Print
Unlike many other types of art, printmaking is a fairly young phenomenon. It arose at the turn of the XIV - XV centuries. Despite the fact that the appearance of…

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The secrets of drawing a portrait from a photograph
Creativity is influenced not only by the inspiring world around, but also by the tools and technologies inherent in a given time. Photography is a tool that in the shortest…

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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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greenery

Rainbow Blast by Carol Carter

American artist Carol Carter works in commonplace watercolor, but her paintings look very unusual. Carol does not use a white background, a large amount of “air” and other standard techniques of watercolorists. Her work is juicy, vibrant, almost “electric”.

Carter’s main trick is to transmit the sun’s rays directly into the viewer’s eyes. And really, when you look at her paintings you just want to squint. These works make a double impression: all the objects on them are at rest, but at the same time they seem to boil from the inside, as if they are now going to shatter into small pieces with colorful fireworks. Carol says that during work she is carried away into some other space and forgets the real world. Continue reading

Red and purple

Red pigment is obtained due to high iron oxide red earth. For thousands of years, a bright red dye has been extracted from cochineal: to obtain 100 grams of pigment, about 14 thousand of these frayed insects were needed. They were collected from grass of a certain species or from a cactus.

With great difficulty, a purple dye was also obtained. It was obtained from the glands of the murex mollusk: for the sake of 100 grams of purple 100 thousand mollusks parted with life. Curiously, for humans, red is a danger sign, while most animals do not distinguish it at all. Birds are well seen in the red spectrum and, perhaps, therefore, flock to red fruits. 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…

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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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Samurai and painting
It is known that the samurai estate in Japan appeared at the turn of the 7th-8th centuries A.D. The word samurai itself means a servant-analogue of the Russian word warrior.…

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Who are the copies?
In fact, this is not a “who”, but a “what”. Copics - Japanese markers that allow you to achieve very interesting results in the drawing. They are intended more for…

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