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Sketching Challenge

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.

Video Painting Classes

Video Painting Classes
Video Classes Taught By Motley Muse

Podcast & Music

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.

Color Theory For Painting

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.

Art Movements and Styles

Art Movements and Styles
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

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

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.

Mixing Paint For Skin Tones

Mixing Paint For Skin Tones

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

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.

How to Decide What Paint to Use

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.

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.

Paint Additives That Will Change How The Paint Behaves

Paint Additives That Will Change How The Paint Behaves

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.

27 Different Surfaces For Acrilic Paint

27 Different Surfaces For Acrilic Paint

One of the great things about acrylic paints is that they are versatile. You can use them on lots of different surfaces. But they work better on some surfaces than others. With acrylic paint it’s not so much can the paint be used on a surface, it’s more will it stay on that surface for the use that you want it for. Is it safe to use it in that way?

Choosing The Right Canvas

Choosing The Right Canvas

Painters most commonly use canvas for their work, even though there are many surfaces available to paint on. Choosing the type of canvas for your work is almost as important as the work itself. Canvases come in different materials, weights, and textures, and each has its own characteristics. Some are more durable than others, some are more or less textured, and pricing varies from very cheap to very expensive.

So how does an artist select the type of canvas he or she wants to paint on? It starts with learning about canvases and ends with a decision about what is best for each individual work.