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4 ways to get more out of your figure drawings

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Exercises to help you gain greater value from your figure sketches.

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Things to know before you start oil painting

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The title of this blog post may give the impression that I am about to give you a definitive rundown of all of the things that you should be aware of before you attempt to paint with oils — and…

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What Is the Role of the Male Nude in the Art of Today?

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It’s fair to say that the male nude in art has undergone something of a chequered history.

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The Basics of Gaining Gallery Representation

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Are you a teenager or 20-something with dreams of global artistic stardom? Or maybe you’ve turned to a creative path later in life, and are trying to juggle the task of building up a selling and exhibiting profile with that…

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5 Steps to Drawing and Painting More Convincing Figures

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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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Do You Dare Take On the Challenge of Nude Self-Portrait?

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The self-portrait has long been absolutely central to Western art. It’s a genre that has been dabbled in by seemingly every celebrated and less-celebrated artist, from Sir Anthony van Dyck and Joseph Mallord William Turner to Lucian Freud and Louise…

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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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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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The Stories Behind 5 of the UK’s Greatest Art Colleges

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If there is one type of institution that may never receive its just credit for its pivotal role in producing some of the world’s genuine creative greats – in fields often far transcending fine art – it has to be…

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