Beautiful realist study of a male life model’s face for Kassan’s art class in NYC. Sped up to replicate the actual two hour study you can see where Kassan begins with very crude dark block filling with his charcoal. He introduces finer detailing with the charcoal and then the pencil. The face quickly takes shape and you begin to admire just how good he really is. His final touches include the use of a white pencil for highlights and tints to bring out some of the key features. A pure class video on how to draw like a realist.
Creating a crayon art picture with melted crayons
Here is how to create your very own crayon art picture
You will need the following:
A Pack of crayons
Hot Air Gun
First take your canvas and then use your glue and cover about a quarter of the way down. You want enough so that your crayons will stick. You can also use the length of your crayon as a guide. Next glue your crayons, you can either assemble them in a particular order of your choice, or simply just pick and glue at random.
Once all the crayons are in place, you can then use your hot air gun to melt the wax and run down your picture.
You can of course draw anything you like and create your very own pictures.
Here the artist has picked the classic image from the film “Singing in the Rain” and has the legendary singer and actor Gene Kelly performing the song of the same name.
A simple but very effective and quick way of making something that looks full of colour and alive.
In this Indian ink drawing tutorial you will learn through a time lapse video accompanied by real time voice over narrative how to draw trees, grass and clouds using a variety of tips and techniques.
The first step is to get a large sheet of cold press watercolor paper which you can find online or in any decent arts and crafts store. This paper should be fully wetted with clean water using a large brush before then being gum taped all the way around the edges. This enables the paper to dry flat, smooth and free from warping and creases and provides an excellent surface for you to commence with your Indian ink painting.
This artist explains how in this art tutorial he will be using the ink as a watercolor and offers you great advice on tools to use and techniques to apply to maximise your painting’s full potential. He uses Higgins black Indian ink throughout the demonstration and begins by using a large round sable brush to paint a light wash which is gray in appearance due to its dilution with water. This wash is applied liberally and sporadically and forms the basis of the high and low background clouds and allow the focal point, in this case being the tree, to come forward and stand more prominently within the painting.
As a general rule within watercolor painting the higher the clouds are then the darker they should be and vice versa for the lower and more faint clouds. The tree outline is loosely painted with a smaller round sable brush in a light gray again and is reworked with a fountain pen to allow greater detailing and definition to its edges and outlines. A stipple technique is used next when painting the leaves to create a sense of volume rather than meticulously trying to pick out individual leaves which is a sure fire way to over complicate and potential ruin a painting.
Once the cluster of leaves have been established you can then use the likes of a small round sable brush to softly blend creating further volume and a sense of depth bring the tree further to the foreground. At this point in the tutorial the artist regresses back to the clouds adding further adding more natural detailing with the ink to the clouds and surrounding areas to further emphasise the impression of realism. The grass mound where the tree is situated is painted using a sable fan brush but as with the leaves he uses a stippling technique to highlight and give the impression of certain areas rather than trying to tackle each individual blade of grass. It is because of the shape and style of this fan brush which makes this an invaluable tool for the type of ink painting.
Sable brushes are more valuable to use with inks than their counterpart synthetic versions due to their ability to hold in a lot more ink meaning less trips to ink pot and more concentration on the painting itself. This video is very thorough and ideal for the beginner inks and watercolor painter and harbours some great tips and techniques for you to further your paintings and learn how to use Indian ink.
With his usual cool and concise approach Crilley once again reaches for his pencils to this time take on the ‘manga’ head shape and facial features. By beginning with basic geometric shapes like the circle he is able to form all the key features of a manga/anime cartoon character. Essential skills for your sketch pad! So grab your pencils and sketchbook and learn the manga techniques to improve your style and technique in drawing cartoons.
Turn those old broken crayons that you or your kids have into a fun heart shape crayon that everyone will love to use.
Instead of tidying up and throwing away all those little pieces of broken crayons, re-use them and make them into something new. Here in this tutorial you will be shown how to create some fun heart shaped crayons by just using some simple steps.
