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The Eyes Have It: Tips for Drawing Realistic Eyes

By Paul Heaston
Drawing Realistic EyesThe eye is probably the most challenging facial feature to draw for a variety of reasons. The most important thing to remember about drawing realistic eyes is to draw what you see, not what you know. Every person’s eye is different and no visual formula, even if it’s more sophisticated than the one above, can substitute for the real thing. That said, there are a few things you’ll notice most eyes have in common. Read more »

Drawing What You See: The Art of Representational Drawing

By Paul Heaston
Representational DrawingRepresentational drawing is the art of drawing realistically; in other words, making your drawing resemble the real world as closely as possible. Whether you are drawing from a photograph or from life, this can be very challenging, but it doesn’t need to be. Here are some basic tips to help you make amazing representational drawings! Read more »

Now Featuring: How to Draw Facial Features

By Paul Heaston
Drawing Facial FeaturesWe’ve already talked about the basics of drawing a head. But the facial features are what makes a head unique and give it character. Facial features are the cues we use to recognize the people we know, and the way we remember new faces, so they are extremely important to any effective portrait. Here are some simple tips everyone should know about drawing those facial features just right. Read more »

Breaking the Law: Mixed Media Painting Techniques

By Paul Heaston
Mixed Media Painting Techniques“Mixed media” is one of those impressive and intimidating-sounding art techniques that sounds more complicated than it actually is. When a work is “mixed media,” all that really means is more than one form of art media was used. While that could mean something as simple as mixing pencil and watercolor, most people use the term to refer to combining media that are not so closely or commonly associated. There are an infinite number of ways to combine media, but here are a few basic techniques and combinations to help you get started! Read more »

Flower Power: Sketching Flowers

By Paul Heaston
Sketching FlowersSketching flowers remains a quintessential part of drawing a still life. Van Gogh did it, Monet did it, even Warhol did it. Sketching flowers is easy if you follow these simple tips. Plus, a beautiful sketch will last a lot longer than whatever’s in your bud vase right now. Read more »
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Enhance Your Work With the Right Paintbrushes

By Paul Heaston

With the huge selection of paintbrushes available, picking the perfect one can be challenging. What kind of brush is really best for watercolors? For oils or acrylics? Here’s a quick overview to help you sort through the chaos and find the brush for you.

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Discover The Great Watercolor Artists

By Paul Heaston

Watercolor is one of the simplest forms of painting around. If you find yourself in need of some watercolor inspiration, here’s a look at some of the true masters of watercolor over the years.

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Discover the Secrets to Capturing a Likeness in a Portrait

By Paul Heaston
Capturing a Likeness in a PortraitCapturing the likeness of a person is maybe the most challenging part of drawing or painting a portrait. Even if you’re very skilled, there are many times you’ll create something that looks convincingly like a person, just not the person you’re trying to depict. What’s the secret? Read more »