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5 Fun Art Challenges to Try

5 Fun Art Challenges to Try

Most of us have been there before – stuck with artist’s block, or just out of ideas to work on.  Well, sometimes you need to take action before the motivation or inspiration comes, so if you’re in a bit of a rut, you can give these five art challenges a try! They’re in no particular order either, so feel free to skip to the ones that interest you the most. #1: Blind Contour Drawing  I’ve covered what blind contour drawing is before, but here’s a quick refresher! It’s one of the “easier” challenges to do: simply pick a subject to draw, and...

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Paint Spontaneous Watercolour Florals in 3 Steps

Paint Spontaneous Watercolour Florals in 3 Steps

To paint spontaneous watercolour florals with no sketching underneath, you need to be confident and skilled with your brushstrokes. This is where Thea Ong’s 30-minute class comes in handy because she explains all the brushstrokes and pen techniques you will need to be successful in loose floral painting! Let’s follow her advice and explore some practical techniques that will give you results with a bit of practice! Step 1: Brushstroke Practise Before we put together plant paintings, let’s run through the basics. For the thin lines at the top of this diagram, use the very point of your brush and...

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Paint a Mountain Scene Using a Limited Palette in 10 Steps

Paint a Mountain Scene Using a Limited Palette in 10 Steps

If you were here last week, you’ll recall our lesson on painting a monochromatic colour study before the finished piece. Now, we’re going to make the finished painting, and since we made that study first, it will be much easier. Since we made this value study, we know some things about how the finished product should go. The lightest lights are the city lights in the distance, the darkest darks are the rocks and grass bits on the hill, and the section of hill that’s closest to us is going to be abruptly darker than the rest of the hill....

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6 Steps to Urban Sketching the Non-Architect Way

6 Steps to Urban Sketching the Non-Architect Way

You don’t have to be an architect to start urban sketching! Isabel Santos proves this to us in her tutorial on sketching the “non-architect way”, but whether you are an architect or not, she shares some cool (and funny!) tips in this short and scribbly demo. Step 1: Angles and Prep As mentioned, Isabel isn’t an architect. She isn’t formally trained in art either, but she’s picked up a lot of solid art techniques throughout the years of teaching herself. The key is to make your buildings look convincing enough to be a building and to focus on your art...

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Paint a Monochromatic Landscape in 6 Steps

Paint a Monochromatic Landscape in 6 Steps

Have you ever painted a landscape entirely in one colour? Monochromatic painting is a great way to study value and shading, and it’s also a great warm-up for when you’re planning an important painting and you want to be sure you get the shadows right. In this lesson, we’re going to do a thumbnail-sized painting of a hilltop at sunrise, and we’re only going to use purple. Feel free to use any colour because it’s only the values that matter in monochromatic painting. Step 1: Sketch  While sketching the scene, feel free to add details and fill in the black...

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Basic Pet Painting Techniques

Basic Pet Painting Techniques

Have a pet or animal you want to paint, but no idea where to start? Then it’s Dena Marshall to the rescue with some easy and quick techniques you can use to paint your fluffy friend! And while Dena usually just uses colour pencils, she shows a way to incorporate watercolours to add more depth, and speed up the process. Step 1: Prep Work To prepare yourself, you’ll need to gather a few tools: a mixed media paper pad (265gsm, A4 size), round paintbrushes in sizes 3 and 10, a ½” flat brush, Etchr’s watercolour paints (or equivalent), coloured pencils, a container of water,...

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