Water-mixable oil paints

Water-mixable oil paints

Painting & drawing blog 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...
Tips for drawing portraits

Tips for drawing portraits

Drawing & Painting blog TIPS FOR DRAWING PORTRAITS IN PENCIL This isn’t a step by step ‘ how to draw’ guide. However in evolving my drawing method over a number of years I’ve arrived at a set of ideas about how to create a portrait in...
Advice on drawing materials

Advice on drawing materials

Drawing & Painting blog 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 everything I use for drawing pencil portraits, and why I prefer the...
How to draw pet portraits

How to draw pet portraits

Drawing & Painting blog 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 drawing anything is to forget what it is you are drawing, and instead to...
Oil painting tips – materials

Oil painting tips – materials

Painting & Drawing guides OIL PAINTING TIPS: 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 biggest...
Oil painting tips – techniques

Oil painting tips – techniques

Painting & Drawing blog OIL PAINTING TECHNIQUE: 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

Painting & Drawing blog OIL PAINTING HACKS 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 on the...
Pencil brands review

Pencil brands review

Drawing & Painting blog BEST ARTIST’S PENCILS FOR DRAWING AND SKETCHING When buying pencils for drawing and sketching, it really is worth buying good quality pencils from one of the main artists’ suppliers. Stay away from what they call ‘student...
Improving your drawing: drawing upside down

Improving your drawing: drawing upside down

Drawing & Painting blog IMPROVING YOUR DRAWING 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 drawing portraits from photos – it’s also an...
Dog portraits by famous artists

Dog portraits by famous artists

Painting & Drawing blog 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 paintings. Of course there are some fantastic contemporary pet...

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