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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
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
“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
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
A grisaille (pronounced, gree-zay) is a form of drawing or painting that involves a detailed, monochromatic image, often created. . . read more