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Oil Painting Tips

Painting with oils is a favorite among artists, both in history and the modern era. There’s something about the versatility of these paints and the different techniques used that create such beautifully unique pieces and truly allow one’s self-expression to shine through. Whether you’re just starting out with oils or are working to hone your… Read More

Watercolor Painting Tips

Watercolors have a reputation of being a very fun and carefree art medium. But some artists will say that it was not always that way. Watercolors can be tricky, often uncontrollable and unpredictable—but in the best way possible. If you’re ready to tackle the beast that is watercolor painting, here are some tips to help:… Read More

Your Guide to the Basic Skills of Drawing

Every artist, no matter the skill level, should be well-versed in the basics of drawing. Refining your drawing skills and expanding your knowledge on the art form will not only help you to create new and exciting pieces, but also help you to explore other mediums as well. The basic skills of drawing: Perception It’s… Read More

What are the Five Elements of Shading?

When people look at drawings and remark at how realistic they look, it usually has everything to do with the shading. Pencil shading requires the artist to consider every stroke, in order to properly recreate how light hits an object. Read on for the five elements of shading which will help you create your most… Read More

Oil Painting for Beginners: Step-By-Step Guide

More than ever, art is being touted as one of the most effective and healing ways to express one’s creativity and emotions. Over time, artists’ works have told the stories of the generations in which they lived in. And oil paintings are some of the most well-known and coveted masterpieces in history. Painting with oils… Read More

What is the Difference Between Oil Paints and Acrylic Paint?

There are several different types of paints in the world of art, each with their own special areas of expertise. Depending on what you are trying to create and the ancillary tools you plan to use, it’s important to understand the purpose and intricacies of the paint you work with. Acrylic vs. oil paint Let’s… Read More

7 Tips to Improve Drawing Skills

Artists draw at all different skill levels.  For some, drawing is their specialty. For others, it is simply a part of many types of art forms used in their work. No matter your level of drawing, one can always improve. Who knows—you may end up finding the true sketch artist within, or simply enjoy witnessing… Read More

The Art of Composition with Painting and Drawing

Contrary to popular belief, an understanding and knack for composition is not simply bestowed on each of us when we pick up our first drawing or painting utensil. In fact, it’s an understanding that we must grow and cultivate over time, as we draw more and learn more about art. Instead of presenting composition as… Read More

College Prep: How to Build an Impressive Art Portfolio

College prep time is upon us. The deadlines for some college applications are quickly approaching, and many (if not all) of these universities, depending on the program, will request an art portfolio as part of your application process. Here are a few tips to ensure that you build an art portfolio that gets noticed! Show… Read More

How to Find Your Unique Art Style

Famous artists always have a thing. A style that permeates their work and leaves a mark with their name on it. But for new artists, it can be difficult to find what that thing is for themselves. When it comes to finding your art style, it can take a while to find what’s unique to… Read More