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Dry Brush Painting Technique

The great thing about this painting technique is that it can be used with all three main types of paint (acrylics, watercolours and oils). Of the three main types of paint, acrylics and watercolours are probably the best to use this technique with because they dry quite quickly. Because oils take a lot longer to dry, you have to wait a lot longer for the paint to dry before you can blend or brush over strokes you’ve already made.

This technique is really well suited for watercolour paper, especially paper that’s already got quite a rough texture to it. To get the best out of using this technique, it’s suggested that you use a round brush, not a fine point one. By using a round brush, the paint is being spread round more, whereas with a fine point brush, the paint’s going to be applied in lines, which makes this technique’s effects less noticeable.

Make sure your brush is completely dry and is free from any oils or solvents. Load it up with paint, then blot it several times

Watercolour Painting

Colour change

Part of mastering painting with watercolours is being able to get the exact colour you want. One of the problems with watercolours is that, when watercolour paint dries, it always looks a lot paler and lighter when dry; when it’s wet, on the other hand, it’s usually a lot darker. Bear this in mind when creating your painting, so you get the colours you want. If a layer of paint comes out too light, you can always paint another layer on top of it. Get a spare piece of paper and do a few tests to make sure the colour that comes out is the one you want.

Fast drying time

Watercolour paint can dry very fast. When painting with watercolours, you should be prepared to work quickly. You can apply retarders and other mediums to the paint to slow down its drying time, giving you more time to work with the paint before it starts drying off. If you’re thinking of working with paint that dries quickly, it’s a good idea to do a

Beginner 3D Modelers

Don’t Make Haste

While learning this art, it’s not a good idea to make haste. 3D modeling is not as easy as it may sound to you. You need to be patient and you should need to spend plenty of time to learn the tips and tricks.

What you need to do is develop valuable skills bit by bit. These skills will help you down the road. In the start, you don’t have to work on complex projects or you will get frustrated. In the same way, you may not want to overestimate yourself. You should keep walking slowly.

Use Tutorials

You can find lots of 3D modeling tutorials online. You can download manuals, guidelines and videos, which will help you to solve your problems. As a matter of fact, experienced professionals also go for the stuff for assistance when they get stuck.

Modeling Simple Objects

Learning 3D modeling is like learning a language you don’t know the basics of. First of all, you learn the alphabets, diphthongs, short words and then you learn to

Creating Cartoon Drawings

Gag cartoons

‘Gag’ literally means a ‘joke’. Gag cartoons are usually single-paneled cartoon that is used to create fun about people in general. They create humor by the use of overstatements. They are used as a means of entertainment. Sometimes, they are used to highlight and poke fun at the faults or mistakes of humans. The cartoons may be accompanied by a single-sentence caption which may be the spoken words of a character.

Comic strip cartoons

This type of cartoon appears as regular features with known or established characters in newspapers. They are portrayed in series to illustrate or tell a story. Each strip includes a series of panels with the words of characters encased in a balloon. They are published together in one or two pages.

Animated cartoons (Animation)

This is a short, computer drawn cartoons made to appear as if it is hand drawn. They are made in series to create the illusion of movement and action. They are used for cinematography and are produced on audio-video screens. To create animation, each successive drawing in a panel is made to slightly differ from the first one before it to portray the

Learn the Art of Calligraphy

One of the important characteristics of calligraphy you will learn is that letters have thick and thin parts, which are created by the angle by which you hold your pen with a square cut nib. That’s the part of the pen that comes in various sizes, that you dip into ink or paint. You achieve that by the angle you hold the pen consistently when writing your letters. In copperplate calligraphy, the thick and thin parts of letters are created by placing pressure on the pen nib when writing.

Consistency is the most important characteristic- learning the height, width, slant, serifs, branching and other parts of the letters, and then being able to write them that way every time! That’s where studying, observing and practice comes in. It takes getting used to the pen: holding it at the proper pen angle, how hard you are pressing down (don’t press hard or the ink won’t flow!) and even how much ink you put on the nib. And once you learn about forming letters, then you need to learn about what kind of ink or paint, paper, how to rule paper, proper spacing… on and on.

Don’t get

Create Two and Three Compositional Effects In Art

Two and three-dimensional works are much related. For instance, before all three-dimensional works are built and constructed, they are first represented in two-dimensional drawings from various angles and views. This is done to envision how the actual three-dimensional works will look like. Two-dimensional designs give us the platform to analyze and select those aspects of our environment which motivate us to make three-dimensional arts.

