is world-famous for not only his pastel landscape paintings, but also for his teaching of art. He’s been a long-time contributor to Pastel Journal, The Artist’s Magazine, and ArtistsNetwork, sharing his “pastel pointers” and more for artists of all backgrounds. That’s why we’re thrilled to bring you an exclusive e-magazine that you...