FREE Art Instruction: Painting, Drawing and more!

Are you new to art and looking for free drawing tips and painting lessons? Look no further as Artist’s Network has hand-selected some of the greatest guides to getting started and even advancing your fine art skills!

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Watercolor Painting

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



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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. Read More…


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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. Read More…


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Drawing Basics for the Beginning Artist

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! Read More…


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Art Business Tips | Worlds Collide: Art and Business

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. Read More…


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Mixed Media Techniques: 3 Simple Art Projects

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! Read More…


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Landscape Art: 4 Lessons on Creating Luminous Landscape Paintings

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! Read More…


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How to Study Human Anatomy for the Artist

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! Read More…


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Human Figure Drawing: A Two-Part Guide

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! Read More…


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7 Mini-Demonstrations: Step-by-Step Drawing 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! Read More…


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A Streamlined Method for Quick and Deliberate Plein Air Painting

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 FREE download! Read More…


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Oil Pastel Techniques: Start Painting With Oil Pastels

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! Read More…


How to Draw Animals

3 Lessons on How to Draw Animals: Facial Features of Pets

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. Read More…


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Colored Pencil Techniques 101

It’s freeing to be able to stop what you’re doing anywhere and sketch a scene or put a new idea to paper while it’s fresh in your mind. While painting is satisfying, carrying all the supplies you need on a daily basis takes planning and can be cumbersome. Color pencil drawing, on the other hand, keeps it simple. Paper, pencils, a sharpener and eraser are the basics that you need; all of which can easily fit in a backpack or satchel. Now all you need are some FREE tips on technique! Read More…


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Gain Atmospheric Perspective in Your Art

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 FREE download. Read More…


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Learn How to Oil Paint

In this FREE 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 techniques for beginners, and must-have tools for oil painting, plus an overview of the chemistry of oil paint. Read More…



How to Draw People

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. Read More…


Charcoal Drawing | FREE Drawing Lessons

Charcoal Drawing, Graphite & Conté Crayons

So what’s the difference between drawing with charcoal, graphite or Conté crayons? Albert, author of The Simple Secret to Better Painting (North Light Books) and contributor to The Artist’s Magazine, explains that 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. Each medium offers slightly different results: maybe you’re looking for something that is easy to erase and covers well across the paper, perhaps you like to work with a softer tip. Whether you’ve yet to discover which you prefer or you’re curious to learn more about the versatile properties, Mediapedia: Graphite, Charcoal & Conté Crayons is the perfect companion to teach you more so that you can get started. Read More…Easy Acrylic Painting Techniques | FREE Painting Lessons

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. You’ll also learn how to create texture with Hammond’s acrylic techniques, as well as study the five elements of shading. Once you’ve reviewed these basics, you’ll have the opportunity to analyze a floral painting to better understand how the different brushes create various textures that come together to make a recognizable image where there was once a blank canvas. Read More…