You will need:
1. A mould
2. Lots of old broken crayons and remove all the paper
4. Cocktail sticks
5. A microwave
6. Gloves, like oven gloves.
7. A cooling tray.
8 Some sheets of paper
9. Some kids and adults to test your product.
First you will need a mould. An ice cube mould that is flexible and made of rubber is excellent as the end product is easy to pop out. You can buy these from many stores. I wouldn’t spend lots of money on them, so look around your cheap bargain stores or even places like ikea have some fab ones.
Then break up the crayons into smaller pieces and place in the mould.
Pop the mould and crayons in the microwave. Start by setting the microwave for a minute at a time.
Use your cocktail sticks also to swish the melting crayons around so that there are no big pieces left.
Carefully remove from microwave, with some gloves, like oven gloves.
Place on a cooling tray
Add some glitter and use the cocktail sticks again to swish it round
Allow to cool until hard
Pop out onto paper
Next shout the kids and adults to come and test them.
You could of course use other shapes, like pears or apples to add a different twist. The choice is all yours.
A unique exhibit of paintings based on childhood fairy tales, chosen and interpreted by 10 artists individually and shown in the Singapore Gallery.
The fairy tales and folklore are retold, but only using black and white and a dash of colour.
Below is the name of some of the artists and the fairy tales that they have chosen and the reason as to why they chose them
Ng Ling Tze’s very first fairy tale she ever read was the Brothers Grimm story entitled The Six Swans. For this reason she chose this story, admitting she enjoyed the tale as a child and was inspired by a sister trying to help her brothers.
Antz based his work on Journey to the West, a Chinese classical folklore tale from the 16th Century about a monkey’s pilgrimage to the West. When asked why he chose to do this story, Antz replied that it’s “a reflection of my childhood, present and maybe future.
Shawn Siow’s series of digital prints and drawings were adapted from two stories: Peter Pan and the Wizard of Oz. Believing one can never grow-up, Siow chose these popular fairytales from the past . “I hope to bring childhood memories back to the viewer, he was also captivated by the tin mans search for a heart.
Xiaobaosg’s Urashima digital print is from his “Panda Revolution” series. This particular piece represents a Japanese legend about a fisherman that rescues a turtle and is allowed to visit a palace under the sea
It is a very exciting and fresh idea on the fairytales that we have come to love in our childhood. There are lessons to be learnt from the fairytales, and that is that they teach us that sometimes in life things do not always run smooth and along the way we may face challenges and tests,but if we are true to ourselves and follow the right path in life then we can also have the fairytale ending that we have all longed for after reading these magical stories. For further information on this exhibition and pieces that were shown visit Fairitizemyart.com
I dedicate this post to Ian Thomson who has just entered into the world of being an artist.
May your path from now on be a colourful one. One thats full of pictures and images that lift you and the spirit of others. When anyone hears your name they will think of an artist who inspires others to reach for their dreams and grab it with both hands.
You inspired me and I will always be forever grateful.
Inspirational artist, Adebanji Alade shares his thoughts and passions on his life and work as an artist.
Adebanji states that he has always loved to draw. From as far back as he can remember he has always had a fascination with images and colours.
He picked up a pencil when he was a young child and he hasn’t stopped since. He is an artist and a Christian and his faith plays a role in his artwork. He loves people as they form the basis of his art.
I found this video to be very uplifting and a great example that shows that this young man through his passion for his work has succeeded. It was not an easy path, and he did veer away from art, but he came back to it. The message that comes across here is through being observant of his surroundings and the people around him he was able to learn the skills that he has today. He used old football magazines as his guide when just starting to draw. Having a good tutor or tutors is vital. Having someone with whom we can bond with and allow the teacher to help and aid us. Teaching and learning go together hand in hand. If we are willing to put the work in the help that you will receive will match this. Everyday, he gets his notebook out and draws. He states that the only way to learn is to sketch, sketch, sketch and draw, draw, draw. Practice is everything.
A very talented young man and a good example of what you can achieve in life
In his own words Adebanji provides this quote that helps us pull through when things seem impossible.
