Monthly Archives: November 2017

Hone Your Drawing Skills

Even if you aren’t planning a career as a sketch artist, passable drawing skills are a nice thing to have. It’s free entertainment, and you might even create something beautiful while you’re at it. But be warned – drawing is a ‘use it or lose it’ skill. Perhaps you were a pretty decent artist at one time, but you haven’t picked up a pencil in years – it doesn’t take long for a pencil to feel foreign in your hand.
These simple exercises will help you get back into the swing of things. All you need is a pencil and a stack of paper…and patience! Don’t expect to pick it up right away. But if you can dedicate about 20 minutes every day to getting the feel for it, you’ll be on your way to portraiture in no time.
Lines
Drawing Lines
To be honest, hard lines don’t figure into pencil drawing much at all unless you’re drawing animation-style. But they’re the most basic thing to drill when you’re first dipping into the page, and they teach you a fair amount about pressure, control, and how to direct your eyes.

Draw two points anywhere on the page, then connect them with a straight line. Don’t use any guides, just draw freehand. It takes a surprising amount of practice just to connect two simple dots with a straight, even line. Practice this until your line looks like it was drawn with a ruler, then attempt a few freehand. Draw them from left to right, right to left, toward you and away from you. Experiment with different pencil positions and observe the effect it has on the line.

Basic Shapes
Drawing Basic Shapes
Now that you have lines down pat, try connecting them to form basic geometric shapes. Draw three dots and connect them to form a triangle. Draw four dots and make a square or rectangle. Try drawing the shapes without the dots, then try drawing an equilateral triangle, a perfect square, and an octagon.

These shapes are good spatial practice as you’re training your eye to accurately measure angles and distance – this will come in handy when you try to draw subjects from observation. You won’t necessarily be using these shapes, but your trained eye will be more able to translate what you see into marks on the page.
Curves
Drawing Circle
Start drawing circles over and over again. Don’t even lift your pencil from the page. Just draw the same circle in the same spot over and over again until your paper starts to tear through. Then move over a bit and do it again. You’ll notice that as you go over the circle, it becomes more perfect – the darkest line is the average of all the circles you’ve drawn. If you notice that even the dark line is droopy or bulging somewhere, it tells you that something’s throwing you off in that area. Try keeping your wrist still and drawing from the shoulder. Keep drawing circles until they look like you used a compass.

Landscape Painting Techniques

Landscape painting is probably the most versatile form of art, where every element of nature can be portrayed with perfection. It’s the best way to represent nature and one’s perception about nature. While nature is symbolic of God’s creation of something pure and eternal, it can simultaneously form a medium for depicting the darker side of human intervention with nature. Landscapes are basically painted with crayons, oil paints, watercolors and acrylic paints. Thus, you can utilize your skills in the best possible way when you are well acquainted with these painting techniques. We shall explain to you the different styles of landscapes paintings, keeping these basic techniques as the main subjects.
Starting With Oil Pastels
Kids usually find handling crayons easy for painting landscapes. Also known as oil pastels, they can be used for creating a perfectly smooth landscape painting. Beginners can sketch the elements of nature with a pencil and then fill colors with crayon sticks. Rivers, land and the sky are shaded smoothly while trees, rocks and mountains could be painted in random fashion. Apply light colors as the base coat and then try the blending technique to bring out differential effects. Landscapes painted with oil pastels must have a uniform look and to achieve perfection you have to use the crayons in a sliding motion. Extra objects, like boats, humans, birds, etc., are emphasized with darker shades that must complement the overall drawing. Once you get well acquainted with the basics, you can utilize other tools like kneaded erasers, brushes, cotton swabs and tortillons to make the painting more creative and natural.
Shifting to Water Colors
Originality is one of the most important attributes of a landscape painting. You can apply the colors directly with a painting brush and sketching the outlines with a pencil is not required. Form an image of the picture that you are going to draw, and give it an accurate form with your painting skills. Mix the color with water to get the desired consistency. Use a flat brush for incorporating colors into natural bodies. Colors get blended when water is added in appropriate proportion. And this needs practice. For example, if you have imagined a storm with dark gray clouds hanging on the sky and trees drooping low under the power of wind, then this picture should be painted with shades of gray, white and black. Clouds should merge well with the sky and the effect of the storm is best depicted by some devastated elements. On the other hand, you can use a wide range of colorful shades for demonstrating the freshness of nature. Thus, watercolors are a great medium to make a landscape painting look perfectly natural.

