Learn How to Paint: It’s Easier Than You ThinkPainting is a skill that many of us would like to have, but few ever master, let alone try out. But why not? It’s a wonderful skill to have, it improves and complements other creative abilities you may already have learnt, and there’s no need to be intimidated by it when it’s broken down into easy steps the way that our free painting lessons do.
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Beginning Artist Education 101From Sept. 10-16, help us celebrate National Arts in Education Week, during which “the field of arts education joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the impact of the transformative power of the arts in education.”Whether you are a beginning artist who decided to turn your passion for art into action, or a veteran who wants to explore a new medium, knowing exactly where to start can be a challenge.
Painting Composition Tips for Better, Bolder PaintingsWant to create better paintings? Well as artist Patti Mollica says, “A strong composition is the foundation of a successful painting.” And whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced artist, knowing how to create a successful composition takes practice and requires mastering a few key techniques.
When learning to draw with graphite pencil, knowing the fundamentals is key. Below, Lee Hammond shares expert insight into the basics, excerpted from her book, Lee Hammond’s All New Big Book of Drawing.Working with Graphite PencilGraphite has always been my go-to medium for art. It was my first love when I started learning basic drawing techniques.
Here is a true beginner’s step by step demonstration of how to draw roses easily! Discover the complete process, as you draw petal after petal with graphite pencil and colored pencil. From the first mark to the last, this is your complete guide to how to draw this favorite flower from painter and art instructor Gigi Chen.
Every now and then it’s important to take yourself back to school and focus on elevating your core techniques. We all know the art fundamentals of color theory, color mixing and perspective are the building blocks to great painting, so taking the time to kick those skills up a notch is always worth it.
With Watercolor Painting, You Have to Know the Paints and How to Use ThemFull disclosure? I am going cross-eyed right now. This article has so many essential methods to watercolor painting that I feel like I just mentally digested the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica of watercolor. You will find materials tips, five secrets to a perfect wash, seven things to look for in watercolor paints, almost a dozen painting techniques, and a painting breakdown that will really open your eyes to how a master builds a painting.
Painting with Acrylics 101Proponents of painting with acrylics would say the medium offers advantages that distinguish it from both oil and watercolor. On one hand, acrylics are permanent and do not yellow with age as do oil. But, being water-soluble, they are fast-drying like watercolors and require no harsh solvents for dilution or cleaning.
If you want to draw lifelike portraiture, knowing how to draw facial features is essential. Below, artist and instructor Lee Hammond shares tips and techniques for drawing realistic faces with graphite pencil, excerpted from her book, Lee Hammond’s All New Big Book of Drawing.In this step-by-step guide, Lee will teach you how to recreate every aspect of your model’s face: the eyes, nose, cheeks, and mouth.
Drawing Anatomy for Beginners, Learning the Ins and OutsWhen it comes to learning how to draw people successfully, knowing human anatomy is key. Jeff Mellem, artist and author of How to Draw People, shares the top dos and don’ts of drawing anatomy for beginners so you can start drawing more realistic figures in no time.
When it comes to creating realistic portraits and figures, knowing techniques for drawing hair — including different lengths, styles and texture — is essential. If you’re a beginner, this may seem like a daunting challenge — especially since this task can take longer than any other part of a drawing.