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How to Draw Quick Little Portraits

How to Draw Quick Little Portraits

When you think of portrait drawing, you might think of formal studies where you draw the head in a measured way, maybe drawing copies of a Greco-Roman statue. This is important, and you should do it for anatomy practice, but it’s also helpful to do casual sketches where you simplify things and see what kind of lines you enjoy making! Today we’ll be studying Cathrin Gressieker’s 30-minute class so that we can learn her style of sketching portraits for fun. All you will need are some crayons, pastels, or coloured pencils, along with some water for blending. Let’s start with...

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Illustrative vs. Realistic Art Styles

Illustrative vs. Realistic Art Styles

If you’ve been following our blogs for a while, you might have checked out this one on finding your art style. So along a similar vein, I invite you to explore some styles with me – mainly realistic versus an illustrative styles. This is just a bit of fun experimentation, so feel free to dive in as well! Realistic Precision I find it interesting that many art classes are about how to draw things realistically. It’s like the adage: “You have to learn the rules to break them!” This is probably why children often think better art equals more realistic art, as...

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Paint a Realistic Bird in 5 Steps

Paint a Realistic Bird in 5 Steps

Jun-Pierre Shiozawa is an Etchr Resident Artist, so we get lots of amazing lessons from him! In this 30-minute art class, he shared his technique for painting realistic birds using both ink and watercolour. We’ll be following along to recreate the painting today, and it is a quick and easy process! The layering technique in this class creates such depth and texture, which is perfect for painting living creatures. Step 1: Sketching  Sketch a light outline of the bird. If you’re interested in birdwatching, you might like to know that this bird is a tufted titmouse. Known for their blue-grey colour,...

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How to Paint Countryside Postcards

How to Paint Countryside Postcards

Postcards from friends are wonderful little treasures, and they’re even better when they’re homemade! This 30-minute class with Brian Ramsey will teach you how to paint your postcards, either from photos or from life, so that you can document all your adventures and send personalised postcards to your friends. All you need are some paint colours and whatever brush and paper you feel comfortable with; I’m using the Etchr Watercolour 24 Half Pan Set and the Etchr Hot Press Sketchbook. Let’s begin! Step 1: Outlines We’re going to start with a waterproof pen and quickly sketch the outlines of the...

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Easy Faux Calligraphy in 8 Steps

Easy Faux Calligraphy in 8 Steps

Calligraphy is becoming more popular thanks to social media apps, where users can share a daily quote or phrase that they write by hand. Brush and dip pen calligraphy is well worth learning, but if you’re not ready to invest in supplies for it, faux calligraphy is a great place to start. Maricar Ramos gave a helpful step-by-step demo on how to write the word “hope” in faux calligraphy, so let’s give it a try! Step 1: Know the Basic Penstrokes In calligraphy, the downstrokes are wide and the upstrokes are thin. We simulate this in faux calligraphy by colouring in...

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How to Create Different Watercolour Brushstrokes in 8 Steps

How to Create Different Watercolour Brushstrokes in 8 Steps

There’s nothing wrong with handling a paintbrush like a pencil or a pen, but have you ever wanted to fully explore how to get the most out of one? If you have, Etchr’s resident artist Jill Gustavis unveils some of the secrets of the paintbrush, which we’ll take a look at in this blog post! Step 1: Tapered Strokes First thing is to gather your tools. Since this is more like a warm-up exercise, you won’t need too many things: a cold press watercolour sketchbook, a size 12 and size 6 round synthetic brush, a squirrel-hair mop brush, a container...

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