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I’ve always loved drawing realistic clouds floating above my landscapes, but lately my interest in “cloud. . . read more

Most professional colored pencil artists recommend that new artists buy the best pencils they can afford. I usually make that. . . read more

Gesture drawing is an incredibly useful exercise for improving one’s art. Not only does it help with understanding general anatomy when drawing from life, but the practice of drawing a figure quickly and repeatedly trains you to make the drawing fluid and alive.

The online resources I have used most are Quickposes and . . . read more

As a follow-up to her original article on blending colored pencils, Carrie Lewis has filmed a quick video showing just how easy. . . read more

One thing every colored pencil artist can agree on that colored pencils are a slow medium. There’s just no way around it. If. . . read more

When your medium is capable of making only a limited number of stroke types, and you make art by layering marks, you need to get everything you can out of every mark you make.

Every mark should help you create the texture or value (or both) of your subject. That begins with the first mark you put on paper and doesn’t end until you make the last mark. So I’m not talking about. . . read more

Every artist across the ages has spent at least part of their early years looking for the perfect drawing or painting method.. . . read more

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, we’ve looked at drawing a landscape on sanded art paper. I began the series by. . . read more

Last time, I began a tutorial showing you how to draw a landscape on sanded art paper. In that article, we worked through the first layers of color and ended with a solvent blend. Here’s how our landscape looked after the first blend.

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Spring’s on the way! As the seasons change, many artists also sense a shift in their focus and goals. We’re more energetic,. . . read more

Last summer I did a lot of experimenting with colored pencil on sanded art paper. Despite having done a piece or two a few years. . . read more

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