In the spring 2008 issue of Workshop magazine, Colorado artist Ron Hicks discussed how breaking down his subjects into shapes, and capturing gradations of light in each, allow him to create the moody figurative and interior work he is best known for. Here we present his demonstration Noelle With a Black Dress.
In the February 2010 issue of Watercolor Artist Anne Abgott demonstrates her process for mingling colors directly on the paper to create wonderful color mixtures, rather than pre-mixing colors on the palette. In this free, downloadable guide you’ll find the artist’s favorite color recipes for mingling dazzling greens, rich reds and other gorgeous colors.
Never throw away failed watercolor paintings. Those pieces couldturn out to be resources for new collages, either asbackgrounds or as enhancements to watermedia paintingsthat need a lift. Revisit your archives now andthen—especially when you’re stuck—to find somethingyou can resurrect as a collage. At the very least, you canpractice collage layering and glazing techniques withoutendangering your current work-in-progress.
There are several benefits to using photo references for still life art, be it in oil, watercolor, colored pencil, or any medium. As we know, the beauty of a flower is temporary and so it helps to photograph it at its peak of beauty. And if your subject is a flower in an outdoor setting, taking a photo for reference allows you to control the lighting, giving it soft or dramatic shadows.
There’s a romantic side to art that is what lures so many to create: the idea of expressing yourself with drawing ideas, of recreating a meaningful image or scene, or of tapping into “the zone” and peacefully drawing or painting to your heart’s content. And then there’s the academic side. It’s point A in your journey, as this is where you learn the drawing techniques that others before you have mastered.
Learn about working with water-soluble pencils from Kristy Ann Kutch, author of Drawing and Painting With Colored Pencil (Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, New York).by Kristy Ann KutchWater-soluble colored drawing products include: 1) watercolor pencils and woodless pencils, which have cores of watercolor pigment blended with binders 2) water-soluble ink-type pencils, which are used like watercolor pencils but which are more permanent and staining and 3) watercolor crayons or water-soluble waxy stick-type products.