Art and Painting Tips: Artistic Advice and In-depth Art Tutorials for Artists



Every drawing should be more than just a pretty piece of art. . . it should also represent your progress as an artist. Ideally, a look back at your work should tell a story of the lessons you’ve learned and the skills you’ve gained. These lessons don’t even need to be. . . read more
NOTE: Special thanks to Craftsy for letting me review “Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink & Watercolor” for free, and reducing the price to $14.99 for EmptyEasel readers through June 30th, 2015. All links included in this article are affiliate links, and help support EmptyEasel.com; any. . . read more
A grisaille (pronounced, gree-zay) is a form of drawing or painting that involves a detailed, monochromatic image, often created entirely in shades of black and white. In many cases, the next step is to glaze color over the grisaille, to create a finished drawing or painting. But grisailles. . . read more
Paintings are like children: they grow up, eventually, and move out of the house (hopefully). Along the way, they need to find their own place to live. That’s what a picture frame is, to my way of thinking—a home for the painting. The basic function of a frame is to keep the. . . read more
NOTE: Special thanks to Craftsy for giving us free access to review “Sketching People in Motion” and for creating a 50% discount on this class for EmptyEasel readers (good through June 15th, 2015). All links included in this article are affiliate links, and help support. . . read more
I’ve always enjoyed making my own stamps (which I use in many of my mixed media pieces) so today I thought it would be fun to demonstrate my process, and explain exactly how easy it is. The video below starts off by listing all the materials you’ll need, and then gives. . . read more
Previously, I’ve explained how to use rubbing alcohol to blend colored pencils, and yes, rubbing alcohol is great for light blending. BUT. . . what if you want a more thorough blend? Or to blend heavier layers of color? In that case, you need rubber cement thinner! Not only is rubber. . . read more
Welcome back to my two-part series on drawing realistic, “true black” hues with colored pencils. If you missed my earlier post on this topic, or if you’d like a review, feel free to read Part 1 here. Now, here’s the drawing I’m using as a demonstration piece,. . . read more
When it comes to creating convincing, dark black hues with colored pencils, it’s very important to do more than just use the “black” colored pencil out of the box. Without exception, those will just give you a flat, lifeless black. In fact, I’ve found that layering. . . read more
Today I want to share a fun painting technique that works well with watercolors and—actually—almost any other media! You’ll need some gouache or tempera paint (which is water soluble) plus India ink (which is waterproof). Combine those mediums with watercolors, and you can easily. . . read more
Every savvy artist knows there’s more than one way to draw a line. The normal way is easy—just put your pencil on the paper and draw! Another way, however, is to create an impression in the paper using a pointed object, and then shade color over the top of that impressed line. The. . . read more
In my previous article (Creating Distance in Landscapes, Part 1) I discussed using line, value, color temperature, and overlapping layers to begin developing pictorial depth, right from the start of your drawing. The process continues with further development of values, colors, and aerial. . . read more
The following scene was sketched while on holiday in Suffolk, sitting on the village green overlooking some wonderful wonky houses and a general store with a very low lintel—hence the name of the store and painting, Duck or Grouse Village Store. Later, for my studio painting, I decided to. . . read more
For many representational artists—myself included—the biggest hurdle to successful and believable artwork is creating the illusion of space, which is also known as pictorial depth. But how in the world do you depict a three-dimensional subject on a two-dimensional surface? In truth, MANY. . . read more



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