If you want to be a next-level artist, learning technique is only the beginning. Your drawings need to express your own personal style and say, "Hey, it's ME."
Watercolor pencils look like regular colored pencils, and you pretty much use them the same way. But add water to your drawing and something incredible happens: You've got watercolor art.
You might think that you can't create a lifelike portrait without having a good eye. That's partly true. But mostly, portrait painting requires technique. And luckily, that’s something you can learn.
We bet you've seen it: Art that looks like an incredible painting, but was actually done with colored pencils. These seemingly simple tools can create an incredible range of dramatic effects, if you know the right techniques to bring to the table. Ready to try? Go!
Drawing is something that anyone can do, and it's really fun, too! In this kids' beginner class, join art teacher Jordan DeWilde and gain the skills you need to express yourself through drawing. Follow along as Jordan guides you through six quick projects — including drawing a life-size robot — that will help you draw more realistically. Plus learn easy techniques for shading, perspective, texture and more.
Whether we're filling up a vase or creating some new artwork, roses have our hearts. And while it's always hard to compete with nature's beauty, colored pencils do a pretty darn good job of getting this flower's deep, romantic color just right. Want to draw one? We'll walk you through it.
Next time you're in the art supply store, make a beeline straight for the colored pencils. It's an affordable medium that's booming in popularity, and there are more supports, accessories, types of pencils, and curated sets available than ever before. Really. We talked to three experts about why colored pencils just might be your next favorite thing.
One of the things we love about colored pencils is that you really can draw just about anything with them. But skin tones are extra tricky — every single portrait is different, and getting a natural look is totally essential. Luckily a few technique tips go a long way here. Next time you put pencil to paper, you'll be ready!
Start your first project, a green pear, using just three colors, none of which are green! Susan helps you create a value study (which will act as a roadmap for your finished project), transfer the image, select the palette and put down the initial layers of local color.