If you’ve ever spread frosting on a cake, you have an idea of the textural possibilities when using a painting knife to create an oil painting. Deborah-Quinn Munson explains how you can achieve a variety of effects, from the sweeping strokes to refined details.
Wilson Bickford is a popular art instructor who is ready to shed some light on one of the oldest art mediums: oil.
How to Draw a Dog I admit it: I’m one of those people whose Facebook is filled with pictures of my dog. But she has so many expressions and habits that really show her personality that it’s hard not to want to post another, even as she’s looking at me with an expression that...
There’s something romantic and alluring about paintings of boats. It takes an understand of boating culture to successfully pull off a seascape or boat painting, and that’s where Terry Harrison comes in.
Asheville, N.C., artist Melanie Norris employs a restraint in her watercolor portraits, painting just enough detail to capture a likeness. View some of these captivating works here, and read more about her in the April 2015 issue of Watercolor Artist.
When painting buildings, you'll be faced with a challenge: edges. Johannes Vloothuis for dealing with edges in landscape paintings.
Find drawing tips for urban sketching from Jake Spicer in this peek inside Draw: Teach Yourself How in 30 Lessons.
“Why are drawing eyeglasses so darned hard? What am I doing wrong?” This is a common dilemma. I’ve seen it a million times ... a beautiful portrait fails miserably because the subject of the drawing is wearing eyeglasses. Often, the face looks good, and the glasses look like a cartoon.
I often think of drawing and painting as two separate things, but in the reality of an artist, they overlap quite a bit. There are plenty of painters who will tell you that drawing is integral to their process. A painting starts life in sketches to determine composition, then a line drawing to act...
If you love watercolor painting but want to try something a little different, why not mix it up with some Chinese inks and techniques? You can learn some new ways to add style to your work with Lian Quan Zhen’s Chinese Watercolor Techniques: Painting Animals. You’ll discover how to paint a dog, a tiger,...
Learn the difference between DSLR and point-and-shoot cameras, and the benefits of both for artists who combine photography and fine art.