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Art, An Underrated Bliss

Art, An Underrated Bliss‘Art’ has had an active presence for thousands of years in our lives. Long ago, when the civilization had just begun, and we humans were trying still to figure this world out, communication was a very big challenge. There were still no languages, but the need to express was very dire. In a situation like this, man formed his own way of communicating, and that was through ‘Art.’ There have been many cave paintings whose existence has given the right reasons for our anthropologists to believe that of the many methods of communication that we humans adopted, the primitive form of communication was signs and paintings. Art is the instinctive form of communication for anybody who wishes to communicate nonverbally.

If there is somebody who recognizes art for its true worth, it is children. Children have an innate ability to appreciate and enjoy Art. Every child is an artist. Art enables a creator in every child. When a child is given a paint brush and an empty canvas, he knows that the world is at his

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Become an Expert in Color Theory and Color Mixing

Become an Expert in Color Theory and Color MixingReaders are always asking for more instruction and painting methods surrounding color, which is not surprising considering how crucial color, the color wheel, and mixing colors are to a successful work of art. That’s why I’ve pulled together three top color resources on the market right now and what they can do for you!

Expand Your Art Knowledge: Understanding the Color Wheel with Color Theory Made Really Easy

Color Theory Made Really Easy is the one-of-a-kind resource for conquering color! It’s a 60-day course that you take in the comfort and familiarity of your own home, which is great for me because I am able to master color theory on my own timeline. What lured me to this way of learning was the focus on how to mix colors that aren’t muddy, which is something I feel like I do time and time again! And you’ll find the attention instructor Sandra Angelo pays to teaching the “secret” formulas that the Old Masters might have

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Photo to Painting: How to Use a Photo Reference in Your Art

Photo to Painting  How to Use a Photo Reference in Your ArtUsing a photo reference is a convenient and rewarding way to make drawings and paintings if it is done right. But there are a few pitfalls to avoid, so if you are interested in ways to go fromphoto to painting, these six tips on painting from photo references are for you along with our editor picks of the top resources for painting from photographs as well!

  • Don’t forget that when you want to transform a photo into a painting, first look at the scene, person, or composition with your own two eyes if possible. Take in the view, make mental notes, and memorize the scene. Only then take out your camera and photograph your composition carefully.
  • As you turn photo into painting, remember that consistency in your treatment of the light source is key to a convincing painting. So look at your photo and ask yourself, where is the light coming from?
  • Shadows are crucial to study when you are going from photos to paintings. Often times

The Fine Art Of Drawing

Drawing is a very complex subject and one that needs to be approached in a delicate fashion. So many people are afraid to even try to pick up a pencil. It appears that topics such as cross-hatching and hatching brings people out in goose bumps.

Why should that be?

It is a drawing technique which has been used by the old masters years before it’s time. It is just a method of using interlocking pencil lines to create darker and lighter areas within your picture. The technique is great fun to use and easy to master. There are many other fun techniques you can use to make a subject really stand out on the page. One such technique is smudging, which is created by using a very soft pencil such as a 6B. The pencil work is rubbed lightly with the finger until it creates a smudged area, then a putty rubber is used to add contrast to the picture. We must not forget plain shading which should never be overlooked. It is important to create shadow around your art work, but you must determine where the light is coming from first. If your subject matter

How to Create Gallery Mirror and Solid Wraps Canvas Prints

Once you have chosen the perfect image for your canvas print, you should also take the time to look at the options that are available for the wrapped part of your canvas. You may not initially think that this is a big deal, but it can certainly bring a whole new feeling to your cheap canvas prints, and can make them look even better than they already do. Here are a few options of what you can do to the wraps of your canvas prints, and how to make them.

The Gallery Wrap

The gallery wrap is essentially an extended edge of your image, that gets wrapped to the sides of the canvas. It sound simple enough when you just say it, but there are certainly a few things that you can do to make sure that you do this process successfully.

For a start, you need to make sure that you are using the same aspect ration that is already used for the remainder of your image. The wrap will usually be a thickness of two inches. Because it is a continuous part of your canvas print, you may need to crop a portion

Taking a Figurative Drawing Class? Don’t Forget These Supplies!

Figurative drawing is perhaps the most graceful of all art forms. It involves the drawing of the human form, using different shapes and postures in order to best capture its beauty. It is one of the oldest ways of capturing people as they are, and has persisted through the ages.

