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

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

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 back, I wasn’t sure how I’d like the surface for more detailed landscapes. After completing a couple more this year, it’s safe to say I like it! If you want a quicker way to use colored pencils without sacrificing detail or color saturation, I. . . read more

Are you trying watercolors for the first time? If so, here are 5 tips to kickstart your watercolor painting experience: 1. Start. . . read more

Ever wonder what’s the most difficult—and most time consuming—part of a landscape to draw? If you’re like me, it’s. . . read more

In today’s article, I want to show you step-by-step how to draw a lush forest of trees on sanded art paper. What? Sanded art paper with colored pencils? Yes! I realize that using colored pencils on sanded art paper might sound contradictory. After all, colored pencils are a medium designed for lots of detail, and that usually requires a very smooth surface—if there’s one thing. . . read more

Colored pencil artists are always looking for ways to speed up their creative process. Most often, that means finding faster ways. . . read more

Who’s your worst art critic? Be honest! It’s you, isn’t it? But it’s also true you’re the person. . . read more

Getting bright colors on a dark background can be a challenge if your favorite medium is colored pencil. The reason is simple.

Most colored pencils are translucent. No matter how heavily you layer them, the color of the paper shows through to some extent, and influences the new color. You have to use a lot of layers—or a lot of pressure—to cover up the color of the paper. If. . . read more

Scaling a drawing up from it’s original size to the size of the final artwork isn’t always easy. A lot depends on the. . . read more

For more than 25 years portrait painting was my daily activity. In all those years, I would often hear that portrait models. . . read more




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