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Drawing a Child’s Face: Mastering Proportions

By Paul Heaston
Child and Adult ProportionsIf you've drawn faces before, you know there are a lot of differences between a child's face and an adult's. It can be a challenge to make sure that a young person's face seems young or an older person's face appears old, especially when there aren't a lot of noticeable age-related characteristics, like wrinkles or facial hair. Proportion is the most important concept to consider when drawing a child's face. Here are some tips to help you better understand how proportion can help you when drawing children. Read more »

In the Fold: Tips for Painting Draped Fabric in Watercolor

By Paul Heaston
Painting Fabric with WatercolorAny watercolorist is bound to encounter the challenge of painting fabric eventually, either on a figure, in the built environment or as part of a still life. The key to painting draped fabric is thinking about shape, shadow and texture. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you master painting fabric in watercolor. Read more »

Conquering the Coiffure: Keys to Drawing Realistic Hair

By Paul Heaston
Drawing HairDrawing realistic hair can seem daunting because we artists sometimes get caught up in just how many strands of hair we can see, and lose sight of the big picture. The key to drawing great hair is to think about shape and value, and not always the finest details. Here's a tutorial to help you draw realistic hair. Read more »

Understanding Atmospheric Perspective: Painting Air

By Paul Heaston
Drawing Atmospheric PerspectivePerspective is all about creating the illusion of space. An understanding of atmospheric perspective can make the difference between a good landscape painting and a great one. Let’s take a look at atmospheric perspective in action. Read more »

Drawing Media: Which Essentials Are You Missing?

By Paul Heaston
Drawing MediaDrawing is a crucial skill for nearly every visual artform. Since every artist draws, every artist should have a good working knowledge of the essentials of drawing media. Whether you prefer charcoal over pencil or a vinyl eraser over a kneaded eraser, it’s important to know what’s out there so you can build your ultimate drawing toolkit. Discover the options here. Read more »

Explore the Painting Techniques of Francis Bacon

By Paul Heaston
Francis Bacon Painting TechniquesFrancis Bacon was one of the most original and independent voices in 20th Century painting. His non-traditional approach to both the medium of oil paint and to the temporal qualities of portraiture have been called “disturbing” and “dreadful” by some, but he has nonetheless changed contemporary painting. If you’re not familiar with the paintings of Francis Bacon, here’s an overview of his work and techniques. Read more »
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Hatching and Cross Hatching: 6 Basic Forms

By Paul Heaston

One of the most important tools you can have at your disposal as an artist is a strong knowledge of hatching. Let’s take a look at six basic forms of hatching and crosshatching and the advantages of each.

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Dividing Space in Perspective Tutorial

By Paul Heaston
Dividing Space in PerspectiveOne of the trickiest parts of drawing in perspective is figuring out how far apart regularly-spaced objects should be. If you’ve ever tried to draw windows on a building, the arches under a bridge, or telephone poles along a road, you’ve encountered this problem. Regularly-spaced objects should get closer together the closer they are to the horizon line, but how do you determine how close? Here’s the best way to solve the conundrum of dividing space in perspective. Read more »