Figure drawing can be expressed in the form of highly detailed drawings, ones that are anatomically correct, or those that are more expressive in nature. Inspiration for figure drawing can also come in many forms, with photographs and live models as a prime example.

Figurative drawing is, of course, one of the most difficult forms of art to master, which is why we have classes designed specifically to teach people how to do it.

If you plan on taking a figurative drawings class, you’re going to need some supplies. Just like any class at any school, you will need the right tools in order to complete your projects. While art classes do vary, some of these tools are quite common among teachers and students, and just might be required…

Tools to Draw With

First and foremost, you will probably need some tools to

4 Advantages of Canvas Prints

If you don’t know about canvas prints, then you are in for a visual treat. These are beautiful images on canvas. You can exhibit these in your living room, drawing room or bedroom. With an intention to reproduce the original oil painting or acrylic painting these look breathtaking. Photographs can be easily transferred onto the canvas using a specialized press. While you can do this as a DIY project, it is better to hand over this project to a professional for the best outcome.

Great option

Canvas is great option for an enhanced interior décor appearance, especially if you are on a budget and want a great look. It is a superior option to traditional frames and modern photo mounting in large frames. The canvas prints cost almost 50% less and, if you are on the email list of any of these companies, you can be certain of getting one or another discount coupon thereby getting an additional deal. The fact that these are less prone to damage and are less labour intensive makes them all the more popular and price competitive.

Advantages of canvas prints

These look beautiful and resemble an artistic painting.

Drawing A Review of How to Begin and How to Get Better

Drawing can be viewed as putting lines, shapes, values, and textures on a surface. Learning to draw as a skill is like learning to write and most of us remember that struggle, although cursive is becoming an extinct skill in many schools today. There are numerous terms relating to the graphic process of drawing: doodling, sketching, scribbling, etc., but this article will focus on the act of drawing as a process to translate a three-dimensional object(s) or setting with tools that make marks. This process is basic to most every form of art and design. Look around you. Every manmade object began as a drawing on a surface. Sketched as an idea, then drawn more accurately to better relay the vision, then maybe onto a drafting table or computer aided design (CAD) process for further refinements.

But let’s talk about drawing not only as an art form, something unheard of not that many years ago, but as a way to see. As beautifully as Cezanne or Ingres or David could draw, during their lifetime, drawing was considered a preliminary foundation for a portrait, still-life, or landscape painting. Today, their drawings can stand on their own as beautiful

Create More Energy for Painting

Making a good painting is hard work, and requires a lot of energy from the artist. Managing your energy while you paint is important because the more energy you have for making the brush marks, the better the painting will be. As you become fatigued it’s easy for the quality of your painting and your joy in the experience to diminish.

The loss of energy is usually in the details of how you set up to paint. The energy loss with any one mistake is small, but if you have several small losses, they can really add up, and the longer your painting session lasts, the worse the losses become.

Here are some considerations for the next time you get ready to paint :

1. Are you physically comfortable in your work space?

2. Are all of your tools within easy reach? If not, then before you settle in to paint, collect them so that you don’t have to fetch them as you need them. Then you can stay in the flow of painting.

3. Are your brushes and palette on your handed side? (If you’re right-handed, the materials should be on that side,

Turning Drawing Goals into a Reality

How many times have your good intentions to draw failed? You buy a new book and become inspired by someone else’s journey. You visit an art store and beguiled by the shiny pencils and inviting paper, load up your shopping basket and leave the shop with your wallet lighter and a spring in your step – only to find that life gets in the way and before you know it, a month or two has passed and you haven’t even opened your sketchbook. Goal setting can seem a bit left-brained but we all need a kick-start every so often and if it gets us drawing does it matter?

Here are five steps to turning your drawing goals into a reality.

Five Steps to Turning Your Drawing Goals into a Reality

  1. Make a list of drawing goals and write them down (writing them down means you are more likely to stick to them).
  2. Be realistic (there’s no point in setting yourself up to fail)
  3. Make a date in your diary – ideally in one month, no later than in three – to review and revise your goals. It’s okay to change and let go of goals but do

