Beginners

Determining and Placing the Focal Point in a Painting

0710comp4_600x438 Deciding where to place the elements in a painting can be difficult, but the decisions are crucial to creating a successful piece.

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An Introduction to Color Theory

0709itten1_250x253In the early 20th century, Johannes Itten’s theories on color changed the way artists and scientists viewed the spectrum of colors in the world around them. Here, we outline some of Itten’s basic tenets—many of which are still employed by artists today.

Learn more about color theory and other art terms with our online glossaries.

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Drawing Logic: Getting Depth Into Your Drawings

0707depth2_502x600_2Here are some ways to give depth to your drawings.

Have more questions about how to get depth into your paintings? Ask your fellow artists on our message board, Artists' Forum.

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Setting Up for Plein Air Painting

0708pleinair2_600x400_2The joy and excitement of plein air painting is worth the extra effort required to paint comfortably outside. Here, we address common problems and experiences artists face when first working outdoors.

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How to Prepare a Canvas for Oil Painting

0707canvasprep1_178x80The method for preparing a canvas varies from artist to artist. This is primarily because there are several options to choose from in every phase of preparation. Here, we outline the choices available so that you can confidently begin to work in oil.

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The Basics of Watercolor Paints Part II

0706wcbasics01_532x667Selecting a palette of colors often means limiting the choices, making studies, and experimenting along the way.

Also refer to "Color Theory: The Basics," and chat with fellow artists about color mixing in all media on our message board, Artists' Forum.

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Drawing Logic: Perspective Basics

0705drperspective4_300x450_2A knowledge of the three major perspective systems will allow you to create a convincing space in your drawing. Check out this primer on the subject.

Have questions about how to use perspective? Ask them on our message board, Artists' Forum.

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Understanding Anatomy: Drawing the Leg

0704drleg1_450x300To use the legs expressively in his or her own work, an artist has to be able to draw them from a multitude of positions and every possible angle. Here's a quick overview of the anatomy of the human leg.

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The Basics of Watercolor Paints Part I

0704wc1basics1_449x600Knowing how watercolor paints are classified, and how the colors appear on paper and differ among manufacturers, is the critical first step for any watercolor artist. Here’s what you need to know.

Also refer to "Color Theory: The Basics," and chat with fellow artists about color mixing in all media on our message board, Artists' Forum.

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In Focus

John P. Smolko: 70th Anniversary Competition Grand Prize Winner

0712smol70oe1_600x598_20712logo70_525x515 John P. Smolko won the Grand Prize—a new MetroShed, furnished by Blick Art Materials, for use as a stand-alone studio—for his imaginative colored pencil piece, Homage to Klimt (The Virgin). Read more about the artist, and view five online exclusive drawings.

Read about the semifinalists in each category, and vote, by October 30, for the Readers' Choice competition winner on our message board, Artists' Forum.

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