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
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
“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
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 entirely in shades of black and white. In many cases, the next step is to glaze color over the grisaille, to create a finished drawing or painting.
But grisailles don't HAVE to be black and white.
Like any other underdrawing, a color. . . read more
NOTE: Special thanks to Craftsy for giving us free access to review “Sketching People in Motion” and for creating a. . . 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 the "black" colored pencil out of the box. Without exception, those will just give you a flat, lifeless black.
In fact, I've found that layering many different colors—including black—is the only way to get a dark, realistic black color that looks like. . . read more
Every savvy artist knows there’s more than one way to draw a line. The normal way is easy—just put your pencil on the. . . read more
In my previous article (Creating Distance in Landscapes, Part 1) I discussed using line, value, color temperature, and. . . read more
For many representational artists—myself included—the biggest hurdle to successful and believable artwork is creating the. . . read more
Every artist I know is always on the lookout for tips, tools, and techniques to improve his or her work. (I know I am!) But many times the search for new methods causes us to overlook the basics. So, this week, I wanted to share a brief refresher on a few basics worthy of note for any colored pencil artist.
Using hard lead pencils vs. soft lead pencils
It's a. . . read more
One of the worst things that can happen to a work-in-progress is finding a scratch, indent, or scrape in your paper. This is. . . read more
If you enjoy making landscapes or other outdoor scenes, it’s important to know how to draw dirt in a manner that fits your. . . read more
Welcome back, everyone! Today we’re exploring an absolutely free Craftsy mini class, Draw Better Portraits: Capturing. . . read more