Seize The Drawing Moment

  1. Carry a sketchbook with you at all times. Seize the drawing moment!
  2. Make a specific time each week for drawing (each day if you can) to draw. Keep this time sacrosanct and don’t let it be hijacked by chores, friends or family. Even 15 minutes will make a difference.
  3. Book a workshop or a class. Mixing with like-minded people can be really motivating. If you can’t do something regularly perhaps attend a one-day or residential workshop. Check out your local museums for classes – they often run drawing events for adults. Check their ‘What’s On’ and book early as they are often over-subscribed.
  4. If you are not near any museums, look online – there are some fantastic e-groups out there where like-minded people from all corners of the globe share their frustrations and triumph in drawing and creating.
  5. Don’t wait for the muse to strike – you’ll be waiting an awful long time. Draw regardless of whether you feel ‘in the mood’. Just start drawing and see what happens…
  6. Buy a box file or other storage container and collect images that inspire you… magazine cuttings, postcards, photographs, bits of fabric. Create an ‘ideas’

The Art of Paper Sculptor

Kids have been fond of flying kites and of creating paper planes. Simple and innocent – these paper planes can be very easy to make. A basic origami, a simple draft fold, or some cutting, bending, more appeal folding and shaping-these are all the elements of a draft sculptor. Just when you think it is just paper and folding, lo and behold, the next thing you will see is an impressive paper art.

This is the art of manipulation of form with the goal of forming a 3D image or structure. An artist can use various techniques-curving, folding, shaping, or cutting. If he has the skills in origami, this can also be used in letter sculpture. Other artists also use embossing and other methods. The most beautiful solicitation sculptures are those which are bold and neat as this art places high regard on accuracy of details. Another technique can also be incorporated, which is paper mache. This can be used for bigger projects, wherein a card is used instead of the ordinary paper. This is most especially helpful for projects as they grow bigger in size. Other tools, such as wire and wood, can also be used

Best of Pastel Pointers

“Color gets the glory and value does the work.”

Most of us love color. We’re drawn to it hoping to accomplish something expressive in our paintings. If the value structure (the relative lightness and darkness) in a painting is wrong, however, all the pretty colors housed in our pastel cases won’t work, and the painting will fall short. If you’re one of the fortunate painters that has a keen eye for value—congratulations! If, on the other hand, you’re among the many that work diligently analyzing value ranges, here are a couple of tips that might help.

  1. First, convert your reference to a value scale. If you’re working with photo reference, you can digitally convert it to a gray scale and remove all traces of color. This will instantly show you the value relationships of all the individual elements in the scene. Another option, if you have a color photograph, is to scan it into your computer and then convert it to gray scale. Or, go down to your local copy center and use one of the better copy machines. This isn’t as accurate as converting your own digital files but still

Two Drawing Tips to Consider When Sketching Faces

Drawing skills are a great foundation for painting. We learn the building blocks for brush work, proportion, hand/eye skills, etc. In the beginning, drawing faces and figures is a lot like learning to play an instrument–there are mathematical proportions that we study and practice like learning musical scales. Over time the mechanics become automatic, allowing quality of line, shape and value to emerge and express more than the technical process of early attempts of sketching faces, for example.

If you’re new to portraits, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when sketching faces.

• Consider the placement of the eyes within the oval shape of the face. Looking straight on at an average face, the eyes are aligned horizontally approximately halfway within the oval. Often we place eyes too high between the top the head and bottom of chin. We forget that there’s a forehead and in most cases, a hairline that encompasses a similar space to that below the eyes.

• Consider the size of the eyes. We spend a lot of time looking into people’s eyes and have a tendency to exaggerate and enlarge the eyes. On an average face

Learn How to Draw for Beginners

How to Draw for Beginners

The first step of learning to draw is figuring out what drawing tools you want to work with and gaining an awareness of what your chosen drawing medium is capable of. Working with a graphite pencil is quite a different experience and utilizes a completely different process than working with a stick of charcoal or oil pastel or pen and ink or colored pencil. Drawing : The Complete Course and Jill Bays’ drawing video workshop can really help you reach your fullest potential by giving you an understanding of the different drawing techniques used with different drawing media. For example, if you want to really work on your mark-making with an emphasis on hatching or cross-hatching, you’ll probably want to work with graphite. For more expressive marks, reach for charcoal.

Drawing Basics: Initial Tips for Learning to Draw

When you start to draw the first thing you will want to do is loosen up—literally. You want to draw fluidly and spontaneously, so the first thing I was always taught to do is warm up with exercises like drawing circles or cubes. This gets your hand and eye working in concert

Quick and Easy Oil Painting Techniques for Beginners

Learn Oil Painting Techniques for Tinting Strength

Knowing how to use oil paints starts with discovering the tinting strength of each color on your oil painting palette. For example, Prussian blue and alizarin crimson have very strong tinting strengths just a small amount of either color added to white makes a vivid tint. On the other hand, terre verte and raw umber have weaker tinting strength and turn pale when mixed with just a little bit of white. A beginner oil painting lesson you can teach yourself right now is adding the same amount of white to each color on your palette to see how each pigment is affected.

