Category: Art Tips

Ways to Get Your Artwork in a Gallery

Art Gallery at Hunakai Studio

Your artwork is exactly that: a piece in which you worked to create in order to express yourself and your ideas. Though these may only be creations that you made for yourself at first, the world is also waiting to hear your story. Emerging artists often struggle to find the right opportunities to display their… Read More

Oil Painting Tips

tubes of colorful oil paints and brushes

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

watercolor brush strokes

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

Benefits of Working with Mixed Media

Benefits of Working in Mixed Media

When creating a work of art, there are many people who prefer to use a single medium. For example, they will spend all of their time creating their artwork with watercolors and opt against using ink and colored pencils as well. This is not a bad approach to take, but using mixed media can be… Read More

Your Guide to the Basic Skills of Drawing

top view of a city skyscrapers 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

Tips for Drawing Animals

Tips for Drawing Animals

Do you love to draw animals? It can be an incredible experience to sit down and draw a picture of a dog, cat, horse, bear, giraffe, or other animal. Drawing these sorts of figures will allow you to see the intricacies of each animal and gain a better appreciation for them. Hunakai Fine Arts Studio… Read More

What are the Five Elements of Shading?

Pencil Shading Elements

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

oil painting of a cityscape

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

Why Primary Colors Do Matter

Tips on Creating Art

When creating a piece of art, colors are a very important part of it. If you choose to make something bright red as opposed to making it jet black, it will give your artwork a much different feel. There are many different colors for you to choose from when creating art, but the primary colors… Read More

7 Tips to Improve Drawing Skills

different drawing hatching techniques

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

How to Find Your Unique Art Style

Personal Art Styles

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

Why Give a Handmade Gift for the Holiday Season

Why Give a Handmade Gift for the Holiday Season

Oftentimes, the true spirit of the holiday season can get lost in all of the expensive gift giving. The holiday season can also be hard on your budget, which is why you might want to consider creating gifts instead. There are plenty of reasons why you should consider giving handmade gifts this season, regardless of… Read More

Developing an Artist Portfolio

While many hopeful college applicants send in applications to colleges without knowing exactly what they want to do in the future, many students already know what their passion is – art. Aspiring art students understand who they are and who they want to be, but applying to many art schools is a competitive process, where… Read More

Always Carry a Sketchbook

If you’re an artist or a creative type, you know that inspiration can strike at any time, but when it does strike, it’s important to take advantage. That’s why it’s important to always carrying a sketchbook with you wherever you go. Carrying a pad of paper around with you at all times may seem a… Read More

Shooting Steady and Capturing Long-Exposure Photos

Snagging that perfect long-exposure shot can be tricky – getting the shutter speed just right, achieving the perfect stability, and waiting patiently for those extra-long minutes while you let your camera do its thing are rough, but those gorgeous shots are always worth the extra effort. The best way to achieve the perfect long exposure… Read More

Three Simple Tips to Help Overcome Artist Block

It’s not uncommon for each of us to experience an occasional lack of inspiration when it comes to our work. If you’re struggling to conceptualize your next project, it’s safe to say you could be suffering from a little creative block. It happens to the best of us. As artists, we get attached to our… Read More

Tips for Framing Your Masterpieces

So, you have the perfect piece of art ready to hang in your home. Now what? Framing proves as important as the art itself. There are many steps to take before hanging up your artwork as well as a large variety of frames to choose from – or make! Before you frame Matting Matting, which… Read More

Tips for Drawing Portraits

Drawing portraits can become easy over time, but you have to make sure to use the right tools, pencil strokes and symmetry to produce a stunning product. Here are five tips for improving your ability with drawing portraits: Use a basic photocopy/office paper or cheap sketch paper Is your drawing too pale? Maybe the culprit… Read More

A Look at Using Oil Pastels

If you are new to the world of oil pastels, you might not know where to begin. If you’re just starting with the art form, you’ll first need materials. The best way to start out is by using the highest quality pastels you can afford. If you can’t get a whole set, get some individual sticks… Read More

Understanding Paints: Oil, Watercolor and Acrylic

Painting a picture is more than just an idea; it is about what you want to convey to your audience. Using different types of paint can help you create a perfect scene, but you need to know how each of these paints are used and why they are used that way. Below are the three most… Read More

The Use of Color in Impressionism

Impressionism is such a unique painting technique because of the amount of paint used and the way that it brings out the color in the painting. Impressionists were known for their extensive use of complementary colors in order to bring depth to an object and even shadows. This oftentimes made the object in question look… Read More

Colors in Motion

In your daily life everything you see and everything you do has been designed to appeal to your eyes. When you picked out your outfit this morning you chose not to wear the yellow top and orange bottoms because you know those two color choices didn’t go very well together. Our eyes will tell us… Read More

Color Series: The Meaning Behind Purple

Hey there folks, this is the 6th and final installment of the Color Series. Today, we are going to take a closer look at the color purple. “Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.” – Regina Brett Here’s the Scoop on Purple Purple is oftentimes associated with royalty and nobility. As… Read More

Color Series: The Meaning Behind Blue

Welcome back, everyone! This is the 5th installment in the Color Series. Today’s guest color is blue! “The deeper the blue becomes, the more strongly it calls man towards the infinite, awakening in him a desire for the pure and, finally, for the supernatural… The brighter it becomes, the more it loses its sound, until… Read More

Color Series: The Meaning Behind Green

Welcome back! In the fourth installment of the Color Series, we will take a closer look at the color green. “It seems very safe to me to be surrounded by green growing things and water.” – Barbara Kingsolver History of Green The color green is one that can be found everywhere, because it is produced… Read More