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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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.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, our team thought it would be fun to pull together some of our favorite creativity quotes to inspire you to fall in love (again) with art! Scroll through and discover words of wisdom from a variety of artists, including those we have the pleasure of working with through ArtistsNetwork as well as the words of timeless masters we all love.
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.
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.
For artist Arpi Krikorian, vibrant, colorful abstract flower painting comes down to one thing — supplies. She walks us through her top 10 art tools, tricks, and techniques for creating lush and layered works of florals, botanicals, and landscapes.When you are ready to create abstract flowers on your own, it will only be a click away!
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.
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.
Congratulations to the 2012 winners of Magazine‘s Over 60 Art Competition. The following artists and painters are joyfully obsessed now that they’re free to devote themselves to making art.Floating By (acrylic, 30×40)By Jane Tracey, age 70, Boca Raton, Florida.Temple Bar (oil, 18×36)By Rod Williams, age 74, Cameron Park, Californiarodwilliams.
Ranging in age from 61 to 83 the winners of our Over 60 Art Competition share their works. Read their stories in the March 2011 issue of Magazine..Sisters (tempera and ink resist, 28×36)by Georgia P. Doubler, age 83, Green Valley, Arizona.Summer Wildflowers and Corn (pastel, 19×21)by Marcia Wegman, age 75, Iowa City, Iowamarciawegman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Congratulations to the 30 winners of our annual art competition! Here (and in our December 2011 issue) we celebrate the winners from the Animal/Wildlife category. By Tamera Lenz MuenteFirst PlaceRose EdinVenice, Florida • Edin composed her award-winning watercolor while conducting a plein air workshop in Egypt.
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.