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Fifth Annual Shades of Gray Competition: Winning Drawings Unveiled
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Fifth Annual Shades of Gray Competition: Winning Drawings Unveiled

Drawing magazine is thrilled to present the 14 winning drawings in our 5th annual Shades of Gray Competition. This year the grand prize goes to Texas artist Julio Reyes for his mixed-media drawing Deliverance. Also receiving top prizes are Katherine Young, Agnes Grochulska and Janet Evander. A full writeup of the competition will appear in the spring issue of Drawing (and you can subscribe to the magazine here).

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Artists, Do You See Faces in Objects Like These?

Enjoy this article from Network TV instructor Gigi Chen on pareidolia— or seeing things in things. It’s a creative idea with fun exercises to get your creativity, imagination and artistic skills working together. Enjoy!***Seeing Things in ThingsAs artists we are all looking for a fresh way to make art.
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How to Overcome 3 Acrylic Painting Challenges

How to Keep Acrylic Paint from Drying Too Fast (and More!)Acrylic artist Karin Nelson shares how she manages the fast-drying qualities of acrylic paint. Here’s what she does to overcome three common obstacles including the one most of us have face: how to keep acrylic paint from drying too fast!Nelson explains, “The fast drying property of acrylic can be its biggest negative.
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Winter Paintings | Landscapes of Memory and Meaning

Canadian painter Simon Andrew’s winterscapes reveal a unique creative process and visionOriginally from the county of Cornwall in southwestern England, oil painter and a master of winter paintings, Simon Andrew was raised in a family of artists. “Both my father and stepfather attended Slade School of Fine Art of University College London,” he says.
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Positive Results Using Negative Painting Techniques

Tips and Methods from Linda KempLinda Kemp uses negative painting techniques in her nature-inspired artworks and now she is teaching us all her secrets for effective design using these methods.To many fans and students, Linda’s paintings represent something bigger. They show a piece of a puzzle in a unique way that still captures the feel of the moment.
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Create Wildlife Paintings with 6 Tips in Mind

In both the fields of pastel drawing and wildlife art, Dawn Emerson is one of the best artists working today and a welcome voice of instruction and guidance when it comes to creating wildlife paintings. As a juror of art competitions, she shares what she looks for.6) Put Drawing First“Drawing to me is to me a way of experiencing the world,” Dawn says.
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Butterflies and Birds in Colored Pencil and Pastel

In a recent class, I had the pleasure of teaching students how to draw birds and butterflies in colored pencil. Birds are perfect subjects for capturing the beauty of nature and all of its magnificent colors.Drawing birds and butterflies isn’t just about replicating their patterns and colors. It’s important to know how to capture the essence of the nature surrounding them as well.
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Inside the Process: A Passion for Plein Air

In this three-part article series, we take you inside the painting studios of six artists across the country, from California to Colorado to New Hampshire. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at everything from studio setups to plein-air excursions to step-by-step demonstrations. Please click the links below to visit each artist’s page.
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Inside the Process: A Unique Approach to Still Life Painting

In this special article series, we take you inside the painting studios of six artists across the country, from California to Colorado to New Hampshire. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at everything from studio setups to plein-air excursions to step-by-step demonstrations. Enjoy!In Part 2 of our series meet two California artists who take unique approaches to painting still lifes.
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Jennifer Evenhus Award-Winning Art | Pastel Paintings from the 15th Annual Pastel 100

Color theory plays a large role in Washington artist Jennifer Evenhus’ pastel painting. “My use of bold color is my trademark,” says the winner of the Pastel Journal Bronze Award in the 15th annual Pastel 100. “It’s what attracts people to my art. What I’ve been trying to do more of in the last couple of years is to use color as emotion, to have the color itself describe the subject matter.
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Winter Survival for Urban Sketching

Sunbathing, camping, picnicking, urban sketching…wait a minute. Aren’t these out of the question for several more months for most of us? Sadly, yes–but urban sketching is the exception! Marc Taro Holmes is here to tell us there are abundant opportunities for winter urban sketching. You can stay warm and cozy inside and still draw your favorite outdoor scenes.
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2013 All Media Art Competition Winners

Congratulations to Magazine‘s 2013 All Media Art Competition winners!Nick Alm is the grand prize winner for Two Lovers (below; oil, 40×30). Continue reading to view the first places and honorable mentions in the categories for Watercolor; Pastel; Acrylic; Graphite, Charcoal and Ink; Colored Pencil; Mixed Media and Collage; Oil and Oil Pastel.
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Pastel 100 Winners List

Congratulations to the artists whose work was selected among the top Pastel 100 works in the 13th annual competition! This year’s winners were selected from nearly 3,000 entries by a team of outstanding jurors and the Pastel Journal editorial staff. The April 2012 issue looks incredible, thanks to these exceptional artists.
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2012 All Media Art Competition Winners

Congratulations to Magazine‘s 2012 All Media Art Competition winners!Zoey Frank won the grand prize for Song (below; oil, 72×36). Continue reading to view the first places and honorable mentions in the categories for Acrylic; Colored Pencil; Graphite, Charcoal and Ink; Mixed Media and Collage; Oil and Oil Pastel; Pastel; and Watercolor.
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