Must-Know Information for Choosing the Right Paper for Charcoal DrawingArtists have drawn on virtually every kind of paper every produced. All types of drawing paper have their own unique characteristics.Some papers, like Bristol board, are more difficult to erase from. Others, like newsprint, are not archival.
Take Advantage of Colorful PossibilitiesExperimenting with different pigments is a great way to discover new color mixtures and to explore all the ways you can play with your paints. In this fun exercise, accomplished artist Chris Cozen explains how to do just that: Focus on your colors.Keep notes on if any particular hues have made a strong presence and, possibly more importantly, how you feel about them.
Going from the cylinder man to a fully-realized figure is a matter of many things,but one is definitely an ability to turn the form with shading and gradation.Using a pencil feels so simple, doesnt it? I mean, its the first thing we learn to write with when we are kids, so what could be more familiar and comforting than that?
One of the most alluring aspects of painting is color. Ultimately, what makes the representation of color work in a painting is the appearance of harmony.Color and Light: It can be said that color harmony exists wherever there is light. Seeing it and portraying it with pigment on a surface is the tricky part.
Through our Over 60 Competition, we’ve had the pleasure of getting know so many amazing, inspiring artists, some of which are coming back to art after a period away, or picking up the practice after retirement. Learn more below from 3 of our favorite oil painters, each with their own unique process and story.
Mixed Media Paintings That Glow with an Inner LightFor many, Ross Bleckner’s art put an image to the poignancy of loss during the AIDS epidemic and made the pain of mourning somehow bearable and beautiful. His mixed media paintings have always been able to make me gasp at how vibrantly their surfaces seem to glow.