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These 3 Watercolor Techniques Got Me Out of First Gear

The Next Level in Watercolor Painting TechniquesAt least I feel that way. I set myself a goal this week—I wanted to learn a few new watercolor painting techniques because I feel like when I contemplate working in watercolor, I only know the “first gear” approaches.Watercolor Painting Tips, 1-2-3In order to rev it up a little, I did some sleuthing and found some great watercolor painting techniques that might be out of my league right now, but it was still enlightening to look at the watercolor art created with them, and they definitely inspired me to keep moving forward.
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Drawing Eyes and Eye Movements

Len (reversed, detail; vine charcoal and compressed charcoal on Strathmore 400 drawing paper)When you have a conversation with someone, what do you look at? Most likely the person’s eyes. The eyes reveal personality as well as moods and feelings, such as happiness, sadness, alertness, cunning, fatigue, nervousness, fear and surprise.
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Did He Have a Lust for Line?

Portrait Drawing Vincent van GoghThere are very few artists I wouldn’t like to watch working. It is always addictive to see someone drawing in a sketchbook or painting in the studio, no matter what they are depicting or their style of drawing. But after seeing what Vincent van Gogh can do with simple line to create portrait drawings, landscapes, and still lifes, I would definitely let him jump the line and get to the top of my list.
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Putting on a Show | Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola talks to another master illustrator, Will Hillenbrand, about the imperative of the picture book: being faithful to the heart—and to the delightful responsibility to enthrall and entertain.Among Tomie dePaola’s many awards are the Smithson Medal from the Smithsonian Institution, the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota, and the Regina Medal from the Catholic Library Association.
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5 Watercolor Painting Hacks Perfect for Beginners

In TransitArtist Kathryn Keller Larkins risks everything by embracing gigantic dimensions and a radically limited palette. She’s no longer a novice artist, but she still has some of the best tips for beginners to try.Larkins’ work is distinguished by many things. It’s distinguished by her decision to use a highly restricted palette, to start.
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14 Tips for Drawing the Human Head

Practice–But Not WorkWe are fierce believers that drawing the human face takes practice, but it isn’t work. That is because there are rules to follow and an effort to put behind it, but the process isn’t anything but something to revel in if you have artistic leanings.So enjoy more than a dozen tips on drawing the human head from one of our favorite artists Paul Leveille and then see about further embarking on a portraiture voyage with the sketches and insights from Everett Raymond Kinstler, a seasoned expert whose book, Impressions and Observations, is a must-have for learning artists.
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