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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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How to Paint Fur Textures (3 ways!)

How to Paint Fur Textures (3 ways!)

If you’ve ever been interested in painting an animal before, but don’t know how to tackle all that fur, then today’s tutorial is just for you! I’ll show you 3 easy ways to do this, so let’s get started, shall we? 1. Hints, Here and There First things first – pick an animal to paint. It can be your pet, someone else’s pet, or something you find on the internet. It just needs to be any animal with fur.  Next, study your subject. I like to squint here, as it gives me a clearer idea of where the lights and...

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Bokeh Effect using Watercolour in 7 Steps!

Bokeh Effect using Watercolour in 7 Steps!

Few watercolourists create such stunningly crisp realism as YuYin Lin does, and we were fortunate enough to have a FREE Live Demo with her a while ago! She makes good use of atmospheric perspective, making the backgrounds of her pictures blurred while the subject is in focus. Her composition and lighting approach reminds me of macro photography more than it does painting. Let’s dive in and see if we can recreate her masterpiece! Step 1: Sketching and Masking Fluid To begin, we will sketch the dandelion puff. I followed YuYin’s composition advice and placed it off-centre in the picture plane....

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8 Easy Steps for Loose Florals in Watercolour

8 Easy Steps for Loose Florals in Watercolour

Sometimes, it’s just fun to let loose and paint loosely instead of worrying about details. In this FREE Live Demo, Sahar Imran shows us exactly how she paints flowers effortlessly and quickly while maintaining the essence of what makes a rose a rose. Strap yourselves in – this is one roller coaster of a ride! Step 1: Practice Brushstrokes I would say “Step 1” is more of a pre-step, like a warmup exercise in preparation for the final piece. Sahar demonstrates the basic brushstrokes and techniques she uses to paint flowers. First, a rundown of colours: she uses mostly permanent...

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