5 Tips for Maximizing Land, Sea and Sky That Start with a Bit of QuirkWhen you paint a place, it is so exciting to be able to paint it the way you actually see it — and the way you want others to see it. To embed a mood and personality of your choice into the landscape so it becomes unique to you as the artist?
I’ve always been an ardent fan of the profile portrait drawing. It reminds me of antique cameos, the profiles of emperors stamped on Roman coins, and 18th-century silhouettes. But learning how to draw a face in profile does come with its share of possible missteps, so here are a few portrait-drawing tips to keep in mind.
Mary Whyte’s Portrait Art Tells Our Stories, PowerfullySome artists interpret the nature of beauty quite narrowly. It’s physical and defined in very specific terms. Not for me. I’m inspired by stories of real people — their character, personality and unique walks of life. That’s what makes the kind of beauty that lingers in my mind.
The Power of PastelsThere’s no beating the versatility of pastels for blending the best of the drawing and painting worlds. And when it comes to subject matter, there might not be a better medium if you want to learn to paint flowers.There are some great foundational tools and painting techniques, however, that every pastel artist should know.
Realistic Pet PortraitsIn Drawing Secrets: Realistic Pets with Carrie Stuart Parks, learn how to capture the likenesses of your favorite dogs, step-by-step. Follow along with Carrie while she draws the fluffy fur and sweet expression from start to finish, and pick up the drawing techniques you’ll need for animals of all kinds.
Of the many issues that can arise when working on location, whether to work in shade or full sunlight is one of the most bothersome. Having struggled with this for over 25 years, I have some observations that may prove helpful.Start by analyzing the direction the sunlight will be traveling. It will prove helpful since you’ll be working in the same location for a considerable amount of time.