How to start and not abandon the sketchbook? 4 easy steps.
Sketchbook is not just a sketchbook. This is a tool for self-development and checking your own progress, a platform for experiments, a convenient way to introduce your creativity to friends…

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Workplace of the artist
For the artist, it’s not only the muse that is important, but ordinary everyday (workers) so that the conditions of visual perception do not hamper the artist’s imagination, the room…

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The art of the mentally ill
In 1945, the French artist Jean Dubuuffe coined the term “art-brut”, which means “rough”, “hard” art. Quite often, the authors of art brut's works were mentally ill people, “holy fools”,…

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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 artists and designers than for children, which clearly confirms their price.
If you decide to try to draw with copies, you will have to fork out: one marker stands like a whole set of simple children’s felt-tip pens. Nevertheless, many amateurs and professionals use copies, because it is really a very interesting tool.

Benefits
The main difference between such a marker is that it very “gives” ink to the paper (sometimes even until it gets wet). In addition, the copies allow you to gain color by applying neat layers on top of each other. This helps create smooth transitions that are difficult to achieve with conventional felt-tip pens and markers. Continue reading

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

Thinners for oil painting

Oil paints are pigments of various colors, ground to powder, which are then mixed on an oil basis in the paint of the desired consistency and density. Oil painting is called so because linseed oil is the basis of such paints.

Due to the fact that the oil has water-repellent properties, it will not be possible to mix and dilute these paints like watercolor or acrylic with water. Special solvents based on oil, white spirit and pinene can reduce the concentration of pigment or mix different paints with each other. The preservation of the quality of the written work may also depend on the chosen diluent. Continue reading

Where to sell paintings: tips for a novice artist. Part 1
So, you are an aspiring artist and decided to monetize your talent. But your work is not yet familiar to either collectors or the general public, so cooperation with large…

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Popular Russian watercolor artists
The first artists working with watercolor Diver P. Sokolov. It is considered the first in Russia, therefore it is considered the ancestor of the domestic portrait in watercolor. After training,…

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How to draw falling snow in watercolor or ink
To paint snow, and even watercolor, is often a difficult task for beginners. But we will help! We reveal some secrets. 5 tips from successful illustrators Masking fluid. This fluid…

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How to care for a baguette
The main enemies of the baguette are common factors in the form of dust, humidity, sunlight. Drafts and careless handling are also unfavorable for the product. Frames for the manufacture…

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