In this short humble video you are taught how to achieve a sky using basic wash principles. Thoroughly saturating the canvas with water applied by a large brush followed by the introduction of an artist’s medium known as ‘Gesso’ to then prime the surface. It is then a case of washes and grading to finalise the sky alongside the confident use of ample amounts of white acrylic to create bold natural looking clouds. Enjoy.
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 is a cracking art tutorial with a great backing song aimed for the beginner to intermediate abstract artist. The video is slightly time lapsed but the finished result would have been finished in well under an hour in my opinion. Peter Dranitsin has definitely got it sussed when it comes to producing beautiful eye-catching abstract art pieces so with just a few basic materials and utensils you can without doubt expect to achieve the same professional finish to your painting.
The video begins with a list of utensils and they are as follows: A medium paint brush, Liquitex acrylic paint, a spatula, a regular sponge, and two bottle s of paint mixed with water in black and white. Begin by wetting the canvas and painting white to achieve your background setting and allow to dry before proceeding with the following steps.
Using your spatula apply a generous amount of dark brown acrylic paint (or whichever color you prefer) and repeat this at the bottom of the canvas. Reach for your medium acrylic paint brush and use a pull back motion using black paint within the brown painted areas to create a rough textural effect until your desired level of texture is achieved.
The fun part takes place when you use a woodgraingin tool to create two large semi circles on your canvas by pulling the tool through all the acrylic paint which you have applied to your piece so far. This instantly starts to give your abstract painting purpose and direction as well as a new dimension to work from. Within the arcs of the circles use the medium paint brush again to add jet black paint creating depth, then use the sponge to dab and soften the edges. Repeat this process again until you are happy with your abstract composition and continue this painting technique within the second semi circle slightly lower down on the page.
You now need a focal point so using the spatula apply a flat smooth amount of white paint to the middle of both circles which looks extremely striking and contrasts beautifully with the dark black and brown hues. With the sponge soften the edges of these white areas to imitate the soft edges of the previous darker areas.
With an artist’s palette knife quite literally scrape the excess paint from top to bottom in parallel to create a fantastic transparent effect. At this point you can be very experimental with this technique and use thin and wide lines of transparency and even deviate to produce something different to what Dranitsin is achieving. Again with the med brush apply blocks of color in a shapes such as squares and rectangles to add another few focal points within the abstract piece.
Dranitsin finishes with his two bottles of water down acrylic paint and applies to both the top and bottom of the painting in a sporadic application but makes sure not to go overboard and detract from all the other wonderful textures and colors contained within the composition. Have fun with it, that is the most important part of creating abstract art.
This is a first time video by an Australian artist and recent friend Sharon Grant. We met through another website (www.PaintingsILove.com) when I found that her paintings were worthy of further note and suggested she produce a video tutorial so that we could promote her work on ArtisanHQ.
Sharon’s enthusiasm is immense and within hours she has taken one of the works she presented on PIL and developed a video with this work as the subject matter. Co-opting the help of her husband, she has put together a commendable first attempt (using only the video on her phone!) and her dialogue allows the viewer to feel her enthusiasm whilst understanding what she is demonstrating…the use of previous works to achieve a brand new result…recycling in some ways, whilst retaining the great parts of the original piece.
Well done Sharon and this example alone should be encouragement to the artists and artisans who would like to demonstrate their work and expertise for the benefit of the growing art community…have a go and let us all enjoy your passion.
Despite the fact that the video quality may not be on par with most of our others on ArtisanHQ we felt it well worth retaining this on the site as demonstration of what can be achieved if you have the desire. If Sharon subsequently decides to rework this video we will then have the pleasure of discovering the phases involved in producing a video worthy of your personal artisan creativity.
Artist Will Kemp teaches us in this art tutorial how to create a colored canvas for use with a still life or landscape painting. He selects the acrylic color ‘yellow ochre’ for its tonal qualities and unimposing colour to feature as the background paint. He also advises against the use of this color in portraiture because it is too close to the skin tones.
With a decorator’s brush you paint the sides of the box canvas evenly making sure you are quite rough to get into the grain of the canvas so there is no white primer showing through.Once you are happy there are no drips you can leave the sides and join the surface of the canvas working quickly so the paint doesn’t dry. In a horizontal motion drag the brush slowly side to side making sure you over lap each horizontal stroke to make extra sure the whole canvas is covered. Then that’s it, you’re ready to go with your painting.
A wonderful video shown in time lapse. The artist Zacher-Finet showcases her talent in creating abstract art on a large canvas. She begins by applying black paint with a large brush to create a swirl pattern which then forms her basis for the entire piece. She then works into the canvas with palette knives, spatulas and various brushes to create a very contemporary and fresh piece of artwork. With abstract art I’m still not sure whether it is better to know if the piece is based on anything whatsoever or nothing at all…I suppose that is up to the viewer and the artist themselves.
In this art tutorial you will learn how to mix an orange to match a swatch by artist Will Kemp. The first step is to navigate the color wheel and see which colors are closest either side of the orange as they will be the ones you need to create the orange.
Its important to know your hues, saturations and tinting strengths of your acrylic colors because you will then know how much of each color to apply during the mixing process (for example yellow has a very low tinting strength in comparison to red).
Throughout the video Kemp at times holds his palette knife which he has been using to mix with up to the orange swatch to determine his accuracy of color. He finishes by mentioning that it’s always useful to lay your mixed color next to the swatch and bare in mind that acrylic paint dries darker. Have fun mixing your colors for your next masterpiece.
Artistsnetwork.tv favorite, Terry Harrison, clearly demonstrates through the use of Acrylic paint, how to effectively achieve ‘trees’ adopting watercolor and oil painting techniques. Through this tutorial you can expect to achieve transparent washes, blend thick opaque color, add mediums to thicken and thin color and incorporate brushstrokes into the composition. The result, two extremely quick and lifelike trees. Impressed!!?
This is the first two episodes of Darrell Crow’s new weekly running series highlighting the top ten mistakes beginner’s make whilst painting in oils and acrylics. Crow has been around for many years so he is all too familiar with which mistakes are most commonly occurring. Make sure you don’t fall into the same traps and follow this easy to understand guide and be a cut above the rest.
In 2009 fine artist Sebastain Kruger held a live painting demonstration in from front of a group of students which attend his classes, to paint a portrait of the late great Michael Jackson.
He has selected to work large scale on a massive hand stretched canvas with sizing ratios complimentary for close up portraiture, and to the side of the canvas is a small table with some bottles of various colored paints and some plates to mix them on. His reference material is only a small picture of Michael Jackson which he holds in his left hand.
He begins in black forming a large circle/oval shape which fills easily two thirds of the canvas before then crudely drawing some some circles for eyes and an almost cartoon-like smile. At this point you are left wondering what is going on here but it soon becomes apparent that this guy is a genius who works in a slightly unorthodox manner. He creates a skull which accentuates Michael Jackson’s facial construction and uses this as his building block to work into further.
Kruger lays down the paint fast and free and highlights blocks of color to begin with until he is satisfied and then goes in on closer inspection to smooth areas together to create an extremely realistic impression of what he is painting. He regularly stands back from the canvas to observe his art and check that all the proportions are as they should be. As a painter there is nothing worse than becoming absorbed by a painting only to stand back at the end and realise that a key feature is out of place.
This is an awe inspiring video which shows great integrity and individual style from Kruger who evidently is clearly a master of his trade.