Watercolor artist Steven Cronin guides you through his methods of taking on a Loch with a radiant sun. His expert commentary is useful and very easy to follow and makes watercolors enjoyable. What amazes me is how much coverage you can achieve in such little time with watercolors. So imitate his style and see what magic you can conjure up.
This online art tutorial shows you how you can draw using colored chalk pastels a very effective landscape with trees reflecting in the water.
To begin with, the artist has pre-drawn his landscape to include the basic outlines of three conifer type trees, some shrubbery and the area where the landscape meets the water’s edge. With a blue chalk pastel held at and applied at a 45 degree angle, the artist covers the entire sky area using short 1-2 inch marks before then using his finger to gently blend the chalk together to give a soft and much more realistic sky.
Unfortunately, not all skies are a perfect blue color so it is with this in mind that he must now introduce a white chalk to the base of the skyline and a darker blue to the top to imitate how the sky would look in nature. He uses exactly the same technique when applying these new colors and simply blends them in by eye to test his artistic abilities. You will agree that even in such a short amount of time using the chalks that it is already a very concise drawing of the sky.
It is extremely difficult to draw grass with complete precision so the tendency for most artists is to draw the ‘impression’ of grass rather than take on blade by blade individually. In this particular tutorial the artist has smudged the grass region of the picture using a very similar technique to that used for the sky. Just three chalks were used for this area of grass, a dark green, light green and a yellow to pick out highlights residing on the grass’s horizon line. Use your finger to smudge accordingly once again for this stage in the drawing.
Drawing the trees with chalk is a slightly different procedure. As the chalk lines are applied they actually serve a purpose in imitating the branches. So working from the centre of the tree outwards, slowly and as accurately as possible begin to fill each of the trees which were drawn at the start. Follow the techniques used by the artist and practice to become much better at layering the chalk and achieving better tones and highlights within your trees.
And to finish with is the lake containing the reflections of the landscape you have just drawn. This stage is once again done using the techniques already demonstrated earlier in the video so by this stage you should be slightly more confident with the colored pastels to create a really nice lake. Take your time and most importantly have fun whilst your drawing. This art tutorial is geared more towards the beginner artist who is taking their first steps into chalk pastel drawing and landscape artwork.
This is a video of how to throw a basic cylinder and how to get the clay up from the base into the body of the pot. I may be telling you something you already know but its a common problem with beginners.
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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
In this painting tutorial the artist talks about how you use different stages to plan and organise your composition to optimise your results on your canvas.
The landscape painting consists of an old barn within the hilly landscape of Townsend, Tennessee. With a small flat paintbrush using serilium blue oil paint by Charvin he begins to paint ‘gesturally’ and lightly looking for shapes within the composition to work from in another tutorial. He also explains how he uses a long bristle brush to work on this stage because firstly it is easier to work this type of brush, and secondly with the short haired bristles the movement of the paint on the canvas is not as fluid so can easily cause shorter and more jerky strokes.
The reason for the use of the serilium blue is that it is light in color, so when painting summery landscapes in particular it, it blends easily with all the other colors usually used within the palette thus not being overly dominant and taking control of the landscape. When locating your focal point it is common practice to place it off centre, so on this occasion the barn itself has been placed to the left of the ‘visual centre’ to allow a more natural composition.
Within landscape painting there are usually a series of geometric triangles created, these triangles are found wihin the rolling hills, the roofs of buildings and even the skylines. The artist in this oil painting lesson shows how you can look for these and maximise on their ability to completely control and improve a painting. The angle of the planes found within the hills and the barn building channels enough information with very little small brush work so the tutor in this video moves on to a larger but similar brush to introduce more fill to the composition with the chance to introduce more tones and contrast within the painting.
The first stages of the painting are very mechanical but extremely important so great care must be taken with your time management here – the more time you spend on this stage achieving the perspective and shapes the more you and your painting will benefit in the later stages as you won’t be correcting mistakes from this stage. This initial stage is also very important as they allow you to find form and values within your objects.
The white oil paint is then introduced into the painting to add highlights to the top of the fields to again increase the depth of perspective. Using an ultramarine and alizerine mix, a darker complimentary blue is created and with a thin paint brush parts of the roof and linear regions can be ‘reconstructed’ to give a more prominent aspect in this early stage of painting.
It is very important to achieve a range of tones when beginning a landscape painting as well as perspective and balance, so what this painting tutorial teaches is essential in gaining all of these practices.
Ever popular artist William Gelvin introduces beginners and intermediates to join him in the video playlist where he creates a stunning landscape from start to finish. His step by step approach and expert knowledge of oils and the required tools allows for a very successful and easy to learn from video tutorial. Everything is covered including some advanced techniques and tips for making your painting as successful as possible. Have fun and enjoy.
Is learning watercolors your desire? This video tutorial guides you through the very beginner stages of watercolors and teaches you the bleeding techniques necessary to wash and merge a variety of colors. From deep yellows to gorgeous violets and crimsons make any color merge a distinct possibility. With a classical track acting as a calming backing music you will see the artist working a medium size brush with ample water to achieve some pretty interesting washing. I’m sure with the right set of watercolors and some decent brushes you too could hope gain some of the basic wash techniques in this popular painting style.
Learn how to paint with watercolors in this video art tutorial. Are you a beginner or completely new to watercolors? If so, then this watercolor demonstration is probably right for you.
The artist has his watercolor paints, palette, water jars and cold pressed paper all ready and lined up ready to guide you through in real time the process which is necessary to achieve a wonderful watercolor painting of a sunset on a beach.
By use of a variety of round and flat watercolor brushes the artist uses a series of washes and brush techniques to demonstrate to you the best ways to achieve a realistic painting in watercolors. The palette of colors is very vibrant and with an explosion of reds, oranges and yellows you will soon find yourself your own little watercolor masterpiece. This is a great guide for the inquisitive and beginner watercolor painter which covers all the bases to get you started. It is an easy to follow step by step process with a lovely harmonious backing track.
Crawshaw expresses his love for watercolors here in this short video tutorial. He goes on to explain how to create a wash and merge the colors together. His popular expression of ‘practice practice practice’ is ever present and his encouraging tone of voice whilst teaching is hard not to love. Pick up your brushes and give this tutorial a chance and before you know it you’ll be a watercolors pro.
During part one in this playlist with Alwyn you’ll learn all the materials to get started painting with oils. Alwyn then goes on to demonstrate brushwork techniques and color mixing to help you understand how oils work and can be manipulated. He then shows you the process of painting with oils—from creating an ‘under painting’ and tonal values to layering and blending color and correcting mistakes. As you would expect its very well presented and narrated and Alwyn creates simple landscapes and elements of the landscape such as figures, trees, skies, water and more. Because the video is so detailed in such a short space of time, by the end of it you will be well on your way to creating fabulous oil paintings.