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As a colored pencil artist, I’ve found that soft-focus backgrounds (like the kind you see in many photographs, especially. . . read more
One of the best ways to learn about your chosen medium is to ask questions. Find people who are doing what you want to do—and. . . read more
Recently, I wrote an article describing how I use Photoshop to explore redesigning a drawing. (If you missed that tutorial, feel free to check it out via the link.) The reasons for reworking an old piece of art will probably differ from artist to artist and piece to piece, but they might. . . read more
If your artistic goal is life-like realism, drawing horses—or any animal—is a difficult and demanding process. And, using. . . read more
Today, regular contributor Kellie Day is sharing her steps for creating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) mixed-media artwork!. . . read more
A few weeks ago, I gave several suggestions for how to repurpose unsold artwork. Today I'm going to expand on that by showing how I redesign pieces using Photoshop.
Like most artists, I have my fair share of unsold artwork sitting around the studio. Typically, these pieces. . . read more
Erasers are good for more than just fixing mistakes in your drawings—they also make great drawing tools. Don’t believe me? I. . . read more
For some people, planning your next abstract artwork comes easy. . . for others, it can be torturous. And even the best artists. . . read more
“Colored pencil drawing is like mowing a lawn with a pair of scissors.”
That's what I tell people when they ask about the differences between oil painting and colored pencil drawing. It's especially true if you like a lot of detail and texture in your drawings.
Luckily, there's way to create texture without having to draw every detail. . . using found texture!
What. . . read more
This week, I’m taking a break from my normal colored pencil demonstrations to answer a few questions. These are the questions. . . read more
One of the worst things you can do to a landscape painting is pair it with a clear blue sky. That flat expanse overhead can bring. . . read more