Oil painting experiences, tips and advice.

Relief Printmaking: My First Attempt, Reasons for Trying and my Low(ish) Start-up Costs.

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Relief Printmaking: My First Attempt, Reasons for Trying and my Low(ish) Start-up Costs.

A demonstration of my first relief printing efforts, the setup I used and what it cost, and why I've decided to make it a permanent part of my artistic practice.

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Adding simple backgrounds to your pencil sketches.

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Adding simple backgrounds to your pencil sketches.

I recently responded to a question on Quora about how to sketch simple backgrounds. The general rule is simplicity, low detail, narrow tonal range. Here is a nice example by concept artist Thomas Romain. If you want something to appear as if it is in the distance or in the background, you have to create what is called atmospheric perspective. Even if its not actually that far away, its a useful tool to help create focal points in your artwork. If you look at nature, out into the distance compared to up close, you will see that tonal ranges become...

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Where can I learn anatomy for drawing?

Where can I learn anatomy for drawing?

Top resources for studying anatomy for artists.

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Oil Painting Mediums and Materials.

Oil Painting Mediums and Materials.

Magic Mediums. Searching for that magical medium that will solve all of our painting problems is a brief (sadly for some, not so brief) spell that many artists fall under. Eventually the realisation sets in that no matter how close we get to the mediums used by the old masters, it won’t help if we cannot draw or paint. But that’s another story.     Knowing the technical side to painting certainly comes in handy though, and will prevent disappointing effects on otherwise successful or cherished paintings. Things like sinking in or a dulling effect, or even a cracking of...

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Drawing Lessons from the Old Masters. Animals.

Old Masters.

Drawing Lessons from the Old Masters. Animals.

Albrecht Durer.   Durer was a goldsmith by trade, his father taught him to draw. Etchings and wood engravings formed a strong foundation for careful mark making, a skill that shone through in his paintings. This study of the Hare is a great example.    Albrecht Durer 'Hare' 1502   Durer lightly sketched the image and under painted with some brown washes, the texture was than meticulously built up with a variety of light and dark brushstrokes in watercolor and gouache (opaque form of watercolour). This'' study'' received the Artists hologram – a mark of his approval and a testament...

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