The relationship or similarities between two and three-dimensional forms are easily recognized in the identification, selection, and examination of visual information derived from the environment, the exploration and the use of tools and materials in producing artifacts as well as the feeling that arouses in us when we see the finished artwork.

A problem needs to be identified that would require the production of a three-dimensional art form. For example, there is the need of a leather clutch bag to house some items used by an artist. Several observations of both natural and manmade objects found in the environment are made to accrue ideas for the designing of the clutch bag. Through the various stages of idea development of the natural or manmade object selected, several designs are obtained through additions and

Tempera Painting

Tempera paintings appear to have originated in classical times. There are references to this sort of painting throughout Latin, Greek and ancient Egyptian literature. Numerous important works of art were said to have been made using this medium, so it appears that was quite popular with artists of the time. Some examples of tempera painting from antiquity do survive, such as the ‘Severan Tondo,’ which is a portrait of Septimus Severus, the Roman emperor. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, tempera gradually overtook encaustic as the main painting medium. Encaustic painting is the technique of adding heated beeswax to coloured pigments. Tempera painting became wildly popular throughout Europe and Asia and was favoured by many top artists. However, with the advent of oil painting in the 16th century, tempera painting gradually became less popular, though it is still favoured by some and enjoys revivals from time to time.

One of the main properties of tempera paint is that it’s not a flexible painting medium. What this means is that it needs to be applied to solid surfaces; wood panels were commonly used, for example. If it is applied to a softer surface, such as a canvas,

Dusting Paintings

To safely and effectively dust a painting, you should use an artist’s brush with natural hair. The bristles should be soft and, most importantly, completely clean. Never use dust cloths because the threads can be caught by raised bits of paint. Avoid using stiff bristle brushes or feather dusters because these can quite easily scratch the painted surface. You should never dust a painting with anything that’s moist, otherwise you run the risk of the paint becoming discoloured or even falling off the canvas. Finally, ensure that anything with chemicals on it never comes into contact with the painting. If you’ve been using an old cloth to dust a painting, for example, that old cloth may very well have polish on it, which can cause paint to fall away from the painting.

To dust your painting, make sure your painting is propped up and have it leaning forward a bit. By having the painting at a forward angle, the dust is going to fall away from the painting on to the floor. Get your brush and go over the painting slowly, lightly and gently. Either work horizontally or vertically. Once you’ve gone over the painting once, go

Clipping Path

Before going into step by step detail, you must get familiar with terms like ‘pen tool’, ‘anchor points’, ‘handles’, ‘curves’, ‘cones’, ‘selection tool’ etc. The ‘pen tool’ is the key tool for applying the clipping path. Indeed, it requires expert hands to give you the best result. Photoshop experts are efficient in using the pen tool, especially when it comes to navigate the ‘handles’ to curve the ‘anchor points’. All the magic hides in the combination of ‘handle’ and ‘anchor points’ navigation. Let’s have a quick look at the process-

What our experts basically do is simply assess the image our client intends to extract. It needs professional eyes to count the number of curves needed for each image. An anchor point basically works as the starting point or one end of a line, and the second anchor point is placed in another suitable direction. The handle is used to navigate the anchor points to make the curves bigger, smaller, less or more curved. In this way, the desired image is extracted from original image and/or the background is removed as per client’s need. The extracted portion may be placed further against another background.

So far,

Handmade Canvas Paintings

For most of us canvas paintings are expensive affairs. But, how would it be to have those affordable home made canvas paintings that you can buy online? Yes, it does make sense doesn’t it? Top quality modern art and abstract art forms on canvas at affordable prices may seem a little surreal. But indeed they are not! They come with an affordable price tag that might even surprise you pleasantly.

If you are an ardent lover of art and paintings and wish to have a couple of handmade canvas paintings for your drawing room then you should start looking for them on the web. Yes, you heard it right! You do not need to go to an art collector or an art gallery. Only a few clicks on your mouse will take you on a journey to the places where art meets technology and let you choose from an exciting and enchanting collection of modern day art forms.

Buying a canvas on the web is an easy and exciting prospect. You can view hundreds of handmade paintings on a single search. You get all kinds of information that you need to know about a particular painting.

