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



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
Every artist I know is always on the lookout for tips, tools, and techniques to improve his or her work. (I know I am!) But many times the search for new methods causes us to overlook the basics. So, this week, I wanted to share a brief refresher on a few basics worthy of note [...]. . . read more
If your life is anything like mine, you probably don’t have the opportunity to do art as much as you’d like. Maybe you’ve worked out a schedule that gives you an hour or two every day, or (more likely) a few hours once or twice a week. Or maybe you have plenty of time in. . . read more
One of the joys of painting with mixed-media is the freedom to create unique textures and patterns in your backgrounds. While it’s tempting to buy the expensive products from your local art supplier, doing so can get pricey—especially when you’re just looking to experiment. So if you. . . read more
One of the worst things that can happen to a work-in-progress is finding a scratch, indent, or scrape in your paper. This is especially frustrating when you’ve worked a long time on a drawing, and it seems like all your hard work is about to go to waste. Here’s some good. . . read more
If you enjoy making landscapes or other outdoor scenes, it’s important to know how to draw dirt in a manner that fits your subject and style. But for many artists, dirt is. . . well, just dirt, and not nearly as interesting as water or as monumental as mountains. Maybe you’ve never. . . read more
Nowadays, nearly everyone carries a lot of stuff, all the time. Which means we’re always finding new ways to carry that stuff. . . and the bigger the solution, the better. Well, not always. Not for artists, anyway. Sometimes you have to pack light especially if you’re on a. . . read more
As a watercolorist, I’ve been painting since the mid ’80′s. New techniques come and go but here’s one I’ve been perfecting for a while. I call it “black outline art” and use it to create a kind of stained glass appearance in watercolor paintings. I. . . read more
Welcome to the fifth article in my series on the classical painting method known as the Flemish Method. Used by 16th and 17th century Flemish masters, this method allows artists to develop paintings through the following seven stages: 1. Drawing 2. Imprimatura 3. Umber Underpainting 4. Dead. . . read more



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