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Use These Tips to Improve Your Portraits

Use the following tips to improve your portrait art today. We discuss: How to use an eraser as a tool (rather than a crutch) Measurement strategies for accuracy of facial features Focusing on value to capture likeness in a portrait, and  some tips for working in vine...

Abstract Art: How do you know it’s finished?

In this art lesson we talk about how to finish an abstract artwork. Using an example of student work we discuss: is it finished? How do you know when it’s finished? I talk about movement and why it’s important to take time to study the work and how our eyes travel...

The Art of Creating Edges (in Your Art)

This is a topic I wish I knew about when I was a beginner artist. Taking the time to study this and practicing observing this detail can make all the difference between an artwork that jumps off the canvas and one that feels a little bit flat. I’m speaking today...

How to Focus on Form in Your Art

In this drawing lesson we demonstrate that while cross-contour studies aren’t used directly in an artwork doing this kind of study can help you train your eyes to see things you might not otherwise see in your work. Half the work of being an artist is training our...