“There comes a time in your life that you just believe anything is possible! You link up with The Spirit and you defeat that ego which keeps telling you, “you can’t”. You defy the odds and deliver the goods! The future can only be bright to the artist that thinks of possibility!!!”-Adebanji Alade
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A look into how some artists have extra sensory gifts and are able to draw portraits of loved ones, friends or neighbors who have now passed over into the spirit world.
First of all let me give you an explanation of what a psychic artist is.
A psychic artist is a person who is able to channel information. Ordinarily a medium may receive information in spoken word or be given a picture. However a psychic artist is also given a picture and then transfers this information from mind to canvas. The artist has never met the person before that they draw and has no prior knowledge of this person.
When you sit down and talk to a medium they are just like you and I. Ordinary people who go to work, go on holiday and live their life’s like anyone else. They are not strange at all. They may talk to you and make you relax, as sometimes we can be a bit nervous. There is nothing to worry about and nothing bad will happen.
Sometimes the artist may draw a picture of a loved one. The information comes through and as they are drawing they will describe to you the person and what they are drawing. When they have finished they will show you and you may be able to recognize the person straight away. Other times, the picture of the person maybe when they were much younger. This is because when we die, we can choose to look the way that we want to. If someone close died of an illness or had an accident, they may decide to show themselves, before this happened and also, maybe when they were in their teens. This is because we hold special memories of times in our life that we found exciting and that made us truly happy, so it would make sense that you would like to be seen like that again.
Other times the artist may draw a picture of your spirit guide. This is a person who is with you from the moment that you were born. They stay with you until you die. A guide is a person that you have met in a past life and have shared a past life with. It could be a friend, your husband, a child. When they died they agreed that they would look after you and help guide you on your spiritual path. We do of course have other guides than come into our life’s, but they only stay for a short time and then leave. Your birth guide never leaves you.
If you haven’t heard of these type of artists before then let me introduce to you Coral Polge:
Born in Britain, Coral was a world renowned psychic artist who drew astoundingly accurate artwork of spirit and travelled the world sharing her gift. Coral learned of her exceptional talent when she was advised by a medium of her rare capability. Some time later, just after the second world war, she realized that the advice she had been given was true.
Audiences around the world were astonished and profoundly touched by Coral’s work. Automatic spirit controls would take control of Coral’s hand to guide her with accuracy and astounding results. Her portraits were renowned for their exceptional similarity with photographs of people that had passed to spirit and provided extremely strong evidence of life after death. During her lifetime, Coral drew over 100,000 spirit portraits and made an enormous contribution to spiritualism. Along with many other great mediums, such as Gordon Higginson, Coral proved that one day, when the time is right, we are reunited in spirit with our loved ones.
The son of Mrs Bayles of Rhodesia(S.Africa), who died while having an operation to correct his broken nose, which is shown in the psychic portrait as being in slightly better shape in his Spirit Body. This drawing was done as a ‘postal reading’, and the lad’s character is clearly captured.
A really fascinating look into a different side of art and how it has helped many people.
As for believing it, I will let you all make your own minds up.
A quick speed drawing showing you how to draw a cat from the looney tunes cartoons.
A very quick and easy way to draw this cute little cartoon cat.
If you are not familiar with her then let me enlighten you. Penelope is the poor little cat that has to put up with the very smelly french skunk Pepe Le Pew. Poor old Pepe is all mixed up and mistakes her for a female skunk. In the cartoon Past Perfumance, Penelope has a white stripe down her tale. On seeing this Pepe chases the poor cat, until she jumps into the water and the strip comes off. This is when he realises she is a cat. A favourite cartoon of mine and I am sure many of you.
A lovely little tutorial that although is very simple, produces a very sweet little cat. A lovely piece of music also that gives it that french feel.
The music is La Vie en Rose by Louis Armstrong, a cover of the song made famous by Edith Piaf.
Here Ellen draws the very beautiful Rhianna.
Ellen Has been drawing portraits for a number of years now and is from Russia.
I chose this particular tutorial, because as you can see the actual drawing is just perfect in every way and there is no doubt that it is Rhianna.