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Learn How to Sketch, Quickly

Learn How to Sketch, Quickly

Congratulations, you’ve decided to be a sketcher, and you’ve just acquired all the necessary components to do so: a quality sketchbook, a pen, and some watercolours -- you’re all set! Except now, every time you sit down to begin to draw, you’re paralyzed with a pen-stopping fear and have no clue how to push past this block. You look around, and everything seems too complicated, too vast, too overwhelming. You look down and say, “Okay, I’ll start small,” and then cannot find anything small to draw. Your mind officially shut down your sketching career before you even had a chance...

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Perspectives Made Fun with Jeff Carter

Perspectives Made Fun with Jeff Carter

Perspective is one of the more daunting fundamentals when beginners learn to draw, and many shy away from it entirely. It’s just reminiscent enough of geometry that artistic types don’t want to go near it. As is the case with all fundamentals, once you master perspective, you can do loads of exciting things with it. It’s far more pliable than textbooks make it look. Jeff Carter is a UK-based watercolourist who takes perspective and makes it fun for himself in his unique way, and we’re about to follow his fantastic FREE live demo here in this blog. Carter begins with...

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How to Paint Wood Textures

How to Paint Wood Textures

How much wood would a woodchuck paint if a woodchuck could paint wood? Unfortunately, woodchucks can’t paint wood, but that doesn’t mean you can’t either!  In this tutorial, I’ll be showing some tips and tricks to painting the illusion of a wooden texture, from a tree's rough surface to objects made out of wood.  Tree Time While there are over 60,000 different species of trees, we can divide their bark textures into about 3 different categories: rough, smooth, and miscellaneous.  Rough textures mean that these trees tend to have a cracked, almost scaly or crinkled bark texture. Examples would be...

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Wild Watercolour Animals with Shaunna Russell

Wild Watercolour Animals with Shaunna Russell

Shaunna Russell paints realistic animals. In her style she uses nontraditional, vibrant pigments! She is also a good teacher, which makes her FREE Live Demo a real treat. Following her example, I painted the hawk picture that she shares in her demonstration. Before I began, I spent some time pondering what I would do because my watercolour palette is extremely limited. My colours aren't the bright ones that would make the desired effect for this painting. I ended up using coloured inks instead of watercolour because I had a larger selection of vibrant colours. Ink behaves differently from watercolour. Some...

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Figure Drawing 101 (Not scary, I promise!)

Figure Drawing 101 (Not scary, I promise!)

If you’re like many beginner artists, you may be putting off learning human anatomy. After a few attempts at what you think should be intuitive, you conclude that perhaps your talent only applies to drawing animals and objects. I avoided drawing people for years because I thought that my talent must not be great enough if I couldn’t draw them from the outset. That was before I learned that by mastering some basic fundamentals, anybody could draw anything! In this blog post, I will share some techniques that I learned in art school figure drawing, and the examples are my...

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How Art Helped Two Friends Reconnect After 60 Years!

How Art Helped Two Friends Reconnect After 60 Years!

Art has a funny way of connecting us, sometimes in unexpected ways. And in this age of social and physical distancing, our relationships with other humans are more important than ever.  As an artist, I don’t know what I would do without my art community. Aside from drawing, interacting with other artists might be one of the most important things I do for my artistic development and mental well-being. If you don’t have an in-person critique group (or even if you do), online art communities can be a great source of feedback and support. Artists need a safe space for...

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