One of the most rewarding moments of any painting is reaching the point where we feel satisfied enough to place our signature. While the purpose of the signature is basically that of authorship, its placement and appearance can also play a significant role in the overall design of a painting’s composition.
When plein air painting, one of the most enjoyable and facile medias Ive found to work with has to be watercolors. The supplies are minimal, you can paint quickly and move from place to place making sketches of what catches your interest, and the paintings dry so quickly that theres no stress involved when it comes to packing up and moving out.
Charcoal drawingA drawing technique that employs an implement of charred wood, charcoal drawing is a staple of any artist’s study. As with many drawing media, charcoal responds strongly to the grain of the paper it is used on.In this topic section, you’ll find links to lead you to the particular aspects of charcoal drawing that you need to research, as well as youtube drawing tutorials to help you along the way.
The Feat of Drawing AnimalsI don’t have pets but I really love drawing animals because it allows me to focus on a subject matter that is totally different from what I’m used to. And there are fur, feathers, scales, and tails to play around with instead of just a vase of flowers or seated figure.Patricia Traub presents animals—above, The Collector, 10 1/2 x 14 3/4,2008—in her work in a naturalistic way that emphasizes theirunique physical attributes and bearing.
Often, when viewing an exhibition of prints, we’ll look at the labels and discover the names of printing media we don’t fully understand. What’s the difference between a drypoint and an aquatint? Between a monotype and a monoprint? Between a lithograph and a linocut?For starters, there are four traditional printmaking categories: relief (which includes such processes as woodcut and linocut), planography (lithography), serigraphy (silkscreen) and, finally, intaglio.
“Learn the rules like a pro so you can break them like an artist.”Wise words from Pablo Picasso, and the inspiration for me today because if you love pastel art but aren’t sure how to really get the most out of the medium, this one’s for you. Enjoy this list of dos and don’ts that we’ve assembled about pastel painting so you can steer yourself in the right direction and avoid major pitfalls and time sucks.
In this special Artist Daily gallery, we present online reproductions of the still life work of Robert Kogge. In these high-resolution online reproductions, we hope to give you a clearer look at this artists still life work, created with a unique colored-pencil-and-ink-wash technique.Still Life For Gerard2009, colored pencil and ink wash on canvas, 12 x 14.
Pastel Landscape Power!Engaging with my creativity is fun and yet can be stressful too! I set aside time and I am a big fan of the “creative burst,” in which I create a time-pressure situation to make a painting or do a series of sketches but if I don’t have a focus or a theme or prompt to keep in mind, I get absolutely nothing done.
Start Drawing Bodies–And You Will!To find joy and relaxation and fun in drawing bodies, you want to learn just a bit about anatomy. Not too much! This is no medical course, but coming at anatomy from an artistic angle is the best way to go about getting great at drawing figures because you eventually will be able to draw the human body from a bunch of positions and a lot of different angles.
Did you just read that and think, Wha-wha-what? Well, when I first saw the phrase–which was originally applied to the sculptures of Antonio Canova–applied to the work of Pierre-Paul Prudhon, I had the same reaction. But it is true–there is something inherently contradictory about his drawings.
Selecting and Mixing ColorAn eloquent and unexpected use of color is often what divides beginning painters like me from the greats. But we can build on several basic rules of thumb to propel ourselves and our paintings onto higher, more sophisticated ground, artistically speaking.With practice and attention, one of the most challenging aspects of painting — selecting and mixing colors — can become a rewarding one, too.
The limbs of each figure is achieved with a quick strokein this watercolor sketch by Wendy Artin.When I think of gesture drawings or quick studies, I see myself with a pencil in hand—thats always just made sense for those kinds of spirited, nimble sessions. Looking at Wendy Artins stunning watercolor painting sketches, however, has shown me new possibilities for how to paint a figure in a few minutes and with just a few strokes.
Explore Special Meanings and SymbolismWhen you think about it, you probably have a personal symbolism — objects or colors or landscape features that hold special meaning for you. These ideas can develop from our experiences, our culture, daydreams or fantasies, or from books or poems we’ve read.Artist John Harrell makes creative choices in his acrylic paintings that put forth his own ideas about objects, places and colors.
Autumn Art Colors That Are Powerful But Not OverwhelmingI’ve always loved the varied and intense colors of fall. With the season just starting, I realized it is the perfect time to share with you this stunning oil painting by artist Bob Rohm entitled Morning Color.It’s a wonderful example of how intense your art colors can be.
This fall, Drawing magazine is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and to get the festivities started, the Drawing Magazine Blog is looking back at our 10 favorite covers. To see the full list so far, check out the entire Drawing Magazine Blog.Our 7 cover may still be fresh in your memory, as it’s from our Spring 2013 issue.
Rembrandt painted self-portraits throughout his life,creating subtle masterpieces that really seem tocapture who he was.When it comes to choosing a subject to paint, one of the most convenient is the face you see in the mirror every day. But self-portraiture comes with a complicated set of questions—how do you see yourself versus how do you present yourself?
Norwegian artist Odd Nerdrum, currently facing time in prison for tax fraud, is certainly a character, taking on more of a dramatic persona than most people do in their day-to-day lives. Hes also a bit of a polarizing figure. Others find themselves unmoved by his work and put off by the hype.I dont care to promote or vilify Nerdrum.
I could stare at the work of Arlene Steinberg all day. Her vibrant colors and use of reflections in her artworks are mesmerizing. Below, Steinberg demonstrates how she drew the eye-catching still life titled Ribbon Fantasy, above, using colored pencil. Enjoy!Mastering Colored Pencil, Step-by-StepColored pencil is translucent, so as you layer and blend colors, those in the lower layers show through, allowing you to create luminous effects and subtle shifts of value and hue.
Dirk Hagners depiction of dying sunflowerswon a Jurors Choice Award in theBlossom Art of Flowers competition in 2007.An artist shuts the door on inspiration and creative possibilities when he or she withdraws from exploring subject matter because there doesn’t appear to be anything new to say.
Seated Muse by James Langley,a Foundation Studies professor at SCAD.The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) believes certain artistic skills and techniques are fundamental for all students, whether these students happen to be filmmakers, architects, fashion designers, animators, or fine artists.
One of the things I love about the artistic process is that we all share the need to put our creative energy into practice, we do it in so many different ways, and yet we usually have a lot of overlapping interests.Whiskey Creek (Spring)By Kate Harding, 2008,Mixed media found leathergarments, thread,grommets, and steel hooks, 54 x 35.