Watercolor TechniquesWatercolor Techniques I
Traditional Art Week at projecteducate continues! During Artist's Toolbox weeks, I've published articles dedicated to watercolor tools (Watercolor Equipment I - Basic Tools, Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools). You should go grab your tools now, because the next series of articles will be focusing on painting methods. I sincerely hope these will help you and wish you all happy painting!
Laying a wash
A wash is a large area in a watercolor painting where the paint flow and diffusion have been manipulated to efface individual brushstrokes. Within wash areas, color transitions are usually gradual and span analogous hues. Laying a wash is one of the most satisfying tasks in watercolor painting. Essentials of this s
Traditional Art Techniques IITraditional Art Techniques IITraditional Art Techniques II2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Traditional Art Week continues! This article will give you a brief overview of even more physical media techniques and their characteristics, featuring beautiful examples found all over DeviantArt and tutorials. I sincerely hope this will get you inspired to try something new and experiment, why not pick a tutorial and see what you learn! Don't forget, whilst techniques has their own regulations and principles, they still can be combined, you have to be no wizard (just a little creative) to find a new way to express yourself through them. Let's take a look
(Traditional Art Techniques I)
1. Drawing media II
Drawing is one of the major forms of expression within the visual arts, and is generally concerned with the marking of lines and areas of tone onto paper. Traditional drawings were monoc
Watercolor Techniques IIWatercolor Techniques IIWatercolor Techniques II1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Traditional Art Week at projecteducate continues! During Artist's Toolbox weeks, I've published articles dedicated to watercolor tools (Watercolor Equipment I - Basic Tools, Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools). Current series of articles is focusing on painting methods, previously published Watercolor Techniques I article can be found HERE. I sincerely hope these will motivate some of you to try something new and wish you all happy painting!
Wet-into-wet is another versatile and popular technique where watercolor, or water, is dropped onto a wet surface. This i
PE: Watercolour and saltWatercolour and saltPE: Watercolour and salt1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
Watercolour painting provides us with fantastic possibilities to create various textures. They can be achieved in many different ways with use of many different side components and equipment - in this article, I'll focus on salt textures. It usually takes time to get a handle of it - like everything else - but the outcome is definitely worth it.
Water and pigment
The three factors that determine the effects are the amount of water, amount of pigment and amount of salt, with the two first being the harder part. The more water you use, the more time it takes for the paint to dry and the more time the salt has to work - therefore the pigment will be pushed further away and you'll get bigger, paler spots between darker pigment borders. Less water will get you smaller, star-like
Artist's Toolbox: Dry pastelArtist's Toolbox: Dry PastelArtist's Toolbox: Dry pastel2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
A Pastel is an art medium consisting of pure powdered pigment and a binder of a neutral hue and low saturation. Pastels have been used by artists since Renaissance, but gained popularity mostly in the 18th century, when a number of notable artists made pastel their primary medium. An artwork created in pastel is called a pastel drawing or a pastel painting. We mentioned pastel as one of traditional art techniques in a series of articles written for Traditional Art Weeks of projecteducate
Pastels cannot be mixed on a palette like paints, but are mixed on the paper by overlaying and blending. The exact composition and characteristics of an individual pastel stick depends on the type of pastel and the type and amount of binder used. It also varies by individual manufacturer. There are two types of pastel -
Traditional art techniquesTraditional art techniques ITraditional art techniques2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Traditional Art Week continues! This article will give you a brief overview of most commonly used physical media techniques and their characteristics, featuring beautiful examples found all over DeviantArt and tutorials. I sincerely hope this will get you inspired to try something new and experiment, why not pick a tutorial and see what you learn! Don't forget, whilst techniques has their own regulations and principles, they still can be combined, you have to be no wizard (just a little creative) to find a new way to express yourself through them. Let's take a look
1. Drawing media
Drawing is one of the major forms of expression within the visual arts, and is generally concerned with the marking of lines and areas of tone onto paper. Traditional drawings were monochrome, or at least had little color, while modern colored-pencil drawings may a
Artist's Toolbox: Watercolor equipment IIArtist's Toolbox: Watercolor equipment II2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
✿ Watercolor Equipment II - Additional Tools
In the first week of Artist's Toolbox, we discussed basic Watercolor Equipment such as paper, brushes and paints. Second week's article presents additional tools, equipment that some artists use to enhance their watercolor creations or just for the fun of it, however none of them is crucial to create a watercolor painting.
