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...]

How to Steal A Van Gogh Idea For Your Own Portrait Painting

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When it comes to color, we can certainly learn, or even better, steal from the masters. My all time favorite artist is Vincent Van Gogh, who is my inspiration, mentor, and I dare tell you, my dream-lover! Here is how I used the great artist's idea in two of my own paintings, one a self portrait and the other a portrait of my 1-year-old daughter. The Inspiration "Portrait of Eugène Boch" may not be the most famous Van Gogh but it is one of … [Read more...]

Tips For Drawing Realistic Pet Portraits

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Knowledge of animal anatomy is the key to drawing realistic pet portraits. It is what makes a drawing come alive, as opposed to being just a likeness. As a former zookeeper and veterinary technician, I am fortunate to have come face-to-face with many different animals – wild, exotic and domestic. Seeing them up close, and getting to touch and hold them, has served to be an invaluable reference for my pet portraits. Here are a few considerations … [Read more...]

Art Buying Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Art Buying Secrets from Top Interior Designers

Interior designers are at the forefront of the hottest design trends and can keep you on the cutting edge of what is happening. This knowledge is an invaluable tool as you create new art, seek new sales avenues and grow your collector base. Through social media I've met a lot of wonderful people, especially interior designers. They're such a great group of people who truly love what they do for a living. As an artist, if you're not connecting … [Read more...]

Color Mixing: Don’t Always Stick to the Rules

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On color mixing, there are two rules I don't agree with. Don't mix more than three colors together at a time. Don't use black in your painting. Mixing "Mud"/Grays: Muddy colors. We all hear about them, but what are they really? Do they look muddy because they're gray. Or, are they just misused colors? Some artists say if you mix more than three colors you will get mud. I've heard this many times and I disagree. At the … [Read more...]


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