Simplifying Photos for Notans and Value Studies

I’m currently learning about values in art. Part of this process is to learn how to see in values and how to place these values in paintings. If you are struggling to see the values in photos, it really helps to simplify your photos. This post will take you through a few steps on how to…

Interactive Color Value Tools and Apps

Are you learning values and hues and tones? Do you need to practice how you perceive these to help you get better at art? Here are a few resources that will help you learn.

The ios Blendoku 2 game is based on color principles and exercises taught in art schools around the world. Your goal…

Comparing Values In Paintings – The Contemporary

The use of values in your artworks are very important; they can set the mood and draw the eye to a specific focal point. Apparently over time there has been less and less emphasis on the importance of values, with many modern artists not utilizing values to their full ability.

This post will look at…

Comparing Values In Paintings – The Classics

The use of values in your artworks are very important; they can set the mood and draw the eye to a specific focal point. Apparently over time there has been less and less emphasis on the importance of values, with many modern artists not utilizing values to their full ability.

This post will look at…

Preparing Your Ceramic Plate For Watercolor Paint

A lot of artists suggest using ceramic plates (or specially designed palettes) as your watercolor pallet. This is a great idea since ceramic:

Doesn’t stain, which is common with the cheap but popular plastic palettes. Doesn’t bead; it spreads evenly across the surface so you know exactly what your paint color looks like.

What many artists…

How To: Quick and Easy Grid for Easy Image Transfer Drawings

A friend asked me how I make accurate drawings on my watercolour paper – it’s a skill that many people struggle with. Transferring drawings onto watercolour paper can be as daunting of a task as painting. It’s a vital step, and if your sketch isn’t accurate then your finished painting may look awkward. Drawing freehand can be…