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7 Plein Air Artists You Should Follow Right Now

7 Plein Air Artists You Should Follow Right Now

Plein air painting, the art of painting an outdoor scene from life, can be tricky. You not only have to know how to paint but also know how to paint quickly. Light and clouds are constantly changing minute by minute when you’re outside. It’s so much better to learn when you have role models to look up to, so here’s a list of Plein air artists you should go and follow. 1. Jared Cullum  Jared Cullum is an incredible painter. I first discovered him on YouTube, where he does a better job explaining light, shadow, and colour than anyone else I...

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Monochromatic Urban Sketching with Ink in 8 steps!

Monochromatic Urban Sketching with Ink in 8 steps!

Heather Souliere makes exciting urban sketches with just black ink! In her FREE Live Demo, she shows us how to paint a cabin scene with dynamic ranges of light and shadow, with just three pre-mixed values of diluted ink. Step 1: Defining the Picture Plane Heather starts by using a ruler to make a bounding box for the picture plane ("picture plane" is the professional term for the space on the paper that the picture occupies). She made a 3 x 3" square, and I thought that was a good idea, so I did too. Step 2: Sketching Take a...

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3 Ways To Try Watercolour Calligraphy

3 Ways To Try Watercolour Calligraphy

When people say they “can’t draw”, it’s an excellent opportunity to remind them that writing is a form of art, too! It’s probably one of the oldest art forms: think hieroglyphs, Chinese characters, and the first symbols created to represent an object or pass on a message. Fast forward to the present day, and calligraphy has evolved into something relatively modern yet still has a “handmade” feeling. Today, I’ll show you three different ways to use watercolour in calligraphy, from brush lettering and using other brush styles. Quick Practice Before we begin, it’s always good to practice a little. No...

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Draw Botanicals with Fineliners in 9 Easy Steps!

Draw Botanicals with Fineliners in 9 Easy Steps!

Ink artist David Morales showed us his process in a FREE Live Demo, and the results he got from his techniques in just over an hour were stunning. Follow this breakdown of the process to get some extra guidance on crosshatching, value, and more! Step 1: Sketch The first thing David does is sketch the scene in pencil. Some ink artists go straight into using pen, but David prefers the precision of deciding the composition before committing to ink. He chooses a specific section of the reference photo rather than drawing the entire thing. By selecting one attractive area from...

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How to Paint with Coffee and Tea

How to Paint with Coffee and Tea

I love the thought of trying new ideas or finding ways to switch things up. It seems to help if I’m in a creative slump too. This activity isn’t a new concept, but it certainly was fun and easy to handle. I decided to “watercolour” with coffee and tea. It’s an easy and cheap experiment that anyone could do, even you!  Don’t Lose the Hot Cup Don’t sip the beverage paints once you start but feel free to drink them until the brushes come out in play. For starters, I kept my separate drinking cup out of sight while working...

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How to Paint Dynamic Animal Portraits in Ink and Watercolour

How to Paint Dynamic Animal Portraits in Ink and Watercolour

Tina Hotchkiss has an approach to watercolour animal portraits that I have never seen before, despite my lifelong experience drawing animals and my years-long fascination with watercolour. There was a learning curve for me during Hotchkiss’s FREE Live Demo because I had never worked in this manner before. Come now and watch my trial-and-error process! We’ll discover new things together. The first step was well within my comfort zone. I have drawn thousands of outlines of animals in light pencil. The only hint that things were about to get wild is the lack of definition in the tail feathers and...

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