water-mixable oil paints

water-mixable oil paints

OIL PAINTING GUIDES A LOOK AT WATER-MIXABLE OIL PAINT I resisted trying the new water-soluble (or ‘water-miscible’) oil paints for years. I figured I was a traditionalist, liked using proper oil paints and didn’t have a problem with having to dilute and wash them with...
tips for drawing portraits

tips for drawing portraits

Drawing Guides Here are some of my top tips for drawing portraits and improving your drawing technique my best tips for drawing portraits in pencil This isn’t a step by step, how-to-draw guide exactly. It’s just some ideas I’ve arrived at which work...
advice on drawing materials

advice on drawing materials

Drawing Guides Here are some of my top tips for drawing portraits and improving your drawing technique BUYING ART MATERIALS If you are a beginner who’d like to try drawing portraits or other kinds of art, which materials should you buy? Here’s a list of...
how to draw pet portraits

how to draw pet portraits

Drawing Guides Here are some of my top tips for drawing portraits and improving your drawing technique Some tips for drawing pet portraits In one sense, writing a guide to drawing pet portraits goes slightly against the grain for me because I think that the secret of...
oil painting tips – materials

oil painting tips – materials

OIL PAINTING GUIDES Oil painting tips: choosing and using your materials People tend to be a bit afraid of oil painting, but it isn’t as complicated as you think and oils give a completely different (and I think nicer) character to a painting than acrylics. The...
oil painting tips – techniques

oil painting tips – techniques

OIL PAINTING GUIDES Painting techniques using oils: tips for beginners I want to dispel the myth that painting in oils is particularly difficult – it isn’t! And it is well worth the reward, because in my opinion oil paints are so much nicer to handle and...
oil painting tips – handy hints

oil painting tips – handy hints

OIL PAINTING GUIDES Oil painting hacks: some handy hints Painting in oils is little messier than painting with acrylics or watercolours as you can’t mix oil paint with water. What’s more both the paints and the mediums you use to clean and dilute them are...
pencil brands review

pencil brands review

Drawing Guides Here are some of my top tips for drawing portraits and improving your drawing technique REVIEW OF THE BEST ARTISTS’ PENCILS FOR DRAWING AND SKETCHING When buying pencils for drawing and sketching, it really is worth buying good quality pencils...
improving your drawing: drawing upside down

improving your drawing: drawing upside down

Drawing Guides Here are some of my top tips for drawing portraits and improving your drawing technique DRAWING UPSIDE-DOWN This is an excellent exercise to change the way you think about drawing. It’s not just a lesson in how to improve your accuracy when...
dog portraits by famous artists

dog portraits by famous artists

Animal portraits Here are some of my top tips for drawing and painting our furry friends learning to paint or draw dogs –  examples to study by famous artists When learning to draw or paint animals, you can’t do better than to study historical drawings or...

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