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5 Steps to Drawing and Painting More Convincing Figures

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Male Nude by David Duncan via Artweb

Have you noticed that even in towns and villages where there may otherwise be very little formal art instruction on offer, there almost always seems to be a life drawing class going on somewhere? It’s almost as if, as human…

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An Introduction to the Wonders of the Collagraph

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If you’re accustomed to the idea that printmaking always involves the incision or engraving into metal that is then printed, you might want to know about a little thing called the collagraph—or collograph, as it is spelt in some circles.…

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3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Blog About Your Art

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Blogging

It’s pretty understandable that as a creative person, you may be curious about the potential advantages of blogging about your art. However, the thought of writing about your practice in this way can also be quite intimidating. There may seem…

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Should Beginner Painters Avoid Watercolour?

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In a recent ArtWeb blog post of mine on the subject of where to start when learning to paint, I stated on the subject of watercolours that “despite their hobbyist-friendly image, [they] should perhaps be approached with caution by newbie…

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What to Consider Before Buying an Etching Press

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While an etching press is the most important piece of equipment for etching, there is wide variation in the types of etching presses available, while the specific printmaking processes that you practise are also likely to influence your choice of…

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Learning to Paint: Tips on Where to Start

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It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of the technical information out there about painting, or for that matter, to presume that painting is a ‘free for all’ world. However, there are still some basic things that it is helpful…

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How to Write Effectively About Your Own Artwork

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Text Box by Russel Jakubowski via ArtWeb

If there is one task that has filled many an artist with dread down the generations, it is that of writing articulately and clearly about their own work. On one hand, writing about art may seem to be one of…

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Advice on Getting the Colours Right in Your Painted Portraits

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Painting Palette

When painting portraits, it can be tricky to consistently achieve the right skin, eye, lip and hair colour tones. The fact that colour names often differ from one manufacturer to the next, as well as that some oil colours are…

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‘Clear Drinks Only’: Home Galleries and Open Houses

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Image by Chris used under a Creative Commons license.

A friend invited me to Sigmund Freud’s house recently. House museums are a passion of mine, as they are for many people, and I love the art programme the Freud Museum has put in place. Contemporary artists, responding to a…

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The Basics of Setting Up Your Own Printmaking Studio

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The ubiquity of the printed image in our contemporary world makes it unsurprising that the art of printmaking – encompassing such traditional disciplines as relief, intaglio, screen printing and lithography – continues to capture so many artists’ imaginations. However, while…

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