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Beginner Drawing: Linear Perspective: The Basics
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Beginner Drawing: Linear Perspective: The Basics

It is critical for artists of all levels to understand and feel comfortable using linear perspective.by Stephanie KaplanUnderstanding linear perspective is important for all artists, beginners included, regardless of their medium or subject matter, as the concept of linear perspective has revolutionized the way artists perceive and incorporate spatial depth in their work.

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Beginners Drawing: Making Better Lines, Making Lines Better

Line has been around for a long time. Ever since the prehistoric era, when that first artist picked up a lump of wood ash from a spent campfire and outlined a hand on the cave wall, lines have described forms of all types–human, animal, and landscape. And when joined with softer, smudged tones known as value masses, you have a combined unstoppable force–except, perhaps, by a good eraser.
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Beginners: Watercolor Materials, the Basics

WatercolorWatercolor pigment is sold in cakes, tubes, and pencils. Watercolor pencils permit an artist to draw one moment and brush on a plane of color the next.Watercolor paperWatercolor paper is sold in pound weights that reflect how much a ream (about 500 sheets) would weigh. Typical weights for watercolor paper are 90, 140, 200, 300, and 400 pounds.
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Beginner Drawing: Linear Perspective: The Basics

It is critical for artists of all levels to understand and feel comfortable using linear perspective.by Stephanie KaplanUnderstanding linear perspective is important for all artists, beginners included, regardless of their medium or subject matter, as the concept of linear perspective has revolutionized the way artists perceive and incorporate spatial depth in their work.
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Beginner: Drawing Materials, the Basics

By Bob BahrHere are the basic art materials drawing.DrawingGraphite pencilsA graphite pencil usually consists of a long, thin cylinder of graphite enclosed in a hexagonal wooden sleeve–the standard pencil. The graphite in a pencil has clay in it to make the graphite more cohesive. The higher the clay content, the harder the lead in the pencil.
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Beginners: The Basics of Watercolor Paints Part I

Knowing 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.by Christopher WillardWhen it comes to watercolor paints and her students, New Jersey-based artist and teacher Peggy Dressel has seen it all.
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Beginner Oil: Transistioning into Fine Art

Its understood that a career in the visual arts can be personally fulfilling and professionally risky. Thats why most people work secure 9-to-5 jobs and enjoy drawing and painting during evenings and weekends. But those limited hours just arent enough for many people, especially those who need more time for training and practice.
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Beginner Oil: Recommended Books for a Beginning Artists

From the thousands of art-instruction books available, we offer a list of those that have proven beneficial to new artists.by Naomi EkperiginThere are many options available for artists wishing to improve their skills. Here, we offer some of the most popular and helpful books for artists who are just starting to hone their skills and may be unsure of what to choose from all the offerings available.
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Beginner Oil: Determining the focal point of a painting

Deciding where to place the elements in a painting can be difficult, but the decisions are crucial to creating a successful piece.by Naomi EkperiginDeciding where to place the elements in a painting can be difficult, but the decisions are crucial to creating a successful piece. Although there is no single right way to do this, there are specific devices one can employ to draw a viewer’s eye to a point of interest, as well as to create the illusion of objects, people, and places existing in tangible space.
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Beginners: An Introduction to Color Theory

In 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.by Naomi EkperiginIttens original color wheel.
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Beginner Drawing Logic: Getting Depth Into Your Drawings

Here are some ways to give depth to your drawings.by Bob Bahr A Grove of Pine Trees With a Ruined Towerby Claude Lorrain, 1638â??1639, pen and brown ink with brown, gray, and pink wash on white paper, 12â? x 8¾. Collection the British Museum, London, England.Notice how the contrast in the bark of the near trees on the left is more marked than the barkâ?
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Beginner Oil: Setting up for Plein Air painting

The 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.by Naomi EkperiginSince the 19th century, artists have enjoyed the freedom of painting en plein air, and for many it is a staple of their creative process.
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Beginner Oil: Learning to paint safely

Many artists should have knowledge of the safety and health hazards associated with certain media as well as the precautions necessary to avoid these dangers. Here we offer several tips and techniques to help artists avoid the risks associated with prolonged painting.by Naomi EkperiginTo create art that reflects an artist’s vision and message, one must hone several skills: a strong grasp of techniques, knowledge of various tools, and a sense of when to employ them to achieve particular results.
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Beginners: Watercolor Pigments

With the wide range of watercolors available, it is important to know the different formulations to create a palette that best suits your needs.Each side of the table above lists 4 common transparent and opaque pigments.by Naomi EkperiginWatercolor paints are those that use water-soluble, complex carbohydrates as a binder.
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Beginner Oil: Options for Oil Painters

The vast array of materials and tools available to artists can make it difficult to determine which is best for rendering a certain subject. Each has its own benefits, which we outline here.by Naomi EkperiginTraditional Oil Paints The Copper Pot With Eggs and Fruitby Ellen Buselli, 2007,oil on linen, 10 x 14.
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Beginner Oil: A Guide to Entering Art Competitions

Entering one’s work in art competitions can be intimidating, and many find it difficult to choose the best venue for sharing their art with an audience. However, there is more to be gained from entering competitions than prizes and awards.by Naomi EkperiginAs one develops as an artist, it is important to find a network of people who share a similar passion for art.
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Beginner: Drawing Masters

As one studies drawing, it can be useful to learn from masters that came before in order to gain inspiration and find ways of approaching challenges that arise. For those discovering drawing, there are several master draftsmen one can learn from.by Naomi EkperiginPortrait of Madame dHaussonvilleby Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, ca.
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Beginner Drawing: Printmaking: An Introduction

Those daunted by the skills and money needed to operate a large, bulky printing press can still explore a variety of printmaking techniques without the use of a press.by Naomi EkperiginWinged Horse by Gail Ayres, 2003, monotype, 30 x 22.Collection the artist.From etchings to the words of a daily newspaper, for centuries printmaking has enabled people to make copies of images and text and disseminate ideas.
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Beginners: Back to Watercolor Basics

Connecticut artist John Falato primarily paints in oil, but he also enjoys introducing students to the nuts and bolts of watercolor in his exciting, fast-paced beginner classes.August Road1983, watercolor, 21 1⁄8 x16. All artwork this articleprivate collection unlessotherwise indicated.by John A. ParksJohn Falato is a painter of breathtaking range and control.
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Beginner Oil: How to set up a Still Life

Arranging the objects in a still life painting can be as challenging—and enjoyable—as painting the subject matter. Here we offer advice from several still life painters on how to create a visually stimulating setup.Blackware, Papaya, and Melon,by Ellen Buselli, 2007,oil on linen, 10 x 14.All artwork thisarticle private collection.
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Beginner Oil: Oil Painting Materials: The Basics

Oil Painting Techniques for BeginnersPigments and mediumsOil paint is pigment suspended in oil, usually linseed oil. Painters thin oil paints by adding either more oil or a solvent, such as turpentine–or a mixture of both.In addition to linseed, artists use walnut, poppy seed, and safflower oils when painting.
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