I divided these tools into two categories - those used to Create Highlights and those used to Create Textures. Bottom part of this article belongs to our watercolorists and their Personal Experience regarding additional tools.
PE: Sketches and sketchbooksSketches and sketchbooksPE: Sketches and sketchbooks2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Big, marvellous, elaborate, finished paintings and drawings you can see in various stunning galleries on dA and outside dA, while they require time and can occupy artist's workspace even for months, in a lot of cases make a small percentage of created pictures lying around the creator's desk. Sketches aren't just noted concepts or a stage in preparing an artwork - a couple of sketches a day can be the most influential source of improving your skills.
You have probably been through this more than once - far from your room, you got struck with a brilliant idea. In diffrent circumstances you'd most likely rush to transfer it onto paper or canvas, but well, that might be not so easy in a classroom or on a bus. It can be difficult even if you're home - how about more than one idea at once? Using a sketchbook as a notepad for any concepts is by far
Hints and Tips #1Hello and welcome to the first instalments of 'Hints & Tips' andHints and Tips #12 years ago in Art Features More Like This
I hope these short and simple Tutorials will help boost and
inspire YOU to learn and create your own works in the many
forms and mediums that you may work in.
SO... The first Hint/Tip is -
FIXING WARPED FINISHED WATERCOLOUR PAINTING
(lumpy or uneven surface)
1- The warped painting
2 - Turn the painting around and cover the back
with plenty of water from corner to corner
3- Place in a large hardback book between blank pages
4- Close the book and place something heavy on it and wait
30 to 50 minutes so that the pages absorb the moisture
5- You open the book and the painting is flat
=to show that it doesn't remove paint, here is the finished piece=
I hope this helps
PE: Combining TechniquesToday I’m going to show you some cool ways to add a new level of interest to your work by combining different techniques into one artwork! This is otherwise known as Mixed Media.PE: Combining Techniques2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
What is Mixed Media you ask?
Mixed media, in visual art, refers to an artwork in the making of which more than one medium has been employed. - Wikipedia
Why would you choose to work with more than one medium? Well for starters, some things are just more easily executed if a different material is used. In other cases, you may be looking for a specific texture or surface that cannot be achieved with whatever you’re currently using. For example, printing or collaging a pattern can be more efficient than painting or drawing it by hand. Note that choosing to print or collage said pattern isn’t lazy, just a different manner of choosing to work. Also, by combining mediums you can find new methods of making!
Many contemporary traditional artists work in Mixed Media to achi
PE: Creating art on CommissionPE: Creating art on CommissionPE: Creating art on Commission2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
At some point in your career as an artist, you'll be asked to create artwork on commission. Whilst it's a wonderful feeling, being able to make money creating art, it's completely different than selling a personal piece you previously completed - accepting a commission means entering a temporary relationship with your client. As simple it may sounds, there's a lot to satisfying customer's needs, sometimes the best you can do is to say no. Being picky regarding which commission you accept is not a bad thing, but try not to automatically turn down commission because it seems to be violating your artistic integrity, it's hard to survive without paid jobs.
✐ 1. Communication and flexibility
This is the key aspect to being able to work on commissio
What Ruins A Painting?What Ruins A Painting?1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
What Ruins A Painting?
(or makes it better)
We all had those kind of paintings at some point, looking at which we felt something is not right – something is not right – But could not find it. What went wrong? We have put every finest details and all our patience in it. Then?
Art has its own science. Science that makes a successful art – something that comes out exactly you thought of and leaves the same impact on your audience. That science is known as composition in art and music. Where your eyes will go at first, how you will draw attention, how much attention you will draw – these are not luck, but pure science. A well thought designed piece is always successful. So mastering the brushes are not enough, we have to learn about the basics that make a successful art!
Hence, today, we will talk about the 'bad' elements which are solemnly responsible for rui
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✿ Watercolor Equipment
Watercolor is a painting technique in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-soluble binder. Usually, the result is transparent and appear luminous because the pigments are laid down in a relatively pure form with a few fillers obscuring the pigment color. This medium was never taken as seriously as "high art" techniques such as oil painting and was rather seen as pale and miniaturist, but it's gradually reclaiming it's place as a vehicle for the most beautiful and unexpected artistic expression. Watercolor can be vibrant and large, very vital, spontaneous and leaning a little on luck. All these aspects make watercolor painting a medium with great potential for new discoveries.
✿ This article will introduce the most ba
PE: Shading EmotesShading EmotesPE: Shading Emotes2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
'Ello there! If you've been on any social media site, you most likely in one form or another have used an emoticon. An emoticon is an icon that expresses emotion. Such as
Emotes are an easy way to express yourself and I'm going to teach you how to shade some.
