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The Shorthand Drawing Style of a Certifiable Genius

Rembrandt Was Brill. Drawing Tutorials That Show You Why… Okay, I don’t even know how to certify a genius, but I know I am right about one thing: Rembrandt was one. The greatest of the great Dutch masters, Rembrandt made art that was a revelation then and now. That goes for his paintings, of course,…

Do You Realize What Will Happen To You?

It’s strange how sketching and drawing are such old and established practices—pen and ink drawing has been around since ancient Egyptian times!—and yet no two draftsmen are ever really the same, and each one’s pursuit can lead to very different results. Perhaps that comes from how many materials you can use to create sketch drawings:…

Too Grown Up for Homework?

I'm not qualified to tell anyone what they should or should not do, but if I was to give us–and by "us" I mean those artistically inclined individuals who love painting, drawing, and mixed media art–a universal homework assignment, it would be to sketch every day. Every. Single. Day. Julie by Jon deMartin, 2007, chalk…

This Sci-Fi Guru Can Draw

I'm totally a sci-fi junkie and H.R. Giger is truly a master artist in the genre of fantastic realism. I first came across his work through his designs for Alien. Lately, with the release of Prometheus, his art came up on my radar again. Now, his work is…out there. His style is so unique that…

How Did They Get It To Look Like That?

Have you ever looked at an abstract art piece or oil painting genre scene or pastel seascape and wonder, how'd they do that?! Chances are the answer lies somewhere in mixed media. Art that tends to defy our eyes does so for a reason–it isn't conforming to a set of rules based on its materiality.…

The Lasting Influence of Illustration

I love that my job allows me to learn something new every day—and the fact that the majority of those discoveries are art-related make them all the more inspiring. Lately I’ve been in art-historian mode, and I’ve have been trying to better understand the various art movements throughout history, why they occurred, who incited them,…

Make Drawing a Part of the Art Journaling Process

An ink drawing from an artist's journal. Art journals are a hot trend right now for mixed media artists, and one that I'm especially attuned to. I love art journals. They are akin to sketchbooks, but usually have a lot more finish to them–as if each page is an artwork in and of itself. I…

Drawing Basics: Densely Marked Drawings

Last week we talked about sparsely marked drawings and pencil sketches, so it only makes sense that today we consider drawings in which nearly every area is marked. The effect is a busy surface that suggests energy, intensity, overabundance, perhaps even franticness or chaos. Piranesi densely marked his etching series Imaginary Prisons and the resulting feel…

Drawing Basics: Depicting Mother and Child

This time of year puts the focus on family, and at the center of the family is the special relationship between mother and child. Thanks in part to the powerful patronage of the Roman Catholic Church, there are thousands of pencil sketches and preparatory drawings of Mary and baby Jesus. But mother-and-child depictions are touching…