This video shows Trevor Waugh doing what he does best in watercolor painting- …florals. With an entertaining and energetic approach Waugh deliberately and structurally takes to the paper with a variety of brushes to come to an eventual unveiling of a classic floral painting. This video tutorial is accompanied by an original soundtrack also composed by the artist Trevor Waugh, and creates a very relaxing painting experience. Follow his techniques and you won’t go far wrong. Pay attention to his color choices and in which order the watercolors are applied. Beautiful stuff.
This is a very interesting way to paint wouldn’t you say? At his workstation an artist has in front of him a large tray of water which is surrounded by various jars of different colored paint/ink.
I believe the technique is called Suminagashi as is the ancient Japanese art of painting with inks onto water to create a marbled pattern in a whole manner of swirls, shapes and colors. The patterns are the result of color floated on either plain water or a viscous solution, and then carefully transferred to an clean absorbent surface, such as fabric or paper.
With the right equipment anybody can have a go at this and you can be sure that every painting you do will be different from the last one.
Finding expressive and exciting uses for art is always great to come across and this fits the bill. The artist here has used their exceptional talent to transform a pair of Vans trainers into a work of art.
Somewhat cleverly, the piece painted on is by the infamous Vincent Van Gogh, making it only fitting to be on Vans trainers. This aside the replication of ‘Starry Night’ is nothing short of amazing, with attention to detail and color all being served and making what can only be an incredibly unique pair of trainers. Produced using paints and sealed with hairspray it’s fair to say watching this is quite inspirational.
Now if James Mylne asked if he could borrow your pen, you may be mistaken and think that he will be writing a note, or taking a number down, but how very far from the truth would you be? In fact, since 1996 James has been drawing such beauties as Audrey Hepburn with just a ballpoint pen. The image and texture that he achieves leaves the viewer unable to believe that this fine piece of art has been produced from just a ordinary bic pen.
Since their invention and subsequent proliferation in the mid-20th Century, ballpoint pens have proven to be a versatile art medium for professional artists as well as amateur doodlers. Ballpoint pen artwork created over the years have been described as comparable to art created using traditional art mediums. Low cost, availability, and portability. convenient, alternative art supply. Ballpoint pen enthusiasts find the pens particularly handy for quick sketch work.
James Mylne attended foundation courses at Chealsea Art College, London, in 2002. Upon completion of formal studies, he launched a website dedicated to disseminating information of ballpoint pens as an alternative art medium. He continues to run a blog with the same purposes.
Solo exhibitions of James Mylne’s photo-realistic ballpoint drawings began in 2001. James began to replicate iconic photos of entertainers and artists from Britain and America.These intricate works are created using mostly black ballpoint pens, and are so finely inked that they are often mistaken as photo prints.Flat fields of color are sometimes stenciled behind the figures using spray paint.
The female form appears frequently in the artist’s work.Other photorealistic subject matter includes wildlife (pictured above) and urban landscapes.
Kate Moss visage has appeared prominently in James Mylne’s artwork. Two of the artist’s photorealistic ballpoint likenesses of Kate were chosen as art magazine covers, the first in 2009 and again in 2012, which also featured an interview with Mylne. One of these Kate Moss drawings reportedly required six weeks to complete.
BiC® Cristal® http://www.challengebic.co.uk unveils the results of a challenge to artist James Mylne, to recreate a well known masterpiece using just one BiC® Cristal® pen. The reproduction of The Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, took artist James approx 90 hours to complete, but thanks to its long writing length and oil based ink, just a single pen was needed to finish the work.
A simple and easy Henna Tattoo design for you to create.
Henna tattoos are a fun and safe way to explore body art without pain or commitment. Henna is a natural substance that’s been used for centuries to create beautiful, temporary designs on the body – an art form that is called Mehndi (or Mehandi). Mehndi has been a long-standing tradition stemming from many ancient cultures dating back as far as about 5,000 years, but is most known today for its history in India. Today, henna tattoos are still used in religious and wedding ceremonies in India, but has also gained appreciation in other countries as a beautiful art to be appreciated at any time.
Most who are familiar with henna have seen the traditional designs. These beautifully intricate patterns are similar to those used for the marriage ceremonies and other rituals. They usually adorn the hands and feet of the wearer, and require that they remain still for many hours to apply the paste and then allow it to dry. Henna color has been known to take best to the hands and feet due to their dry properties which soak up and hold the color better, but henna can be applied anywhere. How well your skin takes to the henna will depend on each individual’s skin properties.
Today, henna has been done in many forms including more contemporary designs. Some contemplating a permanent tattoo might apply henna first to see if they like the look before making a permanent decision. Some just enjoy having a temporary design they know will wash off in a few weeks. Whatever your reasons might be for being interested in henna, you are delving into a beautiful form of art rich in culture.
Artisan HQ’s…Top Ten Oil Paints
So you are already a current oil painter or you are curious to grab your paint brushes and start painting with oil paints but don’t know where to turn. Look no further than ArtisanHQ’s thorough and concise guide to the ‘top ten oil paints’ on the market today as well as a few other brands which are also be forwarded for recommendation.
