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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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5 Art Tricks You Need to Try

5 Art Tricks You Need to Try

Would you like to save some time on your projects? This is the right blog post for you to read! I should mention that when looking up “art tricks”, it is important to remember that there are no true “tricks” in the sense that learning a simple shortcut would improve your art skills overnight and allow you to skip years of practice. It just doesn’t work like that. However, some lovely tricks will save you time and resources on each project you make! Here are my five personal favourites that I use frequently. Tip 1: Making Your Tools I know...

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Sketching Whimsically Wobbly Buildings in 5 Steps

Sketching Whimsically Wobbly Buildings in 5 Steps

If you’ve been practising art seriously, you’ve probably heard people talk about the importance of linear perspective in pictures. Perspective can make or break a picture even when all the other elements are correct, so you must practice it early and often. That said, you can break any art rule you want as long as you’re intentional about it, and perspective is a fun rule to break. Jeff Carter has built his entire art style around breaking the rules of perspective and form, so today we’ll be learning from his art class! Let’s begin. Step 1: Sketch Jeff Carter begins...

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Letting Your Painting Determine Your Drawing

Letting Your Painting Determine Your Drawing

Most artists will do linework first before painting. This was made possible ever since the invention of waterproof ink! Plus, I think all those colouring books we’ve coloured in as kids have conditioned us to colour within the lines, so it feels more natural to draw before painting what we’ve drawn. However, have you ever wondered what would happen if you were to do it the other way around? In this blog post, I’ll show you what it looks like to let your linework be guided by the shapes created by your paint, so feel free to follow along below!...

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