Almost all emotes are sized to be 15x15 (unless you are making a larger one; tutorial by IceXDragon described here). You can use lots of programs to make them. I use MS Paint to make my emotes because I believe it's the easiest to control but you can use whatever you like.
An emote's outline will look like this (You can use it if you want. ) :
Here's what it looks like at a bigger scale.
Emotes should look circular like the one above. I would recommend this size for all emotes at a standard size level. At this stage, I like to mess with the emote to see what k
Artists Toolbox: Colored PencilsColored pencils are widely used as a fun and readily available art tool. I'm sure most if not all of us have tried our hand at colored pencils, even if it was only while we were children. While colored pencils may not be as respected as paints such as oil, acrylic or watercolors, colored pencils shouldn't be under-estimated in the impact they can and do have on the art world.Artists Toolbox: Colored Pencils2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Different Types of Colored Pencils
Wax based colored pencils are probably the most common and readily available types of colored pencils on the market. As with any type of colored pencil, these come in varying qualities and prices.
Oil based colored pencils in my experience are not as easy to find unless you are shopping online or in an art store. These colored pencils are excellent if you are planing on coloring on wood or another similar surface. Blending oil based colored pencils ca
The 'Free' Artist's Toolbox for Digital ArtistsThe 'Free' Artist's Toolbox for Digital Artists2 years ago in Deviant Events More Like This
Welcome to projecteducate 's topic: The Free Digital Arts Toolbox!
Not all artists can or want to pay for expensive programs like Photoshop or PaintTool SAI, expensive hardware like Wacom Tablets, or premium stock for poses, brushes, patterns, backgrounds, etc. How is an artist wanting to work in digital media supposed to operate while keeping their finances under control? THAT is exactly what we will be discussing - and until 2014 when my own family bought me tools and programs I had wanted for a long time, I worked my digital media magic using mostly free programs, methods and resources.
Photoshop and PaintTool SAI are amazing - no doubt. But they are not the only programs available that can edit pho
PE: Traditional Mixed MediaTraditional Mixed MediaPE: Traditional Mixed Media2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Traditional Mixed Media is a wonderful subject, earlier today we read about combinig techniques which was a great lead into Mixed Media. Mixed media is simply as the name suggests, pieces created with more than one media. The options to mix and match different medias is endless and experimenting with mixed media is highly encouraged!
Mixed Media Submissions on deviantART
I'd like to take a moment and talk about the Traditional Art Mixed Media gallery here on dA and what does or doesn't belong there.
As discussed above, we now all know what Traditional Mixed Media is but I think it's important to also discuss what is not Traditional Mixed Media.
There is a common misconception that traditional and digital mixed pieces are mixed media, and while it is technically true, tha
PE: Presenting Your Traditional Artworks, Part 1Traditional Art WeekPE: Presenting Your Traditional Artworks, Part 19 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
It looks better in real life...
Scanner ate the colors!
The photo does not do justice.
How many times you have read or typed yourself such notes in artist’s comments, under traditional artworks?
You’re not alone; digitizing our drawings, paintings, sculptures and other traditional, hand-made artworks can be tricky. Of course the work is never exactly same when changing it from a concrete object to a picture on a screen, but a lot can be done to achieve as representative result as possible!
This is the first part of a basic guide how to make your traditional artworks look appealing when presenting them in the Internet. This is not about changing or manipulating your traditional artwork to something it is not originally, but helping you to make it look as good on a screen as it is in real life.
This Part 1 introduces scanning and photographing tips.
The Part 2 advices how to edit the scanned/photographed artworks.
This guide is meant es
PE: Presenting Your Traditional Artworks, Part 2Traditional Art WeekPE: Presenting Your Traditional Artworks, Part 29 months ago in Deviant Events More Like This
This is the second part of a basic guide how to make your traditional artworks look appealing when presenting them in the Internet. This is not about changing or manipulating your traditional artwork to something is not originally, but helping you to make it look as good on a screen as it is in real life.
The Part 1 introduced some scanning and shooting tips;
This Part 2 advices how to edit the scanned/photographed artworks.
This guide is meant especially for beginning artists but maybe also more advanced artists can find something new to think about – or maybe you can share your best tips in the comment area of this article!
