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In late 2017, The Society of Illustrators in New York featured an open-call for their members to create artwork on the subject. . . read more

Do you mix your own black oil paint, or use a black paint straight out of the tube? It’s certainly more convenient to buy. . . read more

I've always loved drawing realistic clouds floating above my landscapes, but lately my interest in "cloud portraits" has grown to the point where I'd rather just draw clouds. . . by themselves! (Read The Adventure of the Artist's Life to learn more about what brought on that change.) Of course, I've been. . . 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. . . 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 it is to create watercolor-style effects with colored pencil, using a few colors, a stiff-bristle brush, and rubbing alcohol. Take a look below, and. . . 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. . . read more

Every artist across the ages has spent at least part of their early years looking for the perfect drawing or painting method. Some continue that search all their artistic lives. I don’t know if it’s the artistic personality, or something else, but there always seems like there could be a better way. I’m no different. In the 40-plus years I was an oil painter, I experimented. . . 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. . . read more

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