Discover the breathtaking techniques and drawing and painting essentials that will make your artwork stand out from the crowd!

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 »

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 »