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An essay by Ghanaian-born painter Samuel Adoquei on historical artists and timeless beauty, the difference between skin tones and flesh tones, and ways to capture beautiful skin tones in figurative art.
If you sketch often and don't feel too precious about the outcome, you can allow yourself to stop at whatever moment you like the drawing best, no matter the level of completion.
Figurative realists Sara and Shane Scribner share their inspiration: Sara, for her "Nightfall" series of paintings of women who have found a place of calm and introspection within the looming nightfall; and Shane, for his paintings highlighting light and contrast.
"Standing before a painting can become more like stepping outside and looking up at the sky at night," says Paul Rosiak, "as your eyes slowly acclimate, a world emerges."
This Dutch artist’s time-intensive process requires extraordinary patience, focus, and accuracy: "For me, this is an exciting way of working where destruction creates new life and beauty.”
See how a painting that includes leaves, crystal, and some unexpected challenges comes to fruition, step by step.
Skipping the growth opportunity that drawing provides prevents us from taking the most direct path to becoming a good painter; and drawing is simple, if you're not full of ...
Though natural artistic talent can provide needed encouragement for artists, properly seeing our world is something that must be learned and developed. These ideas can get you started on that path...
How do you capture the nature of birds in flight and at rest? Michael Dumas shares both his inspiration and his process for his winning work, "Fox Sparrow Study."
“When one decides to dispense with the idea that becoming a painter involves some mysticism, real progress can be made,” says Tim Rees. “My painting career began with one assumption: There are very skilled artists painting realism, and if they learned how to do it, so can I.”

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