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Fine Art Friday: Masters of the Watercolor Landscape

By Paul Heaston
Watercolor LandscapeWatercolor is a medium that requires patience and dedication to master. Landscape painting is a discipline that requires the same thing. So painters of watercolor landscapes often have a doubly difficult time in their chosen field. If you find yourself in need of a little inspiration, take a look at some watercolor landscapes from the masters. Read more »

Drawing Diffusion and Occlusion: Shadow Edges

By Paul Heaston
Shadow EdgesA truly successful representational drawing is all about getting the shadows right. For something to look three-dimensional enough to leap off the page, the shadows need to present the object as we would encounter it in real life-- especially at the edges. A hard shadow edge can flatten a round object or make the light falling on an object seem much too harsh. Let’s take a look at the basics of how shadows work, and the best ways to take on the edges. Read more »

2-Point Perspective: Understanding Space

By Paul Heaston
2-Point PerspectiveUnderstanding perspective is fundamental to depicting space in a drawing. Whether you’re working on a landscape or a still-life, knowing the rules of 2-point perspective in particular can be the difference between drawing a believable, realistic space and creating a space that just doesn’t work. Here are some useful guidelines and tips to help you understand and master drawing in 2-point perspective. Read more »

Introducing Online Fine Art Classes from Craftsy

By Craftsy
Online Fine Art ClassesAs a valued Craftsy blog reader, we wanted you to know about something we’ve been excitedly developing behind the scenes for months. After many hours working with talented art instructors from around the world, we're thrilled to debut our first six Fine Art classes on the platform you love. Read more »

Drawing What You See: The Art of Representational Drawing

By Paul Heaston
Representational drawing is the art of drawing realistically; in other words, making your drawing resemble the real world as closely as possible. Whether you are drawing from a photograph or from life, this can be very challenging, but it doesn’t need to be. Here are some basic tips to help you make amazing representational drawings! Read more »

Flower Power: Sketching Flowers

By Paul Heaston
Sketching FlowersSketching flowers remains a quintessential part of drawing a still life. Van Gogh did it, Monet did it, even Warhol did it. Sketching flowers is easy if you follow these simple tips. Plus, a beautiful sketch will last a lot longer than whatever’s in your bud vase right now. Read more »