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



The painted portrait is just as popular today as it has been all throughout history. From the Mona Lisa to the self-portrait you probably created in painting class, portraits are everywhere. I’ve painted my own share of portraits, and have found that injecting a little fun into this. . . read more
When you’re getting started on a new project, one of the first things you’re likely to do is decide on the size and shape of the new artwork. Then, you’ll probably plan out a composition that will fit into those dimensions. Once that work is done, however, do you know how to. . . read more
I love to use hand-lettering techniques when creating my illustrations and paintings—in my opinion, there’s really no better way to add an extra layer of meaning. It might be a special quote or phrase layered over an image, or just a single word for emphasis, but it always. . . read more
In the days before computers, one of the tools that illustrators used was a brush-on fluid which dried solid and “masked” off any areas where it was applied, protecting that part of the paper even when painted over directly. Later, the masking fluid could be rubbed off, exposing clean,. . . read more
Have you ever seen a landscape painting that looked so real, it seemed like you could walk right into it? Or maybe you’ve recently stumbled upon a big, bold abstract that reached out and grabbed you from across the room. Do you know the one thing both of those (very different!) types of. . . read more
As I worked through my latest Craftsy class, Drawing Facial Features (which you can enter to win until next Saturday) I was once again impressed by the wonderful teacher and high-quality instruction that is offered by Craftsy. The instructor for this course is Gary Faigin, founder of the Gage. . . read more
White tulips are beautiful, delicate and a joy to paint. . . but the trick to painting them is understanding that many colors are used to make something appear white. (Luckily, that’s also the fun part!) Follow along as I take you through my steps to paint these gorgeous white tulips.. . . read more
Perspective is one of those things that many artists (myself included) may try to “eyeball” rather than measure. After all, when you’re drawing a figure, a landscape, or anything else without hard lines and angles, focusing on perspective may seem unnecessary. But what about. . . read more
Found texture is any type of texture you encounter in day-to-day life. It can be dramatic or subtle, organic or inorganic. If you can capture the pattern on paper, then it’s “found” texture. Today, I want to talk about ordinary concrete texture, and how you might use it in your colored. . . read more
I’ve always been fascinated by encaustic art and the eerie, soft look of it. All those layers of wax are incredibly intriguing, and up until recently, were a complete mystery to me as to how they were created. Just to give you an example, here’s a close-in detail of an encaustic piece. . . read more
One of the joys of opening a new box of soft pastels is seeing the brilliant contrast of colors. And among all those other, brighter hues, you’ll also see that tempting stick of black pastel. While many pastel artists avoid using black pastel altogether, black pastel can enhance your. . . read more
Recently I had the chance to enroll in Craftsy’s The Art of the Picture Book, an online video course on writing and illustrating children’s books taught by the very talented Shadra Strickland. Shadra is a children’s book illustrator in her own right, as well as a teacher at. . . read more
Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in Crafty’s Drawing Anime Style class and enjoyed learning not only the anime technique, but also the complexities of some of the subgenres within it. If you’re not extremely familiar with anime (correctly pronounced ah-knee-may ),. . . read more
The longer I paint with watercolors, the more I find that I love the interaction of paint and water. So instead of trying to control every aspect of a piece, I like to let these elements add to the process and the painting itself. While not as predictable or tidy as other painting methods,. . . read more



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