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True Colors: Using Color to Convey Emotion in Art

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Drawing, Painting |

Color can be a powerful way to convey emotion in your illustration or fine artwork. It can be used to create a literal mood, such as a blue-grey rainy scene or a bright yellow breakfast nook in a kitchen, but it can also be used more figuratively to subtly evoke emotion through objects and characters. Here's how you can use color to help convey different moods in your next work of art.

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Living on the Grid: Using Grids to Enhance Your Art

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in Drawing, Painting |

Far from instilling a sense of rigidity in artwork, grids help improve by breaking down intimidating imagery into more manageable portions. Learn how to apply grids to your next drawing or painting.

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Learn How to Draw Realistic Flowers Today With Our FREE Mixed Media eGuide!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in Drawing, Painting |

Don't leave your paintings and drawings wilted! With some helpful expert instruction, you can improve your artistic skills today. And, here's the best part — you can do it for FREE! Read on to find out how...

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Deference to the Reference: Using Reference Images to Create Great Art

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Drawing, Painting |

Regardless of the technique, medium or style you choose, reference images are an invaluable tool when creating fine art. They can help us gain factual information about spatial relationships, colors and forms that can help inform and inspire creative works of art, whether the finished product is fine art, pop art, impressionism or magical realism.

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How To Paint a Nighttime Effect With Watercolors

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in Painting |

Have you ever looked at a painting of a night scene and tried to figure out how the artist ever created the effect? How the overall deepening shades of blues and grays suggest nighttime, but through the shadows, the moon and stars are still prominent? Here's how to cast a nighttime effect with watercolors for your own evening creation.

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Crafty and Creative: How to Use Pen and Ink + Collage To Make Amazing Art

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Drawing, Painting |

Pen and ink and collage are respectively wonderful ways of creating art, whether it's a one of a kind fine art creation or a series of illustrations intended for a picture book. But did you know that you can combine them to create truly one of a kind pieces? Here's how!

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