An Artist's Guide to Colour Schemes Jul 04, 2022

You've decided to make your next piece of art. And this one is going to be with a coloured medium.

You'd like to make full use of your artistic licence and come up with your own unique mix of colours - rather than being a slave to the reference photograph and copying the colours...

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Pastel Painting and Your Health Jun 20, 2022

Pastels create dust and, when inhaled, there are some concerns amongst the artist community that it can be harmful.

The worry is that dust particles can settle in the respiratory system and, over time, potentially cause problems. Some pigments may also be toxic (as is the case with other mediums...

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How to Stretch Watercolour Paper Jun 03, 2022

By Bob Davies

If you apply watercolour paint (or water) to a dry sheet of paper, it will expand where it's wet and you end up with paper that is warped and buckled, instead of nice and flat.

It's impossible to paint on printer or copier paper for this reason - look at the...

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A Complete Guide to Choosing An Easel May 05, 2022

By Bob Davies

So you're fed up working with your paper or canvas flat on the kitchen table because it hurts your back leaning over it, whether you're standing or sitting?

And you're trying to work in your own shadow?

Or you're in full flow but then have to move everything as the table needs to be...

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A Guide To Buying Pastels May 05, 2022

This guide covers the different types of pastels available and which ones you might want to consider starting with. I’m assuming you’re either a newcomer or early on in your pastel painting adventure and my aim is to save you from lots of tedious research and wasted money on equipment...

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How to Use The Enveloping Method for Better Proportions Mar 18, 2022

The enveloping method helps you to draw proportions more accurately and is often used in figure drawing. In this lesson, I take you through a drawing of a simple figure using a white charcoal pencil on a black piece of paper.

However, you can follow the first half of the lesson (the envelope...

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Free Pen & Ink Lesson: Drawing A Skull Mar 16, 2022

Learn how to draw a human skull in pen and ink with this in-depth drawing tutorial. 

Materials List

Pen: I used Sakura Pigma Micron pens - a couple of small nibs and a brush pen (more like a felt pen for large areas of black). Any brand will do, such as Faber-Castell, who do a set of 6 pens...

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Free Pencil Drawing Lesson: Boat On A Shore Mar 16, 2022

In this pencil drawing lesson, I take you through the steps to re-create this landscape scene of a small boat resting on a shore. 

Materials List

1. Paper: I used Strathmore Bristol Board (Vellum surface, which has more tooth than the Smooth surface). But any drawing or sketching paper will...

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A Guide to Pastel Papers Mar 14, 2022

Surface choices in most mediums are so varied nowadays that it can become a bit overwhelming. Pastel papers and surfaces are no exception!

Fortunately, we can simplify things a lot by looking at the main categories and skimming over the more obscure or expensive that I wouldn’t recommend...

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Five Coloured Pencil Techniques That Will Improve Your Next Drawing Mar 11, 2022

I'd like to share with you five techniques and tips that form the backbone of my approach to drawing with coloured pencils.

I think drawing with coloured pencils is often made far more complicated than it needs to be. Especially for newcomers!

I've seen artists making dozens of complex...

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