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Art Science

Sketching Challenge

If you want to get better at drawing, there’s a simple way to do so. Just start drawing. You’re only going to improve with many hours of putting pen or pencil to paper. Everyday spend 30 minutes practicing. Here are some designs to get you started.
If you want to get better at drawing, there’s a simple way to do so. Just start drawing. You’re only going to improve with many hours of putting pen or pencil to paper. Everyday spend 30 minutes practicing. Here are some designs to get you started.

Video Painting Classes

Video Classes Taught By Motley Muse
Video Classes Taught By Motley Muse

Podcast & Music

In this podcast we discuss all things art related and emphasize on painting.  Also included is my must have musical playlist when I'm in the art studio painting. These songs get me motiveted to create.

In this podcast we discuss all things art related and emphasize on painting.

Also included is my must have musical playlist when I'm in the art studio painting. These songs get me motiveted to create.

Color Theory For Painting

In color mixing for painting, the fundamental rule is that three colors cannot be made by mixing other colors. These three (red, blue, and yellow) are known as the primary colors.
In color mixing for painting, the fundamental rule is that three colors cannot be made by mixing other colors. These three (red, blue, and yellow) are known as the primary colors.

Art Movements and Styles

artists have produced art in a variety of media and styles following different philosophies and ideals.
Throughout history, artists have produced art in a variety of media and styles following different philosophies and ideals. Although labelling may often result in being reductive, different artistic tendencies or styles can be grouped in collective titles known as art movements.
If speaking art seems like a discipline in itself to you, here I provide you with the top terms of art movements and styles, from Classicism to Futurism, from Baroque to Avant-garde.

How to Paint Portraits from Photographs: A Step-by-Step Painting Tutorial

I decided to tackle portrait painting head on, and and after a lot of practice, I now feel very comfortable painting portraits. Here are the steps I’ve developed to paint a successful portrait from a photo.

I used to be intimidated by portrait painting. I could never get the colors right and I always felt like I ended up drawing with my paint rather than painting.

I decided to tackle portrait painting head on, and and after a lot of practice, I now feel very comfortable painting portraits. Here are the steps I’ve developed to paint a successful portrait from a photo.

How To Mix Paint For Skin Tones

This tutorial will teach you to mix skin tones using different ratios of the primary colors. Real talk: This method takes a little work to refine, but with some practice, you'll be creating skin tones with confidence.

There are two words that give many novice painters a shudder: skin tones. That's because painting flesh in acrylic can be a daunting task, especially if you're hoping to render skin lifelike and dimensional rather than dull and flat. (And unless you're painting, say, LEGO characters, you probably are!)

This tutorial will teach you to mix skin tones using different ratios of the primary colors. Real talk: This method takes a little work to refine, but with some practice, you'll be creating skin tones with confidence.

How to Paint Landscapes: A Step-by-Step Painting Tutorial

Here are 10 landscape painting tips perfect for beginners. Landscape painting can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it.
Here are 10 landscape painting tips perfect for beginners. Landscape painting can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it.

How to Decide What Paint to Use

The most commonly used paints are acrylics, oils, watercolors, and pastels. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Which you select will depend on your personality and, to some extent, where you're going to paint.

The most commonly used paints are acrylics, oils, watercolors, and pastels. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Which you select will depend on your personality and, to some extent, where you're going to paint.

Besides the characteristics of the different types of paint, there are also a few other considerations:

  • Cost: Top-quality paint and canvas is expensive but dirt-cheap paint won't give you good results when mixing colors. You need to find a balance between paint that's of a quality to give good colors but cheap enough that you don't worry too much about using it up (or wasting it).
  • Poison hazards: If you've small children, you may not want to have the solvents used in oil painting lying around. Some people are also allergic to the solvents, in which case you might investigate low-odor versions or are water-based oil paints. Soft pastels can product a lot of dust; be careful to minimize the amount you inhale. For example, don't blow on your work to remove loose pastel. Poisonous pigments, such as cadmium red, are usually available as a non-toxic hue. Not that any paint is made to be eaten! Personally I think acrylics are the best choice for beginners as they're easy to learn to use, dilute and clean up with water, and there are brands available that are a good balance between quality and price.

How To Paint With Oil Paint

As with any medium, it’s best to alleviate yourself of high expectations, and afford yourself room for experimentation and discovery.
If you’ve never learned how to play music, sitting with a group of musicians using technical terms to describe their work can be a whirlwind of confusing, beautiful language. A similar situation can occur when speaking with artists who paint with oils: suddenly you’re in a conversation where they’re debating the finer points of pigments, discussing the benefits of canvas versus linen, or sharing recipes for homemade gesso, brush recommendations, and a technique called “wet-on-wet.” The abundance of language that goes along with oil painting may feel overwhelming at first, but if you take the time to familiarize yourself with its terms and best practices, you’ll be on your way to using with the centuries-old medium with ease.
If you’re just starting out though, don’t expect Old Masters realness from your first few artworks. Whether you’re new to paint, or an artist who typically works in another medium, like acrylics or watercolors, it will take some time to learn oil paint’s specific qualities––most notably its slow drying time and strict rules for layering. As with any medium, it’s best to alleviate yourself of high expectations, and afford yourself room for experimentation and discovery.

How To Paint with Watercolors

Watercolor is a wonderful, versatile medium — and one that scares many beginners out of their wits! In this article, I hope to dispel that fear. We’ll talk about which palette to start with, how to mix colors, and how to contour.
Watercolor is a wonderful, versatile medium — and one that scares many beginners out of their wits! In this article, I hope to dispel that fear. We’ll talk about which palette to start with, how to mix colors, and how to contour.

Paint Additives That Will Change How The Paint Behaves

acrylic paint mediums - liquids or gels that you mix into the paint - and explain how they can help you create different effects and finishes by making the paint thicker, thinner, glossy, matte, textured, slow-drying and more.

I love acrylic mediums because they make acrylic paints so versatile! In this article I'll introduce you to acrylic paint mediums - liquids or gels that you mix into the paint - and explain how they can help you create different effects and finishes by making the paint thicker, thinner, glossy, matte, textured, slow-drying and more. 

Acrylic mediums are another reason why I prefer acrylics over oils. There are mediums for oil paints, but they're generally smelly, toxic, and you have to be careful about how you use them or you risk the paint cracking. There are no such worries with acrylic mediums because they are made with the same emulsion base as acrylic paint, so they dry at the same rate. But you do need to be a bit careful with additives.