Drawing Lines Using the Indentation Method

Drawing Lines Using the Indentation Method

As an artist, I am always learning with each new piece I create. Recently I learned of a new technique for drawing light lines (in this case, for whiskers) against a dark background that I would love to share. A common challenge I face in pencil drawing as opposed to acrylic painting is getting crisp, white lines (such as hair or whiskers) over a dark background. While in painting this can be achieved by using light paint on top of the … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Why Triptych Art Is Successful

3 reasons Why Triptych’s Are Successful

Triptych art is made up of three panels that are intended to be displayed together. A triptych is from the Greek adjective τρίπτυχον meaning "three-fold". The first triptychs were from early Christian art, which were a popular format for altar paintings from the Middle Ages onwards. Today triptych art is still defined as a work of art, usually panel paintings, digital art or photography divided into three sections. When the triptych art form … [Read more...]

Let Me Introduce You To My Friend Marketing

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"Marketing" is an intimidating word for many visual artists. Marketing probably finishes in a close 2nd behind "selling" as one of the least favored pastimes for any painter, sculpter, or potter. In all honesty, "anything" that draws creatives away from their artistic process is often viewed as utterly contemptible. Am I exaggerating? Perhaps, but perhaps not... There are other artists who view marketing and selling as necessary evils in … [Read more...]

Stretched Canvas vs. Pre-Stretched Canvas

Stretched Canvas vs. Pre-Stretched Canvas

Whether artists want a stretched canvas or a mounted canvas, both have advantages and disadvantages between purchasing the readymade or making your own. (The following tips also apply toward linen). Stretching your own Canvas versus Pre-Stretched Canvas First we will discuss the things you should think through when evaluating the possibility of stretching your own canvas as opposed to buying pre-stretched. ·       Space If you want to … [Read more...]

14 Ways to Improve Your Drawing Skills in 2014

14 Ways to Improve Your Drawing Skills in 2014

A New Year means new drawings, so to help you make 2014 your most creative year yet, I have rounded up 14 of my favorite drawing tips and techniques to kick-start your artwork and help you to achieve stunning results. Pens and pencils at the ready… Draw upside down Nope, I haven’t lost my mind – drawing upside down helps you to ‘unlearn’ the bad habit most of us have of drawing what we think we see, not what we actually see. For example, … [Read more...]

A Beginners Guide To Using Acrylic Paints

A Beginners Guide To Using Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paints are some of the most versatile paints in the world, as they can be used straight from the tubes they come in, or you can thin them with water to create a lighter, more watercolor option. However, no matter how easy they are to use, if you’re a beginner you’re apt to have no idea how to use them. The good thing about acrylic paints is that they are incredibly easy to learn how to use it, so you’ll soon be an expert when it comes to … [Read more...]

10 Tips To Creating Large Canvas Paintings

10 Tips To Creating Large Canvas Paintings

One of the biggest rewards of blogging is that it has introduced me to many fellow artists from around the world. I often receive requests for help and advice from talented artists from other countries where it is very challenging, if not impossible, to be an artist. Large canvas painter, Tamara Vogrin is one such example. Tamara is a self-taught artist and a Bachelor of Textile Engineer from Slovenia, Europe. Like many aspiring artists, … [Read more...]

The Importance Of Using Neutrals In Art

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Neutrals are any set of tones created when mixing two complementary colors and any amount of white. In the beginning, I failed to realize the connection between using both neutrals and saturated colors in my paintings, and ultimately my work suffered. But, when I started thinking in terms of neutrality and saturation my work dramatically began to improve. Over time I became more sensitive to subtleties and shifts in color temperature. In the … [Read more...]

How To Take Photos Of Your Artwork Like A Pro

How To Take Photos Of Your Artwork Like A Pro

Once you have finished your artwork, the next logical step is to create a digital copy that you can store in your computer. This is done so you can share your work online with other artists for comments or print it out to be included in your portfolio. One way of creating a digital copy of your artwork is to take a picture of it using a camera. However, if you want the best copy to be uploaded to your computer, there’s more to taking a picture … [Read more...]

5 Common Website Mistakes Made By Artists

This guest post by ArtWeb.com is very informative because they currently host over 10,000 artists' websites, so they know their stuff. As website experts, they have noticed several common website mistakes artists make when creating their sites. This post highlights the most frequent mishaps and how to avoid them. 1. No prices or artwork information If you want someone to buy your artwork, you need to let them know how much you're charging. It's … [Read more...]


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