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An index of all the art topics and genres that you will find at Artist Daily. There are topic pages filled with relevant tips and techniques, videos, step-by-step demonstrations, and more on all the painting and drawing areas, from acrylic painting and watercolor to oil painting and pastel. Plus you will find in-depth resources on subject matters for fine art like still life, landscape painting and drawing, figure painting, and more.

Study for the Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, before 1508.

All About Drawing Basics

An Artist Needs It All—From Drawing Techniques to Drawing Ideas Mastering the art of drawing can take a lifetime because there are just so many drawing lessons to be learned. From foundational step-by-step drawing knowledge to all the different kinds of drawings to be explored—line drawing, contour drawing, gesture drawing, figure drawing, and more—a life…

landscape painting

All About Landscape Painting

Landscape Painting Basics Landscape artists are truly blessed. Their subject matter is inspiring, their studios are some of the most beautiful natural wonders around the world, and they take as their ultimate goal that of painting light. What could be more inspiring? But landscape art is not easy, though enjoyable. A landscape artist at the…

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All About How to Paint

Learn How to Paint: It’s Easier Than You Think Painting is a skill that many of us would like to have, but few ever master, let alone try out. But why not? It’s a wonderful skill to have, it improves and complements other creative abilities you may already have learnt, and there’s no need to…

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How to Draw

Learn to Draw and You Will Never Be the Same Great artists know that they can never afford to leave behind their drawing techniques if they hope to keep growing and refining their work. This goes for illustrators, architects, painters, sculptors, designers, even tattoo artists! Drawing is the backbone of art, allowing artists to not…

Reflections in Gold by Gayle Levée, 2007, oil painting still life, 16 x 20.

All About Still Life

Still Life Painting The still life painting genre is as diverse as its history is long. From the times of the Egyptians when paintings of food and valuables were depicted on tomb walls to the floor mosaics and wall paintings of Pompeii to High Renaissance works of art to contemporary still life painting of today,…

Artists Sketching in the White Mountains by Winslow Homer, 1868, oil painting.

What is Plein Air Painting?

What Is Plein Air Painting? Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled…

The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough, oil on canvas, 1770

What is Oil Painting?

Oil Painting: Centuries Old & Still Going Strong Oil painting dates back for centuries and is an incredibly far-reaching artistic practice. The earliest discovery of its usage goes as far back as the fifth century A.D. to the Bamian Valley of Afghanistan, where Indian and Chinese artists created hundreds of paintings in the nexus of…

art business

All About Art Business: How to Market Yourself as an Artist

Art businesses Art and business combine to affect all artists differently. For those selling art, an understanding of the art world and the ways of art business at galleries, auctions, and museums comes into play. But marketing art has become something artists can and do pursue individually, selling art online and creating websites that are…

charcoal drawing

All About Charcoal Drawing

Charcoal drawing A drawing technique that employs an implement of charred wood, charcoal drawing is a staple of any artist’s study. Charcoal drawings are a great way for any artist to practice gesture and how to zero in on big shapes without getting bogged down in detail. A charcoal artist is able to create great…

Luncheon on the Grass by Edouard Manet, oil on canvas, 1863.

All About Art Competitions

Understanding the Importance of Art Competitions An artist grows by leaps and bounds when he or she puts artwork in the public eye for feedback, and that is what art competitions are all about. Historically, patronage, commissions, and incredible opportunities have all been prizes afforded to winners of major art competitions. Nowadays, drawing and painting…

colored pencil

All About Colored Pencil Art

Using Color Pencils Colored pencils allow artists to work with a drawing tool that has the control and precision of a hard-point pencil but obviously these pencils are “in color,” as opposed to a graphite or charcoal implement. The popularity of colored pencil art has increased greatly in recent years, and there is a variety…

color theory

All about Paint Color Mixing: Chart the Wheel & Read the Mixing Guide

Understanding the Color Wheel Mastering color in painting is often a matter of combining a willingness to experiment with mixing colors as well as understanding the color wheel and color theory. Most artists develop their own color mixing chart—or several—and work on recognizing color relationships (primary, secondary, tertiary; complementary colors; warm vs. cool colors) and…