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The Best of How to design believable fantasy beasts

There are many ways to approach creature and character design, and it all depends on what you want your end result to be. Look to the natural world for inspiration, as this can help you come up with some odd-looking creatures. One of the best places to spark off ideas …

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The Best of How to paint like a 19th-century master

The 19th century was a wonderful time for art. Artists were held in high regard and the public were educated about art. There was a very high level of skilled technique on display thanks to the rigorous academic training available. Artists such as Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Frederic Leighton and William-Adolphe Bouguereau …

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The Best of How to draw a face

Knowing how to draw a face and head accurately and realistically is key to developing effective characters. When it comes to drawing heads, nothing is set in stone; different characters have vastly different features. However, a grounding in head anatomy will enable you to experiment confidently, and these skills will …

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The Best of What is a terminator line?

There are many aspects of lighting that you need to consider in order to convey form. One very useful fundamental is the terminator line. Draw a figure in under five minutes The terminator line is the transition zone between the areas of light and shadow. The darker part of the …

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The Best of Everything you need to know about tonal values

Values are present in almost every drawing or painting we create – and often, they can make or break a piece. To create a successful image, we must navigate various light effects and quirks of perception. This can often be frustrating! However, the same challenges will always crop up regardless …

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The Best of Paint rippling water in oils

When you’re painting rippling water with something in it, you’re taking on the task of painting a disrupted reflection. This can be tricky to imagine, so I often like to make my own reference before I start.  For this painting, I’m going to use oils, so I’ll draw upon some …

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The Best of 10 expert tips for charcoal drawing

Drawing with charcoal, pastel and chalk is addictive. Maybe it’s because charcoal drawings are so fast and immediate, or maybe because the final look is so dang cool, but people love to learn how to draw with charcoal. Even the great Michelangelo created a number of charcoal drawings. Whatever the reasons …

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The Best of How to mount your artwork

A well-executed mount is more than just another art technique to add to your tool-belt. It will add an aesthetic quality to your work and create the perfect environment for the viewer to experience your pictures. Mounts aren’t just for decorative purposes, they also serve as protection by allowing the …

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The Best of Prepare a board for painting in 3 easy steps

I’m going to share the fastest painting technique I use for ‘gessoing’ a panel and getting a smooth finish. This art technique can be used to prep a panel that you want to paint on, making it suitable for painting in oils or acrylics. You may want to prepare more …

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