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How to Paint Animal Fur - by Jason Morgan
How to Paint Animal Fur
Jason Morgan shows us how to achieve detailed animal portraits, without painting every hair. Nothing can prepare you for meeting your first elephant; on foot in the hot, dry bush. Moments such as these get your heart racing and your adrenaline pumping. But more importantly for me as an artist, the details and feelings of the moment become ingrained in my subconscious. view full tutorial here
The Creation of Nirvana by Bala Subramanian
The Creation of Nirvana - Tutorial
I created this portrait using CS2 and Wacom-Intuos tablet. It took approx 60 hours to paint the image from the scratch to final. This tutorial was published in the digital showcase book called "Art Squared " from rage publications, UK. I hope you all like it. view full tutorial here
Eight Ways to Creatively Promote Your Art by Kristen Clark
Eight Ways to Creatively Promote Your Art
Creativity applies to more than just art; it also applies to the business side of art - generating sales. In the absence of an agent, I need to promote myself and my work, and I need to do this on a daily basis. The reality is that no matter how good my art may be I still need to create my own "buzz." Fortunately, there are a variety of activities that can be easily managed in this effort, and those activities can be tailored to each artist's unique style and preference. view full article here
What is Encaustic Painting?
What is Encaustic Painting?
Encaustic is considered one of the most ancient painting mediums in the world. The word "encaustic" comes from the Greek encaustikos, "to burn in," referring to the process of fusing the layers of paint together. The oldest surviving use is the famous Fayum portraits painted on tombs from Roman Egypt around 100-350 A.D. After disappearing for much of history, it was revived in the 1950s by Jasper Johns, who is often considered the father of contemporary encaustic paintings. view full article here
7 Top Tips For Increasing Your Imagekind Sales - By Andrew Gibson
7 Top Tips For Increasing Your Imagekind Sales
This article is based on my interviews with best selling Imagekind photographers. You've put some photos or artwork up for sale on Imagekind (or a similar site), and now you're wondering why you haven't sold many (or maybe even any) yet. Or perhaps you've already achieved some success and now you're hungry for more. I interviewed two of Imagekind's best selling photographers. My mission: to find out exactly how they achieved their success. Read on to find out what I learned. view full article here
Art Materials Safety - By Edward Kinnally
Art Materials Safety
Many art materials produced today are safe to use, but only if reasonable precautions are taken. Artists' materials may contain volatile solvents, lead, harmful dust, or other toxic substances. As an example cadmium is an extremely toxic metal found in today's oil paints (cadmium red, cad yellow, etc.). Lead, arsenic, chromium, silica dust, etc., can also be found in selected art materials. These art supplies can be purchased but with the caveat that their availability in the marketplace assumes proper... view full article here
Two-Point Perspective - By Richard Kennedy
Two-Point Perspective, Depth, and Accuracy
by Richard Kennedy
Two-point perspectives differ from one-point perspectives in their use of a second vanishing point. They also differ in another way: two-point perspectives never have horizontal lines. All lines except verticals are drawn to a vanishing point. Their are many ways to draw two-points, the best methods being ones we can easily remember and apply to the design process with relative quickness. We will study the measuring point method of setting up a two-point perspective. view full tutorial here
Matching Colors - By Bill Martin
Matching Colors
by Bill Martin
A rainbow gives us pure examples of the basic colors of the visible world. The rainbow's colors are, in order, red-violet, red, red-orange, orange, yellow-orange, yellow, yellow-green, green, blue-green, blue-violet and violet. When this order of colors is formed into a circle we have the color wheel. The color wheel is an essential tool for matching colors. The wheel is arranged with yellow, the lightest value color at the top and violet, the darkest value color at the bottom. view full tutorial here
Oil Painting from Start to Finish - By Patrick Hiatt
Oil Painting from Start to Finish
by Patrick Hiatt
Over the next few days I will post the step by step progress of a paint from sketch to finished work. New shipment of gesso panels expected tomorrow so I will begin Tuesday. This is definitely an experiment and everyone should know I always fear disaster. Some paintings end soon after they begin. I hope you enjoy. This might be fun. The title of this piece is "Scriptorium Apprentice" and it is oil on hardboard panel. view full tutorial here
How to Use Layers - By Rolando Cyril
How to Use Layers
by Rolando Cyril
The software used in 2D computer graphics can model multiple layers. The ordering is usually defined by a single number. For this complex tutorial, I chose to work on an old drawing that I created in November, 2004, using the same method. "Silent Prayers" is one drawing that combines many different layer properties and quite and interesting perspective. view full tutorial here
Painting Realistic Eyes - By Linda Bergvist
Painting Realistic Eyes
by Linda Bergkvist
Linda Bergkvist, renowned in the digital arts community for her gorgeous portrayal of characters, shows us step by step how she paints realistic eyes. The eye is probably the most catching thing about the human face. It's where we're looking when we're talking to people. It's where tears emerge from; it's where we indicate what we're looking at and often what we're thinking about. If you've painted beautifully but the eyes look dead, you've not painted a human - you've painted a mannequin. view full tutorial here
Painting Heads by Ron Lemen
Skin Tones - Painting Heads
by Ron Lemen
Ron Lemen is a master painter. He has worked in the entertainment and illustration industry for more than 16 years. Ron and his wife Vanessa are currently teaching an assortment of drawing and painting classes, both traditional and digital, at Studio 2nd Street, and have developed a solid place in the community of Encinitas, participating in a variety of local art events held throughout the year. view full tutorial here
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