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Drawing Diffusion and Occlusion: Shadow Edges

By Paul Heaston
Shadow EdgesA truly successful representational drawing is all about getting the shadows right. For something to look three-dimensional enough to leap off the page, the shadows need to present the object as we would encounter it in real life-- especially at the edges. A hard shadow edge can flatten a round object or make the light falling on an object seem much too harsh. Let’s take a look at the basics of how shadows work, and the best ways to take on the edges. Read more »

Drawing from Photographs: Tips and Tricks

By Paul Heaston
Drawing from PhotographsWhile most artists agree it’s best to work from the real thing whenever possible, sometimes circumstances dictate that we must draw from a photograph. Maybe it’s not convenient to sit in one spot and draw, as in a crowded subway station or looking at a glacier from the deck of a cruise ship. Or perhaps the moment you’re trying to capture is too fleeting-- such as a dramatic sunset or a bird in flight. Sometimes only drawing from a photograph will work. Here are some useful tips to help you do just that. Read more »

Free Pattern Friday: Quilts, Knits, Kittens & More

By Craftsy
Free Amigurumi PatternLet's celebrate Friday with a fresh roundup of free patterns created by the best independent designers from around the world. From an adorable children's dress, to a playful puppies quilt, amigurumi kittens and more, download your favorite free patterns now! Read more »

Enhance Your Paintings with the Dry Brush Technique

By Paul Heaston
Dry Brush PaintingDry brush painting is the art of using very little paint on your brush. Or in the case of water-based media, very little paint and water to create a scratchy, “scraped-across” brush stroke in your painting. It’s a technique that can be used for an entire painting, but it’s also perfect for creating texture in small areas of a non-dry brush painting. Enjoy a step-by-step tutorial to get you started dry brush painting. Read more »

One-Point Perspective: Drawing a Room

By Paul Heaston
Drawing a RoomUntil artists figured out perspective, there was no accurate system for drawing architecture or other geometric space. In fact, linear perspective was only discovered about 500 years ago, long after humans had figured out algebra and geometry. Drawing in 1-point perspective is one of those things that seems complicated if you’ve never done it before, but if you follow a set of simple rules, it’s actually quite easy. Read more »

How Less Can Be More: Limited Palette Oil Painting

By Paul Heaston
Limited Palette PaintingSometimes the most effective paintings are the ones that do a lot with only a few colors. These are called limited palette paintings, and you might be surprised at just how many successful paintings use only a minimal palette. Let’s take a look at some examples. Read more »

Why So Serious: Tips for Drawing Expressive Faces

By Paul Heaston
Drawing Expressive FacesWe’ve explored how to draw a head and how to draw facial features. That’s all great information, but what if you want to draw somebody a bit more emotional and animated? So much of what we are thinking and how we are feeling is communicated just through our facial expressions. Here are some valuable tips for drawing expressive faces. Read more »

2-Point Perspective: Understanding Space

By Paul Heaston
2-Point PerspectiveUnderstanding perspective is fundamental to depicting space in a drawing. Whether you’re working on a landscape or a still-life, knowing the rules of 2-point perspective in particular can be the difference between drawing a believable, realistic space and creating a space that just doesn’t work. Here are some useful guidelines and tips to help you understand and master drawing in 2-point perspective. Read more »

Inspiration from the Figure Masters: Figurative Artists

By Paul Heaston
Figurative ArtistsDrawing and painting the human figure has a long and storied tradition, dating from when we first painted on cave walls to the present day. It’s the bread and butter of any representational artist who wants to develop his or her skill set and it’s also an end unto itself. We’ve already seen some tips on figure drawing. Now let’s take a look at some of the great Masters’ figurative art for inspiration. Read more »

Introducing Online Fine Art Classes from Craftsy

By Craftsy
Online Fine Art ClassesAs a valued Craftsy blog reader, we wanted you to know about something we’ve been excitedly developing behind the scenes for months. After many hours working with talented art instructors from around the world, we're thrilled to debut our first six Fine Art classes on the platform you love. Read more »