Graphic Art

Web pages and articles have about six seconds of viewing time to catch their audience before the page is clicked over. Unless there is a catchy title or a word that grabs their interest they are gone, and they rarely return.

While the viewing audience of this latest media format amounts to many millions or more there is no guarantee that a web page will be seen. Instead of word many will be drawn in by a great image. Over time a logo or comedy picture will instantly connect if they know that there is a benefit to be had by sticking around.

Logo’s are great draw cards and teaching people to respond to them is best done through the graphics rather than words. That is because many are not fast readers and some can barely read at all. But everyone responds to a picture.

If, on the other hand, one is appealing to a more intellectually aware audience it is the words rather than the image they respond to. It’s important to know, therefore, who your audience will be and how to best present your material so the balance is right. That is where

Still Life Paintings

Still lifes have never required some larger symbolic meaning. The form is respected as a difficult endeavor taken on by contemporary still life artists. Creating beautiful composition out of a commonplace item takes high level of artistic passion and skill. The genre has evolved over time, but several parts of still life remain the same.

The biggest similarity from century to century — and the biggest difference — is subject. The subject is the life. Over the hundreds of years, flowers, fruits, architecture, and more common elements have appeared over and over. Times change and objects change, but stillness and beauty don’t.

Fruit and flowers are always a good place to start, and a good way to learn how to create or observe great still life. Something about the vivacity and freshness of fruit and flowers keeps bringing artists back.

As the subject is the most important part of a still life, picking the right subject for you is the best way to put the life into a still life. There’s no such thing as a boring subject — there are always a few ways to add some interest to the imagery.

As with

Acrylic Face Mounting

Obviously, with the headway of printer innovation over the previous decade or so, it has gotten to be conceivable to print on an assortment of materials. There are a few locales that will print your photograph onto everything from espresso mugs to cushions, to iPhone cases, to tiles and shirts.

A large number of individuals are finding acrylic prints which offer a vibrant, energetic version for their pictures. This particular technique for photography showcase was presented in 1969 with the creation of the Diasec process which utilizes protected glues and strategies to deliver an acrylic face mount where the picture is stuck to the front of the acrylic without air bubbles utilizing silicon.

The deciding result is frequently staggering, especially with sharp, beautiful pictures, yet sharp, saturated images also look awesome. The acrylic upgrades the hues and makes for a more vibrant picture. With the right display lighting, the piece practically gives off an impression of being illuminated and in an exhibition, it is certain to emerge from the group.

The face mount strategy gives more noteworthy shading pop and dynamic quality. Why? For two reasons truly – one, hues dependably looks best imprinted on

Be More Creative

Pick a Tone or Theme.

Sometimes creativity gets bogged down in the details and the specifics. Don’t mistake the forest for the trees, here. Back up, take a deep breath, and ask yourself, “Self, what is the overall theme, message or tone?” By having a big picture to fall back on, you may find you’ve opened up new creative avenues.

Look at the Pretty Colors.

Sometimes just picking out colors that would work together can give you a whole new perspective on your creative project. Maybe you hadn’t seen things in this light before. Who knows. Try different color combinations or play around with the Adobe Kuler to see if you spark any new ideas. You can also check out some art or even just browse the web for things like DeviantArt. Try telling a story about an interesting photo you’ve seen. Don’t know the story? Make it up. That’s half the fun.

Look at Different Fonts.

Seriously. Type in a sentence or the title of your project, and see what it looks like in new fonts. There are loads of free font websites and databases out there, and some of them even

Oil Painting Tricks

Try using acrylic paint for bottom layers of the painting

Conversely, you could try using acrylic paint for the bottom layers of the painting. The paint will dry very fast and you’ll be able to apply oil paint on top of it without any problems arising. The advantage of this is that you can have the bottom layers done very quickly; they’ll also dry out very quickly so you won’t have to wait too long before you can get started with the rest of the painting.

Learn the rules, then experiment

Painting is all about creativity and self-expression, though the act of creating a painting of quality requires a lot of skill, time and expertise. It’s important to learn how to paint and how to do it well; master the basic techniques and get yourself to the stage where you can complete a good painting. Once you’re confident with your skills and abilities, you should then experiment with your creativity. Try new things; take standard techniques and invent your own touches and twists here and there.

