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  • The Power of Harmony by Rency Punnoose, acrylic painting, 16 x 20. Proponents of painting with acrylics would say that the medium offers advantages that distinguish it from both oil and watercolor. On one hand, acrylics are permanent and do not yellow
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  • 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
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  • Understanding the Importance of Art Competitions A Studio in Batignolles Quarter by Henri Fantin-Latour, oil on canvas, 1870, 80 x 107. An artist grows by leaps and bounds when he or she puts artwork in the public eye for feedback, and that is what art
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • The study of human anatomy, for artists, can be as simple and straightforward as learning about proportions and working from life, or as involved and complex as mastering an understanding of the skeletal, muscular, and surface structure of the human body
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  • An Artist Needs It All—From Drawing Techniques to Drawing Ideas Study for the Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, before 1508. Mastering the art of drawing can take a lifetime because there are just so many drawing lessons to be learned. From foundational
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  • Capturing a person’s appearance in a drawing is a three-fold task. On one hand, an artist needs to understand the anatomy of the head and how it is positioned on the neck and in relation to the rest of the body. You must also be able to effectively
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  • Woman Crouching by Egon Schiele, 1918. The Power of Human Figure Drawing Figure drawings from Old Masters and contemporary artists alike can be some of the most moving and expressive artworks that you might come across. Not only is this because the artists
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  • Drawing Hands by M.C. Escher, lithograph, 1948. 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
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  • Drawing animals is primarily a matter of patience. Animals are not always the most willing of subjects, so artists often have to take opportunities to draw these subjects as they arise. That means in any animal drawing session, you want to work quickly
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  • Tulips in a Square Vase by Susan Van Campen, 2006, watercolor painting, 23 x 30. Taking a sketchbook out into nature to create a flower drawing can be as helpful as any studio session. Studying the organic forms of a flower as they occur in nature allows
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  • How to Draw People with Power, Dynamism, and Accuracy Sergeant Peppers Lonely Hearts by Victor Ambrus, pastel drawing. Drawing people is one of the most rewarding as well as one of the most challenging artistic pursuits. There is a combination of skills
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  • When an artist contemplates how to paint they are truly faced with a multitude of options. One can vary the precision of paint application from more impressionistic painting techniques with loose brushstrokes to painting art hyper-realistically as is
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  • Pen and ink drawing is one of the most visually varied art practices in history. Dating back to ancient Egypt, ink drawing has been used over the centuries for many different types of art, from calligraphy to tattooing to art sketches and formal drawings
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  • A landscape drawing is a formidable artist’s tool for many reasons. For starters, drawing landscapes is an enjoyable process because you can be out in nature and enjoying its sounds and sights. Painters will often create preparatory landscape drawings
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  • 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
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  • The concept of life drawing is literally drawing from life as opposed to drawing from a photograph or other source material. This usually involves drawing models in a classroom setting or hiring a model to pose. Life drawing models is a good way to hone
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  • Most painters and draftsmen are in fact mixed media artists because they mix media quite often, sometimes without realizing it. Whether creating a preparatory sketch in pencil on the surface of an oil painting or combining inks and pastels with watercolor
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  • 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
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  • Floral painting is a significant part of the still life painting genre. Many of the greatest artists throughout history have pursued painting flowers at one time or another, whether as a mainstay of their oeuvre or a departure from their usual studio
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  • If an artist steps outside the studio, chances are they will come upon the occasion to paint water. In the landscape, water comes in many forms and fashions, from rushing and rippling streams to crashing, foaming waves to placidly still waters. Painters
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  • End of the Season by William Merritt Chase, 1885, pastel, 13¼ x 17¾. Pastel painting or pastel drawing starts with an implement of pigment mixed with chalk or clay and combined with gum to make a paste that is then hardened and made available
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  • Pencil drawing is arguably the most common yet most versatile of artistic pursuits. A drawing pencil allows an artist to work with brisk gestures as well as meticulous strokes to create everything from quick and uncomplicated sketches to highly finished
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  • Linear perspective techniques are used by artists to give the illusion of distance and space to drawings and paintings. One-, two-, and three-point perspective all refer to the number of vanishing points in each category. One-point perspective involves
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  • Painting from photographs is, for many artists, a matter of convenience. Portrait painters, for instance, often go from photo to painting because it is not often possible to complete a commission working solely from life. Therefore, knowing how to use
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  • Artists Sketching in the White Mountains by Winslow Homer, 1868, oil 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
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  • The Misses Vickers by John Singer Sargent, oil on canvas, 54.25 x 72.01. Portraiture is the genre of painting in which the likeness of a sitter or model is depicted by the artist. Historically, portrait paintings were often commissioned by the well-to
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  • Creating a convincing representational image of an object or figure in a drawing or painting is usually a matter of shading the form, using gradations of light and shadow to give the illusion of volume and dimensionality. With drawing, this is often done
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  • Sketching implies looseness and freedom as opposed to more fully finished or formal drawing practices. Sketching techniques usually focus on hand-eye coordination and observational skills surrounding proportion, light and dark, and gesture. Creating simple
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  • Still life painting from a villa in Pompeii, c. 70 AD. 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
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  • The Red Rigi by JMW Turner, watercolor painting, 1842, 30.5 x 45.8 cm. Watercolor painting is the process of painting with pigments that are mixed with water. Of all the painting processes, watercolor painting is known for its inherent delicacy and subtlety
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