It isn’t by accident that I teach students brush illustration before we begin working on the ABC’s. There’s a little. . . read more
It’s that time of year when we all start thinking about trying something new (right?) So today I wanted to answer a few. . . read more
Does choosing the right color when drawing or painting always seem like a gamble?
Every artist benefits from taking the time to make a color palette, but in my opinion, colored pencil artists gain special benefits.
Colored pencils are generally more translucent than most other mediums, so every color influences every other color. With such a medium, what better way is there to. . . read more
How do you know which colors to use for colored pencil drawings? More specifically, how do you know which colors make the best. . . read more
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 doing it well—and ask them questions. I recently took that challenge myself.
The question I asked was simple: what one tip would you share with an artist who was thinking about trying colored pencils or who was new to colored pencils?
I asked artists. . . read more
Recently, I wrote an article describing how I use Photoshop to explore redesigning a drawing. (If you missed that tutorial, feel. . . 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!
Kellie uses simple wooden panels for her base, then combines a variety of rice papers, hand-made skull stamps, and acrylic paint to make one-of-a-kind artwork inspired by Dia de los Muertos.
Take a look at the video below, and if you'd like, follow. . . 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. . . 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