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Painting realistic skin tones

Painting Realistic Skin Tones with Watercolor

A Guide to Painting People with Personality Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, we’ve all been there. You decide to add a person to your watercolor piece, but you can’t quite get it right. It ends up missing something, not looking realistic or as you imagined. An oval with a flat wash of color has […]

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How to Judge Your Own Artwork

When peacocks are hatched, they are ugly grey balls of fluff. When you snap a Polaroid, it is grey, then murky, washed out. When a baker puts a cake in the oven, it is runny, mealy, and inedible. A great burgundy goes into the bottle as grape juice. When a marathoner crosses the finish line, […]

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how to be great sketch

How to Be Great

You’ve probably heard of “The 10,000 hour rule”. Malcolm Gladwell popularized it in Outliers —  in which he posits that it takes that long to become expert at any skill. Gladwell’s distillation of the science behind “rule” has been debunked since then. Not surprising — our own experience confirms that there’s more to the story. […]

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Danny Gregory

How to Find Your Passion

Let me ask you a personal question: do you have a passion problem?  I’m not asking about your hormonal levels but about your life’s passion.  Money, responsibilities, others’ opinions aside, what do you really want to do with your remaining days? This can be a really hard question for a lot of people to answer. […]

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buying art supplies guide

How to Buy Art Supplies

It’s tempting to think that if we want to make art, we should, of course, begin by shopping. Full of zest, vim and vigor, we resolve to really get in the creative mode and, tail wagging, we prance off to the art supply store. We browse through walls of pens, shelves of sketchbooks, and bins […]

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Where does creativity come from?

Is Creativity Inherited?

Genetics may play a role in creativity, but the choice to make art and be creative matters more.  Creativity in all forms – art, music, writing – is so complex that it’s hard to pinpoint its source. A recent study of humans and song birds revealed that musical ability may, in fact, have a genetic […]

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drawing tips roundup

Draw Tip Tuesday Roundup: May 2020

Helpful drawing tips in just a few minutes with Koosje Koene. Improve your skills and break out those art supplies, join us to learn drawing tips and techniques every week. Draw Tip Tuesdays are short introductions to a style, practice, or tool. From Urban Sketching to Drawing People, India Ink to Watercolors — fill your […]

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drawing tips roundup

Draw Tip Tuesday Roundup: April 2020

Helpful drawing tips in just a few minutes with Koosje Koene. Improve your skills and break out those art supplies, join us to learn drawing tips and techniques every week. Draw Tip Tuesdays are short introductions to a style, practice, or tool. From Urban Sketching to Drawing People, India Ink to Watercolors — fill your […]

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Fill your sketchbook with the contents of your cupboards

5 Ways to Fill Your Sketchbook

Filling an empty sketchbook with all new drawings doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Learn 5 tips to fill a new sketchbook page by page and remember that the drawing you make will always be better than the drawing you didn’t make at all.  Buying a brand new sketchbook can feel so exciting. A new beginning! […]

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one art supply that an artist should have

The One Art Supply Every Artist Needs

Hint: You don’t need much to be creative. Get back to basics with the basic art supplies every artist needs. I know a lot of artists and, no matter their skill level, we all have one thing in common: we hoard art supplies. Visiting an art supply shop (or e-commerce site) is like being a […]

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