EDITING YOUR DIGITIZED PICTURES
For editing your scanned or photographed picture you need a software to do that (or you can use the adjustment tools your scanner offers, see Part 1 for those). Adobe Photoshop is a co
PE :Artistic ExcusesYou know, everywhere in the world, inspiration strikes, new artists are born, and new styles are born. We all start as beginners and take our time...but then certain points...there are times when we feel a certain way about our art. Some people don't think that they cannot get better when you know you can. Some people feel they should quit....when you can keep going. Some people feel like you're nothing...when you are something...those things are called excuses...there is no excuse why you cannot accomplish your goals to become an artist. The quotes you see oftenPE :Artistic Excuses2 years ago in Personal More Like This
"OMG! Your art is so cute!"
"That is awesome!"
"I love your art"
"Your art is very cool and different."
That alone should motivate you to keep going. But if you still feel weary of your art and if you still feel like your art cannot get better even after comments that should motivate your to keep going, here's a guide to help you out and a guide of excuses that are often shown w
A Brief Discussion On Limited PaletteA Brief Discussion On Limited PaletteA Brief Discussion On Limited Palette1 year ago in Art Features More Like This
We all know that temptation when we see a pretty new colour in the art-shop, or the urge to create a mesmerizing colourful artwork while planning a painting. We then use our favourite colour(s) in full force - by means of as much as we want - and we often have more than one favourite colour....
Aftermath: A muddy or unreal canvas! Colours do not look right and did not turn out exactly as it was in our mind - not even close and harmony is far away! It turned into a visual cacophony!
What might get wrong? A lot of things! But specially all those pretty colours you put at will!
It is not bad to paint with many colours - many big artists paint with more than 70 colours on their palette. Even we do not finish a painting in less than 10 colours - right? The difference is that the famous or big artists have mastered
Traditional art-promoting groupsTraditional art-promoting groupsTraditional art-promoting groups2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Do you share your artwork on DeviantArt? Congratulations, this might help you progress as an artist by getting known amongst the community and grow by getting feedback and tips on your work. You are also getting inspired by seeing new artworks, searching for artists that interest you and reading tutorials, articles. Great way to gain more exposure for your artworks is to join groups and share deviations in group's galleries. Best groups on DeviantArt are full of the most inspiring works, share tutorials and publish valuable articles, feature art, organize contests and most of all - admins of those groups are active and take care of their submissions in a short amount of time. They have no problem to communicate and accept suggestions. This article's purpose is to share groups that specialize in sharing traditional artworks - consider becoming a member
PE: Traditional ShadingTraditional ShadingPE: Traditional Shading2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Hello. This is iDJPanda on the topic of shading!
When I usually start into the shading process of something, I always struggle to see which kind of technique I can use to give the piece of art the type of wow that I want. But just like anything, there are MANY ways to do it! This can help you use different shading techniques for different textures. I'm gonna give you a few different ways you can shade (Try to shake it up! ). If you have any other ways you shade, please feel free to tell me!
One of my favorite, in this technique of shading, you go against what all elementary teachers told you. You scribble! When you shade like this, you'll come out with something that looks like this.
Using circular motions, you generate different shades. Spending more time, swirling makes the certain areas you want darker, and the less you swirl makes the other areas lighter.
Tips for creating dark artTips for creating dark art2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Tips for creating dark art
I have heard many people's opinions about dark art. What defines it? What's it's main features? There is many who think they create dark art, but others who tell them THAT isn't what dark art is. But is that fair? Is it up to us to decide what dark art is OR is it something we need to feel. Something that comes to every human in need and offers a cold a dark reality of comfort. Here are the opinions of some dark artists...
"Go beyond the cliché and open your mind. People think creating something dark means you have to stick to cemeteries, goth chicks, and muted tones, which is false! Embrace colour in your dark work. Use your emotions and use your art to explore the darker side of your soul. I have found some of my darkest pieces came from me sitting outside in the sunshine and simply remembering something. Such as how the sun
PE: ReferencesReferencesPE: References2 years ago in Art Features More Like This
Every single one of you, if you draw or paint, at least once was stuck - or will be - with this thought in your head: how should this body part/perspective/chiaroscuro be drawn correctly?
Some certain aspects of creating a picture and its composition make quite a challenge, especially (but really not only) for a beginner. This is where references come in handy. Written from a point of view of someone, who used to use them often and who does not anymore - almost at all.
The best and easiest when it comes to follow, storage and collect - photo references can be called without hesitation the most popular of this specification. On deviantART, you've got the amazing Resources & Stock Images category full of brilliant reference pictures - and there are deviants with accounts dedicated completely to providi