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Drawing Basics: Get In That Box!

Head of 12-year-old Christ by Albrecht Dürer,drawing, 1506.Adapted from an article by Dan Gheno.As you know from my previous blog about needing a GPS to draw heads–because I get more lost in the eyes, ears, mouth, and nose than youd think would ever be possible–I am on the lookout for any kind of aid or tricks or artistic voodoo that can set me on the right path.
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Techniques and Tips

Pastels: How to Paint Clouds

“Painting clouds is my favorite thing to do,” says Janenne Behl. Here, she gives a step-by-step demonstration on how to paint clouds in this pastel landscape.Making Clouds MoveBy Jannene Behl Composition1. To create the composition, I pencil in the abstract shapes on UArt, La Carte or Wallis sanded paper.
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Beginner: Drawing Materials, the Basics

By Bob BahrHere are the basic art materials drawing.DrawingGraphite pencilsA graphite pencil usually consists of a long, thin cylinder of graphite enclosed in a hexagonal wooden sleeve–the standard pencil. The graphite in a pencil has clay in it to make the graphite more cohesive. The higher the clay content, the harder the lead in the pencil.
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The Potent Power of Using Colored Paper

How many of us are guilty of automatically grabbing a white sheet of paper on which to draw?I’ve heard that it can be less intimidating to begin a new piece with a colored substrate that already has color to it. It’s like having a friend greet you at a party rather than walking into a room full of strangers.
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Photoshop | A Tool for Artist Garry Kaye

Using Photoshop to manipulate, blur and zoom in on his photo reference, artist Garry Kaye meticulously renders the landscape in acrylics one tiny square inch at a time.By BJ ForemanArtist Garry Kaye, who uses Photoshop to help him create beyond-photorealistic, detailed landscapes in acrylic, says his challenge with Apple Tree (below; acrylic, 36×48) was to create depth when using predominant greens.
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Drawing

Developing a Narrative Theme for an Oil Painting

Sketch for Leaves of Grass, an oil painting in progress by Patricia Watwood.For a while now, I have been exploring narrative themes. Ives Gammell called “poetical pictures.” In the 19th century, this was commonly referred to as “history painting”, but by history they did not just mean world events as we define the term.
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