How are watercolor paints made?
The beginning of the way According to Felix Scheinberger, the author of Watercolor Sketching, the paint begins with pigment, a powder concentrate that determines its color. Pigments are vegetable, mineral,…

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The influence of color on the perception of the picture
A world of illusions conveyed in a plane, a fantasy embodied in two dimensions - this is nothing more than a picture. Whether the canvas is painted in pastel, oil…

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Grisaille art technique in the history of world art
History of occurrence. Western schools The origins of grisaille lie in the early Middle Ages. Icon painters often used monochrome tricks due to the meager color palette and strict religious…

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Andrew World Part 2

A small proportion of critics sometimes made attempts to “reconcile” Wyeth with the “main wave” of modernism. From time to time, disputes arose about the fact that in his works there was an abstract component that had a reference to the style of Klein, de Kooning and Pollock, which Wyeth himself spoke very contemptuously of.

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In truth, his early watercolors of the 30s and 40s, written in a free manner, were indeed not without some abstractness. Despite the opinion of detractors, Wyeth’s style has changed and transformed over the years of his career, which contradicts both those who accused him of moving “along the beaten track” and those who set him as an example of “continuity and constancy in the conditions of instability and uncertainty of modern life. ” Continue reading

Shrek’s father

Of course, you are familiar with the huge green ogre Shrek, who adores his swamp and solitude. In Russia, Shrek gained fame thanks to the eponymous cartoon (2001). But the usual animated ogre, modeled and drawn using computer programs, is very different from the first, book Shrek.
The story of Shrek was invented and illustrated by the famous American artist William Steig (1907-2003). This is not his only literary work – in his life Steig has written 25 books. True, the artist began to engage in writing already at an advanced age. Most of his legacy is made up of drawings, caricatures, and magazine illustrations. He created more than 1,600 illustrations for various publications, and, in the words of the influential Newsweek magazine, became King of the Caricature. Continue reading

Italian, lead and silver pencils

A pencil is a great tool for drawing. In the skilled and talented hand of the master, with just one pencil, you can create unimaginable beautiful images. If you look deep into history, we will see that the pencil, which is still used today, was invented by the great scientist Nikola Conti in 1794. After that, the variety of assortment of types of pencils exceeds all expectations.
Conventional pencils are called: slate pencils and are common in simple circulation. But there are unusual types of pencils, they are appreciated for their qualities and, accordingly, they are used specialized for skillful drawing. Continue reading

8 important principles of oil painting
Oil paints are responsive and versatile. But mastering is not as difficult as it might seem at first. The correct use of the color and texture of the oil allows…

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Rapidograph: what it is and how to choose
Currently, many believe that the computer has replaced the work of engineers and artists. But this is not so. Many authors use paints, pencils and other attributes to create drawings,…

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Russian lacquer miniature
Fedoskino lacquer miniature. The art of lacquer miniatures appeared in ancient China several thousand years ago, then, through India and Persia, in the 17th century penetrated Europe, conquering the beauty…

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Andrew World Part 3: "Christina's World."
The painting “Christina's World” became the quintessential success and glory of Andrew Wyeth, and turned into a real American “icon”, along with “American Gothic” by Wood, Whistler's “Portrait of Mother”…

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