Tips for Translating Color to Value When Drawing

One of the challenges of drawing is to translate color into values. Can you identify the value of...

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Learning Realistic Art is Like Learning a New Language

A question came in recently about using abstract shapes and straight lines to plan out realistic...

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Tips for Your First Life Drawing Session

Is it awkward to be in a room with a naked person? What materials should you bring? Should you...

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Why do artists draw nude models?

For nearly 25 years, I've been in the practice of drawing nude models. Sometimes I forget that...

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5 Reasons You Should Copy a Master Portrait Painting

Art students and amateurs alike have been copying the works of masters for centuries. Some...

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Should you study anatomy, general drawing, or life drawing first?

Recently I received a question by email that I think a lot of us have had at some point: Does it...

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What's the Difference Between Alla Prima and Indirect Painting?

It's said that painting approaches can fall into one of two categories: Alla Prima (also known...

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Painting Landscapes with Atmosphere

I love how atmospheric perspective can make orange look purple and green appear blue in the...

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How to Get Yourself to Create

Do you want to draw or paint, but find yourself floundering when you finally have time, only to...

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Understanding Blue: Mixing Navy and Turquoise

Have you tried to mix a blue, only to go back and forth between it being too dark and too gray?...

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A Flexible Life Drawing Method in Charcoal

This is the 3 step life drawing method that my students learn in class and that I...

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How to Paint Realistic Hair in Oil

Painting hair is a big challenge, and you're going to learn the 3 Secrets of Painting Hair...

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