David Lobenberg goes small for big payoffs when it comes to composition, color and value exploration.Looking for more ways to push your palette and loosen up your painting style? In this article by watercolor artist David Lobenberg, learn his techniques for creating dynamic portraiture by working small with big color.
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Put the Water in Watercolor ArtWhy not use a water medium to paint water? It just seems logical! You can get stunning results for painting seascapes with these painting techniques for creating different types of moving water: gentle waves, rolling waves, water crashing on rocks and rolling over wet sand, with Grant Fuller in his video, Painting the Sea in Watercolor.
Realistic Pet PortraitsIn Drawing Secrets: Realistic Pets with Carrie Stuart Parks, learn how to capture the likenesses of your favorite dogs, step-by-step. Follow along with Carrie while she draws the fluffy fur and sweet expression from start to finish, and pick up the drawing techniques you’ll need for animals of all kinds.
Have you ever been deep in the throes of a drawing and suddenly found yourself desperately trying to figure out how to unclog technical pens? Rest assured you are not alone.Many artists prefer technical pens for drawing because they’re easy to use and provide smooth movement. This is especially true if they haven’t been used in a while.
One of my favorite art classes in high school involved learning how to do pen and ink drawings. There was something so satisfying about the way it required precision and care to get the rendering just right, yet at the same time, allowed for a kind of loose mark making with hatching, crosshatching, and pointillism.
Drawing Faces and FeaturesEvery face is different, which makes portraiture particularly challenging. However, it doesn’t require inherent talent with a sprinkling of magic to pull off a good likeness; painting and drawing faces just takes a bit of practice and a few tried and true portrait drawing techniques.
Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been painting for years, the ability to work confidently with color is one of the most essential skills an artist can possess. This color mixing lesson from Mark Menendez is a perfect introduction for beginners and a great review for more advanced painters!Remember when you first started to learn about color as a child?
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There are so many approaches and styles you can take to painting, and nowhere is that more evident when it comes to flowers. With so many species and so many ways to arrange them; whether they’re wild or carefully tended in a garden, there’s an infinite number of ways to paint them. Add in your own artistic flair and style, and the possibilities are endless, and a little bit daunting.
First You Have to Decide What You Want Out of Art JournalingI can definitely attest the power of art journaling is in doing it. And that power only intensifies when you create your own custom journals.Whether you are looking to discover something about yourself or understand your art (or yourself as an artist) better, keeping an art journal is a foray into a special place where memory, observation, sketchbook and diary collide.
Artist Ward Jene Stroud first saw Brusho in action while attending a bimonthly demonstration at the Oregon Society of Artists. The presenter owned a small local art store and had just returned from a big art supply trade show filled with new art innovations and products — one of which was Brusho.“I’ll never forget the moment I saw the total color-pocalypse the presenter created when he sprinkled some little crystals onto wet paper,” recalls Stroud.
This is the time of year where the earth breaks away to reveal fresh blooms. One such flower, the wild sunflower, offers beauty from top to bottom, bolstering vibrant yellow petals and lively green leaves.Below, Mario Robinson shows how a combination of watercolors and a textured background can breathe new life into the already brimming wild sunflower.
Pink Petal ExtravaganzaBangkok-based Thai artist Adisorn Pornsirikarn is known for his incredible watercolor flowers. He works on both large and more modest scales to capture his blooms and blossoms. In this watercolor rose demo, he shares a bouquet of pinks. You could say he harvests a riotous garden — from ﬁrst blush to princess pink — with the stroke of a brush.
Want to create realistic buildings and architectural details in your paintings? In this simple step-by-step art demonstration, artist Andrew S. Conklin shows how to add realistic architecture in your artwork by painting texture in an art-deco style. Enjoy!Art Architecture | Painting Texture, Step-by-stepA brush full of oil paint is a much different tool than an architect’s mechanical pencil.
Paint En Plein Air | Two Demos You’ll LoveWant to paint en plein air like a pro? California landscape painter Frank Serrano is a popular instructor of painting en plein air who shares his knowledge and experience with students and helps them develop a foundation in the fundamentals of painting outdoors.
Sponsored byTwo Demos Using the Marabu Art CrayonEnjoy the buttery-smooth quality of a wax-based medium that has superior blendability? Looking for an art material that is highly pigmented and water-soluble for transparent effects and reductive techniques? If so, the Marabu Art Crayon could be the perfect art product for you.
Exotic Splendor with Artist David NappDavid Napp’s fills his pastel art with resplendent color and bold mark-making. He expertly captures his real-world adventures, from the bazaars of Marrakesh and the thronged cities of India to the Italian countryside and the cosmopolitan splendors of London and Rome.
No Story Concept, No ProblemMany times we start with a big idea or story we want to tell in our art, but why not take the opposite approach and start with the drawing — without a developed concept in mind? This way, you leave some part of your piece to chance, and then look at what this drawing could mean for you it unfolds.
Water is one of the most sought-out subjects in paintings. In this mini-tutorial, you’ll learn valuable pointers on painting water reflections.Water TypeYou can find several conditions of water in nature, which are important to consider when planning a landscape painting:Still water (common in ponds and small lakes when no wind is present)Water moving lazily (the most suitable in paintings when water reflections are desired)Water ripples with more motion (common in river and streams)Water so disturbed you can’t see reflections (large bodies of water such as lakes and seascapes on a windy day)Unless water is running over a down slope, the wind is what disturbs it, creating the diverse reflections and variances listed above.
KATHY KRANTZ FIERAMOSCA demonstrates how artists can bring together gouache, watercolor and colored pencil to create an elegant look.There’s nothing more feminine than beautifully draped fabric and ribbon with its calligraphic movement across the page. In this fabric study, I was drawn to the delicacy of the conical folds and the gentle twists and curls of the ribbon and combined my materials, using gouache, watercolor and colored pencil.
Harness the power, or embrace the subtlety, of this versatile hue by mixing your own versions using primary colors.Watercolor artist Keiko Tanabe invites us into her studio to learn color mixing alongside her. She shows how subtle neutrals can be — even made with primary colors — and answers a popular question: what colors make gray?