Each and every artist using any type of art medium knows that most of the time it is personal preference which overrides brand name and in some cases the quality. But there is no denying that the better quality the materials and tools you use as an artist then the better their longevity and quality of results. Oil paints for example go from a premium grade containing high quality pigment often of a single color right down to the entry level student grades and water soluble brands which can contain a number of different pigments with varying inconsistencies from tube to tube.
Other than high density pigment there are the other factors of cost and availability to consider when making your purchase. Oil painting can get very expensive so if you are a novice painter don’t go rushing out to buy some M.Graham oils for example as you will potentially waste lots of paint and not understand how to combine these paints with various oils mediums to control their life span. Texture and density of the oil paint is also high on the agenda for most oil painters as it allows a smooth transition and consistency throughout the various stages of an oil painting. It is also worth noting that the better quality oil paints store away much better and will happily live on a shelf unused for many months.
Depending on what kind of art you are producing where you require oil paints will determine your needs for high or low quality oil paints. Through product testing and reviews I have ArtisanHQ has compiled this list of what we deem to be the most competitive oil paint brands on the market today complete with links to help you locate and purchase them. So here it is, the complete ‘Top ten Oil Paints’ every artist should consider…
10: Student Grade Or Generic Oil Paints
If you go into any chain art store or even to your local college art supplies building you will always find your student grade oil paints often posing in larger tubes with fancy writing all over them. Others will be less obvious but still easily spotted by their low value price tag. With oil paints this low value price always equals low value product and it is at this point where you make the decision to purchase this type of paint. Personally I would advise against it as you will find that you have a mutiny of false economy on your hands where you are constantly applying more and more oil paint to achieve a color mix you will probably never get. The pigments within these paints are only just entry level and most of the time they are extremely poor quality causing you a constant hindrance from start to finish if you’re not careful. Technically these generic oil paints contain too much linseed oil resulting in a much less intense pigment(s) color leaving the user deflated when they can’t achieve the color they are striving for in their mind. This leads to buying more beautiful colors in more techni-colored tubes to over compensate for this with stress levels high and a less than satisfactory palette of colors being used to paint with. Sadly the result will be in most cases an empty wallet, 18 tubes of paint which you hate and a painting which is either completed and disliked or an unfinished painting which props open the shed door. These paints often have a tendency to yellow or form discoloration over time too so just another positive spin for you there. I know this is a harsh review but from experience I wouldn’t want people to follow the same path I did so save your pennies and go up the scale away from these student paints. Even if you have little money it is certainly worth saving just for that extra week to treat yourselves to a slightly more pigment dense and branded paint and believe me you’ll stand with me afterwards casting your complaints on the generic brands. You could however use these paints to take on some form of abstract art which requires less pigment control to use up the rest of the paint or if you have a project where by the values contained within your oil paints aren’t that essential you could certainly consider taking these cheaper value paints to work in your favour.
This is a fantastic tutorial aimed specifically for the beginners. It is fun and easy to listen to and you will learn a whole wealth of knowledge regarding color pigments, tonal ranges (tonal string), hues and saturations. It will really kick start your acrylic painting career! Is in 5 parts and for only 30 mins you can learn an awful lot. Sit back and enjoy the playlist.
Colours used: Cadmium Yellow (light) Burnt Umber, Titanium white, Permanent Alizarin crimson, Ultramarine Blue
This art video tutorial is wonderfully narrated and explores the theory of color over the ages and how it was influential in the way it shaped and was dhaped my different art movements.
It was Newton who discovered that white contained al the colours of the spectrum and that when red and magenta were joined end to end the color wheel was formed and still stands strong today. Artists during the Impressionist and Post Impressionist movements like Van Gogh exploited color and used it as a symbolic gesture to project mood within his paintings.
This is a fascinating and easy to watch tutorial where much can be learned.
This fantastic piece has been produced using the digital medium ‘Paint Tool SAI’ and shows an incredible amount of control, precision and detail. The video has been sped up so that the viewer can enjoy the creation in a well suited timeframe and be in awe of the development of the drawing.
The characters drawn are that of Chunli from Street Fighter, Mai Shiranui of Kings of Fighters and Asuka Kazama of Tekken. Using their passion for the genre and the characters, the artist has encapsulated a vivid and well crafted sketch, which later sees the introduction of color. This not only gives the drawing a more playful and expressive finish but adds depth and realism.
Jan Blencowe is a professional landscape painter and delivers this fine demonstration on how to blend natural greens within a landscape painting using Chroma Interactive Acrylics.
It is always impossible to find a green direct from the tube which can be used directly in your landscape paintings, this is because they are not natural greens due to their hue, chroma and intensity all being particularly artificial. In this tutorial you will learn using a basic palette of transparent yellow, yellow ochre, white, blue, orange and mars black the ways to mix and form the natural greens essential for your painting. Many painters do not use black because it is a non color and tends to dominate a painting with its heavy void qualities, however, Blencowe is happy to use mars black because it has a warm brow undertones which really set off the greens which you will learn to mix.
She guides you through the different shades and values you can attain with a clear and concise reasoning so your much better prepared for when you hit the canvas next time around. Mint greens, spring greens and olive greens amongst others are all products of her mixing so with these new shades under your belt you can expect a much more organic and natural piece of art for your next piece.