How to Use Oil Paints with Impasto Effects

Building up the surface of a painting with thick and loose applications of paint is one of my favorite oil painting techniques, and it is known as impasto. First, there is just such a sensual pleasure in moving the buttery paint around in this way. And the fact that you can also leave behind the marks made with your brush makes the activity an expressive one and one of the most valuable abstract oil painting techniques worth

The Secrets of Perspective Drawing Made Easy

Why  knowing how to Draw perspective is important?

I will be the first to admit that learning and practicing linear perspective is a little bit like eating your veggies when you are a kid. You aren’t sure about them even though you know they are good for you but, in the end, you learn to love them. But what is really worth remembering about perspective drawing is that if you know the basics, you’ve got all the capabilities of a 3d drawing in your hands. That’s why understanding linear perspective is so important for artists, beginners included.

Linear perspective revolutionized the way artists perceived and incorporated spatial depth in their work. Established in solid, mathematical terms in the 15th century, linear perspective creates the illusion of three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface.

Telling the Difference Between One-Point Perspective and Two-Point Perspective

To create effective linear perspective, artists establish a horizon line, a vanishing point on that line, and multiple orthogonal, or vanishing, lines. The horizon line is a horizontal line that runs across the paper or canvas to represent the viewer’s eye level and delineates the sky meeting the ground.The orthogonal lines, which distort

Step by step Drawing Lessons for Beginners

Successful artists always seem to list drawing art as the constant “helping hand” activity that they go back to when they are stumped and need to refresh themselves or sharpen their techniques. Through simple drawings, you can make discoveries about your own artistic style and further enhance how you see.

Drawing Basics : Love the Line

Drawing ideas often spring from the medium itself. A stray mark or pencil stroke can bring to mind so many possibilities, from the feathers on an owl’s wing to the profile of distant mountain peaks. That’s why it is so important to spend time just free drawing that will give you the opportunity to learn to love line.

So take time as you work through drawing tutorials to work only with line. Create simple drawings using hatchings and crosshatchings alone. Discover how you can layer line, or use different sides of your implement for smooth and crisp marks or smeary strokes. Decent drawing tutorials will tell you the same because drawing basics like this are what allow you to really command the best from the medium, be it graphite, charcoal, pastels, or any other implement you choose to draw

Painting for Beginners Learn How to Paint

Painting for beginners and painting for more advanced artists do not involve totally different processes. Only the familiarity with basic painting instruction and the ease of executing those technical steps is what separates a beginner painter from an advanced one.

To learn how to paint—right here and right now—start with three easy steps that will allow you to grow in confidence and skill as an artist.

1. Learn Oil Painting Step By Step: What Your Materials Are All About

There are dozens of beginner oil painting lessons out there. But the first, and most crucial, step of painting instruction is coming to know your materials. All oil painting lessons start there because knowing how your paints respond allows you to fully understand how to exploit them to their fullest potential, and how to avoid any big mistakes.

Traditional oil paints consist of ground pigments combined with a drying oil, such as linseed, walnut, or poppyseed oil. A “drying oil” is one that absorbs oxygen from the air, which causes it to dry and harden over time, forming a flexible and resistant surface. Each pigment requires a different amount of oil to reach

Learn How to Draw People : 7 Tips from Professional Artists

It’s no secret that learning how to draw people is an essential, timeless lesson in an artist’s development; figurative drawings continue to be among the most popular subjects in art schools and among professionals. But it takes more than just knowing how to create the contour lines that form a two-dimensional drawing of a person; one must have an understanding of anatomy, including muscle and bone structure, and of movement and balance to render the three-dimensional human body.

There are also the various body parts that have unique qualities to consider; the texture of the belly may be soft as a flower petal, while elbows and knees speak a different story. And the hands, poetically expressive and complex–they’re often thought of as the hardest part of the anatomy to depict accurately, and they can make or break a drawing.

In this exclusive collection of advice from top figurative artists, we share seven tips on how to draw realistic people.

7 Tips: How to Draw People

1. Drawing Hands

Keep in mind the bone and muscle structure beneath the surface. In some places the surface is influenced by the angular bones, in others by the soft