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



In one of my previous articles, I shared two tricks for correcting colored pencil mistakes. Today, I’m continuing that theme by focusing on something even worse—the dreaded stain. With stains (like so many things) prevention is the best cure. In a perfect world, we’d keep all. . . read more
Welcome back to another FREE eGuide Saturday here at EmptyEasel! Today, four very talented artists have come together to share their own personal tips and techniques for creating gorgeous floral artwork. The resulting guide—Creating Flowers in Mixed Media—is available exclusively at. . . read more
In one of my previous articles I described how I add a grid to my reference photos before starting a drawing. Here’s what I had at the end of that article: Today I’m going to pick up where I left off and describe my actual drawing process. Although I’m using a dog portrait as a. . . read more
Computer technology has opened a lot of doors for artists of all types. Today’s artists can capture images and videos spontaneously with a smart phone or camera, process photos into art forms all their own, and print them on any of a number of papers and in many different sizes. For. . . read more
Buying art materials can get pricey—and soft pastels are no exception—but if you’re looking for ways to save some money, take a minute to read this article first! Knowing which shortcuts to avoid will help save your artwork (and your money) in the long run. Let’s get started.. . . read more
Happy Saturday, everyone! Craftsy’s latest eGuide—Secrets to Creating Realistic Waterscapes—is now available for download. Click the link above to get your copy for free, or read on below to learn more about what’s inside. With all the different forms water can take,. . . read more
Recently I’ve had several conversations with other artists about dry pastels, and found that many of them think pastels are a fairly difficult medium to use, due to their “permanent” nature. While it’s true that the bright pigments of soft pastels are durable and long-lasting,. . . read more
Sitting down and drawing a live model is usually either one of the most frustrating, or one of the most amazing experiences you’ll ever have as an artist. If you’re a new artist, the human body may seem incomparably complex, an overload of information. And even for established. . . read more
The painted portrait is just as popular today as it has been all throughout history. From the Mona Lisa to the self-portrait you probably created in painting class, portraits are everywhere. I’ve painted my own share of portraits, and have found that injecting a little fun into this. . . read more
When you’re getting started on a new project, one of the first things you’re likely to do is decide on the size and shape of the new artwork. Then, you’ll probably plan out a composition that will fit into those dimensions. Once that work is done, however, do you know how to. . . read more
I love to use hand-lettering techniques when creating my illustrations and paintings—in my opinion, there’s really no better way to add an extra layer of meaning. It might be a special quote or phrase layered over an image, or just a single word for emphasis, but it always. . . read more
In the days before computers, one of the tools that illustrators used was a brush-on fluid which dried solid and “masked” off any areas where it was applied, protecting that part of the paper even when painted over directly. Later, the masking fluid could be rubbed off, exposing clean,. . . read more
Have you ever seen a landscape painting that looked so real, it seemed like you could walk right into it? Or maybe you’ve recently stumbled upon a big, bold abstract that reached out and grabbed you from across the room. Do you know the one thing both of those (very different!) types of. . . read more
As I worked through my latest Craftsy class, Drawing Facial Features (which you can enter to win until next Saturday) I was once again impressed by the wonderful teacher and high-quality instruction that is offered by Craftsy. The instructor for this course is Gary Faigin, founder of the Gage. . . read more



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