An eraser may seem like a small part of your big project, but it plays a significant role in bringing out the final shape of your drawing. Especially if you are working with charcoals and graphite, an eraser is your go-to problem solver in the initial stages of learning. Not all erasers are created equal,
Have you ever wondered looking at a Rembrandt that how come some people can draw immaculately while there are others like you who can’t even manage to draw a straight line on a piece of paper? We have all been there. Man drew even before he learned to speak or write, as evident from the
For the beginning oil painter, perhaps the least intimidating way to familiarize oneself with the medium and tools used in oil painting is to concentrate on simple alla prima techniques. Alla prima painting covers a wide range of styles, and is basically everything except glazing. It is painting quickly, loosely, and usually quite simply.
Drawing is not a separate activity from drawing, but rather, the skills one acquires in learning how to draw are foundational to painting. This is true not only from the perspective of learning how to accurately depict forms and making things look the way you want them to, but also in terms of making
Glazing is the technique used by the great masters of the Renaissance. In glazing, thin coats of paint are layered one on top of another so that the colors underneath are still visible. Think of glazing as stacking pieces of colored glass on top of another. It is slow, because each layer needs to
Alla Prima painting, roughly translated “all at once,” is the fastest way to paint in oils. It includes a wide range of variations, all of which involve direct painting as opposed to mixing thin layers of transparent colors and then glazing one color over another. In alla prima painting, your goal is to work
Knife painting is probaby the most fun way to paint in oils. It’s a fast, direct painting approach that uses a palette knife (or, more commonly, knives), to put down the paint in interesting ways that showcase the textural quality of oil paints and the rough canvas support. You can buy palette knives in
Learning how to make life-like portraits begins with accurate shapes and ends with realistic lighting. There’s more to lighting than simply finding highlights and shadows. As this illustration of a simple white mug shows, light plays on the surface of a three-dimensional object in ways you might not expect. Careful observation is the key
Have you ever wondered how some artists get those absolutely perfect lines in their drawings? Not just straight lines, but razor-sharp curves, dead on accurate shapes and even tiny white lines? The answer is that there’s nothing special about the artist, it’s all a matter of know-how and tools. You can have those lines
The first step to learning how to draw is preparing a place to draw and getting your supplies together. At the most basic level, this simply means finding pencil, paper, an eraser, and a flat surface to draw against. But a quick discussion of the basic implements to use may help to get you started.