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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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Capture the Night in Watercolour

Capture the Night in Watercolour

There's a saying that goes, "The darker the shadow, the brighter the light." In reality, darkness only appears darker because of its contrast against light – especially since darkness is the absence of light. So today, we'll be tackling the darkest of shadows! While it's possible to paint something with more darkness than light (like this night sky tutorial), a painting is always more interesting when there's contrast. The extra illumination will give a much more cosy and warmer feel to the painting. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark I think the number one reason people hesitate to paint night...

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Negative Painting with Jill Gustavis

Negative Painting with Jill Gustavis

I remember being given a simple negative space drawing assignment in my first week of art college. All I had to do was draw a piggy bank by scribbling in pencil around it. I remember thinking that the exercise was neat, but I didn't understand why it was necessary until I got into watercolour.  In watercolour, you have to preserve the white of the page to have a white area in your picture. It is necessary to paint light-coloured objects by painting around them. This technique can be hard to get used to, but Jill Gustavis makes it simple in her FREE Live Demo....

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Soft Clouds in Watercolour with Jun-Pierre Shiozawa

Soft Clouds in Watercolour with Jun-Pierre Shiozawa

Jun-Pierre Shiozawa has a wonderfully relaxed painting style and a good eye for colour. I followed his FREE live demo about painting a seaside landscape with clouds.  The atmosphere he created in his painting was amazing. Just looking at it reminded me of summer! I think it was the warm, intense colours he chose for the landscape that made this painting fit the summer vibe. For the sketch stage, I took my lightest pencil and followed what Shiozawa drew on his page. I resisted the temptation to make it too exactly like his because if I did, the sketch would...

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Shari Blaukopf’s Gouache in Gouache

Shari Blaukopf’s Gouache in Gouache

Shari Blaukopf is an accomplished painter in both watercolour and gouache. In this very special FREE live demo she shares how to paint a still life of gouache tubes, in gouache of course. When I saw Blaukopf’s sketch all done beforehand, I decided that I should do the same. So I paused the video and sketched the scene.  My sketch turned out smaller than hers, and I believe that led to some flaws in the painting later on, but I’m not going to complain about my result.  I used the same paper as Blaukopf did, however, I didn’t have the...

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