FREE Art Instruction: Painting, Drawing and more!

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    How to Paint Landscapes

    Even seasoned artists can find that there’s some new or different way to practice a technique when it comes to painting landscapes. Learn how to paint landscapes with seasoned landscape artist, Sterling Edwards today with help from this download.

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    Portrait Painting Tutorial

    Artists are fascinated with capturing the human face: each wrinkle, dimple and freckle helps to not only identify but also to personify subjects that have interesting stories to tell, be it in their poses or just through their expressions. Perfect your portrait paintings in this download.

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    How to Sell Your Art

    Many artists dream of being able to make a living using their creativity to paint, draw or any other means of making art. Taking it to a professional level takes time, practice, thick skin and bravery, just to name a few things. But once you’ve decided to sell your art, it’s time to take action. Learn how to get your art in a gallery with this guide.

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    Plein Air Painting Basics

    Artists have painted en plein air for hundreds of years, and it’s no surprise that it’s a popular method even today. There’s nothing like being out in nature; it’s peaceful and generally quiet, providing the ideal space for creating art. Learn more about plein air painting today with this tutorial.

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    Still Life Painting Techniques

    We’ve selected three years’ worth of winners–a total of 18–from the still life category to share with you so that you’ll learn from their advice and be inspired by their paintings.

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    Atmospheric Perspective Basics

    Achieving atmospheric perspective in art requires an understanding of the relationship of the object and the viewer, which is also imperative for showing accurate linear perspective and a scattering of light. Learn about rendering perspective, which you can incorporate into your own artwork to achieve realistic landscapes, still lifes and more with this download.

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    Free Drawing Lessons

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    Drawing Sketches

    Whether you want to start with beginner sketches, or you’re needing to strengthen your foundation for paintings, you’ll benefit from this look behind the scenes with conversations with accomplished artists about how to sketch.

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    How to Zentangle Step by Step

    Break the vicious cycle of a creative dry spell with this therapeutic practice. Never heard of zentangling? Then you’ll definitely want to be reading this.

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    Shading Techniques

    Shading art is easy once you master shading an egg (or even a basic circle). Move beyond cross-hatching with these tips.

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    Drawing Faces

    This free download on how to draw faces features lessons on specific features, such as how draw a nose or how to draw lips, and is a great way to focus on the parts that make up the whole.

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    How to Draw Flowers

    This free download on how to draw flowers features excerpts from two of Hammond’s popular books, Lifelike Drawing and Lifelike Drawing in Colored Pencil. It includes the following lessons on flower drawing (plus links for getting your copy of each book when you’re ready to learn even more.

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    Drawing Basics

    The pencil. It’s humble, it’s common, and it’s waiting for you to do amazing things with it. Once you download this free chapter on drawing basics, you’ll want just three things: a pencil, a sharpener, and paper. That’s how easy it is to get started with these drawing basics!

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    Drawing Anatomy

    It’s ironic: so many people go through life oblivious to the intricacies of anatomy; figure artists, however, must have an understanding, a deep knowledge in order to draw humans in a realistic style. That’s why we’re pleased to share with you this free guide to drawing anatomy. Learn the importance of studying anatomy as an artist today!

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    Human Figure Drawing

    Perhaps it’s the unique nature of the body that makes us want to learn human figure drawing. No two are alike, and even if people share the same shape or build, they each have their own freckles, scars, and physical idiosyncrasies that make them each an individual. Learn how to draw the human figure today with help from this FREE download!

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    Step-by-step Drawing Tutorial for Beginners

    You’re inspired, your pencil is sharp and your sketchbook page is blank. You’re ready to draw. It’s tempting to want to jump right in and get your imagery onto the paper, but you have to know where to start. Learn more today with this FREE download!

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    How to Draw Animals

    People want to draw animals for different reasons–as a study of the animal itself, as a challenge to draw fur, scales or feathers, or maybe just because you love your pet and want to draw your cat or dog as a tribute. No matter your reason for drawing animals, you can improve your art by learning new techniques for drawing eyes, noses and other animal attributes.

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    How to Use Colored Pencils

    Colored pencils aren’t the throwaway toys you may have grown up with. Their potential in art is huge – and under-rated. Master these and you’ll be able to take on any medium with confidence. They’re remarkably flexible and much cheaper than paints – try it for yourself!

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    How to Draw People

    In this FREE excerpt from The Artist’s Magazine, Robert T. Barrett reviews two drawing lessons: ‘Drawing the Human Figure: Using a Simple Block-In’ (exercise one) and ‘Figure Drawing Techniques: Using a Grid and Landmarks’ (exercise two). A also receive an entire chapter on how to draw people from Barrett’s instructional book, Life Drawing: How to Portray the Figure with Accuracy and Expression.

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    Charcoal, Graphite and Conte Crayon Drawing

    So what’s the difference between drawing with charcoal, graphite or Conté crayons? There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to this wonderful trio of drawing tools. When you know the pros and cons of each drawing medium, you’ll be armed with the accurate information you need to get started experimenting with the medium that speaks to you.

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    How to Draw a Picture from a Photo

    Drawing from reference images can be intimidating, especially when you don’t know exactly what sort of photo you should be looking to. This free drawing tutorial will teach you not just the art of using photo reference, but also what sort of images can be referenced for an admirable work of art.

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    Free Painting Lessons by Medium

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    Watercolor Landscapes

    Even seasoned artists can find that there’s some new or different way to practice a technique when it comes to painting landscapes. Learn how to paint landscapes with seasoned landscape artist, Sterling Edwards today with help from this FREE download!

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    Pastel Painting Tutorial

    This free download on painting with pastels features free pastel techniques for beginners, and everything you need to get started.

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    Watercolor Painting for Beginners

    This free download on painting with watercolor encourages you to embrace the freedom of painting loosly plus expert techniques for detail.

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    Mixed Media Techniques

    Kick your next piece of artwork up a notch with this free excerpt from Cyr’s guide to mixed-media art. In Mixed Media: 3 Step-by-Step Lessons for Experimental Painting, you’ll receive step-by-step lessons that will inspire your own creative expression. Enjoy!

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    Oil Pastel Techniques

    Maybe you’re looking for something that’s not messy, is safe and is easy to transport. Whether you’ve yet to discover painting with oil pastels or you’re curious to learn more about the medium in general, Getting Started With Oil Pastels is the perfect companion to teach you more. And it’s free!

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    Oil Painting Basics

    In this excerpt, ‘In Mediapedia: Oils’ (from The Artist’s Magazine), Albert tells you everything you need to know about how to paint with oil. This article includes FAQs about how to oil paint, oil painting beginners tools, and must-have advice, plus an overview of the chemistry of oil paint.

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    Easy Acrylic Painting Techniques

    If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to paint, acrylic is a great way to get started. In this free download from Acrylic Painting, you’ll learn how to blend acrylic paint with flat, filbert, round and liner brushes for essential shapes that you can use for still life, figure painting and more.

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    How to Draw Digital Art

    In these digital painting tutorials for beginners, you will use digital matte painting tools like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to learn digital painting either with or without a tablet. Learning how to paint digitally is a great next step for artists who understand aesthetics but want to cut back on their supplies budget.

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