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. . . 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. . . 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 even the most detailed painting down to just plain "boring."
The answer? Add some luminous, cotton-candy clouds!
"But. . . clouds are so hard to get right!"
Well, I used to think so too, but then I discovered a fairly simple way to draw. . . read more
One of the beautiful characteristics of soft pastels is the way they can be manipulated to create soft, smeared effects when. . . read more
If you’re like most artists, you’ve probably experienced how difficult it is to apply a good varnish finish to your. . . read more
Every drawing should be more than just a pretty piece of art. . . it should also represent your progress as an artist. Ideally, a. . . read more
NOTE: Special thanks to Craftsy for letting me review “Sketching Landscapes in Pen, Ink & Watercolor” for free, and reducing the price to $14.99 for EmptyEasel readers through June 30th, 2015.. . . read more
A grisaille (pronounced, gree-zay) is a form of drawing or painting that involves a detailed, monochromatic image, often created. . . read more
Paintings are like children: they grow up, eventually, and move out of the house (hopefully). Along the way, they need to find. . . read more
NOTE: Special thanks to Craftsy for giving us free access to review “Sketching People in Motion” and for creating a. . . read more
I've always enjoyed making my own stamps (which I use in many of my mixed media pieces) so today I thought it would be fun to demonstrate my process, and explain exactly how easy it is.
The video below starts off by listing all the materials you'll need, and then gives step-by-step instructions on how to carve a few basic stamps—things like letters, for example, or a fun butterfly.. . . read more
Previously, I’ve explained how to use rubbing alcohol to blend colored pencils, and yes, rubbing alcohol is great for light. . . read more
Welcome back to my two-part series on drawing realistic, “true black” hues with colored pencils. If you missed my. . . read more
When it comes to creating convincing, dark black hues with colored pencils, it’s very important to do more than just use. . . read more