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How can a background improve your art?

One way to have your art feel more finished is to really assess how you’re using the backgrounds in your art. Hi, my name’s Carrie, and today on Artist Strong we’re going to talk about how making very thoughtful, mindful choices about the backgrounds...

How to Build Skill using Mixed Media

Does mixed media hide an artist’s lack of skill? It can be a go-to crutch for artists seeking to build skill who are afraid to draw from observation and even scarier, show that work to others. “I may not be good at drawing but I can…” And yet, the strongest mixed...

Tips and Tricks: The Power of Negative Space

  Many artists don’t feel they measure up until they can draw realistically from observation or from photo reference. As an art teacher I encourage students to learn all of the skills they can so that when they reach a point of creating original artwork, they...