Want to know 10 amazing facts about about the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky? Starting with his early life in Moscow and Odessa, he moved to Law School and became a Law professor. But by the time he was 30 he had left teaching and moved to Germany to become an artist. Training in Munich, he […]

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Create Depth using Colour Pencils This art tutorial covers how to draw a landscape using coloured pencils. It explains how to sketch out the initial drawing very lightly and colour the background in very light tones. I also show how to draw things very simply in the background to contrast with the detail of the […]

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Acrylic Painting Tips Keeping Acrylic Paints Workable: Because acrylics dry so fast, squeeze only a little paint out of a tube. If you’re using a ‘normal’ plastic palette invest in a spray bottle so you can spray a fine mist over the paint regularly to keep it moist. ‘Stay-wet’ palettes – where the paint sits […]

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In this art tutorial I’m going to show you how to use coloured (colored) pencils to draw a red pepper. I start by explaining how to outline the drawing before concentrating on the dark tones first. It really is amazing how cool tones will make dark areas of the drawing recede and warmer tones will […]

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Coloured Pencils – Basics This art tutorial covers the basics of how to draw with coloured pencils. I explain how to draw with coloured pencils from the very basic techniques of shading to bending. Blending colours together to create soft gradations of tone is an important step to learn. It is also useful to understand […]

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Colour creates Mood Claude Monet was a master at using colour. He was always looking for the special effects light could have on the environment because it added a special element to his paintings.  We have to remember that colour is not a natural phenomenon. It follows a set of rules like gravity. It is […]

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One of the things that distinguishes one artist from another is their palette – the colours they use to create their paintings. It is often a good idea to limit your palette to just a few colours, I would suggest five. The reason is twofold, one you really have to learn and be creative with […]

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Understanding Colour It doesn’t matter whether you are using watercolour, acrylic, oil or pastel if you do not understand how colour works.  Understanding colour is fundamental when you mix colours together, you are never going to produce a really successful painting. The first essential is to get hold of a colour wheel and look at […]

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