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



One of the joys of opening a new box of soft pastels is seeing the brilliant contrast of colors. And among all those other, brighter hues, you’ll also see that tempting stick of black pastel. While many pastel artists avoid using black pastel altogether, black pastel can enhance your. . . read more
Recently I had the chance to enroll in Craftsy’s The Art of the Picture Book, an online video course on writing and illustrating children’s books taught by the very talented Shadra Strickland. Shadra is a children’s book illustrator in her own right, as well as a teacher at. . . read more
Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in Crafty’s Drawing Anime Style class and enjoyed learning not only the anime technique, but also the complexities of some of the subgenres within it. If you’re not extremely familiar with anime (correctly pronounced ah-knee-may ),. . . read more
The longer I paint with watercolors, the more I find that I love the interaction of paint and water. So instead of trying to control every aspect of a piece, I like to let these elements add to the process and the painting itself. While not as predictable or tidy as other painting methods,. . . read more
Being a saver (like most starving artists) I’ve been collecting seashells, antique jewelry, artificial flowers, glitter, sequins, etc, for many years. There are many beautiful crafts that can be created from items like these, and they always make unique gifts for family and friends.. . . read more
Today I’m going to show you how to paint gorgeous, luminous roses in a realistic way, using watercolor paint and glazing techniques. Before we begin, however, let’s talk supplies. Assemble your paint, brushes, and paper You can use any brand of paint that you like, but I’m. . . read more
I think most artists will agree: one of the trickiest subjects to draw HAS to be the human face. Not only is every face different (making it hard to capture a specific person’s likeness) but our brains have developed in such a way that we intuitively recognize faces without even. . . read more
No matter how long you’ve been using colored pencils, or how skilled you are, eventually you’ll need to lift color or lighten an area that has become too dark. I guarantee it. And yes, we all know about erasers in their many forms. . . but today, I want to share two tricks you. . . read more
I’ve always had a love of flowers. Some of my earliest memories are planting pansies and sweet peas with my grandmother in early spring. As a military brat we moved a lot, but my mother always left her yard filled with flowers for the next family. Combining my love of flowers and art. . . read more
When most people think of colored pencils and colored pencil art, they also think of paper. Why? Because pencils and paper go together like peanut butter and jelly. But drawing papers aren’t the only option for colored pencil artists! Here are 8 great surfaces for drawing on that you may. . . read more
My first love has always been drawing. . . I guess I’ve always been drawn to it. :) I just find line to be very expressive! My next love would have be watercolor, so when I got the chance to review the online course Mixed Media: Pen, Ink & Watercolor by Craftsy, I dug out [...]. . . read more
One way that I like to add interesting or unusual visual texture to my colored pencil art is with “found” texture. This can be any type of texture you encounter in day-to-day life—whether dramatic or subtle, organic or inorganic. All you need to do is transfer the pattern to your. . . read more
Today I’m going to demonstrate the “color wheel method” of painting for watercolor artists. I will be using the light and dark values inherent to the colors in my palette to create value and form in a simple still life painting of an orange. While other painting mediums (like oil. . . read more
Soft pastels are easy to blend, mix, and apply, and are a great dry medium when you need to work quickly or paint outdoors. They require no brushes, water, or blending mediums, and their brilliant colors create beautiful, bright works of art. Unfortunately, pastels can also be quite messy to. . . read more



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