Techniques to Improve Your Airbrushing

Airbrushing can be used to paint a lot of items like toys, cars, trucks, walls, clothing and much more. It is important to know which paint will be appropriate for a specific surface. Water colors, gouache, acrylics, oil paints, and sign paints are some of the paints usually used for airbrushing.

What is an Airbrush

In simple words, an airbrush is a tool designed to spray color in different patterns that ranges from a thin line to a wide belt, or a thin layer of paint to a thick coat. There are basically two types of airbrushes, namely the internal mix and external mix. In an external mix airbrush, air and paint are mixed outside the body of airbrush, while in internal mix airbrush, air and paint are internally mixed. These two types are further divided as single and double action airbrushes. Single action airbrushes are those where the airflow can be controlled by the user with the help of a trigger, while in double action airbrushes the user can control both air and paint flow. So, the types of airbrushes can be listed as below:
Single Action Internal Airbrush
Double Action Internal Airbrush
Single Action External Airbrush
Double Action External Airbrush
Airbrushing Techniques

Airbrushing is a skill that takes time to develop and improves with practice. If handled properly airbrushing can give realistic effects. Following are the basic steps of airbrushing for beginners:

Get Familiar with the Airbrush
One should be careful while selecting an airbrush. Research thoroughly, consult experts and only then buy the airbrush that will satisfy your needs. Then, after getting the airbrush of your choice, get familiar with its components. Many of the manufacturers provide a diagram that labels all the parts of the airbrush. Understand each part, its functioning, and how each part fits into the whole assembly. For beginners, a single action external mix brush is always a good option.

Air Compressor
This is the most important component that will supply the required amount of air for airbrushing. The type of the compressor depends on the place where you will be doing airbrushing, because compressors can be noisy. For example, if you are living in an apartment, you will need a silent compressor.

Paint
Type of paint always depends on the pattern you want to paint and the painting surface. For beginners it is always safe to use water based paints. Choose the paint according to the surface on which you are going to paint.

Practice
Before you actually start painting on the surface, practice on some wooden or plastic surface. Distance of the airbrush from the surface and the angle are important factors while spray painting. Cover the walls and floors to avoid overspilling. Use drop cloth or plastic sheets for the same.

How to Spray Paint Art Correctly

Most people commonly confuse graffiti with spray paint art. While it is true that the basics of both are the same, there is a stark difference between the two. Graffiti is more random and does not involve much thought regarding the artwork, design, or colors. Spray paint artists, on the other hand, pay more attention to all these aspects, and try creating meaningful pieces of art. They also utilize various other tools like brushes, sponges, and stencils to incorporate many shapes into their painting.

A Step-by-step Guide for Beginners

Step 1
To begin with, you need a proper ventilated place to practice. You can choose the wall of your compound, a garage, or a driveway for this. Once you have finalized the location, gather all the materials you will need, lay out newspapers or an old cloth at the place, and take out anything you don’t wish to get the paint on.

Step 2
Take the wooden piece or poster board to the place, and tape it onto the wall on the edges, with the help of masking tape or painter’s tape. This will make it easier for you to remove the board or the piece of wood, once you are done with. Before you start working, wear all protective gear to prevent any paint from falling on your body parts. Gloves and face masks are a must, to protect your hands from the paint and also to prevent intake of any hazardous paint fumes.

Step 3
Since you are a beginner, use spray paint cans for your work. Apply pressure with the help of your fingers on the nozzle of the can to control the rate at which paint flows out from it. You can adjust as much as you want, and see the effect it has on the texture and shading of the paint. Apply a coat of paint on the poster board or wooden piece, and cover it with a glossy magazine page on top. When you take off the magazine page, you will have a different texture of paint at the particular spot. In the same manner, make different layers on the painting surface.

Step 4
To incorporate shapes in your art, use normal household materials. You can form circles using cups and glasses; squares and rectangles can be created using small boxes and so on. Try looking for varied shapes from various daily use items found in your house to create unique and innovative shapes. You can also make use of a stencil.

Step 5
For making straight lines, try using clay-modeling tools. This will also be useful in providing additional texture to your paint. Wood or metal scrapers are useful for making buildings in the painting. You can experiment with these tools by applying many layers of paint on them, and keep learning new ways to make your art more creative.