Archive for Art

Anatomy for Artists – Proportions of the Male Figure

Anatomy for Artists – Proportions of the Male Figure

In this first part of the Anatomy for Artists series you can learn how to plot the proportions of the human male figure. Figure drawing is arguably the single most important skill an artist has to master. Of course there are other key fundamentals such as…

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How to Create Photoshop Paint Brushes — 8 Useful Brushes for Digital Painting

How to Create Photoshop Paint Brushes — 8 Useful Brushes for Digital Painting

Ever wondered how to create your own Photoshop paint brushes? Here is a quick tutorial to help you with that.   When starting out in digital painting most of us are searching for custom brushes that will take our mediocre images and magically transform them…

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Negative Space in Art

Negative Space in Art

The term negative space comes up quite often in the art community, so there are chances you are familiar with it. In case you heard about negative space, but you are not quite sure what it is, or how it helps you with creating art…

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Painting Candlelight and Firelight

Painting Candlelight and Firelight

Drawing and painting fire lit scenes is a difficult challenge for most aspiring artists. I remember struggling with it — mixing all sorts of warm colors, using white for the hot spots, but never quite getting it right. I admit it is still tricky to…

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Composition 101: Balance

Composition 101: Balance

Here is yet another article on the topic of composition, but this time as the title suggests we are going discuss balance within an image. Balance is the most important compositional factor, because not just the eyes of the artist but eyes of the viewer…

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7 Types of Contrast You Should Know as an Artist

7 Types of Contrast You Should Know as an Artist

Contrast is a crucial part of all artwork. Most artists are familiar with the term, and almost every single artist uses it in their work — weather they know about it or not. That being said, most of the time when we use the word…

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Composition 101: The Rule of Thirds

Composition 101: The Rule of Thirds

Composition is the underlying basis of all artwork, regardless of the medium it is created in. From the early Renaissance masters to modern day photographers, every artist uses it in order to create visually compelling images. However, composition is a vast subject, and in this…

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Line of Beauty

Line of Beauty

The Line of Beauty is an S-shaped curve that is considered to be the most variable and elastic of the fundamental forms of composition. It can appear within a subject, as the boundary line of an object, or as a virtual boundary formed by the…

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Major Art Periods

Major Art Periods

Art is a skill refined and passed on from generation to generation. Despite the common belief, not a single artist was yet born with a paranormal artistic talent, instead what they did, was to build upon the base of knowledge that was already established by…

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Geometry in Design and Art: Platonic Solids

Geometry in Design and Art: Platonic Solids

Many of the big thinkers throughout history had a passion for geometry. It preoccupied not just philosophers, mathematicians and astronomers like Plato, Archimedes and Kepler, but also artists such as Leonardo DaVinci and Albrecht Durer. It is useful to have a basic understanding of geometry…

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