Our eyes instinctively seek out areas of contrast, no matter what we’re looking at—so it makes sense to add patterns high-intensity contrast to our artwork as well.
In the video below, George James demonstrates one method for creating a pattern of light and dark in a painting. And as you’ll see in just a moment, it really doesn’t matter how the light is actually hitting the figure. . . this technique is all about creating a pattern of visual interest for the viewer. Take a look:
Finally, my "big project" is finished! It’s been a crazy day with a lot going on, but foliotwist.com is finally live and online! Since I’ve kept it a complete secret up until launch, here’s a quick (mostly visual) overview of what it does. . .read more
There are a number of ways to create visual interest in a work of art, but today's video tutorial focuses on just one—creating visual pathways through your artwork. In the clip below, George James demonstrates how a simple teacup drawing can be changed to include a dynamic and engaging v. . . read more
In today's video clip, watercolor painter Cheng-Khee Chee is demonstrating a rather fascinating technique for creating a marble texture, or pattern, with ink and water. As you'll see, the trick is to add, and then sort of "stir" the ink gently into the basin of water, in order to create swirls. . . read more
In today's video George James will be demonstrating one of his many techniques for adding texture to a painting. In this specific case, he's adding a grid-like pattern over the top of one section, to give some added depth and interest. Take a look: NOTE: You can get George's full DVD of Yupo t. . . read more
In today's video clip, it's interesting to see how Jean Pederson adds depth and contrast to her watercolor portrait by simply dropping in some complementary colors. After many more layers of paint, the final result is stunning. Take a look: If you're interested, you can get Jean's full waterco. . . read more
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