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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.

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…

Drawing anatomy

The Basics of Drawing Anatomy for Artists

  Drawing Anatomy 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. Artists pursue anatomy drawing to learn how to draw a human…

how to draw animals

How to Draw Animals: A Basic Guide

Draw Animals the Way You’ve Always Wanted 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 at first to capture the…

Standing Nude by Pierre-Paul Prudhon, charcoal drawing heightened with white chalk on blue paper, 24 x 13¾.

How to Draw People

How to Draw People with Power, Dynamism, and Accuracy Drawing people is one of the most rewarding as well as one of the most challenging artistic pursuits. There is a combination of skills at play—from knowing how to render body position in a way that is anatomically correct and expressively engaging, to learning how to…

Red and White Roses by Stephanie Birdsall, pastel floral drawing, 16 x 22.

How to Draw Flowers

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 artists to sharpen their skills with gesture, color, and light and shadow. And, arguably, the shape and “design” of a flower or budding…

The Lighthouse at Honfleur by Georges Seurat, 1886, conté crayon drawing, 9 1/2 x 12 1/8.

Landscape Drawing Basics: How to Draw Mountains, Trees & More

Landscape Drawing Basics 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 before beginning a painting in order to work out issues of composition and…

Van Gogh ink drawing

Ink Drawing Techniques: Pen & Ink Sketching Basics

Ink Drawing Basics 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. In modern times, ink drawings have been used…

life drawing

Life Drawing: Models, Poses & Sketching Techniques to Know

Life Drawing Basics 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 one’s skill with gesture to create a…

painting flowers

All About Painting Flowers in Acrylics, Watercolor & Oil

Flower paintings 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 pursuits. For many artists, learning how to paint flowers is a…

mixed media painting

All About Mixed Media: Where to Start Mixed Media Art

Mixed Media Basics 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, mixing media is often second nature to artists. Working in such…