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6 Steps to Creating a Monochromatic Urban Sketch in Ink and Graphite

6 Steps to Creating a Monochromatic Urban Sketch in Ink and Graphite

Have you ever wanted to do an urban sketch or painting but felt a bit too pressed for time to even start? Well, in this FREE live demo, Marek Badzynski shows some really useful tricks to get a fantastic monochromatic painting done in just one hour! It’s another fast-paced demo, but once you understand the basic steps, you’ll be flying in no time, too. Step 1: Diving Straight to the Ink Sketch As a seasoned urban sketcher based in Toronto, Marek likes to find unique-looking areas to sit down and paint. But for him, he would rather capture the essence of a place...

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5 Essential Watercolour Portrait Painting Tips

5 Essential Watercolour Portrait Painting Tips

Watercolourist Sarah Stokes did a fantastic FREE Live Demo a while ago, where she broke down some of the most daunting aspects of portrait painting. Portraits are difficult no matter what medium you paint with because the human brain picks up on mistakes in proportions immediately when the subject is a face. Watercolour can make it extra intimidating because of how permanent and unpredictable it can be! However, learning to paint a good watercolour portrait is totally possible with these fundamental tips. 1. Understand value Light value is one of the essential art fundamentals, and yet it’s the one that...

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How to Paint Animal Characters in Watercolour (7 Steps!)

How to Paint Animal Characters in Watercolour (7 Steps!)

Hannah Mosley paints expressive animal characters grounded in a knowledge of actual animal anatomy. She knows how to use colour to tell a story and thinks carefully about each step in the process of her illustrations to ensure that the final product suits the intended audience. These are all excellent skills for a professional artist to have, so let’s dive into Hannah’s FREE Live Demo to gain some wisdom! Step 1: The Line Art To begin, I drew the line art that was provided in the demo. It’s recommended to trace it, so you will probably want to do that,...

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6 Urban Sketchers You Need to Follow on Instagram

6 Urban Sketchers You Need to Follow on Instagram

Urban sketching is a great way to document your travels, practice your art, and fill time while waiting for things! The cool thing about urban sketching is how each artist’s unique style shines through due to the unpolished and free-flowing nature of the art form. Everybody’s hands and minds are different, so there’s something new to learn with everybody’s art! We looked all over Instagram to give you this list of the most inspiring urban sketch artists! Click on the links to their profiles and show them some love! 1. Uma Kelkar  Uma Kelkar has incredible techniques and has taught us...

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Lush Watercolour Landscapes in 8 Steps!

Lush Watercolour Landscapes in 8 Steps!

Have you ever wanted to paint loosely yet still be able to capture the essence of a landscape? Then this is the perfect chance to do so! Artist Marvin Chew shows us how to paint a lush landscape using Chinese calligraphic strokes and the wet-in-wet technique in his FREE Live Demo. Step 1: Practicing Calligraphy While it would be helpful to know how to do Chinese calligraphy, you can get by just learning how to do specific brushstrokes. Marvin writes the word for rice in Chinese, which captures (almost all) the essential strokes found in paintings. For this painting, focus...

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Add Depth and Contrast to Urban Sketches in 5 steps!

Add Depth and Contrast to Urban Sketches in 5 steps!

If you’re feeling stuck on what to draw or paint, why not try out this FREE Live Demo? While it’s more of a precursor to a full tutorial, Leslie Parsons is here to show the value of trying a new style and drawing something you don’t usually draw when you have an “artists’ block”.  Thus, we’ll be following along with a Japanese storefront sketch today and learning more about adding depth and contrast to your linework! Step 1: Pencil Sketch Leslie starts by showing the reference photo, a picture of a rustic barber shop in Japan (shoutouts to @storefronts.japan!). He also mentions that while we’ll...

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