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



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
Welcome to the fourth article in my latest series describing the classic Flemish Method of painting. If you haven’t done so already, you’ll probably want to read each of the previous articles in this series (listed in order below) so that you’re all caught up. So far. . . read more
I’m a watercolorist and have been painting since the mid 80′s. One of the hardest concepts to grasp as a beginner was WHY I would want to stretch watercolor paper. For a little background, my very first watercolor class was at a craft store. That instructor didn’t bother to. . . read more
Today I’ll be continues my current series exploring the Flemish method of painting. In my first article, I demonstrated how to draw the composition, ink it, and add the imprimatura layer. My second article described painting the umber layers. The next step in the Flemish method is the. . . read more
About 10 years ago, fiber artist and painter Teresa Shippy found a great use for her ever-expanding collection of vintage tin tiles. With some basic plain cloth and paint (and lots of experimentation!) she learned to “transfer” her tin tile designs onto fabric, making. . . read more
Welcome back, everyone! Today we’re exploring an absolutely free Craftsy mini class, Draw Better Portraits: Capturing Likeness, taught by the very talented Gary Faigin. This class is currently available to EmptyEasel readers at no charge, so feel free to click the link above to enroll,. . . read more



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