Avoid cracking by using the fat over lean technique

Fat over lean basically means making each layer

Drawing Inspiration

Look at the Horizon

If you prefer to observe an environment free of living things, and just focus on landscapes, you can look at the horizon. It makes no difference if it is the one you see when staring at the ocean or the one you see hidden behind skyscrapers in a big city, you can use it as inspiration and you can come up with a few words to describe it. Once you have those words, you can paint what they represent to you, instead of the horizon you derived them from.

Look at Your Feet

If you prefer to stay in the comfort of your own home, you can draw your inspiration from random things around the house. One idea is to look at your own feet, and the spaces in between them. You can use those highlights as points, and you can draw a picture by connecting those dots. You can also try to connect the dots on anything else around the house and draw a picture from them, from the shadows the furniture casts on the floor to the different levels of the paintings hanging on the walls.

There are

Apply Varnish With A Spray

Getting prepared

1. You should only apply varnish to a painting that’s completely dry. Make sure your painting’s dry before you get started – wet paint mixed with varnish can cause problems.

2. You should also make sure your painting’s completely clean. Little things like dust and dirt will affect the varnishing, so use a cloth to gently get rid of everything on the painting’s surface.

3. Work in a room that doesn’t have any dust. This reduces the chance of any dust getting trapped in between the painting and the varnish. When working with a spray, you don’t want to work in a small, enclosed space, so make sure your working space is a decent-sized room with plenty of air circulation.

4. Make sure you have a board that’s bigger than the canvas. Put the canvas on top of this and stand it vertically. Make sure you have something to keep the board and canvas in place.

5. Get your varnish spray ready. You can find varnish spray at all good art supply shops.

Applying the varnish with a spray

1. First of all, give the can a really good

Custom Oil Paintings From Photos

Custom oil paintings, or any hand made painting for that matter requires a higher level of care and detail than regular photos. Oil paintings have to be allowed to breathe, and is constantly drying and settling on the canvas. You can touch a digital picture almost immediately after printing, whereas an oil painting takes days, if not weeks to dry. And even then, can still be smudged or smeared for some time.

Having said that, the presence of a hand crafted custom painting speaks volumes over a plain old picture in a frame. An oil painting made from you picture will last generations, and can be handed down through your family for many years to come. Future generations will still be proud to display your families fine art. Take a look at any centuries old institution such as a bank or even the White House, and you’ll still be able to find pristine oil paintings from past generations proudly on display.

If you select a quality artist or service to commission your custom painting, you can rest assured that years of painting experience will recreate your image with exacting qualities you can be proud to leave

Acrylic Paints

Prime and Layer Work Surface:

Prepare surface (paper, canvas, glass, wood, cloth, plastic, clay, etc.) with the appropriate primer to receive acrylic paints. Layer colors of acrylic paint as outlined in your sketch. Continue layering paint until satisfying texture and depth.

Layering can be done horizontally, vertically, or overall. Utilize different tools of application. Brushes are commonly used. Experiment with other objects such as wooden or plastic spoons, knives and spatulas, and sponges and cloth to create flat, fluffy, or ridged surfaces.

Layering and Sketching:

Layering paints on the work surface is very important as it will add more dimensional and richer texture to your painting. Make any necessary adjustments or surface preparation of the working surface. Then choose to pencil, pen, or paint a sketch.

My personal preference for sketching is a combination of both pencil and paint. Use a very light pencil because depending on the chosen pigment it may require many layers of application to hide pencil marks.

Benefits of a painted background:

  1. It is a guideline for foundation colors, depth, texture, and richness of the finished work.
  2. Prevents white paper or canvas peek-a-boos leaking through the work.
  3. Painting the

Abstract Paintings

Common Oversights when Creating Original Abstract Paintings and How to Stay Away from Them

I would like to think abstract art should be created from within you. However, there are a few keys to achievement that you must have in the event that you wish to achieve your maximum capacity as an artist. This is a short guide on the best way to refine your abilities and enhance your abstract art, so it anticipates something that you imagined, as opposed to a trade off on what you needed.

Mixing the Wrong Colors

You need to get a dynamic painting however rather you get a shady sloppy color. When you first begin painting, it is less complex to use a color wheel to have a reasonable comprehension of essential and optional hues.


Try not to block your imagination. Set out using hues and run with your sentiments. Numerous specialists confront their doubts when beginning to paint their first abstract.

Know when to Quit Taking a Shot at Your Craft

For numerous artists, it is not clear when the sketch is done particularly when painting abstract art. You will know when the