Oil painting experiences, tips and advice.

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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The Interaction of Colour.

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The Interaction of Colour.

Colour must firstly be understood as something that is constantly interacting with its surroundings. It is the most relative medium in art.   This visual phenomenon has fascinated scientists and colourists alike -  Sir Isaac Newton first discovered the effects of bending light to allow the human eye to see the spectrum and then plotted the first colour wheel.   Interestingly, Newton drew the parallel between the 7 colours – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet and the 7 notes of music. Joseph Albers, Albert Munsell, Johannes Itten have contributed a huge amount to the study of colour and...

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Notan. Artistic Composition - The placement of light and dark.

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Notan. Artistic Composition - The placement of light and dark.

Notan is a crucial element of any work of art and provides a solid base upon which a drawing and painting can be built upon.

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