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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 »

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 »

Effortless Watercolor Washes

By Paul Heaston
Watercolor WashAs many of us have found out the hard way, getting a perfectly even watercolor wash can be challenging. Watercolors seemingly have a mind of their own, more so than any other medium. And the more you work into a wash, the more of a disaster it can become. The trick is to let the watercolors do what they are going to do. The less you interfere with the process, the easier it becomes. Here’s a few tips on how to get that perfect watercolor wash. Read more »

Through Thick and Thin: Impasto Painting

By Paul Heaston
Impasto PaintingHave you ever seen a painting that made you want to touch the surface and feel the textures? Chances are you were looking at an impasto painting. Impasto painting is the technique of building thick layers of paint on the surface of a painting. Impasto adds a three-dimensional, almost sculptural quality to a painting, and can be used to create many unique textures and effects. Read more »

Human Eye Drawings from the Masters

By Paul Heaston
Human Eye DrawingWhen it comes to drawing the human eye, there are few better resources than the works of the great masters. If you’re in need of a little inspiration, feast your eyes (pun intended) on these amazing eye drawings. Read more »

Oil in the Family: The Great Oil Portrait Painters

By Paul Heaston
Once oil painting began to gain popularity in the early Renaissance, the oil painted portrait took off, too, and is still going strong. Let's get face to face some of the masters of oil portrait painting. These guys (and gals) are good! Read more »