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Know Your Types of Pens

By Paul Heaston
When it comes to drawing tools, there are two kinds: those that make a dry mark, such as pencils, charcoal, and pastels, and those that use a liquid ink: the pen family. Because of the unique flowing properties of ink, pens are almost a marriage of drawing and painting. Let's take a look at kinds of pens and what they're best used for. Read more »
Nude Figure Drawing, Done in Charcoal

Introduction to Drawing With Charcoal

By Paul Heaston

When it comes to black and white drawing, no other medium is as rich and satisfying as charcoal. Here's a step-by-step tutorial demonstrating the basics of drawing with charcoal.

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Rules of Thumb: The Art of Drawing Hands

By Paul Heaston
Albrecht Durer's Praying HandsIf there is any other part of the human body that intimidates artists as much as the face, it might be the hands. Drawing hands that look right can be a challenge, particularly because they are deceptively simple in construction. Five fingers and a palm can be shown in so many positions that it helps to understand a bit of the basic anatomy and proportions before beginning. Here's a basic guide to drawing hands that will help you master this tricky body part. Read more »

Getting to Know the Master Impressionists

By Paul Heaston
Monet's It may seem hard to believe these days, but when the first impressionist painters started making work in Paris in the 1870s, they were not well received by the 19th-century art world. Though they faced opposition initially, the power and beauty of the style overcame the objections of a conservative few to become one of the most important art movements of all time. So who were the impressionists? Let's get to know them! Read more »

Fine Art Friday: Masters of the Watercolor Landscape

By Paul Heaston
Watercolor LandscapeWatercolor is a medium that requires patience and dedication to master. Landscape painting is a discipline that requires the same thing. So painters of watercolor landscapes often have a doubly difficult time in their chosen field. If you find yourself in need of a little inspiration, take a look at some watercolor landscapes from the masters. Read more »

Fine Art Friday: Scumbling — An Essential Oil Painting Technique

By Paul Heaston
Lucien Freud's Reflection (Self Portrait)Atmospheric. Translucent. Radiant. Painterly. Chances are if you've ever applied these descriptive terms to an oil painting, you were looking at some of the effects scumbling can give you. Scumbling, a must-have technique in any oil painter's bag of tricks, is where light layers of paint are dry brushed over darker layers. To understand scumbling, let's take a look at some examples. Read more »